• When the Church Doesn’t Shine by Elliot Grudem

    Grace always has about it the scent of scandal,” Philip Yancey wrote. That’s true individually. It’s also true corporately. Jesus didn’t die for a perfect church; He died to make her perfect. At times, Jesus allows His bride’s imperfections to …Read More

  • How Do I Apply Doctrine Personally? by Daniel Doriani

    Bill Watterson, creator of the Calvin and Hobbes comic strip, said he starts the creative process by holding a blank sheet of paper, staring into space, and letting his mind wander. Most teachers know the feeling, and have tried this …Read More

  • The Practice of Sinning by Jay Bauman

    It was early in the morning on New Year’s Day in 2006, in Rio de Janeiro, and I was having trouble sleeping. The noise of the New Year festivities had kept me awake. So I decided to take a walk …Read More

  • What is Faith? by Guy Richard

    One of the statements I have found myself repeating most frequently over the last fifteen years of ministry is J.I. Packer’s insightful comment that half-truths masquerading as whole truths are whole lies. Packer’s observation is a beautiful reminder that half-truths …Read More

  • What Should We Say? by Jonathan Akin

    Brother, if anyone is caught in any transgression, you who are spiritual should restore him in a spirit of gentleness. Keep watch on yourself, lest you too be tempted” (Gal. 6:1). Church discipline is both painful and awkward. How should …Read More

  • Finding the Sheep That Refuses to Be Found by Tim Witmer

    Sheep are interesting creatures. They are weak, defenseless, and not very smart. They wander away quite easily if not attended to, and their shepherds need to be ready to respond. It’s no accident that God’s people are called sheep. And, …Read More

  • Preaching Is a Dangerous Thing: An Interview with Paul Washer by Paul Washer

    Tabletalk: Please describe your ten-year service as a missionary to Peru. Paul Washer: My work in Peru was concentrated around planting churches in the capital city of Lima and teaching rural pastors in the northern sierra and jungles. I began …Read More

  • Church Discipline by Fred Greco

    Church Discipline—the very phrase seems to bring to the minds of most Christians a parade of horrors. It seems like our current image of church discipline is that of repressive, out-of-touch tyrants telling us everything that we may and may …Read More

  • The Assurance of Discipline by Burk Parsons

    The older I get, the more I wish my father had disciplined me more than he did, and the more I grow in Christ, the more I pray for my heavenly Father’s loving discipline. When we’re immature we see discipline …Read More

  • A Life of Faith and Forgiveness by Burk Parsons

    If you travel to Wittenberg, Germany, the birthplace of the Protestant Reformation, you may find yourself scratching your head wondering how Martin Luther managed to nail his 95 theses to the solid-bronze door of the 500-year-old castle church. It wouldn’t …Read More

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