Reprise: Why I’m Apolitical

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After a very surreal week where I learned a new appreciation of the bravery of and God’s grace to Christians, especially pastor’s wives, in places where the church is persecuted I can think of no better post to share than one I wrote the day before the last presidential election, that was published the day after the last presidential election. And I would add, if you are not praying in accordance with 1 Timothy 2:1-2, now is the time to start.

Voting is over. The polls are closed, most of the votes counted, and Lord willing the president elect clearly identified, and our path forward as a nation made clear.… Continue reading

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Reasons to Study the Book of Revelation

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Eschatology. A study of the last things.

This word alone brings up a number of different reactions within Christians. Some are way too excited because they have a radical pre-occupation with it. They have overly-detailed schemes in which seemingly every passage of Scripture matches perfectly with some current event (did you know the Rapture was supposed to happen 3 days ago?). Unfortunately, many of these folks believe that if you don’t follow their scheme, then you are a heretic (I just had this conversation with a guy this past week about this – so, yes, they are out there).

Others are genuinely curious and want to know what the Bible says about the End Times.… Continue reading

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Monday’s Exercise

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Okay, here’s a little exercise. Read the following (fake) email and respond. This was a great exercise for our Men’s Leadership training. Feel free to respond in the comments below or use it to talk among your friends.

Our goal in life is to serve people. Many of us find opportunities to help others in their walk with Christ. One area the modern church needs to grow in is ecclesiology. So may this help you. Please use Bible verses in your response.

The Exercise

Dear brother,
About a year ago I was saved. Since then I have thought about whether or not I should attend church.… Continue reading
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Understanding And Applying The Kenosis

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Theology is life, or so it says on the t-shirts. But the real truth is that theology must impact life, any theology, no matter how orthodox, that doesn’t shape the way life is lived is worthless. R.C. Sproul put it this way in his helpful basic systematic theology, Everyone’s A Theologian:

The purpose of theology is not to tickle our intellects, but to instruct us in the ways of God, so that we can grow up into maturity and fullness of obedience to Him. That is why we engage in theology.[1]

Perhaps no passage in the New Testament  has so tickled intellects and been the subject of more idol theological curiosity than Philippians 2:5-8, often called the Kenosis of Christ.Continue reading

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Follow-Up: Be Ready for the Excuses

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I am so thankful to be writing on this blog with these faithful, godly men. They challenge me, encourage me, and stir me to be a better minister of the gospel.

Yesterday, Zach wrote an excellent post on Evangelism (go back and read it — you won’t regret it, even if you have already read it). Zach’s thrust was offering “five simple ways to become more faithful in the work of evangelism.” Today, I want to give you a sixth: be ready for the excuses.

You will find (or maybe you have already found) that when you do evangelism, many people will have already had some thought about this whole Jesus and gospel thing.… Continue reading

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