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Rebuilding Appalachia

Dec 17, 2014 | Justin Taylor

A Christian home repair/home building ministry through which volunteers and staff repair and build homes for low-income families in rural Central Appalachi.

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A 20th Century Classic: “The Master Plan of Evangelism”

Dec 06, 2014 | Justin Taylor

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Dr. Robert E. Coleman (b. 1928) taught for 27 years at Asbury Theological Seminary and then directed the School of World Mission and Evangelism at Trinity Evangelical Divinity School for 18 years, during which time he also led the Institute of Evangelicalism in the Billy Graham Center at Wheaton College. Since 2001 he has been associated with Gordon-Conwell Theological Seminary as Distinguished Senior Professor of Discipleship and Evangelism.

In 1963 Coleman published his book on The Master Plan of Evangelism, which boasts over 3.5 million copies sold. Billy Graham would later write a foreword for the book, claiming that few books have had more impact on the cause of world evangelization than this one. For Graham, the secret of the book’s success is Coleman’s disinterest in drawing upon the latest trends or techniques, but his return to the Bible to ask one simple but crucial question: what was the evangelism strategy of Jesus Christ?

In order to answer this question, Coleman identifies eight guiding principles from the life and practice of Jesus, outlined below. These principles in the life of Jesus were not sequential but overlapping. Nevertheless, Coleman discerns a logical progression at play. Coleman begins this work by asking whether our evangelistic efforts are truly “fulfilling the Great Commission”—in other words, is there an ever-expanding company of people dedicated to reaching the world with the gospel on account of our ministry? What is needed, Coleman argues, is a carefully constructed strategy that entails day-by-day movement toward this long-range goal. That is …

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Brief Book Review: “Evangelical Spirituality: From the Wesleys to John Stott”

Nov 26, 2014 | Justin Taylor

A review of a neglected but very helpful introduction.

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An Interview with Karen Prior on Her New Biography of Hannah More

Nov 03, 2014 | Justin Taylor

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Karen Swallow Prior’s new biography of Hannah More (1745-1833) is now available: Fierce Convictions: The Extraordinary Life of Hannah More—Poet, Reformer, Abolitionist (Thomas Nelson, 2014).

As Mark Noll explains:

Hannah More was an educational pioneer and a best-selling evangelical author of “cheap tracts” for England’s poor in the tumultuous years of the American and French Revolutions. As educator, writer, reformer, and public Christian she was much lauded, but also much lampooned, during her own lifetime. With careful research, balanced judgments, accessible prose, and unusual insight, Karen Swallow Prior’s biography shows clearly why Hannah More made such an important impact in her own age, and also why her life can speak in significant ways to readers today.

Dr. Prior, Professor of English at Liberty University, recently answered a few questions about Mrs. More and the new biography:

How did you first become interested in Hannah More?

I was researching another eighteenth century writer for my doctoral dissertation when I stumbled across Hannah More after a day of prayer and fasting over my floundering research efforts. I had never heard of her before, and neither had my dissertation chair. But I instantly knew that this was who I needed to write about in my dissertation. Once I convinced my dissertation chair of that, I did. When I finished, one of my academic advisors (a professed agnostic) urged me to write a biography of More for a general reading audience.

Painting by H.W. Pickersgill in 1821, when Hannah More was 76 years old.

Eighteenth-century English society seems to be …

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70 Years Ago Today: The Conversion of J. I. Packer

Oct 22, 2014 | Justin Taylor

A narration of how the great theologian came to faith as an awkward 18-year-old university student during his first year at Oxford.

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Short Film on “Hound of Heaven,” Written by N.D. Wilson and Narrated by Propaganda

Sep 30, 2014 | Justin Taylor

The Hollywood Reporter provides an exclusive first look.

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Sarah Kinnard: A Novel Every Christian Should Consider Reading

Sep 18, 2014 | Justin Taylor

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I am doing a blog series on Novels Every Christian Should Consider Reading.

Sarah Kinnard studied English and Education at Wheaton College.

A former middle and high school English teacher, she now homeschools her own children and tries to squeeze in a morning run and a little reading.

She blogs at goingsgraces.wordpress.com.

Dorothy Dunnett’s novel The Game of Kings opens a six-book series that is spectacularly written, exhaustively researched, profoundly thought-provoking, and utterly absorbing. As far as I know, Dunnett was not a Christian, nor are her main characters. But her books illuminate the histories of cultures, nations, and individuals in ways Christians would do well to ponder. I think they are novels every Christian should consider reading.

The Lymond Chronicles actually form one continuous story with the seven-volume House of Niccolò series that follows. I’d start by recommending the entire cycle to you, but I don’t want to scare you off. So I will focus on Lymond, sure that anyone who is entranced, like me, by Dunnett’s story will be compelled to read the whole thing.

Francis Crawford of Lymond is a complex figure of fabulous talents and deep wounds. He is looking for a leader worth following and a nation worth serving, and for a purpose that will conquer his past. Dunnett sets her books in the flowering Renaissance, sweeping toward the upheaval of the Reformation, amid all the chaos and opportunity of that rapidly changing world. In such a time, a brilliant man could access the …

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What Would It Have Been Like to Attend a Puritan Worship Service?

Aug 31, 2014 | Justin Taylor

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A historian walks us through what we would have encountered.

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How to Criticize (and Appreciate) Evangelicalism

Aug 05, 2014 | Justin Taylor

Some wise words from Alistair Roberts.

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5 Tips to Keep Email from Ruining Your Life

Jul 03, 2014 | Justin Taylor

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Some tips on how to manage the tsunami of messages we receive each day.

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“The Richest, Most Moving, Most Deeply Cross-centered and God-glorifying Treatment of Job I Have Ever Read”

Jun 05, 2014 | Justin Taylor

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Christopher Ash’s new homiletical commentary on Job is garnering an unusual amount of praise.

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The Mass Delusion of Transgenderism

Jun 02, 2014 | Justin Taylor

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Kevin D. Williamson of National Review argues that our feelings cannot determine reality.

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Scholarship as Ministry

Jun 02, 2014 | Justin Taylor

A plea from Doug Sweeney for Christian to serve one another in the academy.

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A Summary of Henry Scougal’s “The Life of God in the Soul of Man”

May 30, 2014 | Justin Taylor

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George Whitefield says he “never knew what true religion was” until he read this book. Here’s an overview.

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Books at a Glance

Mar 31, 2014 | Justin Taylor

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A new service that helps us keep up with what’s being published and to make wise purchasing choices.

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