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Donald Trump declared Sunday 3rd September 2017 a national day of prayer for "healing" and "comfort" in the wake of deadly Hurricane Harvey.

Rosaria Butterfield: “Why I Signed the Nashville Statement”

Great battles in theology faced by the church over the centuries have been caused by the introduction of unbiblical categories about the nature of people and the nature of God, and the imprecise language that emerges from this.  Are we justified by faith or are we justified by faith alone?  Does the Bible contain the word of God or is the Bible the word of God?  Should we refuse to bake cakes for gay weddings because marriage is a creation-mandated institution and not a social privilege that can be re-packaged as the world whims?  Or should we bake two cakes because sexual orientation as a category of personhood erases sexual sin without the blood of Christ?

How to Avoid An "Atheist Ambush" in University | Cold Case Christianity

Unfortunately, most of our fellow brothers and sisters in Christ are severely lacking in training, and when they encounter even the weakest arguments, they are not prepared … As a Christian in the college setting, you are being constantly challenged, constantly poked and prodded. It is easy to throw your hands in the air, becoming convinced your faith is a lie when you are being trampled every day by both professors and by peers. All Christians, but especially ones in college, must know what they believe and why they believe it if they have any hope of surviving with their faith intact … I think of college almost like an atheist ambush. The Christians are walking in totally unaware of the danger until it is too late and the damage has already been done …


Humility is a choice. Not once in the Bible are you ever told to pray for God to humble you. It says to “humble yourself before the Lord.” It’s a choice. Humility is something you do to yourself. Nobody else can do it to you. They can humiliate you, but they can’t make you humble. In essence, humility is total dependence on God. It’s not denying your strengths; it’s being honest about your weaknesses.

What to Pray When You Don't Feel Like Praying

“I don’t pray for long periods of time … my prayers are relatively brief. The times I really feel blessed through prayer is when my prayers are sincere—when I kind of think through what I’m going through, or I’m going through a hard time and I use that prayer to talk to God about everything.”

Perspective | I signed the Nashville Statement. It’s an expression of love for same-sex attracted people.

That affirmation is certainly in keeping with the moral revolution, but intellectual honesty requires the admission that it cannot be squared with the Bible’s account of creation. The “Denver Statement” denies “that sexual attraction for the same sex is outside the natural goodness of God’s original creation.” That fits the new sexual morality quite well, but runs counter to the consistent teaching of Scripture in both the Old and New Testaments.

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Evangelical Leaders Ask Trump to Leave DACA Alone

The threat of a lawsuit from 10 conservative state attorneys general has led to reports that President Donald Trump plans on ending or at least modifying the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals, or DACA, a program that protects children of undocumented immigrants who were brought into this country when they were too young to have a say. DACA remains popular with voters, leading to widespread pleas for him to leave it in place. Some of those pleas are coming from evangelical leaders Leith Anderson, Russell Moore and Lynne Hybels.

The Edible Sermon

As we pull back the chair to sit at the King’s Table, we confess our hunger and expectation to be satisfied in all of Christ’s righteousness for us again. We look up and down the table to see Jesus’s body — the brothers and sister on our right and left — who share this meal of fellowship with us. And at the table we taste the appetizers and see a glimpse of heaven’s feast. So, brothers and sisters, let us eat and drink and in so doing, “proclaim the Lord’s death until he comes” (1 Corinthians 11:26).

Weekend Apologetics Hit & Misc: Not a Daycare!

For though we live in the world, we do not wage war as the world does. The weapons we fight with are not the weapons of the world. On the contrary, they have divine power to demolish strongholds. We demolish arguments and every pretension that sets itself up against the knowledge of God, and we take captive every thought to make it obedient to Christ.

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5 Popular Misconceptions About Traditional Christians—Alisa Childers Podcast #5

As a Christian, have you ever shared something from a heart of love, only to be mischaracterized and misunderstood based on a misconception about what Christians actually believe? I see it in the comments section of my blog all the time. In today's podcast, I discuss the Nashville Statement and some very popular misconceptions about "Traditional Christians." Why do I use the term "Traditional Christian"? Well, because often these misconceptions are perpetuated by more liberal and progressive Christians, as well as atheists. Footnotes:

Job: Reverent in Suffering

So again, the worth of God is challenged. Is it God himself that Job cherishes or is it the earthly pleasures of family and possessions and health? Job has shown that God is more valuable to him than family and possessions. But what about health? So to show that he alone is Job’s treasure, God gives his servant into the hand of Satan for the destruction of his flesh. Verse 6: “Behold, he is in your power; only spare his life.” In other words, behind these apparently absurd earthly calamities, there are heavenly transactions of infinite importance. When Ronald Reagan and Mikhail Gorbachev meet to confer in Geneva next November, the whole world will be watching because they know such a conference must be about important matters. How much more important must be the matter at stake when God himself meets to confer with his archenemy Satan!

