The Costly Discipline of a Godly Pastor

The Costly Discipline of a Godly Pastor

The young, zealous pastor of Dundee, Scotland, Robert Murray M’Cheyne, who flamed out for God at age 29 and gave himself to the work of God as perhaps no young pastor has so uniquely given himself to God’s work, said before he died, “The greatest need of my people is my personal holiness.” M’Cheyne understood that the effectiveness of his pastoral ministry, 

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Preaching an Exclusive Gospel in an Inclusive Age

Preaching an Exclusive Gospel in an Inclusive Age

Deep within the soul of every expositor, there must reside an unwavering commitment to the gospel of Jesus Christ. Regardless of the cultural currents of the day, and regardless of the changing of the times, he must be persuaded that faith in Jesus Christ alone is the only way of salvation. From Genesis to Revelation, the whole Scripture speaks with one voice, testifying that . . . 

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Has God Called You to Preach?

Has God Called You to Preach?

The one who would exposit the word of God must be sovereignly chosen and called by God to do so. This sacred call is a divine appointment buy which one is separated from one's mother's womb to preach the Scriptures. Such a sovereign commission was the experience of the prophet Jeremiah (Jer 1:5), John the Baptist (Luke 1:15), and the apostle Paul (Gal 1:15–16). Before they . . . 

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The Sufficiency of Scripture: Psalm 19:7–9

The Sufficiency of Scripture: Psalm 19:7–9

When accompanied by the ministry of the Holy Spirit, the Bible is entirely able to accomplish all that God desires to do upon the earth (Is 55:10–11). It is clearly seen in Psalm 19:7–9, where we find dix descriptions of His Word –– “perfect,” “sure,” “right,” “pure,” “clean,” “true” –– along with the effects . . .

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The Preacher and His Technology

The Preacher and His Technology

Technology can be a wonderful servant but a terrible master. Nowhere is that more true than in the area of Christian ministry, especially for the preacher preparing sermons. My aim in this article is to help preachers use technology in such a way as to get the most out of this willing servant, but also to avoid it becoming a damaging tyrant. To do that, we will honestly face some . . . 

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The Puritans: The Second Generation Reformers

The Puritans: The Second Generation Reformers

The Puritan age was a golden era of church history. Few generations have ever been assembled on the stage of human history were more devoted to godly living than the Puritans. Randall Peterson notes, “As seers of Divine truth, and as surgeons of human souls, the Puritans remain peerless.” The Puritans were second-generation reformers in the sixteenth and seventeenth . . .

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John Knox: Fearless Faith, pt. 2

John Knox: Fearless Faith, pt. 2

Reaching down through the centuries and extending to this present hour, the legacy of John Knox remains firmly implanted in many areas of the worldwide church. Knox was influential in the formation of a Reformed church government and polity, education, and doctrinal creed. However, the one area in which Knox proved to be most impactful was in a return to biblical preaching. . . .

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John Knox: Fearless Faith, pt. 1

John Knox: Fearless Faith, pt. 1

Wielding astonishing influence over Scotland in the sixteenth century, John Knox (c. 1514–72)
was one of the most heroic leaders and towering figures in the annals of church history. Regarded as ‘the Father of the Scottish Reformation’ and ‘the Founder of the Scottish Protestant Church,’ Knox was a spiritual tour de force of unmatched vigor in spreading the kingdom of God. With . . .

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William Tyndale: The Father of the English Bible

William Tyndale: The Father of the English Bible

Featured prominently in my study, as though looking over my right shoulder, is a reproduction of a stunning portrait of the great Bible translator William Tyndale (1494–1536). Painted in oil on canvas, the original work is from the brush of an unknown artist. It was produced in the late seventeenth or early eighteenth century and now hangs in the National Portrait Gallery in . . .

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