Book Review: Historical Theology for the Church

Does historical theology matter for the church today? Does it serve only as an academic discipline? Or does it contain practical value for Christian living? Sadly, historical theology generally receives little attention in non-liturgical churches (e.g. Baptist churches). Growing up in baptistic churches, I never considered the greater heritage within which my local church existed, …

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Should Parents Require Obedience from Their Children? Evaluating the Requirement for Our Children to Obey through the Works of Benjamin Keach

Why should I require my child to obey when his obedience will never save him? This is an honest question that you may have asked yourself, especially if you are a parent who believes that salvation comes by grace alone through faith alone in Christ alone. We know that no one will be saved through works …

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The Forgotten Cross: Meditations on 1 Corinthians 2:2

In 1 Corinthians 2:2 the Apostle Paul writes: “For I decided to know nothing among you except Jesus Christ and him crucified.” Studying Paul’s letter to the Corinthian church quickly reveals that he actually knew and was concerned with more than the crucifixion; however, his point in writing this verse was that the crucifixion remained …

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An Obscure Monk and a Mundane Event: The Launch of the Protestant Reformation

As you may already know, October 31, 2018 will be the 501st anniversary of what is commonly referred to as Reformation Day. This day is celebrated and remembered because on October 31, 1517 Martin Luther posted his 95 Theses to the church door in Wittenberg, Germany. We don’t celebrate this day merely because a professor posted …

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Book Review: The Confessions

Introduction Apart from the Bible, few books have impacted the church as greatly as The Confessions by Augustine. This book has served the church for over 1600 years as a theological, philosophical, and devotional masterpiece. More than an autobiography, The Confessions shines light into God’s providence during the first thirty-three years of Augustine’s life, as …

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Congregational Worship

On May 19, 2018 our church will host its 3rd annual Practical Christian Living Seminar. Our first two seminars covered topics that are culturally relevant such as biblical sexuality, Internet theology, screen time, and racial reconciliation. This year’s topic, however, is congregational worship, which may not necessarily sound urgent or relevant, but I would argue that …

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George Whitefield: America’s First Celebrity

Have you ever heard of George Whitefield? Would it surprise you to know that this traveling preacher was more popular than Benjamin Franklin during the middle of the 18thcentury? In fact, you could even call Whitefield the first American celebrity. While many of us today are more familiar with some of Whitefield’s friends, such as …

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