I suppose this is essentially a modern fulfillment of the biblical principle “your sins will find you out . . ."
The deal is all of Christ for all your nothing.
… for if this plan or this undertaking is of man, it will fail; but if it is of God… —from Acts 5:38-39
It has been asked in a variety of ways from the outside and the inside since the so-called "young, restless, and Reformed" tribe hit the threshold of unignorable visibility: Can this movement be sustained? Is it just a fad? What are your concerns, fears, and…
Here are 4 ways ordinary evangelicals like you and me sometimes fall prey to a kind of prosperity gospel in our thinking.
The move is subtle. The switch from ordinary human achievement to blasphemy requires no explanation. It just flatout happens.
We think the problem might just "go away" on its own. But if it doesn't, we have the biblical obligation to "take it to our brother."
The ministry of preaching cannot be divorced from the ministry of soul care; in fact, preaching is actually an extension of soul care. There are a host of reasons why it is important for pastors who want to preach meaningfully to know their flocks as well as they can, but here are three of the most important.
Of course we should be glad when any purveyor of smut shuts down or suffers a setback. But we should not delude ourselves. The culture of porn is financially rich and dangerously addictive.
Laypeople have no biblical warrant to leave the duty of doctrine up to pastors and professors alone.
Jared C. Wilson, director of Content Strategy and managing editor of For The Church.
Jared Wilson, director of content strategy at Midwestern Seminary and Managing Editor of For The Church, shares why he authored “The Prodigal Church: A Gentle Manifesto Against the Status Quo” at the For The Church Conference in Columbus, Ohio on Tuesday, June 16.
Every now and again some well-meaning brother or sister will say to me, "This one's different. You gotta see it. It's not like the others." And then it is. It painfully, painfully is.
Jared C. Wilson preaches on the uniqueness of Christianity at the 2017 Ready Conference at Midwestern Baptist Theological Seminary and College.
There is a gospel spring beneath the deathly depravity of Judges 19.
“Come, get under my shade,” the bramble calls. “I will take care of you.”
Christians have the power to “do relationships” in an entirely unworldly way.
This does not make pain painless, of course, but it doesn’t make it purposeless either.
I know the reasons we don’t live transparently with each other.
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…
The problem and the promise for those who fail morally is that Jesus will only deal with us on the playing field of reality.
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…
We familyolaters take what most of us consider the most important thing in our lives and give it the weight of our worship in a way that is both dishonorable and unsustainable. And we end up living "Thus saith the family" rather than "Thus saith the Lord."
The rainbow symbolizes the gospel, for God has "laid down his bow." To turn it into a symbol of pride, then, is sadly and truly to test God into taking it up again, to invite his wrath.
What kind of "stuff" does God use for his extraordinary work?
I relished this bit from Charles Spurgeon's revival sermon, "The Story of God's Mighty Acts":
A friend who called to see me yesterday, tells me that the lowest and vilest men, the most depraved females in Belfast, have been visited with this extraordinary epilepsy, as the world calls it; but with this strange…
5 errors that masquerade as biblical confession of sin.
Monday. What to do with these Mondays of ours?
"The Lord is in his holy temple; let all the earth blog about how cool he is with, you know, whatever your deal is, man."
Too often our creativity and intelligence don’t adorn the gospel, but obscure it.
The pastor should give no harbor to about-talk that avoids to-talk.
When the way of Jesus clashes with "street smarts."
We sometimes expect pastors leaving under bad terms to leave a bad taste in the church’s mouth, but we don’t really think about what can go wrong when an otherwise good pastor leaves under otherwise good circumstances.
A word to my brother-pastors, who every week labor in preparing to teach the Bible in the weekend gathering while the dark cloud of the new cultural downgrade hangs over them:
Brothers, let's not go about our weekly sermon preparation and personal discipleship in sackcloth and ashes. Let's get into the vineyard of God's word, get some holy sweat worked up, whistling while we work, lifting our hearts…
Take a look, book by book, at the many things God's word says about God's words.
Why are older folks drawn to these kinds of shows? And what do those connections mean for ministry to older folks?
Here are three all-too-common approaches to sign messages I think churches ought to avoid . . .
"The only thing of value the church has to offer is the gospel."
… or buying Twitter followers or gaming the analytics to inflate website stats, etc.
At least 5 things:
1. It's dishonest.
No, it's not illegal. But neither are lots of unethical, dishonest things. The asumption that people make when they see "Bestseller" labeled on a book or 600,000 followers on your Twitter page is that you came by those accomplishments the straightforward way: attracting…
We are aiming for awe of God.
Jesus promised that we would be baptized by the Holy Spirit. What on earth can that mean?
I've been out of pastoral ministry now for 5 years, and while I am not asked as often I was in those first few years, I still get the question a fair amount: "Do you miss it?"
Christians should have nothing to do with utilitarian arguments against abortion.
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…
Biblically speaking, what can we learn about pharisaical behavior?
No law can be just if its justice for one is predicated on injustice to another.
There are lots of websites that exist for the church. This is what it means for us to be For The Church . . .
Eternal love moved the heart of Jesus to relinquish… heaven for earth;
a diadem for a cross;
the robe of divine majesty for the garment of our nature;
by taking upon Himself the leprosy of our sin.
Oh, the infinite love of Christ!
What a boundless, fathomless ocean!
Ask the ransomed of the Lord, whose chains He has dissolved, whose dungeon He…
Our song is truer and better.
There is one great sign that you are loved more than you thought.
What do we make of the fact that the man who was perhaps the greatest preacher in American history and is still one of evangelicalism's favorite heroes owned slaves and propagated slavery?
No, Victoria Osteen is not exactly right when she says we ought to do good for ourselves instead of for God, but neither is she totally wrong. She's derailed and in the ditch, but the right track is in eyesight.
Osteen is not totally wrong, because walking with God is a—let the reader understand—happy thing. It's a different kind of happy, to be sure. But it's…