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Ten Myths About Calvinism

April 17, 2012
Ten Myths About Calvinism

How is it possible that irresistible, a term intended to besmirch and caricature the concept of a grace that eventually prevails over all opposition, has been taken up and championed by those it was meant to portray unfavorably?

Hebrews 6:4-6: Christians Losing Their Salvation?

April 12, 2012
Hebrews 6:4-6: Christians Losing Their Salvation?

Ligonier Ministries' Tabletalk magazine has a series of devotionals on Hebrews 6:4-6, "one of the most difficult passages in all of Scripture," which "has often been used with the attempt to prove that genuine Christians can lose their salvation."

What is the Christian Gospel?

April 12, 2012
What is the Christian Gospel?

Please take a few seconds to choose your answer in a new poll in the right sidebar. Please no googling.

“Multi-Site Churches Are from the Devil”

April 11, 2012
“Multi-Site Churches Are from the Devil”

the New Testament knows nothing of multi-site congregations, but only of congregations in the fullest sense (led by pastors, elders, and deacons). These congregations are not independent, but they are also not hierarchically governed even by one pastor on-site, but by pastors and elders together. And each of these local churches is accountable not hierarchically to the pastor-bishop of another church, but mutually and covenantally to each other.

Women Deacons, then Elders, then Pastors, then Gay Pastors, then…

March 29, 2012
Women Deacons, then Elders, then Pastors, then Gay Pastors, then…

We find churches where women exercise authority over men as small group leaders, Sunday school teachers, seminar leaders, Bible teachers, and theology teachers; women lead the worship liturgy, administer the Lord's Supper—women do everything except serve on the session and preach Sunday morning.

How One “Dechurched” Sees “Evangelicals”

March 27, 2012
How One “Dechurched” Sees “Evangelicals”

Not surprisingly, Luhrmann compares the Vineyarders’ beliefs to children’s thought processes. For some evangelicals, she says, God is not unlike a stuffed Snoopy.

Rules for Sermon Writing–Then and Now

March 20, 2012
Rules for Sermon Writing–Then and Now

5. Remember that a Spirit-led, anointed pastor will always be able to deliver a sermon with no knowledge, training or preparation.

Conform, Reform or Leave? Part Three

March 10, 2012
Conform, Reform or Leave? Part Three

"This is to say nothing of the loss of the sacred in contemporary church music and worship, or of an overall aesthetic sensibility close to that of Wal-Mart."

Why Does Your Pastor Monopolize Your Worship Service?

February 25, 2012
Why Does Your Pastor Monopolize Your Worship Service?

Why does our pastor monopolize our worship service? He does and he doesn’t. He leads the whole service, but this does not mean he monopolizes the service. In fact, our service is profoundly more participatory than the run-of-the-mill evangelical service.

Worship with “Praise Bands” (Updated)

February 22, 2012
Worship with “Praise Bands” (Updated)

"We, the church, have unwittingly encouraged you to simply import musical practices into Christian worship that—while they might be appropriate elsewhere—are detrimental to congregational worship."

Defining the Two Kingdoms (Updated)

February 9, 2012
Defining the Two Kingdoms (Updated)

At stake in distinguishing the two kingdoms is the distinction between law and Gospel. Those who confuse civil righteousness with righteousness before God will be likely to confuse moral reform in society with the kingdom of God.

What is MTS Preaching?

January 20, 2012
What is MTS Preaching?

  Add to this moralistic therapeutic mix Ed Young’s “Sexperiment” and Mark Driscoll’s pornographic dreams. Christless pastors, in Christless megachurches, producing Christless “Christians.” And what do you have? Mark Driscoll, Ed Young and company. They’re all obsessed with MTS preaching. Sociologist Christian Smith coined the term “Moralistic Therapeutic Deism” to describe the default religion of American […]

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