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The Heart of the Church: The Gospel’s History, Message, and Meaning | Joe Thorn ($8.31)
The Life of the Church: The Table, Pulpit, and Square | Joe Thorn ($7.11)
The Character of the Church: The Marks of God’s Obedient People | Joe Thorn ($7.12)
Porn | Doctrine & Devotion
Joe Thorn & Jimmy Fowler go there. Men, listen up!
Danny Akin: I do not think verses 9–20 were a part of the original text (though I have good friends and respected scholars who do), so I did not preach on them. Still, for those unfamiliar with issues related to textual criticism, this issue can be extremely troubling. What, then, is a proper pastoral response? Here are five suggestions.
Talking About Jesus, Beauty, and the Beast | Gospel Teacher
I love the way Jack Klumpenhower is always able to teach parents how to use even a trip to the movies to point their kids to Jesus. Pastors and parents will benefit from his reflections on Beauty and the Beast.
A Real Side of Discipleship | Pat Aldridge
Aldridge shows how the “where” of discipleship impacts the “who.”
3 Reasons Why Preaching Is Not Casual | Delivered By Grace
Josh Buice: The next time you worship with your gathered church—look for the thrill of God’s drama as the preacher unpacks the Word of God before you. Worship God with a proper and honoring posture. A true sense of God and His glory will not be a casual experience.
Our National Pastime | TGC
Kevin DeYoung: Baseball is unique in the pantheon of professional American sports. It’s the only one where time doesn’t end your game. It’s the only one where offense and defense are totally compartmentalized. And it’s the only sport that actually works on radio.
Patrick Ewing Named Georgetown Head Coach | Bleacher Report
Ewing reportedly will sign a multi-year deal, per Adrian Wojnarowski of The Vertical, and will take over as the team’s head coach immediately, leaving his post as an assistant with the Charlotte Hornets. A press conference is expected for Wednesday, according to Jon Rothstein of CBS Sports.
What Is True Conversion? | Ligonier
Steven Lawson: A true spiritual conversion radically alters the direction of one’s life. It is not a partial change wherein one is able to straddle the fence between two worlds.
Why Easter Matters to Marriage | Challies
Barbara Rainey: Easter shows us that if God can resurrect a dead Jesus—and He did!—He can resurrect dead marriages.
Shepherding Your Family Through Ministry Turmoil | TGC