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Kevin DeYoung

Kevin DeYoung is senior pastor of University Reformed Church (PCA) in East Lansing, Michigan, near Michigan State University. He and his wife Trisha have six young children. You can follow him on Twitter.

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The Biggest Story Video

I’m breaking my blog fast for one day to show you this beautiful trailer for The Biggest Story animated short film. I’ll have more information about the full length video in a couple weeks. The folks at Crossway have done an amazing job putting this together over the past year.

The Biggest Story: The Animated Short Film (Trailer) from Crossway on Vimeo.

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Summer Break

Enjoy your summer, and have a great month.

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A Love Like That

What must you change now so you and your spouse can die like this later?

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How Should I Process the Current Tensions and Violence in Our Country?

How can we possibly process everything that’s going on in our world?

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7 Common Mistakes Search Committees Make

Search committees are a part of how most of us do church. Sometimes they’re great, sometimes not so much.

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The Sermon that Helped Push the Colonies Toward Independence

Is America a Christian nation?

The only simple answer to that question is: it depends.

Were all the founding fathers evangelical Christians? Far from it. Did the Declaration of Independence or the Constitution establish this land as a Christian country? Definitely not. And yet, Christianity has certainly been the defining religious influence in our history. Virtually every key Revolutionary era leader took for granted the need for Bible-infused virtue if the Republic would survive. And many of these leaders were sincere, orthodox, evangelical Christians.

Like John Witherspoon.

On May 17, 1776, John Witherspoon (1723-94) preached one of the most significant sermons in the history of this country. Preaching at Princeton, the Scottish pastor turned college president, delivered his most famous address. It was a General Fast Day, appointed by the congress of the American colonies for prayer and humble supplication before God in the face of an unknown, and possibly war-filled, future.

Witherspoon’s sermon, based on Psalm 76:10, was entitled The Dominion of Providence Over the Passions of Men. It is widely regarded as one of the principal sermons that prepared the way for the Declaration of Independence, a document that Witherspoon himself—the lone clergymen—would sign on July 4, 1776.

Scholars who care about these things almost always draw attention to the second half of Witherspoon’s sermon where the Scotsman, for “the first time” he said, introduced a “political subject into the pulpit.” But before he got to talking about independence, the Presbyterian minister had a more important …

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How Should Christians Think About Corporate Apologies?

It’s a pretty good test of the appropriateness of our repentance to consider whether our confession is costly to us, or rather, aims to be costly to someone else.

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A New Website for URC

URC has a new website design.

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Monday Morning Humor

Friends don’t let friends play Barney.

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The Humble Leader

Humility isn’t about pretending to be lower than we are. It’s about realizing we are not as mighty as we think.

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