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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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Mar 25, 2014
Atonement

The Atonement and Abraham's Sacrifice of Isaac: Genesis 22 by Dr. David Murray

In the events of Genesis 22, Abraham and Isaac point to God and a greater sacrifice.
The Atonement and Abraham's Sacrifice of Isaac: Genesis 22 by Dr. David Murray

"What does this reveal about God and His salvation?"

That's the question the Israelites, the original readers, asked when they read their Bibles. When they asked Genesis 22 this question, they got four answers.

God demands sacrifice

Israelites reading ...

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Mar 18, 2014
Atonement

The Atonement in the Garden: Genesis 3 by Dr. Jon Akin

The head-crushing, veil-tearing, atoning expectation of a Messiah
The Atonement in the Garden: Genesis 3 by Dr. Jon Akin

In our day, few seem concerned with the question, "How can a sinner like me live with God forever?" But that question is central to the biblical storyline. The doctrine of atonement answers that question, and what many fail to see, is that this idea started all ...

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Mar 12, 2014
Christ-Centered Preaching

Preaching Christ from the Old Testament: Jesus in Every Scripture Part 2 by Dr. Walt Kaiser Jr.

Dr. Walt Kaiser Jr. shares more about preaching Christ in the Scriptures, looking specifically at 1 Corinthians.
Preaching Christ from the Old Testament: Jesus in Every Scripture Part 2 by Dr. Walt Kaiser Jr.
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1 Corinthians 2:2

A third passage that is alleged to teach that Jesus should be the exclusive subject of all preaching and therefore he was presumably the subject of every verse in the Bible reads as follows:

For I resolved to know nothing while I was with you except ...
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Mar 11, 2014
Atonement

The Atonement and the Blood: Leviticus 17 by Dr. Stephen Um

Dr. Stephen Um elaborates on Leviticus 17 to kick off a new blog series on the atonement.
The Atonement and the Blood: Leviticus 17 by Dr. Stephen Um

While the language of "atonement" has begun to fall out of regular use in our day and age, atonement itself remains as central to the human experience as it has ever been. In most cases, the word "atonement" has been replaced by the word "reconciliation." ...

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Mar 7, 2014

The Scarlet Thread Through the Bible, a Free eBook from The Gospel Project

The Gospel Project has turned W.A. Criswell's famous sermon on the atonement into a free eBook.
The Scarlet Thread Through the Bible, a Free eBook from The Gospel Project

In the coming weeks, I'm going to host a multi-part blog series on the atonement, the "scarlet thread" that runs through the entire Bible.

This spring, thousands of groups using The Gospel Project in churches across the world are taking a journey through the ...

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Mar 5, 2014
Seminary

4 Reasons Why Maybe You Shouldn't Choose a Seminary Church

Four reasons why it might be smart to find a church outside of your seminary bubble
4 Reasons Why Maybe You Shouldn't Choose a Seminary Church
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I've always encouraged Bible college and seminary students not to go to a church filled with students from their school. I call that a "seminary church," but it is broader than that of course. Yes, there are always exceptions, however, if you are a student, ...

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Mar 2, 2014
Community

Still Learning on Sundays: Community as a Gospel Apologetic

Community is a demonstration of the gospel to the lost world.
Still Learning on Sundays: Community as a Gospel Apologetic
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I am preaching up at Sojourn Church in Louisville today.

I'll be preaching on mission (surprise!), but related to John 17 (and in light of John 20:21). Here are some powerful quotes about how community really matters.

I'm struck by the idea that we need—and ...

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Feb 28, 2014
Transformational Groups

The Right Culture for Community

Church community is not a once- or twice-a-week event—it's a matter of doing life together.
The Right Culture for Community

The Right Culture for Community

So many churches are trying to get larger. They put a lot of time, energy, and money into their pursuit of getting bigger. The church needs to make getting small a priority. Church-health proponents are reminding pastors that the bigger the ...

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Feb 13, 2014
Thinkers

The Centrality of the Gospel in Ministry: A Guest Post from Greg Strand

We say that the gospel is the center of our ministry, but do we live like it?
The Centrality of the Gospel in Ministry: A Guest Post from Greg Strand
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Today I will address the doctrinal and functional centrality of the biblical gospel – doctrinal centrality in belief and proclamation, and functional centrality in life and ministry.

Our spiritual lives originate in the gospel. Our EFCA movement exists because of ...

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