Should Christians Celebrate Halloween?

The leaves are falling nearly as fast as the temperatures. The cooler temperatures and beautifully colored leaves remind us that it’s about that time again. Every year Christians are seemingly perplexed and puzzled on whether they should be involved with Halloween or not. Good Christians stand on both sides of the argument, which means that this is not a simple question and there is room for disagreement...

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A Heart For The City

The Book of Jonah is a nearly forgotten book, well apart from the whole fish thing. It’s as though we thought we’d reaped all we could in this book when we colored the coloring page in Sunday School. Yet, this book tell us far more about the heart of God toward the city then any other Old Testament book...

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Book Review: How To Grow by Darryl Dash

 Every christian wants to grow in their relationship with Jesus and their knowledge of the Word. Hundreds of books have been written on the subject of spiritual growth, many of them would be practical step by step plans for how to accomplish that type of growth. So the question must be asked, “Why another book on spiritual growth?”..

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Book Review: Made For His Pleasure by Alistair Begg

Many books that are written today deal with the minutia of of a certain subject. They are detailed dives into one specific topic. In a way Alistair Begg’s new book, Made For His Pleasure: 10 Benchmarks of a Vital Faith, is specific, but its scope is much wider than just one topic.

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Is God’s Wrath a Necessary Component of the Gospel?

I have to admit something right off the bat, I had no idea who Bruxy Cavey was until The Gospel Coalition Canada took it upon themselves to initiate a public conversation regarding his controversial theological viewpoints. I say this to make clear that I hold no bias either positively or negatively about Bruxy. Yet, as I read each of the conversations, I became increasingly concerned with this Anabaptist pastor...

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What is a Deacon?

Every church is different. They can be different in superficial ways such as musical style and dress. They can be different in more important ways like preaching methods and doctrinal statements. These differences can be profound even within the same denomination. One consistent difference between nearly all the churches that I have been involved with is that of governance, more specifically the role of deacons. Many churches fall into the trap of either over emphasizing or ignoring their deacons. So what exactly is a biblical deacon?

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My Concerns with the Statement on Social Justice

Yesterday, a group led by the the well-respected pastor, John MacArthur, released a document similar to such evangelical statements like last year’s Nashville Statement. This document, called the Statement on Social Justice, followed a continuing blog series by MacArthur describing his views on social justice. Several notable pastors and theologians were initial signers, such as Voddie Baucham and James White. Some of the signers are friends, all of the signers are brothers in Christ...

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Can a Woman Teach Sunday School?

Complementarianism is the belief that men and women have distinct roles within the home and the local church that are complimentary to one another. So men have the distinct role of being the leader first in the home and then if qualified in the local church, while women have the role of being submissive and helpful to the man in the home and the local church. The line of complementarianism in the home is an easy one to put on paper at least, but the local church is a different story…

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5 Things Everyone Should Understand About the Kingdom of God

The Kingdom of God is the primary message of Jesus throughout the gospels. Gordon Fee a well-respected theologian states rightly, “You cannot know anything about Jesus, if you miss the kingdom of God…” Jesus’ main message is so foundational that we cannot truly understand Him without understanding the message He declared. So what is the Kingdom of God?…

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Stop Making Excuses for Studying Hard Theology

One of the most beautiful aspects of the Gospel is that it is easy to understand. It is so simple that small children can understand the Gospel and their need for this good news to be applied to them. Yes, the Gospel is simple, but not all aspects of Christianity are so simple. Some aspects of Christianity are far more difficult to understand…

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What Ever Happened to Not Being Quarrelsome?

Arguments are nothing new. Arguing goes all the way back to the Garden when Adam and Eve couldn’t agree on whose fault it was for their failure. Ever since then man has been arguing and quarreling. Yet, today it’s at an all-time high thanks to the internet…

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Book Review - Discerning Your Call to Ministry by Dr. Jason K. Allen

Many future pastors begin their pursuit of ministry plagued by doubt. They wonder whether they are truly called to this life of ministry, to this sacred duty, to the pastorate. Some pastors are unable to fully wrestle these doubts even until they re already in ministry and have been for years. So how can one be sure that they are indeed called to be pastors?…

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Politics Over Gospel (Some Thoughts on the SBC 2018 Annual Meeting)

As I write this post, the Southern Baptist Convention is continuing their annual meeting in Dallas Texas. The last two days have been filled with victories and controversies. J.D. Greear was elected overwhelmingly to be the new President of the Southern Baptist Convention which I would view as a huge victory for reorienting this denomination toward a mission focused strategy of ministry. Yet, other moments have left me embarrassed and nervous about the trajectory of the denomination… 

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What Makes a Great Sermon?

What is the greatest sermon ever preached? I wonder which preacher your mind rushed toward, are you thinking of one of the early church fathers? Perhaps you are thinking of one of the Reformers. Or maybe your mind goes to the “Prince of Preachers,” Charles Spurgeon. All of these answers would be wrong.

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Book Review - One Blood: Parting Words to the Church on Racism by Dr. John Perkins

When I was a teenager, a retired pastor took me under his wing and discipled me. We would sit and talk for hours about all sorts of issues in theology and in the local church. That pastor is now with the Lord, but reading Dr. John Perkins’ One Blood made me feel like I just had a conversation with my beloved mentor…

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Canadian Churches Helping Canadian Churches

While most people skip past the introductions and benedictions of the Epistles, I’m oddly drawn to them. I’ve always found it interesting to see how an inspired writer would begin to communicate the God-given truth He had been entrusted with to his audience. There are so many truths that get missed in these overlooked verses, after all every word is inspired by God right? One passage that has always stuck with me is Philippians 1…

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