Acts of the Risen Lord Review

Pastor Mitch has recently published a book review of Acts of the Risen Lord Jesus by Alan Thompson. This book is part of the New Studies in Biblical Theology series and covers the book of Acts. Since we are currently going through Acts in the Aletheia Sunday School class, it’d be good for us to read the review (especially if you have any part in teaching the class). Here’s the review: http://www.booksataglance.com/book-reviews/acts-risen-lord-jesus-lukes-account-gods-unfolding-plan-alan-j-thompson/

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Biblical Counseling

by J. T. Hall The preaching and teaching of the Scriptures is crucial to the health of the local church. When writing to the young pastor Timothy, Paul charged him to “Keep a close watch on yourself and on the teaching. Persist in this, for by doing so you will save both yourself and your hearers.” (1 Tim. 4:16). However, truth merely communicated is not enough; it must be applied. Just as a newly awoken man is foolish to look at himself in a mirror and walk away without fixing the hair that is out of place, so it is […]

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The Undefeatable Gospel in the Book of Acts

  • By Daniel Scheiderer
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  • July 21, 2017

By Dalton Teal The message of the book of Acts is one that brings great encouragement to all believers. Luke wrote the book of Acts as a continuation of his Gospel, and in it he describes the spread of the gospel of Jesus Christ. Acts begins with Jesus stating that His apostles would receive power through the coming Holy Spirit and they will take His gospel to Judea, Samaria, and to the end of the earth. Throughout the next twenty-seven chapters Luke will not only show the great challenges the gospel faced but will also show that the gospel is […]

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History and Layout of the Bible

This was a lot of information, both in class and in this post. The hope is that this blog post will supplement what was taught in class. If you missed this first week’s lesson, and you would like to come for the next three, feel free to attend. If you’d like to show up a half hour early (9:30), we can work through what you missed the first week. Feel free to ask questions!

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So You’re a Baptist; But Are You Also a Methodist?

The Church of England in the 18th century had lost much of the spiritual vitality it had possessed in the 16th & 17th centuries. The Puritans had been expelled from the Church in 1662 due to the Act of Uniformity issued by Charles II, and many of the spiritually devote High Churchmen had been forced out in 1688 for refusing to swear allegiance to William and Mary. The resultant state of the church was anything worthy of spiritual commendation. Rationalism, deism, heresy, and skepticism characterized many of the clergyman who remained in the National Church. Certainly those who doubted the […]

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A Letter of Comfort to a Widower: An Example of Pastoral Care from John Berridge (1716-1793)

One of the most difficult tasks given to pastors is the care of those who are dealing with the loss of a loved one. Pastors are expected simultaneously to provide comfort to the grieving and reminders of Christian truth, all with a spirit of compassion. In the course of my dissertation reading on eighteenth and nineteenth century evangelicalism,  I have read a number of letters written by evangelical ministers to people who had lost loved ones. Some of these letters come across to my modern ears as harsh and unsympathetic (perhaps they were not taken this way at that time), […]

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Don’t Wait Until New Year’s; Start Reading Your Bible Now! (With A Good Resource for Bible Reading Plans)

It is fairly customary for Christians to make a New Year’s resolution to read through their Bible in a year. I have been there personally. You make a decision, starting January 1st, to read a few chapters a day for the whole year. Everything starts off well. Genesis isn’t all that bad. There are a few genealogies, but it’s mostly written in story form. The same goes for Exodus. But then we reach Leviticus, that venerable killer of Bible reading plans and New Year’s resolutions. We get bogged down in the difficult reading. We miss a day–then two; and the […]

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Thomas Scott (1747-1821) on Redeeming Time in Ministry

One of the hallmarks of the evangelical movement has been its emphasis on active Christian service. Like the Puritans before them, the early evangelicals thought it important to make the most of each day, and doing so required a careful use of time. This care was especially needful for ministers of the gospel, whose very occupation meant tending to both personal and public responsibilities. Some, like the early Methodists, would schedule out basically their entire day into short blocks of time. However, other evangelicals were less rigid. Concerned about how to balance the various demands of ministry on his time, the […]

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Free E-Book: God and the Gay Christian? A Response to Matthew Vines (Albert Mohler, ed)

Today, Matthew Vines has released a controversial book called God and the Gay Christian: The Biblical Case in Support of Same-Sex Relationships. This book purports to be a biblical defense of homosexuality. Vines, who claims to be an evangelical Christian, believes that the Bible does not actually condemn homosexuality and that it is possible to be both Christian and gay. In response, The Southern Baptist Theological Seminary has released a short book, edited by Albert Mohler, that  challenges and refutes Vines’ claims. This E-book is available for free download here. Also, an excellent review of Vines book has been written by […]

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What the Bible is All About: God as Pursuer

God created the whole world and humans in it in perfect relationship with Him. Adam and Eve walked and talked with Him, seeing Him face to face every day in the Garden. However, when they disobeyed God by eating the fruit from the tree of knowledge of good and evil, they broke that relationship between God and Humanity, sentencing themselves and all of creation to lives of pain, human injustice, and loneliness. In his mercy, God removed Adam and Eve from the Garden to keep them from eating the fruit from the tree of life, ensuring that they would not […]

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