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I had the privilege this morning of hearing Pastor Rick Elzinga preach on Psalm 110. Here is a summary of his sermon in one sentence: Not only is Jesus the King who subdues us, He is also the Priest who reconciles us to His Father.

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I had the privilege this morning of hearing Pastor Dan Gannon of Renton Bible Church preaching on Psalm 98. Here is a summary of his sermon in one sentence: Jesus Christ is the promised Messiah whose coming brings joy to the world.

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Apologetics is the art and science of defending the faith – defending the truth of Christianity – Voddie Baucham shows how that can be done in the process of preaching and teaching God’s Word in his book Expository Apologetics: Answering Objections with the Power of the Word. Part of Baucham’s preaching style is to anticipate the objections of skeptics (and other non-believers), and then answer them using the text of Scripture being explained. In addition to explaining how the faith can be defended, he also demonstrates by providing a transcript of one of his sermons.

Expository Apologetics is a layman’s introduction to presuppositional apologetics, which is connected frequently with Cornelius Van Til in the early 20th century. Baucham makes the concepts of the system understandable and applicable. His treatment of Romans 1 – what everyone knows and is answerable for – is excellent.

Believers in the Lord Jesus Christ are commanded to “set apart Christ as Lord in your hearts, always being ready to give an answer for the hope that lies within you, with gentleness and respect” (1 Peter 3:15). Expository Apologetics by Voddie Baucham will help you obey that command. Tolls lege! Take up and read!

 

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I had the privilege this morning of hearing Pastor Scott Gilchrist of Southwest Bible Church preach on Acts 18:9-26. Here is a summary of his sermon in one sentence: There is no safer place to be than when we are where God wants us to be, doing what He wants us to do.

 

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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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“The words of wise men are like goads, and masters of these collections are like well-driven nails; they are given by one Shepherd.” (Ecclesiastes 12:11)

There’s a lot to say about the life, death, and legacy of Hugh Hefner, but David French of National Review frames it very well in this article.

Stephen Kneale reminds us that no matter how we evangelize (Open-air preaching, events-oriented, building relationships, tracts, door-to-door, etc.), at some point we’re going to have to actually share the gospel.

Every church has a liturgy, whether they know it or not. Stephen McAlpine has written a piece called “Liturgy for the Non-Liturgical Christian.” You should read it.

What are the marks of a church? Is your Bible study a church? Is your campus fellowship a church? When you get together with another believer at a coffee shop, is it a church? Mark Dever, pastor of Capitol Hills Baptist Church in Washington, D.C., answers those questions in an article that originally appeared in Tabletalk. Today’s broadly evangelical church has a weak doctrine of the church, and an article like this will help fix that problem.

The paperback book had an interesting origin. Atlas Obscura has the story. It’s an interesting read but it didn’t fit in my pocket.

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Lat Lord’s Day, I was privileged to hear Pastor Jeff Lacine of Sellwood Baptist Church preach on Matthew 26:17-35. Here is a summary of his sermon in one sentence: Will we hide our sins or will we expose them to the light of God’s grace and receive forgiveness?

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