everPresent: How the Gospel Relocates Us in the Present in Review

Have you even been in a conversation with another person and sensed they really weren’t listening to you? Maybe they responded with the staccato “yeah-yeah-yeah” as their eyes drifted around the room. I doubt I’m the only one who has experienced this. In those awkward moments, I always think of Jim Elliot’s famous quote: “Wherever […]

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Light for the Nations

Missions is always present in our thinking. We’ve enjoyed and profited from various readings this week, including John Stott on Romans and John Piper on God’s glory in the worship of the nations. Stott writes, “The highest of missionary motives is neither obedience to the Great Commission (important as that is), nor love for sinners […]

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Sheep and Goats

Why do we find it so difficult to live out Acts 1:8, the last command of Jesus to His followers? “But you will receive power when the Holy Spirit has come upon you, and you will be my witnesses in Jerusalem and in all Judea and Samaria, and to the end of the earth.” Sometimes I […]

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Sovereign Grace at Brookstone School

Rather than an overseas mission trip this summer, our church decided to build a team that would commit themselves to teaching the Bible to inner-city children in Charlotte, North Carolina. Brookstone School, an urban Christian school committed to educating under-resourced children academically from a Christian worldview, provided the venue. As it turned out, only a […]

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God’s Gospel in Review

Every child born is on a road-trip to eternity, finding themselves in the same spiritual predicament as their parents were born into—separated from Christ, alienated from the commonwealth of Israel and strangers to the covenants of promise, having no hope and without God in the world (Ephesians 2:12). So is it ever too soon to […]

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Standing Squarely on the Unseen

There’s a sense in which we all live by faith. We drink water out of a faucet or water bottle without actually seeing where it came from. We grocery shop by pulling things off the shelves and eating them without seeing where they were grown or how they were processed. We dine at restaurants without […]

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Facts, Feelings, and the Quest for Self-Esteem

Margaret Mead once said, “Always remember that you are absolutely unique. Just like everyone else.” Her almost prophetic words distill for us the cultural shift that has transpired right before our eyes—everyone receives a trophy, everyone is special, everyone has a personal brand to promote. Labeled as the national wonder drug, self-esteem permeates every crack […]

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Shepherding Our Children

Clarence Darrow, defending attorney for John T. Scopes in the Scopes “Monkey” Trial, once commented: “The first half of our lives are ruined by our parents, the second half by our children.” Darrow’s father prided himself as a religious freethinker and was known as the “village infidel.” Darrow himself had only one child with his […]

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Carl Trueman on the Reformation: Part Fourteen

[ Carl Trueman on the Reformation: Part Thirteen] In lecture 14, Dr. Trueman discusses the famous humanist Desiderius Erasmus. Humanism looked back to the glory of the classics, with a belief that classical studies improved a person. Out of this arose a reforming zeal but no consensus as to how this should be accomplished. Erasmus, the […]

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Community Pool: July 11

Here’s our latest roundup for your summer reading and viewing.  Don’t miss the Luther giveaway over at Ligonier.   Ligonier is offering Luther and the Reformation by R. C. Sproul as a free download for one week. We’ve watched it and it’s great!  You can grab it here. In a day when multitudes are enthusiastically […]

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