Churches can have all sorts of assumptions about what the people who visit or regularly attend them want, and then tailor themselves to meet that felt need. And then share the Gospel. Sort of a Jesus ‘bait and switch.’ This post doesn’t take issue with excellence, but makes a heartfelt observation about what is important. …

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The good news proclaimed at the Reformation in 1517 is still good news in 2017 and beyond. Which is why the Reformation will never really be over, or a thing of the past. From Michael Reeves on why the Reformation still matters: Almost certainly, what confuses people into thinking that the Reformation is a bit …

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Heidelberg Catechism – Lord’s Day 31 83. Q. What is the office of the keys? A. The preaching of the holy and Christian discipline. By these two means the kingdom of heaven is opened to believers and shut against unbelievers. 84. Q. How is the kingdom of heaven opened and shut by the preaching of …

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Jared Wilson writes about the mission response to Gospel preaching and teaching. Christian ministry can’t be motivated by fear and guilt. The good news about Jesus doesn’t just tell Christians how to respond, it is the power by which they respond. Remember that the gospel will empower its own implications. So remind your church that …

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There’s no shortage of Billy Graham reflection pieces since his death. I watched Peter Jensen be interviewed on Dominic Steele’s The Pastor’s Heart webcast where he mentioned his response to the Graham Crusade of 1959 as a 15 year old, and that his 13 year old brother followed him forward. Philip Jensen provides his perspective …

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