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Aug 2017 14 Aug 14, 2017
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Repentance is a massively important spiritual issue that calls for careful study and clear articulation. Here are ten things to remember about what it means to repent of our sin. Continue reading . . .  Repentance is a massively important spiritual issue that calls for careful study and clear articulation. Here are ten things to remember about what it means to repent of our sin. (1) Genuine repentance begins, but by no means ends, with heartfelt conviction of sin....Read More

Aug 2017 9 Aug 9, 2017
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Now that I have your attention, let me explain what I mean. Sadly, in today’s world if you refuse to endorse the moral legitimacy of same-sex physical intimacy you are branded as a hate-filled bigot, a homophobic who is devoid of love for those who struggle with (or have already yielded to) attraction to someone of the same sex. Continue reading . . .  Now that I have your attention, let me explain what I mean. Sadly, in today’s world if you refuse to e...Read More

Aug 2017 7 Aug 7, 2017

Two weeks ago we looked at ten things all of us should know about Augustine. His principal theological opponent was a man named Pelagius. Today we turn our attention to what little we know about the person of Pelagius and especially what we should know about his theology. Continue reading . . .  Two weeks ago we looked at ten things all of us should know about Augustine. His principal theological opponent was a man named Pelagius. Today we turn our attention to wha...Read More

Aug 2017 3 Aug 3, 2017
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At the conclusion of our Lord’s letter to the church at Laodicea, we read this remarkable promise: “The one who conquers, I will grant him to sit with me on my throne, as I also conquered and sat down with my Father on his throne” (Rev. 3:21). Continue reading . . .  At the conclusion of our Lord’s letter to the church at Laodicea, we read this remarkable promise: “The one who conquers, I will grant him to sit with me on my throne, as ...Read More

Jul 2017 31 Jul 31, 2017
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Few things are more controversial among Christians than the sovereignty of God. Is God truly sovereign over everything, including calamity, natural disasters, death, and demons, or is his sovereign control restricted to those things we typically regard as good, such as material blessing, family welfare, personal salvation, and good health? Today we turn our attention to ten things we should all know about God’s sovereignty. Continue reading . . . Few things are mo...Read More

Jul 2017 27 Jul 27, 2017
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I’ve been a subscriber to World magazine for as long as I can remember. Some have referred to it as the Christian version of Time magazine. Actually, it’s a lot better than Time ever was and not simply because it is faith-based. But I’m not here to praise World. I’m here to draw attention to two things that I noted in its most recent, August 5, 2017, issue. Continue reading . . . I’ve been a subscriber to ...Read More

Jul 2017 26 Jul 26, 2017

Some Arminians argue for what is called corporate or class election. Continue reading . . .  Some Arminians argue for what is called corporate or class election. For example, Roger Forster and Paul Marston contend that “there is no such thing in the New Testament as personal (individual) election of believers. Christ is the chosen One, and believers are elect because they are in him” (God’s Strategy in Human History, 145). Here they explain their ...Read More

Jul 2017 24 Jul 24, 2017
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Was Augustine (the emphasis is on the second syllable, hence aw-GUS-tin, not AW-gus-teen) the greatest theologian in the history of the Christian church? That will always remain a matter of opinion, but if there is a Top Ten list he would most assuredly be counted in the first five. Today we look at ten things we should know about him. Continue reading . . . (1) Augustine was born on November 13, 354, in the small North African city of Thagaste. He died on Aug. 28, 430....Read More

Jul 2017 21 Jul 21, 2017
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I don’t know Eugene Peterson, which is to say I’ve never met him personally. I know of him from his many books and his personal paraphrase of the Bible, The Message. I’ll be honest. I’ve never cared much for The Message. I know many who love it, but I’m the odd sort who prefers a more formally equivalent (dare I say “literal”?) translation of God’s Word. But that is not what this article is about. Continue reading . . .&nbs...Read More

Jul 2017 19 Jul 19, 2017
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The Bible has a remarkable capacity to challenge and overcome our misperceptions about who we are. When we are inclined to think of ourselves as orphans, the biblical text declares that we are the adopted children of God. If we are wracked with guilt, the inspired word reminds us that we are forgiven. The feeling of being stained and soiled by sin is overcome with the realization that we are cleansed by the blood of Christ and clot...Read More