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Jun 2015 30 Jun 30, 2015
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Today, June 30, 2015, is the official release date for my new book, Packer on the Christian Life. It is published by Crossway and should be available on Amazon.com or in your local Christian bookstore. Continue reading . . . Today, June 30, 2015, is the official release date for my new book, Packer on the Christian Life. It is published by Crossway and should be available on Amazon.com or in your local Christian bookstore. Here is the official statement describing the b...Read More

Jun 2015 29 Jun 29, 2015
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It is well known that early in his Christian life and career Augustine was what we today would call a cessationist. He was quite skeptical about claims to miraculous events and the operation of all spiritual gifts. But a number of undeniable experiences led him to reevaluate his earlier beliefs. Continue reading . . . It is well known that early in his Christian life and career Augustine was what we today would call a cessationist. He was quite skeptical about claims to...Read More

Jun 2015 26 Jun 26, 2015
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One of the questions I’m often asked comes from Christians who were raised in a Presbyterian church or perhaps a Methodist or Episcopalian church where infant baptism was practiced. The question they ask is this: “I was baptized as an infant many years ago. Isn’t that good enough? Should I be baptized again now that I am a believer in Jesus?” Continue reading . . . One of the questions I’m often asked comes from Christians who were raised i...Read More

Jun 2015 24 Jun 24, 2015
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Many times people say to me, “Sam, I’m just not ready for baptism.” The obvious implication in their words is that they believe they must do something to prepare themselves for baptism. They must rid their lives of some bad habit or recurring sin. Continue reading . . . Many times people say to me, “Sam, I’m just not ready for baptism.” The obvious implication in their words is that they believe they must do something to prepare thems...Read More

Jun 2015 23 Jun 23, 2015
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What does baptism mean and why does it play such a prominent role in the life of the Christian and the Church? Baptism is a sign, which is to say it signifies something beyond itself. It is a pointer that directs our attention to several important truths. Continue reading . . . What does baptism mean and why does it play such a prominent role in the life of the Christian and the Church? Baptism is a sign, which is to say it signifies something beyond itself. It is a poi...Read More

Jun 2015 22 Jun 22, 2015

Justin Taylor interviews Sam Storms and Leland Ryken on the Life and Legacy of J. I. Packer Continue... This was taken from Justin Taylor's blog at http://www.thegospelcoalition.org/blogs/justintaylor/2015/06/08/an-interview-with-sam-storms-and-leland-ryken-on-the-life-and-legacy-of-j-i-packer/ Timothy George says that Sam Storms’ new book, Packer on the Christian Life: Knowing God in Christ, Walking by the Spirit (Crossway, 2015), “is one of the bes...Read More

Jun 2015 18 Jun 18, 2015

The following is a collection of insightful statements from The Confessions. Enjoy! Continue reading . . . The following is a collection of insightful statements from The Confessions. Enjoy! “You arouse us so that praising you may bring us joy, because you have made us and drawn us to yourself, and our heart is unquiet until it rests in you” (3). “Out of love for loving you I do this, recalling my most wicked ways and thinking over the past with bitt...Read More

Jun 2015 17 Jun 17, 2015

How should Christians respond to transgenderism in general and Bruce Jenner’s “transition” in particular? Continue reading . . . [This blog was written by Denny Burk on June 4, 2015, and warrants your close and careful reading.] How should Christians respond to transgenderism in general and Bruce Jenner’s “transition” in particular? I think Christians are at their best when they recognize a need for both compassion and truth-telling....Read More

Jun 2015 16 Jun 16, 2015

I’m reading again (for the fifth time, I think) The Confessions of Saint Augustine. There is a reason why it is regarded as one of the classics of the Christian faith. Early on Augustine provides us with this stunning portrait of God. Continue reading . . . I’m reading again (for the fifth time, I think) The Confessions of Saint Augustine. There is a reason why it is regarded as one of the classics of the Christian faith. Early on Augustine provides us with ...Read More