Keeping Christianity weird: Why the Nashville Statement matters

The Nashville Statement is not a culture-war document. It is a church document. It stakes out no public policy positions. It advocates for no particular piece of legislation or political program. Rather, it was drafted by churchmen from a variety of evangelical traditions who aim to catechize God’s people about their place in the true story of the world. And fundamental to that storyline is our “personal and physical design as male and female.”

Renewing Your Mind | If It Is of God | Sep 3, 2017

Today, R.C. Sproul continues his series in the book of Acts and reminds us that nothing can thwart the progress of God's Kingdom.

The Real Root of Sexual Sin

Our most powerful weapon in the fight against sexual impurity is not a cage to hem in our depraved impulses, nor is it increased tolerance of sexual deviancy, but a profound humility. And humility is a deep realization and embrace of the truth that we are not our own. This is why Paul gave the Corinthians this counsel regarding sexual sin:

Critical Theory and the Unity of the Church

Some in the conservative Reformed community evince a laudable desire to overcome racial injustice, but they often seek to understand racial divisions by relying on categories drawn from the “critical theory” of secular academia (e.g., notions of “white privilege,” “white guilt,” “intersectionality,” and more broadly the power-analysis tradition that stems from Marx, Foucault, and others) rather than from Scripture and the Christian tradition.  As a result of this uncritical borrowing, some in the church are falling headlong into the divisive identity politics that now plague the broader culture and particularly higher education.

10 habits to help a pastor stay married and in ministry — Southern Equip

Brian Croft  serves as senior pastor of Auburndale Baptist Church in Louisville. He is also senior fellow for  the Mathena Center for Church Revitalization  at Southern Seminary. A veteran pastor and author of numerous books on practical aspects of pastoral ministry, Brian oversees Practical Shepherding, a gospel-driven resource center for pastors and church leaders to equip them in the practical matters of pastoral ministry. His latest book is  Biblical Church Revitalization: Solutions for Dying & Divided Churches  (Christian Focus, 2016).

Fr. James Martin Burned the Bridges to My LGBT Friends | The Stream

The more entrenched one is in their sin, the less able they are to hear the voice of God, who is constantly calling them. Thank you for sharing Jason. I would bet that many of us have similar stories, I know I do. I would give anything to undo many, many things in my past. However, blessed to be called to the Catholic Church, I know I have been forgiven. I feel so sad for all the people who have left the faith, who claim to be Christian and yet live lives in sync with the enemy and especially for wolves in shepherd clothing, like Martin. He is the poster child for evil within the Church. Pray for his conversion, reversion or silence for the rest of the time he is on this earth.

The Most Dangerous Place to Raise a Child

Indeed, “the love of money is a root of all kinds of evils” — especially idolatry (1 Timothy 6:10). When we start thinking we have enough, we conveniently forget the one who gave to us in the first place. Or when bills seem to devour every last dime, we show our distrust of God’s promise to provide by taking matters (or sometimes, things that don’t rightfully belong to us) into our own hands. Whatever the number of figures in your salary, we all tend to slide right past the midpoint of contentment into havens of greed.

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I Would Rather Die: Letter to a Would-Be Adulterer

I spent my single years battling for purity and often failing. At times the battle was all-consuming. Days were filled with a paralyzing guilt that kept me from effective ministry and enjoying Jesus. I tried many things to discipline myself. At one point, I even decided that if I gave into lust, I would spend the next day fasting. This forced me to spend days in prayer, asking for more strength and self-control. I’ve found that when you refrain from eating, it makes refraining from sin easier. While it didn’t work perfectly, it was helpful. (And I did lose a few pounds.)

40 Years Ago I Survived an Abortion, Thank God I'm Alive Today |

9:00 am: I wonder how long I had been in the NICU forty years ago today at this time. I wonder if my grandmother kept checking on me. I wonder if she was allowed anywhere near me? I wonder what that was like for her to have me there at the hospital she worked at, trained nurses at, for the next twenty one days. Was she ever thankful I was actually born alive, or was she simply angry that the abortion failed, and I was there like a black eye for all to see–the child born to her daughter out of wedlock?

Gary Sinise Joins Faith-Based Documentary About Steve McQueen

McQueen was known as a prolific substance abuser in the 1970s and died in 1980 of mesothelioma at age 50, but not before becoming an Evangelical Christian, according to his widow, and that's what the documentary ultimately focuses on. 

The Incarnation of the Eternal Son of God, Part 1 by John Gerstner | September 2, 2017

In this classic one-hundred-message series, Dr. John Gerstner provides an in-depth overview of systematic theology. He explores what God has clearly revealed in Scripture about Himself, mankind, the fall, redemption, the church, and many other essential doctrines of the Christian faith.

When Should We Pray for God to Take Us Home?

