When Jesus said to Nicodemus, ‘You must be born again’, the devout and learned religious leader was unsure what Jesus meant. It would seem nothing has changed. Today ‘born again Christians’ fill churches that are seen as ineffectual at best, and even characterized by the ‘mosaic’ generation as ‘unchristian’.
The term ‘born again’ has been devalued both in society and in the church. Those claiming to be ‘born again’ live lives that are indistinguishable from those who don’t; they sin the same, embrace injustice the same, covert the same, do almost everything the same.
Being ‘born again’ is now defined by what people say they believe. The New Testament however defines Christians very differently.
“When Jesus said to Nicodemus, “You must be born again” (John 3:7), he was not sharing interesting and unimportant information. He was leading him to eternal life… If he does that for you (or if he already has), then you are (or you will be) truly, invincibly, finally alive.” John Piper
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- 18 easy-to-understand questions and answers adapted from the best-selling Heaven
Perfect gift for non-believers
Great evangelism piece
Convenient pocket-size, easy to fit in purses, backpacks, and briefcases
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Camping With Fundamentalists – Expositional preaching leaves no room for preachers who spin elaborate homilies from interesting phrases without regard to context or the Holy Spirit’s purpose for inspiring them. There’s no room for bouncing around the canon to bolster the preacher’s chosen topic. There’s no time to fill the sermon with entertaining and emotionally manipulative stories that often serve the preacher’s interests more than the congregation’s. There’s no place for the preacher ever to say, “Close your Bibles and look up here.” There’s no occasion to preach law to the exclusion of grace. – Aaron Carpenter
The Fault Lines Before the Evangelical Earthquake – What can evangelicals do to show that our belief in the sanctity of true marriage is just as uncompromising and unwavering as our love for gay and lesbian people created in the image of God? How can we be simultaneously committed to upholding biblical marriage and loving our gay and lesbian neighbors? – Trevin Wax
A surprising number of well-known Bible verses are commonly misused and misunderstood. Whether intentionally or not, people take important verses out of context, and pastor and Bible scholar Eric J. Bargerhuff has seen the effects: confusion, faulty decisions, sin being dismissed, and more. With a deft touch, he helps readers understand and apply sound principles of interpretation and application of twenty familiar verses. This concise high-interest approach appeals to the curious as well as readers concerned about incorrect theology
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John Stott writes, ‘During the gestation of this book I seem to have lived inside the second letter of Paul to Timothy. In imagination I have sat down beside Timothy and have tried myself to hear and heed this final charge from the ageing apostle …
‘On each occasion I have been impressed afresh by the timeliness for today of what the apostle writes, especially for young Christian leaders. For our era is one of theological and moral confusion, even of apostasy. And the apostle summons us, as he summoned Timothy, to be strong, brave and steadfast.’
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Thoughts on My New Book – “Interdependence” rather than “autonomy” was the key concept undergirding the relationship between the Particular Baptist churches. Each church was in mutual submission to one another. For instance, when some Baptist ministers in western England were struggling financially, Cheare made a motion to the Midland Baptist Association to raise funds for their relief. The Baptist ministers comprising the Association voted in toto to send monies to those destitute ministers. There are other instances where the Baptist churches mutually submitted to each other to provide assistance to pastorless congregations and to protect Baptist doctrine from false accusations. – Brian Hanson
Why Can’t We All Just Get Along? – “Again, many say that instead of engaging in controversy in the church, we ought to pray to God for a revival; instead of polemics, we ought to have evangelism. Well, what kind of revival do you think that will be? What sort of evangelism is it that is indifferent to the question what evangel is it that is to be preached? Not a revival in the New Testament sense, not the evangelism that Paul meant when he said, “Woe is unto me, if I preach not the gospel.” - J. Gresham Machen
Fred Phelps and the Anti-Gospel of Hate — A Necessary Word – “But that raises the most emphatic point — it was not the gospel that Fred Phelps was preaching. The gospel is the declaration of the good news that God saves sinners. It is the declaration of the fact that there is forgiveness of sins and life everlasting to be found in Christ and in belief in Him, and that is not the message for which Fred Phelps was known and hated.” – Al Mohler
NOAH Press Junket Recap – “The film does a masterful job of drawing us into an antediluvian world that as Genesis 6:11 says is quite ruined. We see that Noah has a burden to continue tending the garden per se, just like his forefather Adam, which is in direct contrast to much of the rest of humanity portrayed in the film, who all seem bent on destroying the parts of the earth that are not yet ruined. Early on, critics (most of them who hadn’t seen the film) complained that the movie was going to have too much of an environmentalist bent. And I’ll be the first to say that care of creation is certainly a strong theme in the film, but it didn’t feel over the top or out of place to me. I can accept the idea of somebody that generationally close to Adam and Eve still having a burden to work the garden.” – Shaun Tabatt