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Should We Preach Like the Puritans?

Joel Beeke, a great admirer of the Puritans, tells why we shouldn’t try to preach like them.

Of Ministers and Marriages

You’ve probably always assumed it’s the responsibility of a minster to officiate weddings. But perhaps that’s just tradition.

Can Christians Marry Non-Christians?

Speaking of marriage, “I want to make the point that it is a matter of obedience to God not to pursue a relationship with a non-believer. I’m going to try and make it as clear as I can that however it feels, those feelings are temptations to call right that which God calls wrong; those feelings are not accompanied by any affirmation from God.”

The Disaster that Changed Engineering (Video)

“The Hyatt Regency Hotel collapse was a disaster that changed engineering: it’s taught in colleges and universities as a way to make it clear: you check and double-check everything. Something that seems like a subtle change can cause a catastrophic failure if it’s not thoroughly checked first!”

The More Skin, the More Likes

The National Post has an article for parents to read. “Three years ago I received some backlash when I wanted to go into schools and talk to grade sevens. Today I say, ‘what about your grade fours?’” That’s talking to students about what they do with their phones.

Giving to the Poor When There’s Risk of Waste

Randy Alcorn discusses giving to the poor when there’s risk that they’ll waste it. He says, “the solution is not to give less, but to give carefully and wisely while still giving generously.”

Living under Authority

R.C. Sproul writes about the importance of living under authority and offers guidance in living under authority we don’t particularly respect.

5 Reasons Why Christians Should Study History

Chris Gehrz took one of my recent articles and improved upon it by adding several more reasons Christians should study church history.

Flashback: Good Churchmanship

Here are some of the ways a Christian can face particular challenges in our time and in our churches and excel at churchmanship.

Most people want to see authenticity, not experience a perfect church service attended by people projecting perfect and problem-free lives. —Mez McConnell