Today’s email comes to us from podcast listener Austin: “Dear Pastor John, I’m seventeen and I have terminal cancer. Doctors say my cancer will come back and that my body cannot handle any more chemo or bone marrow transplants. God has used the past five years of fighting it to bring me closer to him and to use my situation to bring a few people closer to himself too. But I’m getting weary and I am ready to go home. I don’t like to admit it, but I pray that God would take me home, but he keeps sustaining me. His answer is clearly ‘no’ or ‘not yet.’ How do I keep my joy even when life is hard and painful?”

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Lidl has digitally removed crosses on top of an iconic Greek church from its food packaging, causing a stir among some shoppers.

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Five Mass Extinctions or One Cataclysmic Event?

If a single Flood buried all these creatures, why is there evidence of five mass extinctions? Consider what “mass extinctions” describes. Animals weren’t all buried together in a jumbled mess. Instead, some creatures were buried before other creatures. Whenever many different types of organisms from the same place were completely buried on a massive scale at the same levels, often no more appear higher in the fossil record. So secular scientists think they look like “mass extinctions.”

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When You Don't Love the Church

I remember telling an old pastor that if I just lived a certain way on the outside, conforming my behavior to the accepted Christian norms of that local church, then no one within the church would ever ask me about my walk with God. They would assume—from what they observed externally—that I was walking in faithful obedience to God. These common external practices shared by the members in my church were all good things. The problem came when, at a certain point, some of the members had twisted the gospel, equating some specific practices with godliness and placing matters of personal preference on the same level as the Word of God. It didn’t seem to matter what was going on in the heart of those who lived in a certain way, they were automatically considered godly as long as they followed the accepted practices.

How Did I Fail My Unbelieving Children?

We hear from grieving parents a lot. And I suppose that to parent in this broken world is pretty much a guarantee of parental grieving. So what do you do when your children grow up in the church, but then leave the faith, and you are left with the linger question over how you failed them in the process. Today’s email comes from a father: “Pastor John, does God promise to save my children? Some teachers say that I need to have faith and that I should claim it and that God would save them. I have four children. All raised in the local church. All walked away from the faith. Two seem to be returning, but both struggle with sinful lifestyles. The other two are very far from God. I’m so depressed over my children’s spiritual condition and have asked the Lord to forgive me for being depressed. Do you have any advice for me?”

What Is Your Busy Schedule Doing to Your Marriage?

I knew there was a lot I had to stop doing, so I made a "stop-doing list." Then I realized that my kids' busy schedule was also a huge contributing factor to the lack of focus on my marriage, so I made a stop-doing list for them, too.

A Prayer and Confession of the Church in America During These Days

I want to use his prayer as a model of repentance for all the ways in which we (and I) have damaged the gospel’s message of love, forgiveness, and salvation for the whole world. I hope you can join me in this prayer so that we will see God’s promise of healing fulfilled: “If my people, who are called by my name, will humble themselves and pray and seek my face and turn from their wicked ways, then I will hear from heaven, and I will forgive their sin and will heal their land” (1 Chron. 7:14).

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Joel Osteen, pastor of Lakewood Church in Houston, has addressed criticism of the way the mega church handled helping Hurricane Harvey victims last week.

God Works for Those Who Wait for Him

First, the uniqueness of such work. The text suggests that in working for those who wait for him, God does something utterly unique. “From of old no one has heard or perceived by the ear, no eye has seen a God besides thee, who works for those who wait for him.” No one has ever heard or seen the likes of this God. Isaiah contrasts Jehovah with the Babylonian gods in Isaiah 46:1–4. Bel and Nebo are the Jupiter and Mercury of Babylon, and they are as helpless as their falling images. They have to be carried. Their subjects have to work for them. But the Lord of Israel is the Creator, and he does the carrying.

Dear young pastor, embrace your weakness — Southern Equip

This is the way the Lord, in his love and mercy, deals with us. God shows us that we are weak, and he often does it through affliction. But it is a sure sign of his love. That’s what Jesus meant when he told me, “My grace is sufficient for you.” It’s kind of like King David, who defeated the awful Philistine Goliath. The behemoth man thought he was strong, but he was really weak. David was weak, too, but the difference was this: he knew he was weak. He knew the battle belonged to the Lord, and that’s how he slayed that giant. The battle always belongs to the Lord. He, not us, is the hero in redemption, in building the church. Think of Israel, Timothy. God could have chosen Egypt as his old covenant people, but instead, he chose their slaves. Think of our father Abraham and his wife Sarah. They were old and unable to have children when God called them. Think of the cross. Jesus was crucified in weakness but lives by the power of God. Our great Lord has chosen the foolish and the weak things to shame the wise and the strong.

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Base Your Life on This

And when you look at the death of Christ, what happens? Does your joy really come from translating this awesome divine work into a boost for self-esteem? Or are you drawn up out of yourself and filled with wonder and reverence and worship that here in the death of Jesus is the deepest, clearest declaration of the infinite esteem of God for his glory and for his Son?

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