What’s the Purpose of Pastors? (Tim Challies, Challies.com)
The Bible assures us that pastors exist to shepherd God’s people in local churches until Christ returns (1 Peter 5:1-5). The calling of the pastor is inextricably tied to the biblical metaphor of a shepherd tending to his flock of sheep.
How the Reformers Rediscovered the Holy Spirit and True Conversion (Sinclair Ferguson, 9 Marks)
It was just here, for Luther and Calvin, that the Holy Spirit entered, opening eyes to the fact that all our salvation and every part of it is found in Christ alone (as Calvin loved to say); here the Holy Spirit entered, opening blind eyes, melting hardened affections, and drawing forth the response of saving faith.
The Wrong Way to Read Christian Books (Kristen Wetherell, True Woman)
I have a problem—a reading problem. When I read certain Christian books (especially those written by Puritans and the modern-day writers who love them), I can walk away from their paragraphs and pages discouraged rather than built up and spurred on in the faith…what is my problem? What is it within me that causes me to react this way?
Despicable Me: Total Depravity – TULIP Pt. 1 (Clint Archer, The Cripplegate)
When you evangelize, you don’t try to appeal to the person’s reason alone. Proof alone will never convince anyone. It is God’s power that will make them believe. We need to pray for God’s intervention. When someone comes to Christ, we give God all the glory. We don’t congratulate them on making the right choice, we glorify God for changing their mind and heart.
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8 Questions to Help You Understand and Apply the Bible (Matthew Harmon, The Gospel Coalition)
God is the main character of the Bible, so he should be our starting point. Every passage of Scripture reveals something about God, even if he’s not specifically mentioned. Look for his character (Rev. 4:8), his conduct (Ps. 23:1–6), and his concerns (Exod. 22:21–22). Also pay attention to all three persons of the Trinity (Matt. 28:18–20; 2 Cor. 13:14).
Four Truths for the Infertile Married Couple (Meredith Hodge, Unlocking the Bible)
Christian, we serve a God who delights in lavishing grace and favor on repentant, dependent sinners. Our sin through infertility—even the brokenness of infertility itself—can only be dealt with at the cross and through the life, death, and resurrection of Jesus Christ.