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Worshipping with Outsiders in Mind

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

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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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Ten Reasons to Read Jonathan Edwards

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

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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”

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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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Heart to Heart: Octavius Winslow’s Experimental Preaching

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Octavius Winslow (1808–1878) was one of the most influential evangelical preachers in the English-speaking world during the Victorian era. Like his more famous contemporary, Charles Spurgeon, Winslow was famous for his experiential Calvinism that in many ways embodied the older puritan spiritual tradition. Winslow also had one of the more … Read More »

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The History of Christian Spirituality: Recommended Resources

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Over the past couple of years, I have become increasingly interested in the topic of Christian spirituality. While I have always cared about spirituality from a personal and pastoral perspective, I have had a growing interest in the study of spirituality from a scholarly (mostly historical theological) perspective as well. … Read More »

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Guest Post (Andrew Spencer): Review of Andy Davis’ “An Infinite Journey”

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[Editor's Note: Today's guest blogger is Andrew Spencer. Andrew is a PhD Student in Christian Ethics at SEBTS.]  As David Mathis and Jonathan Parnell note in their recent book, How to Stay Christian in Seminary (Crossway, 2014), one of the hardest things in seminary is being a good Christian during … Read More »

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The Poverty of Nations: A Sustainable Solution

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I am in the midst of reading this fascinating work, the combined efforts of one of America’s foremost theologians and renowned economists, uniting biblical principles with economic understanding to address one of our globe’s most pressing problems: world poverty. A great read! It is only $4.99 on Christian audio right now! The … Read More »

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How To Stay Christian in Seminary

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Satan is alive and well. One of the ways the enemy wreaks havoc in seminaries and Christian colleges is by causing young men and women to grow personally numb to the spiritual truths they are studying in their classes. We’ve all met seminary graduates who felt like they had to … Read More »

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