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A Thanksgiving Jesus

If you were hoping to read something about our Puritan-American heritage--based on the title of this post--you will be sorely disappointed. If you're looking for fodder for the culture war that is raging against the Christian foundation of this country in some aspect of the Plymouth plantation narrative, you won't find it here. If you, however, you are wanting to know w...

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The Internet: The Great Evangelical Op-Ed Tabloid

There were two things that always confused me as a boy--the existence of the op-ed and of the popularity of Tabloid Magazines. Herbert Swope, the innovator of the op-ed, suggested that its purpose was to "print opinions, ignoring facts." The op-ed gives anyone a voice, no matter how unfounded the things they say may be. The purpose of the Tabloid Magazine is to "print go...

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A Romantic View of Ministry

Without wishing to demean or diminish the value of the plethora of lawful and necessary vocations in the world, I would insist that being called into pastoral ministry is the highest calling a man may receive in this life. To be called by God to spend a life laboring to see Christ formed in His people, pouring yourself out to see lives transformed by the Gospel and par...

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The Great, Redemptive Multi-Tasker

Meditating on all that the Scriptures teach about what Jesus accomplished on the cross leads us to conclude that Jesus was the great, redemptive multi-tasker. On the cross, Jesus conquered Satan (Gen. 3:15; John 12:31 and Col. 2:15) , atoned for our sin (Heb. 1:3 and Rom. 4:7-8), overcame the world (John 12:31 and 16:33), propitiated the wrath of God (Rom. 3:25; Heb. 2:...

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The Sorrow and Joy of Imputation

One of the questions that has not often been asked or answered in all the discussion about imputation over the past several decades is that which concerns the impact that imputation has on an individual. Throughout the centuries, Reformed theologians have been clear that imputation is merely a legal (i.e. forensic) act, by which God counts our sins against Christ and c...

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The Race is Not to the Swift

One of the most important verses in all of Scripture regarding the uncertainty of human success and achievement is Ecclesiastes 9:11. There we read, “the race is not to the swift, nor the battle to the strong, nor bread to the wise, nor riches to the intelligent, nor favor to those with knowledge, but time and chance happen to them all.” This verse has become almost th...

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7 Ways to Avoid Becoming a Pastoral Ideologue

Every pastor has an ideology. We all have preconceived notions about how pastoral ministry is to be carried out in the day in and day out activities of our lives. In fact, it is probably safe to say that every pastor has an ideology about how the lives of their congregants are to function on a daily and weekly basis. To admit this is not quite the same as saying that we a...

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