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May 21, 2014
Interview

Taking GOD at His WORD: An Interview with Kevin DeYoung

Kevin DeYoung, Senior Pastor of University Reformed Church in East Lansing, Michigan, answers questions about his new book on the Word of God.
Taking GOD at His WORD: An Interview with Kevin DeYoung

Q: You explain that Psalm 119 describes how we ought to feel about the Word of God—that we should delight in and desire it. How do these two things show themselves practically in our everyday lives?

Kevin DeYoung: For starters, there is an affective element. We should be ...

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May 16, 2014
The Gospel Project

The Sabbath, Jesus, and Christians by J.D. Greear

Pastor J.D. Greear reflects on the gospel and our Sabbath rest.
The Sabbath, Jesus, and Christians by J.D. Greear

In the Fourth Commandment, God established the Sabbath as a way for the Israelites to refocus on their relationship with Him, rest from their labors, and remember His work in creation and redemption (Deut. 5:12-15). That was the Sabbath law for Israel. But what does all this ...

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May 15, 2014
Canada

Pastor, Need a Break? I'll Preach for You

The last week of May I will be in Banff, Alberta, Canada. Need a week off? I'll come preach.
Pastor, Need a Break? I'll Preach for You
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During the last week in May, I am in Banff, Alberta, spending a few days with Donna before I will speak at The Congress of Apostolic Ministries. That includes a Sunday (May 25th) and I am not preaching anywhere at this point.

Since I am now pastoring a church, I preach ...

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May 14, 2014
Church

Dropouts and Disciples: How many students are really leaving the church?

Are students leaving the church in droves? What can we do to stop the bleeding?
Dropouts and Disciples: How many students are really leaving the church?

Dropout is a key word in today's evangelical churches concerning teenagers and young adults. The quote often sounds like this: "86% of evangelical youth drop out of church after graduation, never to return." The problem with that statement (and others around ...

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May 6, 2014
Atonement

The Atonement and the Suffering Servant: Isaiah 53 by Philip Nation

In Isaiah 53, the Suffering Servant sheds light on what Christ has done for us and why.
The Atonement and the Suffering Servant: Isaiah 53 by Philip Nation

The book of Isaiah is poetic and soaring in much of its language. But, at times, it is difficult to read. Not because it contains material that is too difficult to understand but because it contains truth that is difficult to face. The 53rd chapter contains what might be ...

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Apr 30, 2014
Anabaptists

Who are Anabaptists?

What do Anabaptists believe? Ed Boschman, Executive Director of the U.S. Conference of Mennonite Brethren Churches explains.
Who are Anabaptists?
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We use the terms "biblical theology," "anabaptist," and "evangelical" to describe our faith because these words also grow out of our history. Because MBs have been shaped by other movements that we have found compatible, a brief review of our ...

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Apr 29, 2014
Atonement

The Atonement and the Passover: Exodus 12 by Matt Capps

Christ is our Passover Lamb.
The Atonement and the Passover: Exodus 12 by Matt Capps

The Passover Event

The Pharaoh-god refused to let Israel go free from slavery despite the Living God's demands through Moses. Pharaoh wanted to keep Israel under his power. God's response to Pharaoh's obstinate defiance in Exodus 7-10 is breathtaking. The one ...

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Apr 24, 2014
Social Media

Why I Call Random People on Twitter

Twitter is not only for Christian in-fighting—it can be used to encourage brothers and sisters in Christ.
Why I Call Random People on Twitter
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When I am on a long drive, I will sometimes tweet out an offer.

Basically, I say, "Hey, if you are a small church pastor (or church planter, college leader, student, or whatever else in that tweet), and you need some advice, encouragement, and prayer, send me a Direct ...

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Apr 22, 2014
Atonement

The Atonement and the Psalmist: Psalm 22 by Eric Mason

In Part 7 of a series on the atonement, Pastor Eric Mason writes on Psalm 22 and abandonment.
The Atonement and the Psalmist: Psalm 22 by Eric Mason

Psalm 22 is what I would call a "hybrid psalm." It is a "hybrid" in that it has components within it that fit different psalms. There are parts that follow the pattern of a lament psalm (1-2, 6-7, 11-18), a psalm of trust (4-5, 8-10, 19-21, 26-34), and ...

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Apr 15, 2014
Atonement

The Atonement and the Scapegoat: Leviticus 16 by Dr. Kenneth Mathews

Dr. Kenneth Mathews of Beeson Divinity School looks at the atonement through the lens of Leviticus 16.
The Atonement and the Scapegoat: Leviticus 16 by Dr. Kenneth Mathews

The ritual "Day of Atonement" (Hebrew Yom Kippur), described in Leviticus 16, was the most holy day of worship in the Hebrew calendar. It was also the most complicated in terms of ritual performance. A ceremonial ritual conveys a powerful image in which there is ...

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Apr 8, 2014
Interview

Ministry in Brazilian Favelas: My Interview with Amaro Roberto

While in Brazil, I interviewed Pastor Amaro Roberto, a pastor ministering in the favelas of Recife.
Ministry in Brazilian Favelas: My Interview with Amaro Roberto

A favela is a slum in Brazil. Recently, I walked through one with a group of pastors and church leaders to ask how we might partner with ministries in these communities.

I say communities because that is what they are. People live here. And, when the favela gets forced ...

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Apr 8, 2014
Atonement

The Atonement in Hosea's Love for Gomer by Dr. Robert Vasholz

Dr. Robert Vasholz explains how Hosea's love for Gomer points to God's act of love in the atonement.
The Atonement in Hosea's Love for Gomer by Dr. Robert Vasholz

The eternal atonement of Christ reaches out to two audiences. It reaches out to mankind. The atonement reconciles, rescues, ransoms, redeems, restores, relieves, renews, resurrects and rejuvenates. Its effect on men is astonishing.

The other audience is God Himself. In ...

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Apr 2, 2014
Church

Is an Online Church Really a Church?

Every church should have an online presence, but a physical presence is necessary as well.
Is an Online Church Really a Church?
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Come on—it's 2014.

Every church should have an online presence.

Your church people and your community are there, so you should be as well. But that is different than referring to something that happens via your website as a "church."

Can an online ...

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Apr 1, 2014
Brazil

On Mission in Brazil: Shores of Grace

When the Lord calls, we go. It doesn't have to be so complicated.
On Mission in Brazil: Shores of Grace

I'm in Brazil at the moment, helping connect American pastors to mission opportunities in Brazil, particularly in Recife where I am right now at this very moment.

We are visiting several venues and I will blog more about them this week. I am here with The Upstream Collective, ...

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Apr 1, 2014
Atonement

The Atonement in the Passover: Exodus and Leviticus by Dr. Scot McKnight

Dr. Scot McKnight elaborates on different theories of the atonement, particularly dealing with the Passover.
The Atonement in the Passover: Exodus and Leviticus by Dr. Scot McKnight

Atonement theories, in spite of the many claims that some of these theories did not arise until the patristic era or the medieval era or during the Reformation, derive from biblical exegesis. There are then biblical groundings for each theory—from the classical theory ...

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