The Objectivity of Christ’s Atonement

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We live in an age that militates against the idea of God’s absolute holiness. Combined with a denial of the sinfulness of man, the rejection of God’s moral character results in a necessary de-valuing, or even denial, of the atonement. A crucial piece of a biblical understanding of Christ’s work is the objective nature of Christ’s…



Contentment in Christ, Part 3

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(See also Part 1 and Part 2 of this series.) As fallen men, even redeemed fallen men, we will never be entirely content in this life. Our hearts are too prone to wander, far too apt to flirt with idolatry, for us to be completely content in Christ. As Calvin famously put it, the human…



Founders Press and Logos Bible Software

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Founders Press is pleased to announce that we are now partnering with Faithlife, the maker of Logos Bible Software. Soon you will be able to read and study Founders Press titles and issues of the Founders Journal on one of the most versatile and powerful Bible software programs available. Four Founders collections are now available…



Stymied by Winds and Clouds? Not William Carey!

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Just suppose that as William Carey sat in his cobbler shop in the 18th century, pondering the leather map of the world that he had constructed, that he decided, ‘This mission business is just too difficult! It has far too many obstacles to venture into!’ Now granted, God would have raised up someone else, but…



Dialogue on the Traditional Statement

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Last week I had the privilege of delivering the Darby/Beal Lectures at the Baptist Missionary Association Theological Seminary in Jacksonville, Texas. It was a joy to be on campus and to learn more about the mission and vision of BMATS. I was impressed with the faculty and students that I met and was particularly delighted to meet…



Billy Sunday, Part 3: Jack Rabbits and Creeds

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(See also Part 1 and Part 2 of this series.) Among the public impressions that gave Billy Sunday such popular appeal was his vigorous support of Woodrow Wilson’s war effort. The money, at least it was so reported, that came in from the ten-week New York campaign in 1917 all went to the war to…



Spurgeon’s Sorrows

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Zack Eswine. Spurgeon’s Sorrows: Realistic Hope for those who Suffer from Depression. Ross-shire, Scotland: Christian Focus, 2014. 144 pp. $9.99. Only the grace of God can explain Charles Spurgeon. In 38 years as pastor of Metropolitan Tabernacle (known as New Park Street Chapel during his early years), Spurgeon’s output was superhuman. He often preached 10…



Patristic Wisdom on the Focus of Pastoral Ministry

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I am working my way through Christopher Beeley’s recent book Leading God’s People: Wisdom from the Early Church for Today, and have enjoyed it immensely. One particular section was very good and I wanted to share it with you. Beeley discusses the focus of pastoral ministry. He highlights the others-centered nature of the pastoral vocation: “At…



Contentment in Christ, Part 2

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As Tom Hicks outlined in a recent post here, so unusual is contentment in a fallen human being, that Puritan Jeremiah Burroughs called it “a rare jewel.” Nothing exhibits Christian maturity like contentment in Christ and nothing unmasks our immaturity like discontentment, which I examined in part I of this series. Yet, contentment is elusive….



Responding to Gathered Worship: With Faith and Hope

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One of the great benefits of gathered worship with the church is that it keeps us regularly under the preaching and teaching of God’s Word. As God’s people we must give attention to God’s Word. We must be diligent to listen as it is taught. We must be willing to place our lives in its…