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Hope for (Christian) Stoics

“It’s so tempting to be a stoic. We just want the pain to stop. We don’t to be vulnerable. But then we remember the resurrection. We have been born again to a living hope, and that hope, you might say, has a life of its own.” – Chris Castaldo Text: 1 Peter 1:3–5 Preached: January 15, 2017 Location: New Covenant Church, Naperville, Illinois Chris Castaldo serves …

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Hymn List from TGC17

The Gospel Coalition 2017 National Conference celebrated the 500th anniversary of the Protestant Reformation (see all TGC17 media here). We walked through the book of Galatians, remembered the saints who paved the way for church reformation, and sang hymns highlighting salvation by faith alone. The hymns we sang were well-worn, simply arranged, and emphasized the practice of congregational singing. One highlight …

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The 19th-Century Frenchman You Should Read

Between May 1831 and February 1832, Alexis de Tocqueville (1805–59) and Gustave de Beaumont (1802–66) traveled throughout the United States, making observations on the progress of the democratic experiment in North America. Tocqueville wrote his classic two-volume Democracy in America, in which he marveled at the progress of “equality of conditions” in the United States since winning its independence from …

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Themelios 42.1

The Gospel Coalition just released the April 2017 issue of Themelios, which has 253 pages of editorials, articles, and book reviews. It is freely available in three formats: (1) PDF, (2) web version, and (3) Logos Bible Software. A print edition will be available for purchase in several weeks from Wipf and Stock. Links to editorials, articles, and book reviews …

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How God Grows Us Through Parenting

Article by: Staff “What has parenting done for your sanctification?” TGC Council members Danny Akin (president of Southeastern Baptist Theological Seminary), Ryan Kelly (pastor for preaching at Desert Springs Church), and Colin Smith (senior pastor of The Orchard Evangelical Free Church) discuss this question in a new seven-minute roundtable (audio available here).  Related: Getting to the Heart of Parenting with Paul …

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3 Ways God’s Justice Comforts Us

Can you trust a God who executes judgment? A skeptical culture poses this question to Christians today. I think, however, we can ask a better one in return: Can you trust a God who doesn’t execute judgment? I don’t think we can. Scripture shows our sin-cursed world not only faces divine reckoning, but needs it. Here are three biblical facets of …

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10 Reasons to Be Humble Toward Opponents

From elementary school (when I had my last schoolyard “fight,” which I lost) until I became senior pastor of First Baptist Church Durham, I had no human enemies. Yet within 18 months of beginning my ministry at this church, I had dozens who at least wanted me fired, perhaps sued, and, it seems, possibly (based on facial expressions) dead. That experience was shocking …

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Why the Lord’s Prayer Is So Offensive

Several months ago there was a kerfuffle over an advertisement in which the Lord’s Prayer is prayed by various people across the UK. It was banned because it could offend or upset people of other faiths or none. The response was fairly predictable: secularists cheering because they think the Lord’s Prayer is offensive, and Christians lamenting because they don’t. Personally, I think the advertisement was great. But …

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On My Shelf: Life and Books with Carl Ellis

On My Shelf helps you get to know various writers through a behind-the-scenes glimpse into their lives as readers. I asked Carl Ellis—author, theological anthropologist, and visiting lecturer in practical theology at Reformed Theological Seminary—about what’s on his nightstand, books that have shaped his understanding of gospel ministry and racial justice, and more. What’s on your nightstand right now? The Universe Next Door by James Sire …

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