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Spurgeon on Expositional Reading and Teaching in the Worship Service?

I've often wondered if C.H. Spurgeon's style of preaching (i.e. the practice of taking a single verse and then constantly repeating it throughout the sermon, while making doctrinal and applicatory expositions of it) was the product of his own conversion experience at age 15. In his Autobiography, Spurgeon explained the nature of that particular experience when he wrote:...

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The Dangers and Duty of Confessing Sin to One Another

"Open Confession is good for the soul," or so the maxim goes. Perhaps it might also be said, "Open Confession is good for your relationship with God and men." While Scripture supports both of these statements, there is something of a haze that lays across the surface of the meaning of such statements in Scripture as, "Confess your sins to one another and pray for one anoth...

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Geerhardus Vos on Supra- and Infra- Lapsarianism

I generally wouldn't dream of writing a post on the surpa- vs. infra- lapsarian debate, for the very reason that I don't believe that it bears much fruit at all in the spiritual life of believers. That being said, it is a matter of theological importance--as it holds a place of significance in the history of the exegesis of Romans 9:6-22, among many other places in Scrip...

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Jesus: The Breath of Life

There is a fascinating biblical-theological development from creation to new creation having to do with "the breath of life." Moving from Creation to Redemption, the teaching of Scripture on the "breath of life" is meant to teach us that physical and spiritual life are found exclusively in the Creator and Redeemer--Jesus Christ. So how does this unfold in redemptive-his...

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A Biblical Theology of Burial

Over the years, numerous people have asked me what the Scriptures teach about burial versus cremation. Yesterday, I happened to be speaking with the owner of a funeral home who said, "People just aren't dying like they used to." Immediately thinking, "He can't mean that people aren't dying at the same rate as they used to, " I thought, "he must mean that they are opting fo...

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