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Why Gospel Diversity Means More—Though Not Less!—Than Ethnic Diversity

Sep 22, 2017 | Justin Taylor

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“The visible bond of our unity shows off the power of an invisible gospel.” Here are five ways the gospel should overcome barriers in our churches. How are we doing?

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Four Ways that Diversity—More than Uniformity—Magnifies God

Sep 20, 2017 | Justin Taylor

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A beautiful reflection from John Piper, reminding us that God’s design for diversity results in more beautiful praise, more magnification of his beauty, more awe at his power, and more humility for his people.

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Reading the Rule of St. Benedict for Today

Sep 19, 2017 | Justin Taylor

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Benedict is making a comeback. So how should we think about his counsel that has been read for over 15 centuries?

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Nabeel Qureshi (1983-2017)

Sep 16, 2017 | Justin Taylor

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For the first two-thirds of his life, Islam was everything to him. Until Jesus found and rescued him and made him an ambassador of the greatest news in the world.

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The Marks of a Crusty Christian

Sep 08, 2017 | Justin Taylor

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“Let’s try hard to be discerning and grounded without always looking for the next theological misstep in our friends, our family, or the songs we sing.”

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A Corporate Confession of Faith Based on the Ten Commandments and the Sermon on the Mount

Sep 01, 2017 | Justin Taylor

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A meaningful way to get specific about how we have fallen short of the glory of God this week, followed by gospel pardon and assurance.

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Reading the Gospels: Do You Know the 7 Differences between Galilee and Judea in the Time of Jesus?

Aug 30, 2017 | Justin Taylor

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Mark and Matthew structured their narratives around a geographical framework dividing the north and the south. And a Jewish Galilean in first-century Jerusalem was as much a foreigner as an Irishman in London or a Texan in New York.

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The 8 Beliefs You Should Know about Mormons When They Knock at the Door

Aug 18, 2017 | Justin Taylor

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The following is a brief overview of the beliefs of Mormonism (The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints) believe, along with what the Bible really teaches, printed among the many articles and resources in the back of the ESV Study Bible (posted with permission).   1. Apostasy and Restoration Mormons claim that “total” apostasy overcame the church following apostolic times, and that the Mormon Church (founded in 1830) is the “restored church.” If the Mormon Church were truly a “restored church,” however, one would expect to find first-century historical evidence for Mormon doctrines like the plurality of gods and God the Father having once been a man. Such evidence is completely lacking. Besides, the Bible disallows a total apostasy of the church (e.g., Matt. 16:18; 28:20; Eph. 3:21; 4:11-16), warning instead of partial apostasy (1 Tim. 4:1). 2. God Mormons claim that God the Father was once a man and that he then progressed to godhood (that is, he is a now-exalted, immortal man with a flesh-and-bone body). However, based on the Bible, God is not and has never been a man (Num. 23:19; Hos. 11:9). He is a spirit (John 4:24), and a spirit does not have flesh and bones (Luke 24:39). Furthermore, God is eternal (Ps. 90:2; 102:27; Isa. 57:15; 1 Tim. 1:17) and immutable (or unchangeable in his being and perfections; see Ps. 102:25-27; Mal. 3:6). He did not “progress” toward godhood, but has always been God. 3. Polytheism Mormons believe that the Trinity consists not of three persons in one God but rather of three distinct gods. According to …

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The 11 Beliefs You Should Know about Jehovah’s Witnesses When They Knock at the Door

Aug 17, 2017 | Justin Taylor

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In less than 1,000 words, here are the key beliefs of Jehovah’s Witnesses, including what the Bible really teaches instead.

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A Conversation with Historian Thomas Kidd on the Religious Life of Benjamin Franklin

Jun 22, 2017 | Justin Taylor

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Thomas Kidd calls Ben Franklin the Forrest Gump of the 18th century. How did a young Puritan grow up to be a Christian Deist? What was his relationship like with his Calvinistic-evangelical sister Jane? Did he ever meet Jonathan Edwards? Were there rumors of a deathbed conversion?

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Taking a Stand for Restorative Justice

Jun 20, 2017 | Justin Taylor

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“The Church has both the unique ability and unparalleled capacity to confront the staggering crisis of crime and incarceration in America and to respond with restorative solutions for communities, victims, and individuals responsible for crime.”

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6 Things to Do with Your Anxiety

Jun 19, 2017 | Justin Taylor

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Wisdom from counselor David Powlison on dealing with everyday, garden-variety anxiety. Do you want to hear a good description of what happens with anxiety? “A man who has no control over his spirit is like a city broken into and without walls.” That’s Proverbs 25:28. How do you get a grip when barbarians are rioting in the streets of your mind? Terrorist attackers, a gang of criminals, suicide bombers, cities invaded, fires everywhere, a lion in the street, chaos. Your mind loses its grip. Fear and anxiety have taken over. Nothing’s safe or certain. Anxiety is a universal human experience, and you need to approach it with a plan. Notice this is not a formula. When [a professional football coach enters a game], he doesn’t know a single thing that’s going to happen after the opening whistle. He doesn’t even know who’s going to kick off until they flip a coin. But he’s not unprepared. He goes in with a game plan, a basic orientation to the game ahead. I want to give you six things as a game plan for when you start to worry and obsess. [1. Name] First, name the pressures. You always worry about something. What things tend to hook you? What do you tend to worry about? What “good reasons” do you have for anxiety? The very act of naming it is often very helpful. In the experience of anxiety, it seems like a million things. You’re juggling plates, round and round and round and round. …

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The Simple Questions to Ask Every Time You Open Your Bible

Jun 19, 2017 | Justin Taylor

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I sit down with New Testament professor Matt Harmon, who has written a practical, easy-to-understand, Gospel-centered books about the questions to ask every time you sit down with the Bible.

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How These Four Words Could Keep You From Sin Today

Jun 14, 2017 | Justin Taylor

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The only way we ever sin is by suppressing God, by forgetting, by tuning out his voice, switching channels, and listening to other voices. So let’s remember one simple yet life-changing truth God tells us.

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Look & See: A Portrait of Wendell Berry

Jun 06, 2017 | Justin Taylor

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The new documentary LOOK & SEE is “a beautiful and poignant portrait of the changing landscapes and shifting values of rural America in the era of industrial agriculture, as seen through the eye of American novelist, poet, and activist, Wendell Berry.”

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