Free Stuff Friday (Crossway)

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This week’s Free Stuff Fridays is sponsored by Crossway. They are giving away the complete Knowing the Bible series. There will be five winners this week and each will receive a copy of the entire set. Here is how Crossway describes it: The Knowing the Bible series is a resource designed to

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A La Carte (December 21)

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Here’s a quick word about next week. Because it’s that infamously quiet and lazy week between Christmas and New Years, I’ll be sticking with light blogging–pretty much just A La Carte. The Daily Podcast will also go dormant. Normal operations will resume the following week. There isn’t much

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Sin Is Immaturity

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There is a lot bound up in every sin. Sin is missing the mark—an arrow that has veered so far to the left or the right that it has flown past the target. Sin is transgression, disobedience toward a known law or standard. Sin is iniquity, premeditated rebellion against God. And lately,

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A La Carte (December 20)

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There isn’t much to report for Kindle deals, though don’t skip yesterday’s list since it was pretty amazing. Logos users: Base packages are on sale until the end of the year. There’s a flash sale on some solid Zondervan products. And there’s just a lot of other stuff on sale. (Yesterday on the

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Justification in the Second Century

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Brian J. ArnoldJustification in the Second Century.Waco, TX: Baylor University Press, 2018.Available at Baylor Uni Press. For some reason, at ETS and SBL, random people sometimes just give me books, usually their book. To be honest, I might browse them or flick through them, but I don’t always

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Shepherding At Home

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In this video, which was filmed at a nearby conference, I was asked about some of the concerns related to pastors and their families. I tried to briefly to remind church leaders of the temptations that draw us away from this primary calling. [embedded content] Transcript Pastors always need to

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A La Carte (December 18)

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Today’s Kindle deals include just a couple of titles, but they are pretty good ones. (Yesterday on the blog: The Collected Best Christian Books of 2018) Shelter in the Shame Storm Samuel James: “At some point people like me who grew up with the internet are going to have to reckon with the

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One Life-Changing Week

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This week the blog is sponsored by the Biblical Counseling Training Conference. Would you like to improve the effectiveness of your ministry? Would you like to improve your ability to help a hurting person using your Bible? This February 10-15, 2019 in Lafayette, Indiana we are hosting the

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A Pastoral Prayer from December

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Last week I shared a sample pastoral prayer–one I prayed during one of our worship services at Grace Fellowship Church. In the coming weeks and months I will be sharing some more of these, some prayed by me and some by others. I am doing this primarily as a resource that may help inspire or

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How Mark uses the OT in his Christology

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Over at TheLAB is a good piece by my fellow-Queenslander Dave Evans on How Mark’s Use of the OT Contributes to His Christology. Mark’s use of the Old Testament, however, reveals a Christology that is “enigmatic and paradoxical” (Strauss 2014, 734), full of the reality of Jesus’ humanity and yet

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Weekend A La Carte (December 15)

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There are a few Kindle deals you may like to take a peek at today. Also, Amazon has select family board games on sale today. (Yesterday on the blog: Kirk Cameron Wants You To Connect) Hard times at Harvest WORLD magazine has a long report on the hard times at Harvest Bible Chapel. “Former

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Free Stuff Fridays (Christian Audio)

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This week’s Free Stuff Fridays is sponsored by Christian Audio. They are giving away five prizes this week, each of which will be a $50 gift card that you can use to purchase anything from their site. It’s a great opportunity to load up. As it happens, Christian Audio is in the midst of their

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Athanasius – A Poetic Tribute

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Here is a poem and potential lyrics to a tribute to Athanasius: — When I was a boy, Bishop Alexander saw me playing church at the beach, off in the distance.With seven other boys, pretending to be a bishop, blessing all the heathen infants. We caught the attention of his eyes so he called us

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Andrew Sullivan on America’s New Religions

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A fantastic article by Andrew Sullivan over at Intelligencer on “America’s New Religion.” Yes, many Evangelicals are among the holiest and most quietly devoted people out there. Some have bravely resisted the cult. But their leaders have turned Christianity into a political and social identity,

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