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Preparation for Worship

Worship is active. It takes effort. To come ready to hear God’s Word, to encounter Christ, prepared to receive and give and pray for each other, to minister together – all that does not happen by happenstance. One person in a meeting who has come with his heart fine-tuned for the voice of Christ through His Word, that expectancy can spread throughout the rest of the gathering, fueling a sense of what will happen next. What will God do? Whose lives will be changed? Which hurts will be healed? Which sins will the Holy Spirit convict us of and then lead us to the cross to find forgiveness? In short, a “worship service” is something to get ready for. Tenderize your heart by asking God to speak to you. Arrive ten minutes before the meeting begins. Look around. See who else is there. Who needs your prayers? Who needs your support or encouragement? Invite friends....

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Telling the Truth about ISIS

The following article was written for Evangelicals Now and published in their news publication for October 2014. Observing the conversation regarding the abhorrent evil that is ISIS, I have come to two conclusions. One, worldview matters. Two, some, even when their worldview is patently failing, will continue to stick their head in the sand. ISIS is such an obvious evil that is hard to find sufficient adjectives to describe its horror. None of rational turn of mind will deny that evil. The challenge is to interpret it within a framework that makes sense. Whence this evil? Who are these people? Why do they act this way? Out of the answers to such questions will be formed a practical policy to defeat the evil itself. It appears that the secular worldview with relation to ISIS is that these are not the true representatives of Islam, and that the motivations for their actions are largely political. The solution, therefore,...

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Radical Muslims Strive to Expel the Mideast’s Christian Remnant

The following is a guest post from Harry Genet.  Radical Muslims Strive to Expel the Mideast’s Christian Remnant So how will the church survive and thrive? July was an ominous month for Christians in the Middle East. Fighters of ISIS, the Islamic State of Iraq and Greater Syria, had swept across central Iraq from Syria the previous month, conquering even Mosul, Iraq’s third largest city. Now the roughly 30,000 Christians there (down from 60,000 a decade ago) were told that they had until July 18 to convert to Islam and pay a special tax, or leave. Then the Jihadists changed their mind. Over loudspeakers they announced that all Christians must leave by the next day—or be killed. The Christians—often with only the clothes on their backs—fled to already overcrowded Christian villages nearby. They continued on to the Kurdish-controlled northern sector of Iraq—semi-autonomous and more tolerant of Christians. As the Christians departed Mosul, ISIS painted the...

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Sermon Video: The Righteousness of God

The video from this weekend’s sermon, “The Righteousness of God,” from Romans 3:21 in “The Gospel of God” series is now online. Romans 3:21 is one of the great texts in the Bible, and my prayer is that the confidence and hope of this passage will permeate through us all to God’s great glory. You can watch the sermon here. Discussion questions about the sermon are available by clicking here....

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Sermon Video: Questioning God

The video from this weekend’s sermon, “Questioning God,” from Romans 3:12-20 in “The Gospel of God” series is now online. This passage has at its heart Paul’s articulation of how it is that people can be shown their profound need of Jesus and His gospel. Its aim is to cause us to wonder at and appreciate and believe in the gospel that Paul has announced back in chapter 1 verses 16 and 17. You can watch the sermon here. Discussion questions about the sermon are available here....

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Sermon Video: Authentic Spirituality

The video from this weekend’s sermon, “Authentic Spirituality,” from Romans 3:9-11 in “The Gospel of God” series is now online. This key passage in Romans provides us with a main point in Paul’s argument, and also with a foundational aspect of authentic spirituality today. You can watch the sermon here. Discussion questions about the sermon are available here....

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Interview with David S. Dockery

The following article was written for Evangelicals Now and published in their news publication for May 2014. In it I interview Dr. David S. Dockery, newly appointed president of Trinity International University: What do you love about Trinity? I love the mission of Trinity International University, which is to educate men and women to engage in God’s redemptive work in the world by cultivating academic excellence, Christian faithfulness, and lifelong learning. I love the stellar faculty members at Trinity who are committed to that mission. I genuinely admire their scholarship and their commitment to teaching, even as I love their dedication to students and to the work of the church. I love the staff at Trinity, the people who shape community, serve the students, and carry out the high calling of what I often call the hidden curriculum. I love the support and guidance that comes from the members of the Board...

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