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Jun 2, 2014

When Our Sons Ask For Stones, Let's Give them Bread by Jared C. Wilson

In the religion news headlines this week is the story of a pastor who has decided the Bible condones homosexuality. His church, it seems, has determined to see how they might live in a tension between those who agree and disagree. Dr. Mohler has a reflective piece on the situation. It is likely not a coincidence that the pastor in question has a son who has recently come out…

May 29, 2014

Never Forget the Gospel is Power by Jared C. Wilson

"It happens over and over again that the gospel 'comes alive' in a way that the evangelist had never dreamed of, and has effects which he never anticipated. The gospel is addressed to the human person as a human person in all the uncountable varieties of predicaments in which human beings find themselves.

The gospel has a sovereignty of its own and is never an instrument in…

May 29, 2014

The Gospel Kind of Christ-Centeredness by Jared C. Wilson

Now I would remind you, brothers, of the gospel I preached to you, which you received, in which you stand, and by which you are being saved, if you hold fast to the word I preached to you—- unless you believed in vain. For I delivered to you as of first importance…
- 1 Corinthians 15:1-3

To be gospel-centered is to be Christ-centered. But as it pertains…

May 21, 2014

Sanctifying Success is the Lord's by Jared C. Wilson

Now may the God of peace himself sanctify you completely, and may your whole spirit and soul and body be kept blameless at the coming of our Lord Jesus Christ.—1 Thessalonians 5:23

Not a single one of us is a perfect repenter. And not a single one of us ever will be. I do believe we cooperate in the work of our sanctification, working out what God…

May 20, 2014

When We Get Small and God Gets Big by Jared C. Wilson

The eternal God is your dwelling place, and underneath are the everlasting arms… —Deuteronomy 33:27

Natalie was one of my deaconesses. I say "was" because she passed away in January. One of my first memories of Natalie was at a funeral, actually, one of the first of the many I have officiated in my five years in Middletown. I don't even remember who it was for—it was not…

Apr 20, 2014

The Proper Response to Easter by Jared C. Wilson

"So they departed quickly from the tomb with fear and great joy, and ran to tell his disciples." - Matthew 28:8

"And they went out and fled from the tomb, for trembling and astonishment had seized them, and they said nothing to anyone, for they were afraid." - Mark 16:18

"But Peter rose and ran to the tomb; stooping and looking in, he saw the linen…

Apr 4, 2014

What's Wrong With Producing a "Worship Experience"? by Jared C. Wilson

"The only thing of value the church has to offer is the gospel."

Apr 3, 2014

What Evangelism Isn't by Jared C. Wilson

From Reaching the Lost: Evangelism, the Bible study guide from 9Marks.

Evangelism is not:

Personal testimony. Talking about what God has done in your life may encourage Christians and intrigue non-Christians. And there's certainly a place for this in evangelism. But simply sharing about what God has done in your life isn't necessarily evangelism. Evangelism is telling others about what Jesus Christ has done to…

Apr 2, 2014

10 Reasons Big Easter Giveaways are Unwise by Jared C. Wilson

We are nearing the day many Christians look forward to all year. Yes, there's the somber reflection and penitence of the Passion week, culminating in the resurrection of Jesus to celebrate on Easter Sunday, but there's also some fabulous cash and prizes. Every year some churches seek to outdo themselves—and their local competition—by luring unbelievers (and I suppose interested believers) to their Easter service(s) with the promise of big shows…

Mar 31, 2014

Please God, Send Us No Small Disturbance by Jared C. Wilson

About that time there arose no little disturbance concerning the Way.—Acts 19:23

That is what we long for, deep down. That the Spirit of God would move afresh in our day with wonderful, healing disruptive force—that he would upend our self-regard and self-sovereignty, that he would come into our temples where we trade the currency of excuses for our sins and present such tidiness in our self-righteousness…