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Today is the 500th anniversary of the Reformation, the greatest revival in church history.  The great truths of the Scriptures were rediscovered and applied to every area of life beginning with the church itself.

Like a dusty artifact in a dark, dank basement, the Reformers found life-changing truth: Scripture alone reveals that we are justified by grace alone through faith alone because of Christ alone, with all of the glory going to God alone.

Those simple, yet profound truths reformed the church (and changed the world), and are still reforming the church today. Even after five hundred years, the work is far from done. We’ve made a good beginning! May God raise up more Reformers for His glory and our good.

Happy Reformation Day!

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This is an excellent video from Ligonier Ministries briefly explaining the Reformation. October 31st is the 500th anniversary of the official beginning of the Reformation, and we would do well to remember our family history. By the way, a transcript is provided.

 

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Yesterday was the fiftieth anniversary of Joni Eareckson Tada’s diving accident. I remember seeing a movie about her (in which she played herself) produced by the Billy Graham Evangelistic Association when God was in the process of drawing me to Himself.  You can read her reflections here – you’ll be glad you did.

Rob Bell says quoting Romans 8:28 is not something Christians should do when comforting someone who’s suffering. Owen Strachan responds here. I’ve heard this piece of “advice” from Christians other than Rob Bell, before and it’s terrible. How can we withhold God’s Word from His people? To do so is to not love them.

The gospel might divide a church, according to Jared Wilson. We’re under obligation to preach the gospel – the good news of Jesus Christ – inside and outside the church. But we need to be ready for the response, which won’t always be good. You can read the three ways this might happen here.

Golfer Matt Kuchar is a class act. This open letter to him by a British journalist explains why.

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This morning I had the privilege of preaching on Philippians 1:7-8. Here is a summary of my sermon in one sentence: True Christian fellowship is a combination of devotion to, delight in, and desire for each other.

 

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I had the privilege this morning of preaching on Acts 16:6-40 as I begin a new series in the book of Philippians. Here is a summary of my sermon in one sentence: In the beginning of the church in Philippi, the sovereignty of God is pervasive and undeniable.

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As a pastor, I want to have some knowledge of what’s going on with the media and technology used during our worship services, but I don’t necessarily want to be an expert (I might be asked to run the sound booth!).

Lights, Camera, Worshipby Greg Zschomler is a crash-course in media and technical arts (as they’re called). Brief, easy-to-read chapters on subjects such as video projection, video production, graphics design, developing a web presence, social media, strategic stage lighting, theatrical production, costume and makeup design, audio reinforcement essentials, worship planning, and the building of volunteer tech teams.

I knew there was a lot involved in all of these areas, but I had no idea how much. There are a number of good suggestions in the book which could be easily implemented. Before reading it, I was concerned that the material would only be applicable to large churches, but not small churches (like the one I pastor). Those concerns were addressed with the realization that the basic principles apply everywhere.

Lights, Camera, Worship! is a good and necessary book. Tolls lege!

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This morning, I had the privilege of preaching on John 12:20-26. The following is a summary of my sermon in one sentence: Because of His imminent death, Jesus taught clearly that we need Him desperately, salvation comes as a result of His sacrificial death, and discipleship involves self-sacrifice and service.

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