Jun 2015 15 Jun 15, 2015

How committed are you to interceding for lost souls? Do you pray regularly and fervently that God would invade the rebellious souls of lost men and women and overcome their resistance to the gospel? Continue reading . . . How committed are you to interceding for lost souls? Do you pray regularly and fervently that God would invade the rebellious souls of lost men and women and overcome their resistance to the gospel? Do you ask him, perhaps even with tears, that he woul...Read More

Jun 2015 11 Jun 11, 2015
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Former Olympic champion, and current pop celebrity, Bruce Jenner, revealed in a recent interview his lifelong struggle with gender confusion. This week he announced that he is changing his public identity from male to female, his given name from Bruce to Caitlyn, and celebrating his gender transition by being featured in a photo shoot and cover article for the July edition of Vanity Fair. Continue reading . . . [This article was written by Jon Bloom, of Desiring God Min...Read More

Jun 2015 10 Jun 10, 2015
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Bill O’Reilly has written yet another best-selling book with the title, Killing Jesus. I haven’t read it. Perhaps I should. But I strongly suspect that in his efforts to account for the death of Jesus he has failed to identify the true culprit. Yet the perpetrator is far closer to hand than anyone can imagine. Continue reading . . . Bill O’Reilly has written yet another best-selling book with the title, Killing Jesus. I haven’t read it. Perhaps I...Read More

Jun 2015 9 Jun 9, 2015
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The misunderstanding of a short, three-letter word can transform an act of heartfelt worship into a slanderous insult. Continue reading . . . The misunderstanding of a short, three-letter word can transform an act of heartfelt worship into a slanderous insult. Perhaps you’ve heard Matt Redman’s song “Here for You” and are familiar with its lyrics. Here’s the first verse: Let our praise be Your welcomeLet our songs be a signWe are here f...Read More

Jun 2015 8 Jun 8, 2015

I want to recommend to everyone the series of books being published by Crossway titled Theologians on the Christian Life. Eight of the volumes are now available. Continue reading . . . I want to recommend to everyone the series of books being published by Crossway titled Theologians on the Christian Life. Eight of the volumes are now available. They are excellent! Each is devoted to a particular theologian from church history, the focus being his perspective on or theol...Read More

Jun 2015 4 Jun 4, 2015

Jesus, along with Peter, James, and John had just come down from the Mount of Transfiguration. They were about to rejoin the other disciples when they encountered a crowd of angry and argumentative people. Evidently the dispute was somehow related to the attempt by the other nine disciples to cast out a demon from a boy who was severely afflicted (Mark 9:14-29). Continue reading . . . Jesus, along with Peter, James, and John had just come down from the Mount of Transfig...Read More

Jun 2015 3 Jun 3, 2015

In the June, 2015, edition of The Atlantic, results were posted from a question posed to the readers of the magazine. The question: “What was the worst prediction of all time?” Continue reading . . . In the June, 2015, edition of The Atlantic, results were posted from a question posed to the readers of the magazine. The question: “What was the worst prediction of all time?” The top five answers, as determined by The Atlantic, were: (5) Darryl Z...Read More

Jun 2015 2 Jun 2, 2015
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Each week I join Michael Patton, Tim Kimberley, and J. J. Seid for a podcast that we call Theology Unplugged. It is broadcast each Saturday on Bott Radio at 1:00 p.m. A couple of weeks ago we each took turns in identifying what we believe is the greatest problem in the life of the local church today. Continue reading . . . Each week I join Michael Patton, Tim Kimberley, and J. J. Seid for a podcast that we call Theology Unplugged. It is broadcast each Saturday on Bott R...Read More

Jun 2015 1 Jun 1, 2015

When people talk about Jesus, whether they are non-Christians or professing believers, they rarely if ever describe his coming to earth in the way John spoke of it in 1 John 3:8. Continue reading . . . When people talk about Jesus, whether they are non-Christians or professing believers, they rarely if ever describe his coming to earth in the way John spoke of it in 1 John 3:8. You will hear them say things like: “The reason that Jesus appeared was to bring justi...Read More