Brain Religion

“As Christian parents, pastors, teachers, and youth group leaders, we constantly see young people pulled down by the undertow of powerful cultural trends. If all we give them is a “heart” religion, it will not be strong enough to counter the lure of attractive but dangerous ideas. Young believers also need a “brain” religion-training in worldview and apologetics-to equip them to analyze and critique the competing worldviews they will encounter when they leave home. If forewarned and forearmed, young people at least have a fighting chance when they find themselves a minority of one among their classmates or work colleagues. Training young people to develop a Christian mind is no […]

HE IS WORKING ON YOUR IMAGE

Though we Christians might struggle to see and appreciate it, God is at work in us today–by every trial and every blessing–to transform us into a glorious image of Himself. Take heart in your trouble. When we don’t see it, He is still working for our good. But we all, with unveiled face, beholding as in a mirror the glory of the Lord, are being transformed into the same image from glory to glory, just as from the Lord, the Spirit. 1 Corinthians 3:18 Go to Full Article Author: Rush

CHIRPING BACK

At one time or another–when the voice of condemnation comes–we need to hear powerful, gospel-saturated truth. We need to talk back like Luther. “When the devil accuses us and says, ‘You are a sinner and therefore damned,’ we should answer, ‘Because you say I am a sinner, I will be righteous and saved.’ ‘No,’ says the devil, ‘you will be damned.’ And I reply, ‘No, for I fly to Christ, who gave himself for my sins. Satan, you will not prevail against me when you try to terrify me by setting forth the greatness of my sins and try to bring me into heaviness, distrust, despair, hatred, contempt and blasphemy […]

THE SEVEN CARDINAL REQUISITES OF PREACHING

These seven requisites (not excellences, but requisites) are seven minimal requirements R.L. Dabney believed (and his viewers agreed) were essential to every sermon. None of these seven categories is subjective; each is perfectly susceptible of objective evaluation. Here is his list, briefly articulated; those interested in reading his own lengthier descriptions may read the entirety of his chapters. 1. Textual Fidelity Here Dabney’s Protestantism is visible. For Dabney, a minister is an ambassador, who represents another, declaring the will of that Other. Therefore, he is not entitled to preach his own insights, his own opinions, or even his own settled convictions; he is entitled only to declare the mind of God […]

AWED BY CALVIN’S PREACHING

Calvin preached from the New Testament on Lord’s Day mornings, the Psalms on Lord’s Day afternoons, and the Old Testament at 6 a.m. on one or two weekdays. Following this schedule during his last period of ministry in Geneva from 1541 to 1564, Calvin preached nearly four thousand sermons, more than 170 a year. On his deathbed, he spoke of his preaching as more important than his writings. – Reformed Preaching, 113 This quote illustrates just one aspect of the prolific preaching of John Calvin. But what I find even more phenomenal about his heritage of exposition is the method in which he preached. It seems Calvin most often preached […]

JESUS IS JOY

The Gospel of Jesus opens the way to joy. How am I still awakening to this? There are many ways to capture my heart and life. But this truth remains: in the Lord’s hand are pleasures forevermore. And by faith in Jesus, that hand is opened to me. In Jesus alone are all the treasures [and pleasures] of wisdom and knowledge (Col. 2:3).  You will make known to me the path of life;           In Your presence is fullness of joy;           In Your right hand there are pleasures forever. Psalm 16:11 Jesus is joy.  Go to Full Article Author: Rush

IT’S NOT A SPIDER

My six year old asked me for another biscuit at breakfast this morning. Not the British kind of biscuit, but a fluffy, buttery, American biscuit smeared with blackberry jelly. I happily gave it to him. And I took one for myself. We ate biscuits. But it made me wonder, as I’ve been thinking lately about my attitude toward God, What if…? Can you imagine what would happen if I met his request with something utterly un-biscuity? What if I gave him a rock or a stick. Or a plate teeming with spiders. Can you imagine his reaction if I slid a clutter of hairy, plated spiders across the breakfast table. […]

HOW TO MARK A BOOK OR BIBLE

I love study tools. They have helped me learn, remember, and apply what I’ve studied. Here’s one tool I’ve used from time to time: a bookmark containing some ideas for how to mark a Bible or book. This is not the only way to do such a thing. Adapt it as necessary for your own benefit! Design Credit: W. Price Go to Full Article Author: Rush

CARING FOR CHRISTIANS

From time to time we hear wonderful compliments ascribed to the people around us. Sometimes the compliment is about the person’s appearance. Sometimes about his generosity or her gentle spirit. Perhaps above them all, my attention is captured when I hear a person described as a true shepherd.  “He really knows how to care for other people.”  “She is in tune with people around her and knows exactly when and how to help.” “He seems always to know what to say and how to say it.” These are some of the sweetest compliments I can imagine. And it likely that we all know someone who carry these characteristics honestly. They […]

BOOK REVIEW: NOTHING IN MY HAND I BRING

Promoting helpful Christian reading is important part of the Church’s responsibility to promote the announcement of good news. This post aims to promote a well-written resource for those seeking to better understand the differences between Roman Catholic and Protestant beliefs. Nothing in my hand I bring became available in 2007 as a publication of Matthias Media. It was written by Ray Galea. A recipient of a thoroughly Catholic upbringing, Galea did not want to simply take His Catholicism for granted. He set out to investigate these differences between Protestant Christians and the Catholic friends, neighbors, and family among whom he was raised.  Nothing in my hand I bring is a […]