November 9, 2018

The Challenge of Pastoral Succession – KR 109 Passing on the mantle of church leadership is one of the most significant elements of church health today. More times than not it can go wrong because of personality challenges or structural issues. Bobby and Doug share their story of Pastoral Succession and are a breath of fresh air on how pastoral succession can go well when it is submitted to Jesus’ leadership. Suggested Resource: Next: Pastoral Succession That Works by William… Read more

November 8, 2018

The newest resource for lectionary preachers, which means turning soon to the weeks of Advent, is a new multi-volume series called Connections C: 1, and volume 2 is coming out in December (Connections C: 2). Buy one volume each season in the church calendar and in three years you will have a complete commentary on the whole lectionary. You will also have a multitude of suggestions on how to connect the texts to our world. The editors of Year C, Volume… Read more

November 8, 2018

Mark Watney was stranded – on Mars in a rather barren environment. The image above (Credit NASA/JPL-Caltech/MSSS) from the Mars Rover Curiosity can be found along with many others at the NASA Website. Mark Watney, for those who don’t know, is the major character in a book and movie The Martian. Stranded alone on Mars, he has to figure out how to survive and communicate with Earth leading to his rescue. It is an enthralling story. Andy Walsh in his… Read more

November 8, 2018

In our series on the patristic writings, we return to 2 Clement, today’s post covering chapters 12-15. Our series uses for its text Michael Holmes, The Apostolic Fathers. What’s 2 Clement about? It’s an exhortation to faithfulness to the way of Christ in the face of threats like gnosticism, false teachers and rebellion against leaders. It reads like a sermon, and it is relentlessly a call to Christian behavior. After his first summons to repentance in chps 8-11, we turn to… Read more

November 7, 2018

There is a history of evangelical interpretation of the Book of Revelation. It lacks one thing and in its place has used flat-footed literal readings. Some of them goofy. When I was in college Tim LaHaye published a book on Revelation that was famous for its literalistic drawings of the beasts of Revelation. They were at best corny but other words would be more accurate. It is now called Revelation Unveiled. Bless his heart, but this is not how to read… Read more

November 6, 2018

I believe in … the forgiveness of sins, On this statement, toward the end of the Apostles’ Creed, J.I. Packer (Affirming the Apostles’ Creed), Ben Myers (The Apostles’ Creed), Michael Bird (What Christians ought to Believe) and Derek Vreeland (primal credo) offer distinct insights and emphasize different aspects of forgiveness. Ben Myers looks at the historical context in which the Creed developed. This phrase takes on added depth. Persecution of Christians precipitated a crisis in the church. In 250 AD… Read more

November 6, 2018

Kellye Fabian, one of our Northern students who is a leader and teacher at Willow Creek, has a new book designed for spiritual formation called Sacred Questions: A Transformative Journey Through the Bible. What prompted you to write Sacred Questions? Sacred Questions arose out of three years of writing daily devotionals for Willow Creek Community Church. I began writing these devotionals as a way to help our congregation go deeper with and be more consistent in their daily discipline of reading… Read more

November 5, 2018

By Kevin Maney For All the Saints: New Creation and the Abolition of Death Posted on November 4, 2018 Sermon delivered on All-Saints’ Sunday B, November 4, 2018 at St. Augustine’s Anglican Church, Westerville, OH. If you prefer to list to the audio podcast of today’s sermon, usually somewhat different from the text below, click here. Lectionary texts: Isaiah 25.6-9; Psalm 24; Revelation 21.1-6a; John 11.32-44. In the name of God: the Father, the Son, and the Holy Spirit. Amen.  Today is All-Saints’ Sunday, the Sunday where we… Read more

November 5, 2018

This would be it! Kevin Giles, What the Bible Actually Teaches on Women Read more

November 5, 2018

Dear John (as in Piper, Pastor John, the advice columnist), Do “gender roles” apply beyond marriage? Most of us would confirm that biological differences have a specific place in defining the relational dynamics of husbands and wives within a marriage covenant. But what about gender distinctions in broader society and in the workplace? The question is from anonymous young woman. Piper’s response is HERE. ­The question is a very serious one that all complementarians should answer straight up—what about women’s… Read more

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