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Jesus Changes Everything

The Gospel is the story of Jesus.

Jesus is the whole point of the Gospel. Rather than a message of self-help or religious structure, the Gospel is the story of a real historical person. Who He is and what He did (and does) is the essence of the Good News.

This news, however, is not just something we add to the overabundance of news we receive every day. No, this news changes everything… Jesus changes everything.

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Why talk about SIN?

Some of the best attended “churches” in America are led by “preachers” who either avoid or minimize the topic of Sin. 
So, if there are many people who decide not to address the subject, and if there are many more who do not want to hear about it, then why in the world would anyone bring it up? Well, that is a good question…

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Do You have Right Relationship with God?

How can any sinful human experience right relationship with God?

This question is of supreme importance, though it is not likely on the front of most people’s mind at the moment. There are numerous assumptions in such a question. Here are just some of them: (1) There is a God; (2) God is holy or morally pure; (3) humans are sinful or morally corrupt; (4) God is just; and (5) God is gracious. While many may not regularly consider this question, all people presume at least some of these assumptions. In fact, the Bible argues that all people everywhere are accountable to God precisely because all conscious people know the first four assumptions to be true (Romans 1:18-2:11).

Arguing for the statements here is not within to scope of this brief article, but if the first four assumptions are true, then the question above becomes exceedingly important. If God is pure and just, and humans are morally corrupt, then God must deliver proper justice for all immoral thoughts, words, and deeds. While this reality is unsettling, not everyone sees fit to answer the question the same.

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Pastor Marc’s Review: “From Eden to the new Jerusalem”

Alexander makes no difficult task of discovering his thesis in this book. He states at the outset that he seeks to answer two of the biggest questions of all time, namely “Why does the earth exist?” and “What is the purpose of human life?” The author provides answers to these questions by walking through the metanarrative of holy Scripture and helping his reader see the major themes that run straight through the entire story. In my own estimation, Alexander’s work was a delight; I believe he was successful at proposing a biblical and interesting answer to each of these questions. The purpose for human existence is a familiar question and answer to me, but the divine intent in creating planet earth is a concept that hasn’t been given much time in my own mind. This book added quality and content to both of these concepts for me. Alexander’s book is a marvelous and accessible text that brings the reader from Eden to the New Jerusalem by briskly walking through the Scriptures in a remarkable way.

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The Exemplary Courage of Obediah Holmes

 

In 1651, in Lynn, Massachusetts, Obediah Holmes and several others gathered in a man’s home for a small worship service. Even though European immigrants were fleeing religious persecution by coming to North America, they still brought with them much of the established expectations of Church/state relations. Obediah and his friends were Baptists, and this put them at odds with the established Church. Their worship service was private but it was not secret, and it was illegal.

Not long into their service, constables broke in and arrested three of the men…

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Why You Shouldn’t Neglect the Word of God

Chances are fair that you have some inclination to value the Bible. While not all people affirm that the Bible is the “Word of God,” and even some professing Christians would balk at the notion, many people still have at least the residue of this kind of thinking on their minds. Whether you believe the Bible is the Word of God or not, consider a few passages from the Bible as they speak directly to the subject of “God’s Word.” You may find that the Bible is actually quite consistent on the subject, and your neglect of its words will only hurt you more as time goes on.
 
It is a fact that wherever God’s Words may be found, those words are worth your significant time investment.

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What might we learn from Paul Tripp and Tullian Tchividjian?

 

I recently read a very brief statement from Paul Tripp concerning the very public sinful expressions of Tullian Tchividjian (see an article on the matter in Christianity Today HERE). The whole thing is a painful reminder that even the best of men are men at best. However, I think there might be something worth observing here.

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What is Biblical Theology? | A Book Review

 

Introduction

What is Biblical Theology?[1] is a short and well-written book that introduces readers to the Bible’s big picture. Drawing attention to themes, common images, and typological examples, the author helps readers see the brushstrokes made upon the canvass of redemptive history in all of their marvelous display. James M. Hamilton, Jr. holds a PhD from Southern Baptist Theological Seminary (SBTS), and he is currently the Professor of Biblical Theology at SBTS. Hamilton is also the author of a lengthier book on the subject of biblical theology, God’s Glory in Salvation through Judgment.[2] His familiarity with the topic is obvious as Hamilton walks the path of biblical theology through the grand narrative of the Bible itself, all the while holding the reader’s hand and pointing out all of the important cites along the way.


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A Statement concerning the Supreme Court decision on Same-sex Marriage

On June 26, 2015 the Supreme Court of the United States issued a decision declaring the right of same-sex couples to possess the same marital classification as that of a heterosexual solemn union.

Justice Anthony Kennedy wrote for the majority, saying, “No union is more profound than marriage, for it embodies the highest ideals of love, fidelity, devotion, sacrifice and family. In forming a marital union, two people become something greater than once they were.” Justice Kennedy’s statement was accompanied by a sweeping alteration of the very foundation of this admittedly profound union.

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Do you know the Gospel?

This question represents the most important topic of all time, and the answer to this question is assumed by most who might be confronted by it. Think for a moment… What would you say if someone walked up to you while you stood in line at the grocery store and asked you, “What is the Gospel?” Well? Would you tell them that Jesus has made your life better? Would you start to tell them about your church? Would you confuse them with several unfamiliar words and look down on them for not understanding what you’ve vaguely communicated? Would you tell them to say a special prayer?
 
While there may be many ideas flying around about what to say or how to say it, I’d like to help provide a simple way to remember what to say in any context. That’s right, I said you can be prepared to share the Gospel in any context, with any person from any culture, and even with those you know best. Four words that will help you remember the Gospel and share it well are these: God, Man, Christ, and Response.

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