Evangelism, The Church, and Early Christian Ethics

CAME ACROSS THIS TODAY AND FOUND IT TO BE AN OUTSTANDING ARTICLE!

In his book, The Patient Ferment of the Early Church, Alan Kreider makes the case that the substantial growth of Christianity from the resurrection of Christ through the 300’s was tied to the church’s emphasis on the patient ethical formation of believers. According to Kreider, there was no grand strategy of cultural influence nor any attempt to accommodate the worship service of the church to make outsiders feel more comfortable. Instead, the primary focus of church leadership was to see the habitus (habitual behavior) of Christ-followers formed so they were noticeably distinct in their moods, affections, and actions from their neighbors…

SOURCE: Evangelism, The Church, and Early Christian Ethics

The Sweet Surprise of Suffering

For to you, it has been granted for Christ’s sake, not only to believe in Him, but also to suffer for His sake, experiencing the same conflict which you saw in me, and now hear to be in me. -Philippians 1:29-30

 I am not ashamed to confess that I enjoy receiving gifts. As a young child, I eagerly anticipated Christmas Day because I knew there would be plenty of presents with my name on them. All these years later, I still get excited to unwrap presents. It’s not just Christmas, though. I love receiving gifts for my birthday, Father’s Day, anniversary. There is no wrong time to get one! Sometimes I receive a gift I have been waiting for. Other times I am caught off guard, finding myself the recipient of something completely surprising. The expected and the unexpected make the experience a thrill…

SOURCE: The Sweet Surprise of Suffering

A Theology of Confusion:

As a “Christian” I am never confused by what God is doing, yeah right. This two part series explores some answers about being faithfully confused. – Mike

A Theology of Confusion: How Faith Responds When God’s Ways Don’t Make Sense Pt. 1

A Theology of Confusion: How Faith Responds When God’s Ways Don’t Make Sense Pt. 2

Personal Prerequisites for Bible Study

While reading this excellent article, two things came to mind Pharisees and Revelation 22:18-19. The only "first and foremost for a "Christian" is God and his unfeigned Word. 

Personal Prerequisites for Bible Study

All the talk today is about personal identity. A growing number of people are convinced that what qualifies or disqualifies a person to lead a corporation, to teach second graders, or to hold public office is not ability, achievement, or expertise but one’s ethnic, social, or sexual identity. This obsession was vividly illustrated by White House press secretary Jen Psaki’s answer to a question submitted to a February 16 online forum. Suffering from the government’s Covid-19 restrictions, a business owner asked, “What is President Biden doing for my small business?” Psaki responded, “First and foremost, he nominated a woman to lead the Small Business Administration.” While Psaki did attempt to provide other details in the rest of her answer, her “first and foremost” comment is indicative of the transformation taking place in our culture. The greatest causes of and solutions to society’s problems are believed to be located in ethnic, social, or sexual identities…

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We Stand with Pastor James Coates

On February 16th, 2021, Pastor James Coates turned himself into the Alberta police. He has been charged with two counts of violating the Canadian COVI-19 restrictions and one criminal act. He is being held in Jail pending hearings, refusing bail because the conditions are too restrictive.

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The pages of history are filled with examples of faithful believers who resolutely obeyed God, even if it meant facing severe repercussions from men. When Daniel refused to stop praying, he was thrown into a den of lions. When the apostles refused to stop proclaiming the name of Jesus, they were arrested and scourged. When the church father Polycarp refused to renounce Christ, he was burned at the stake. When the Puritan John Bunyan refused to stop preaching, he was put in jail for twelve years. Many other examples could be given, but the point is clear. To obey God rather than men is not always easy. But it has been the heartbeat of believers in every age…

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You can read Grace Life’s public statement here and listen to ’ most recent sermon from February 14th, titled Directing Government to its Duty, here.

Kristopher Kinsinger: The arrest of Alberta pastor James Coates is a constitutional abnormality

What You Need to Know About the Arrest of Pastor James …

The Seminary of Suffering

This is both a POWERFUL testimony and an article on biblical apologetics about the Sovereignty of God. 

The Seminary of Suffering

As I write this, my two daughters are sick. My two precious girls have had seven surgeries and twelve “procedures.” Our family has spent more nights in the hospital than I can count. Each of my daughters takes 840 pills per month and has two-to-three breathing treatments per day. Their lungs are deteriorating. And according to every scientific “opinion,” my daughters will live half as long as most. I discovered these hard realities after my first semester of seminary…

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When God Says No To Earnest Prayers

Why did you not answer my prayer, Lord? Why are you not easing my pain? Why are you not taking away my sorrow? I’ve asked with tears. I’ve asked with hope. I’ve asked in faith. I know You have the power to grant my request. I know You love me. So, why have You not moved?

When God Says No To Earnest Prayers, Pt.1

When God Says No To Earnest Prayers, Pt. 2

 

 ...we live in a day of “Mere Christianity,” when believers want to know the bare minimum required to believe in order to be saved. Easy believism is all most professing Christians seek... 

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Why Every Believer Needs Systematic Theology

The Puritan William Ames said that theology is the doctrine of living unto God. Wilhelmus à Brakel added to this that theology was the Christian’s reasonable service. These men simply reiterated the age-old truth that believers need to live lives of worship unto God, and humans require theology to worship rightly. For God cannot be worshipped if He is not known…

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Three Antidotes to the Fears that Rule the World

Three Antidotes to the Fears that Rule the World

If I had to choose a single word to describe the past twelve months, it would be fear. It’s run roughshod over people’s lives since early 2020, showing up in toilet-paper shortages, stay-at-home orders, murder hornets, and violent protests. People are terrified. But of what? I think there are two answers.

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Creation, the Incarnation, and Christmas

Creation, the Incarnation, and Christmas

Among all the other wonderful blessings of Christmas, at its core, this season is a celebration of the gift of life through the birth of a baby. Of course, any time a baby is born it’s a glorious event worthy of a decent party. My wife and I have 4 children, and our friends and family have greeted each birth with joy and excitement, and rightly so. ..

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