Spurgeon’s Sorrows

Spurgeon’s Sorrows, a book by Zack Eswine, by Christian Focus–a review Anything Spurgeon will do.  A single sermon by Spurgeon is helpful and edifying to the church, but rarely do we see someone compiling both a compendium of sermons and thoughts by Spurgeon to gather such helpful teaching on a topic such as depression.  Such a task was performed by Eswine which opened by eyes to how...
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The Remarkable (perisson) Quality of Christian Love

Jesus says to love your enemies. This is what is so extraordinary about the quality of Christian love. Everyone is inclined to love those who love them, but the Christian has a new constitution about him or her that makes them love their enemies. The Greek for this is [perisson] which is translated in Matthew 5:47 as “more.” There it says: ESV Matthew 5:47 And if you greet only your...
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The Necessity of Ground Troops in Battle Spiritually Considered

Not even God fights a war merely by the air, but deploys ground troops (however spiritual) to decimate the enemy.  I pastor a church in a military town.  I certainly do not know war like the many I pastor have known war, but I do know war as a pastor. This is because the Christian life is a war if there ever was one.  It does not take much length in ministry to realize that proclamation of the...
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Windows of Culture and Sermons

One has said Superbowl Commercials are windows into our culture. Movies and books like Fifty Shades of Gray are as well. But so are pulpits that take these things and make them cute means of contextualization. Believe it or not there are already sermon series being developed on Fifty Shades. Glad the gospel is being preached, but we should have some limits on contextualization, even if it is for...
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When People Are Big, and God Is Small

When People Are Big and God is Small: Overcoming Peer Pressure, Codependency, and the Fear of Man is a book by Edward T. Welch.  I found this book an excellent treatment of an essential Christian subject of the fear of man versus the fear of God.  In the end you will find the latter wins. Welch simply does an excellent job of using biblical theology and counseling experience to aid Christian...
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Neo-Evangelicalism Losing Their Minds on the Creation Account

Today the popular Gospel Coalition website via Justin Taylor’s blog casts “doubt” on the six-day creation view of the Bible.  Interesting enough the first quote says this: “R. C. Sproul, who drafted the original Chicago Statement of Biblical Inerrancy, once said, “When people ask me how old the earth is, I tell them I don’t know—because I don’t.”  Contrary to what is...
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