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Book Review – Young, Restless, No Longer Reformed

Many today are attracted to reformed theology – that is, theology that follows the traditions and practices of John Calvin and other protestant theologians during the Reformation era. Today, the major players in reformed theological circles include names like John MacArthur, D.A. Carson, R.C. Sproul, John Piper, J.I. Packer, Albert Mohler, and Mark Dever, to […]

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Millennials, Let’s Get Over Ourselves

“A generation goes, and a generation comes, but the earth remains forever” (Ecc. 1:3). One article reads, “What Can the Church do to Keep Millennials?” Another writer cries, “We are losing Millennials left and right!” Millennials! Millennials! We must pander to the Millennials! Listen, I’m a Millennial and I’m just about tired of hearing about […]

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Why So Many Are Jumping On The Gay “Marriage” Bandwagon Today

Not long ago in our nation’s history, homosexuality was taboo. People commonly looked at homosexual behavior with disgust. Laws were enacted to outlaw various actions attributed to same-sex attraction. But now culture has very rapidly performed a 180-degree shift. A majority of Americans – particularly younger Americans – now approve of homosexual practice [1][2]. What happened? […]

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Why I Love A Cappella Music In Worship

“Aren’t you the people who don’t have music?” Yep, that’s us. Mere Christians. Except we really do have music – and we love music. When it comes to our worship, however, we just don’t use man-made instruments to accompany our music. We simply use the strings (psallo) of the heart: our voices. People who walk […]

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The Evil Of Gluttony (And Why You Might Not Be Guilty Of It)

The “gluttony” card gets played a lot these days. We’ve all heard, “You don’t criticize gluttony enough;” “Gluttony is the most celebrated sin in the church today, especially during high-calorie-count fellowship meals;” “Everyone takes the Bible literally until the subject of gluttony comes up;” “Why do you condemn homosexuality, but not gluttony?” We should take […]

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Ben Thinkin’ #6: Denominational Baptism, Job’s Wife, How To Prepare Fish

[The Ben Thinkin’ series is a venue for answering questions my readers have submitted. I answer several questions in each post. If you would like to submit questions for future Ben Thinkin’ posts, please leave them in a comment at the end of the article or email them to ben@plainsimplefaith.com.] Kristy asks, “Do you believe baptism within/by a denominational […]

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Resources To Help Get You Unstuck

God’s Word is timeless. So why are you packaging it as if it is stuck in the 90’s? Scripture is just as essential today as it was millennia ago. But it is your job – the teacher, elder, preacher, blogger, etc. – to teach it in a relevant, practical way. And in our iPhone-packed, social […]

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Don’t Just Take The Bible Literally

Skeptics and non-believers frequently look for “gotcha” moments to pin on Christians. One of their favorite questions is, “Do you take the Bible literally?” – hoping you will say “yes.” And before that “yes” leaves your lips, their response is ready: “So you believe only 144,000 thousand will be saved?” (alluding to Rev. 7:1-7; 14:1-5). […]

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A First-Century Church? Well, sort of.

It isn’t uncommon for a website or church bulletin to have an italicized slogan like, “A 1st Century Church In A 21st Century World.” Cool, right? It’s catchy. It’s fresh. It’s non-confirmative. In a confused ‘community church’-packed world, where staunch denominationalism is increasingly unfashionable and “I’m okay you’re okay” inter-denominationalism is in vogue, churches of […]

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Stuff I Like (5/15/15)

How Lads to Leaders Can Help Families A post I was honored to write for A Legacy of Faith. Contact me if you want to know more about L2L or how to get the program started at your congregation (ben@lads2leaders.com). Don’t Be A Lukewarm Christian Read this and examine yourself (2 Cor. 13:5). Which Black […]

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Why Baptism Is So Important

Baptism. It’s more than a mere “formality” or “tradition.” Nowhere in the Bible do you find it being administered after someone had been reportedly saved. It is never described as “sprinkling.” And not once was it ever used to “join” someone to a particular congregation or denomination (as if denominations existed in the 1st century). […]

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