Monthly Archives: August 2008

Christ’s Purpose for the Church and the Necessity of Every Member

Scientists still marvel at the human body’s ability to fight off disease and build itself up to proper health. The apostle Paul informs the Ephesian church that something even more remarkable happens when every member of Christ’s body is walking … Continue reading

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He Must Increase: John the Baptist vs. the anti-Christ in me

I am preaching through the Gospel of John on Sunday mornings, and recently was pierced by the words of John the Baptist in John 3:30, “He must increase, but I must decrease.” John’s followers were fuming that their significance was diminishing as … Continue reading

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Sing a song of Grudem

As Dr. Brad Green would say, I “cut my teeth” theologically on Wayne Grudem’s Systematic Theology the summer after my freshman year of college. It remains remarkably accessible to a theological lightweight like myself, and is a great resource for the … Continue reading

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Charles Bridges, the Christian Ministry, and one wicked tag-team

Charles Bridges (1794-1869) in The Christian Ministry: With an Inquiry into the Causes of its Inefficiency  (Banner of Truth) offers insights in the work of pastoral ministry that warm the heart and stir the soul. So much of Bridges’ attitude and advice … Continue reading

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A Lamp Shining in a Dark Place

My church has been working through some basic doctrine together on Wednesday nights, beginning with the doctrine of the Word of God. We started off with something of a “Biblical theology of God’s Word,” seeing from Scripture how central God’s spoken … Continue reading

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The Gospel Takes on Flesh and Blood: Sin and Restoration in the Church

According to Jesus, even in the community of his own people, sin remains a reality until he returns. The question for the church then is not, “what if one of us sins?” but, “how would Christ have us respond when … Continue reading

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Dr. Ray Van Neste delivers ordination charge from 1 Tim 4:6-16

Dr. Ray Van Neste preached a stirring sermon at my ordination service on Sunday morning from 1 Timothy 4:6-16. He directed Paul’s Spirit-inspired instructions to the would-be pastor and his congregation, that we might both understand the call of the … Continue reading

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