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Book Review: The Unsaved Christian by Dean Inserra

The Unsaved Christian by Dean Inserra is book that the Christian world as a whole desperately needs today. Much has been happening in evangelicalism over the last few decades, movements like the Seeker Sensitive Movement and the New Calvinism movement come to mind. Somewhere in the shuffle of all these movements, certain beliefs or even lack of beliefs have latched onto evangelicalism. Inserra writes with conviction and clarity toward these beliefs…

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Book Review: Christ's Call to Reform the Church by John MacArthur

This years marks 50 years of ministry by Pastor John MacArthur at Grace Community Church. He has seen many trends come and go. He has fought theological battles that have fundamentally altered the trajectory of modern evangelicalism. Christ’s Call to Reform the Church flows directly from those years of experience and speaks truth into the modern state of evangelicalism…

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Book Review: Woke Church by Eric Mason

Woke Church is at the forefront of a national debate that continues to rage in the United States and for good reason as many are trying to understand the pressures, injustices, and hardships the African American community has faced through the centuries from a Christian perspective. Eric Mason speaks a lot of truth into the situation…

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So, Dean You Still Blogging?

I’ve been blogging since 2008 with a site I called, “Take it or leave it - A Young Baptist’s Point of View.” 10 years later, I’m not quite as young as I was, but I have kept blogging. Sure, it’s been off and on over the last decade, but overall I have kept pretty consistent, especially the last 3 years. That is until the last few months of course…

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What Makes a Good Sermon?

A few months ago I wrote a similar post on this topic. In that article I showed what Peter’s sermon in Acts 2 teaches us about preaching great sermons. In this article, I want to shift a little to focus on what good preaching is not and then we will look at what is good preaching...

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After 501 Years, Is the Reformation Over?

Today is the day. 501 years ago Martin Luther nailed his 95 Theses to the church door of Wittenberg. In doing so, God used Luther to spark the flame of the Reformation which had already been kindled by men like Jan Hus and John Wycliffe...

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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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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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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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