J. D. Greear

Three Lessons From Jesus In His Darkest Valley

April 17, 2014 by J. D. Greear

Every year, as Easter approaches, I’m tempted to rush through passion week and just focus on the resurrection. It’s such a beautiful and empowering end to the story, a message that both Christians and non-Christians need on a daily basis. But as I re-read the passion narrative this week, it … Read More »



Recommended Resource: The Story ESV Bible

Over the past several years, many evangelicals have found The Story gospel tract and its companion website to be an effective tool in sharing the gospel with unbelievers. At Southeastern, nearly all of our students in personal evangelism and global missions courses are trained using The Story. When I have … Read More »

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Worshipping with Outsiders in Mind

I’ve been re-reading Tim Keller’s Center Church, an immensely helpful and frequently challenging book. Among Keller’s many insights, I was recently struck by his discussion of worship. Here is a modified summary of that section, with my own editorial notes interspersed (from pp. 303–307): Three Underlying Principles for “Evangelistic Worship Services” 1. … Read More »

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What if a Nation Self-Exterminates? The Disturbing Situation in Japan

The Japanese have stopped having children. Or more precisely, they are not having enough children to maintain the nation’s population. According to a recent article in The Week magazine (“Japan’s Population Crisis”, 01-07-14, p. 11), Japan’s population is “dropping rapidly” and will soon be declining at a rate of one million per … Read More »

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Book Notice: “Truth Matters: Confident Faith in a Confusing World”

It is no small secret that university religion departments often provide a lush environment for professors who wish to undercut the historic Christian faith. In recognition of this fact, and in an attempt to respond to such criticisms, Andreas Köstenberger, Josh Chatraw, and Darrell Bock recently published Truth Matters: Confident … Read More »

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5 Lessons from the Life of Stephen

One of the outworkings of the gospel is that it will inevitably reorder your value system. This is exactly what we find in the book of Acts, in the life of an ordinary man name Stephen – he realized the value of the gospel and was willing to risk everything … Read More »

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Ten Reasons to Read Jonathan Edwards

When I teach church history courses at Southeastern Seminary, I always encourage my students to pick a favorite saint from bygone days and allow him or her to become a “traveling partner” throughout the students’ own lives and ministries. I tell them my traveling partner is Jonathan Edwards. No other … Read More »

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Islam: The Ultimate Religion of Works

One of my frustrations when sharing Christ with Muslims was that I had a hard time getting them to disagree with me that only God’s grace could save us. When I would say something like, “We can only be reconciled to God by his grace,” they would say, “That’s exactly what we … Read More »

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Teleological Amnesia–What I’ve Been Reading (10)

In God’s Good World: Reclaiming the Doctrine of Creation, Jonathan Wilson argues that the Church has neglected the biblical doctrine of Creation–he calls it a case of “teleological amnesia”–and all of Western culture is the worse for it. Rather than responding to the onslaught of naturalism, materialism, and Darwinism, theologians of the … Read More »

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Book Notice: “Nobodies for Jesus: 14 Days Toward a Great Commission Lifestyle”

Nobodies for Jesus is an act of tomb-raiding into the necropolis that is the human heart. In the book—whose full title is Nobodies for Jesus: 14 Days Toward a Great Commission Lifestyle—author Chuck Lawless writes to awake Christians from a lukewarm Christianity that ignores the Great Commission. Lawless, who is … Read More »

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