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Lane and Ebeth Dennis: A Long Obedience in the Same Direction

May 06, 2015 | Justin Taylor

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Crossway’s Lane and Ebeth Dennis are honored for lifetime achievement awards by the ECPA.

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Paul Was Inspired, Yet He Wanted Timothy to Bring Him Books to Read!

Apr 17, 2015 | Justin Taylor

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A bracing exhortation from Charles Spurgeon.

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Tim Keller’s Foreword for Collin Hansen’s New Book, “Blind Spots”

Apr 16, 2015 | Justin Taylor

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Tim Keller, summarizing the rubric of Collin Hansen’s new book: “The ‘courage’ group stands valiantly for the truth; the ’compassion’ people stress service, listening, and engagement; while the ‘commissioned’ folks are all about building up the church and reaching the lost.”

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The Day Lincoln Was Shot: A Visual FAQ

Apr 13, 2015 | Justin Taylor

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For the 150th anniversary of President Lincoln’s assassination, I try to answer some frequently asked questions with lots of photographs and diagrams.

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The Warp Speed of This Revolution

Mar 30, 2015 | Justin Taylor

Ross Douthat explains how things have changed among the center-left and wonders how far they will go.

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6 Stages in the War for the Heart

Mar 19, 2015 | Justin Taylor

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An insightful excerpt from Paul Tripp’s “Instruments in the Redeemer’s Hands.”

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Martin Marty on Why You Should Read a Non-Lutheran’s Book about Luther on the Christian Life

Feb 20, 2015 | Justin Taylor

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One of the most prominent interpreters of American religion and culture explains why he hopes non-Lutherans will read Carl Trueman’s new book.

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Lent Begins This Wednesday: Here Is a Great Book to Help You Meditate on Christ’s Path to the Cross

Feb 16, 2015 | Justin Taylor

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Five questions with the author of a new and unique 4-narrative

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Tom Schreiner: A Biblical Meditation on the ISIS Execution of 21 Christians

Feb 16, 2015 | Justin Taylor

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Guest Post by Thomas R. Schreiner

Most of us have read the story of 21 Egyptian Christians kidnapped in Libya. An ISIS video showed about 12 of them being beheaded, and it is quite certain that all of them were murdered.

We Are Not Surprised

Jesus told us to expect persecution, teaching his disciples that unbelievers would hate us just as they hated him (John 15:18-20).

Jesus predicted that some of those who kill us “will think” they are “offering service to God” (John 16:2).

Even though most of us won’t lose our lives for Christ’s sake, we should not be surprised if we do. All of us need to be ready to surrender our lives for Christ. “If anyone comes to me and does not hate his own father and mother and wife and children and brothers and sisters, yes, and even his own life, he cannot be my disciple” (Luke 14:26).

We Are More Than Conquerers

Jesus calls us “to be faithful unto death” to receive “the crown of life” (Rev. 2:10).

Jesus also calls us to rejoice when persecuted, for it is a great honor to die for our Lord and Savior, and our reward will far exceed our suffering (Matt. 5:10-12; Acts 5:41). Naturally, we may be frightened and scared at such a prospect, worried that we don’t have the strength to suffer. And we don’t have the strength in ourselves, but God promises to be with us in the fire and the flood (Isa. 43:2), and he promises to give us grace to …

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Jim Crow, Civil Rights, and Southern White Evangelicals: A Historians Forum (Matthew J. Hall)

Feb 05, 2015 | Justin Taylor

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Historian Matt Hall of Southern Seminary gives four reasons why many white southern evangelicals seemed to be blind to racial injustice during the Jim Crow years.

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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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