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Jesus Died to End Abortion & Racism

My heart is heavy this week. I can’t rid my mind of the news of the white supremacist rally in Charlottesville this week, with more rumored to come in other places of the country, nor can I get over a recent report that Iceland is aborting virtually 100% of babies with Down syndrome. I don’t […]

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A Tale of Two Gods: How Calvinism’s God & the Bible’s God are Two Very Different Gods

One very popular denominational preacher and writer, John Piper, is famous for saying that “all things” – even down to the subatomic level – “are ordained, guided, and governed” by God.[1] The idea that God determines everything can be traced back to Augustine of Hippo in the 5th century and is particularly popular among a branch […]

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Stop Saying “All Things Happen for a Reason”

After a tragedy, sometimes a well-meaning person will comment, “All things happen for a reason.” Is that so? If the person making this statement is operating from a Biblical world view, are they suggesting that God the direct cause behind all things that have happened? If beneath this statement lies the implication that God is […]

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Going to Church as an Act of High Treason

Getting my family to church on Sunday morning sometimes feels like we are recreating the first 10 minutes of “Home Alone.” There is nothing glamorous about it, even for a preacher’s family. After a sleepless night of babies crying, half-consciously fumbling for the coffee maker, showering, waking the kids up (who are finally deep asleep, […]

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Why It’s So Important To Sing Together

Whenever I get the occasional chance to witness a worship service at a denominational or “non-denominational” church,[1] I’ve always been surprised by how few people in the audience actually sing. I’m not “judging” anyone here. I’m just making a personal observation.[2] Whether it is the country Baptist church holding a revival with 30 people in attendance […]

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Why It’s Wrong To Keep Truth And Grace In Balance

We want to be balanced people. It is considered a good thing to have a balanced diet or to keep a healthy balance between work and pleasure. But sometimes, balance is a bad thing. For example, finding a balance between fidelity and infidelity in marriage – or between honesty and dishonesty – doesn’t make any […]

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Are We Saved by Grace, Faith, or Works?

“We are saved only by grace.” “I believe in faith-only salvation.” “You cannot work your way into heaven.” “Obedience doesn’t save – Jesus saves.” We’ve all heard blanket statements like these. While they may be partially true, left alone they are dangerously misleading. Grace, faith, works of obedience, baptism – all of these things play a […]

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Why The Trinity Matters (Practically Speaking)

A.W. Tozer said, “What you think of God is the most important thing about you.”[1] This is certainly true in relation to idolatry, where the Bible repeatedly warns that we will become like our idols (Psa. 115:8; 135:15-18; Isa. 44:18-20; 2 Cor. 4:4). Idolatry is not only repugnant to God, it is a deadly disease […]

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What Must I Do To Stay Saved?

I know some who live in constant fear of being lost. They are keenly aware of their flaws and failures, and believe their soul is continually in jeopardy. Deep down they feel they are safe only immediately after they have prayed to God, “Please forgive me of my sins.” I am sure a few even […]

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The God Of The Missional Church Is Too Small

“Missional” is one of those newer words used in theological circles. Depending on who uses it, it can have vastly different meanings. What does it mean to be “missional”? And should we embrace it? “Missional” #1 One definition of the “missional church” is the assumption that all Christians should be involved in the Great Commission […]

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Follow Your Heart, Or Follow God?

“Follow your heart” is the unspoken motto today, even in some popular religious circles. Rob Bell says, “Your job is the relentless pursuit of who God made you to be” (114). Bell makes it sound that self-realization is all God primarily cares about, and that somehow God will somehow mysteriously lead you to happiness by […]

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More Jesus, Less Doctrine = Less Jesus

It is not unusual, during a Biblical discussion about some peripheral issue (dressing for worship, modesty, the role of women in worship, denominationalism, etc.), for someone to raise his/her hand in frustration and remark, “Can’t we talk more about Jesus, and less about doctrine?” At face value, it is hard to disagree with this sentiment. […]

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“God Accepts Me As I Am” (The Defense Series)

[Welcome to The Defense Series. The aim of this series is to help Christians more effectively “make a defense” (1 Pet. 3:15) to those who challenge the teachings and values of New Testament Christianity. Don’t be fooled by the title; this article is a response to the above quote. My prayer is that the following words will help and embolden you as […]

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