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“Spurgeon v. Hyper-Calvinism” by Iain H. Murray

“Spurgeon v. Hyper-Calvinism” by Iain H. Murray

Murray, Iain H.. Spurgeon v. Hyper-Calvinism: The Battle for Gospel Preaching. Edinburgh: Banner of Truth, 2010. 152 pages. For those in gen X and Y, a world in which Calvinism is the dominant thread of Protestant Christianity is unthinkable. Yet in many places, and for much of recent history (think the last five centuries), this has been the reality. It was in this era that the young missionary was met with the stinging words: “Young man, sit down; when God pleases to convert the heathen, he will do it without your aid and mine.” Thankfully, the confirmed Calvinist father of mission, William Carey, pressed forward anyway. It was ten days after his death that another man was born. Charles Spurgeon was destined to be the prince of preachers and another avowed Calvinist. But while some might ...

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“A Call to Spiritual Reformation” by D. A. Carson

“A Call to Spiritual Reformation” by D. A. Carson

Carson, D. A..  A Call to Spiritual Reformation: Priorities from Paul and his prayers. Grand Rapids, MI: Baker Academic, 1992. 232 pages. This is a book about prayer. From Paul’s prayers. This book is revival fodder. Carson shows us what to pray by showing us what Paul prayed. Looking back, years after my first contact with this book, I can see that this book completely reshaped the way I pray today. While this work is not as precise as some of his later works, Carson is, nevertheless, the most precise thinker I’ve ever encountered. This, combined with his warm-hearted devotion to God, makes him the kind of theologian I want to hang around. If you’re looking for a book that will challenge you at the very core of your spiritual life, I commend this book to you for your growth and joy in God ...

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The Shepherd

The Shepherd

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Biblical Options for the Physically Abused

Biblical Options for the Physically Abused

Q: Wouldn't a godly wife meekly submit “in everything, as to the Lord” (Ephesians 5:24) - including domestic violence - “til death us do part”? (statistically, death at his hand is a real possibility) Q: Isn't it “acceptable with God” to “endure grief, suffering wrongfully”? (I Peter 2 & 3) In a previous post, we saw that God hates abuse, labeling it evil and wicked. Will she “win” her husband by bowing to and enabling his sinful, wicked pattern of cruelty, lies and violence? Submission is to God, not to her husband's pattern of evil. Removing the object of his sin (her!) may open his eyes to the consequences of his evil and soften his heart to seek help. She is “doing him good”. Excellent answers to these and more questions are available by Christian abuse counsellor Leslie Vernick at ...

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Benefits of dealing with the “too hard” box

Benefits of dealing with the “too hard” box

If you commit to handling the "too hard" cases well, there will be some benefits. 1) Your "too hard" box will shrink. I'm not saying you'll have fewer difficult cases. You'll probably have the privilege of working with more difficult cases. What I mean is that there will be fewer and fewer problems which are too hard for you. As you work through difficult situations, you will find yourself more and more skillful at helping people and at referring people where necessary. 2) You will find that you are able to actually help people in incredibly difficult situations. As a minister, we can easily say some spiritual words and offer to pray. But such words ring hollow in our hearts when they echo in our souls as "be warmed and filled..." When we go into the trenches with those who struggle and li ...

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