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Casualties of the Revolution – This is sobering: “In contemporary America,” says Anthony Esolen, “condemnation of pedophilia rests on sentiment and not on moral reasoning. Nobody can simultaneously explain why pedophilia is so vile and uphold the first commandment of the sexual revolution: Fulfill thy desires.”

Pouring Your Life Into Others – “Most jobs require us to interact with others, working as a team to achieve stated objectives. How we approach this interaction provides us with an opportunity to demonstrate the Gospel actively working in and through our lives.”

All Kinds of Glutton – There are some good thoughts here about the heart of gluttony. “Because gluttony is a heart issue, it’s not just overweight people who are sinning here. There are all sorts of ways to be gluttonous while maintaining a socially acceptable figure. Here are a few…”

It’s Not Dying – Ed Stetzer takes issue with people who claim the church is dying. “The church is not dying. Yes, the church in the West—the United States included—is in transition right now. But transitioning is not the same as dying, particuarly if you hold the belief that Christianity is represented by people who live for Christ, not check ‘Christian’ on a survey form.”

The Most Notorious Heretic – “Who is church history’s most notorious false teacher? It might not be possible to answer that question definitively. But if we were to create a top-ten ‘most wanted’ list, the name Arius would undoubtedly be near the top.”

If sins need to be expiated, it is because they are sins committed against someone who ought to be propitiated.

—F.F. Bruce

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  • The Danger and Necessity of a Passion for Church Growth

    The Danger and Necessity of a Passion for Church Growth

    Quite a long time has passed since we witnessed the unexpected rise of a new kind of Calvinism. Few had anticipated that in the twenty-first century, so many millions of people spanning a host of nations and traditions would find themselves affirming such old and controversial doctrines. Yet many did so because they were wary…

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    Cognitive Decline and Common Faults

    When visiting a far-off church, I met a man who, with sadness, told me about his father’s final sermon. A lifelong pastor and preacher, his father had withdrawn from full-time ministry several years prior, but still preached from time to time. On this Sunday he took to the pulpit, read his text, and gave his…

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