Where Do Christians Get the Doctrine of Total Depravity?
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by Jonathan Gibson
2h ago
May 28, 2024 by: Jonathan Gibson Thoughts of the Heart I would want to avoid having proof texts for any doctrine. Doctrines arise out of holding together a whole number of biblical texts and then synthesizing internally related doctrines as they’ve been understood through church history. So any doctrine is really a biblical, systematic construction, and having one proof text for it can be unhelpful. That said, I think that some texts really encapsulate what the doctrine of total depravity is saying. I’m thinking of Genesis 6:5: “. . . every intention of the thoughts of his heart was only evil ..read more
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A Coward’s Guide to Evangelism
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by J. Mack Stiles
1d ago
May 27, 2024 by: J. Mack Stiles Getting Started For years I’ve written articles and books about evangelism. On the surface, this looks like a desire to help foster evangelism in the Christian community. And it’s true; I do desire that. But on a deeper level, it stems from working out my internal angst concerning evangelism. How do I present the gospel honestly and boldly without needlessly offending? How do I ensure I don’t slip into heresy by adding or subtracting from the gospel? When do I need to remember that the gospel is offensive to those who love their sin and rebellion and that their ..read more
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Podcast: 10 Tough Questions about the Salvation of Doubters, the Elect, and the Unreached (Joel Beeke)
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by Crossway
1d ago
May 27, 2024 by: Crossway This article is part of the The Crossway Podcast series. Who Is Saved, and Why? In this episode, Joel Beeke answers some of the most common—and most difficult—questions that Christians tend to have about salvation—questions related to how it's fair that God saves some and not all, why faith is so important, and the role of works in our lives as Christians. Subscribe: Apple Podcasts | Spotify | YouTube | RSS Topics Addressed in This Interview: What Is Original Sin? What Is It about Jesus’s Death That Actually Saves Us? Is Salvation Contingent on the Human Work of Bel ..read more
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10 Key Bible Verses on Singing
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by Crossway
2d ago
May 26, 2024 by: Crossway This article is part of the Key Bible Verses series. All commentary notes adapted from the ESV Study Bible. 1. Psalm 68:4–6 Sing to God, sing praises to his name;       lift up a song to him who rides through the deserts; his name is the LORD;       exult before him! Father of the fatherless and protector of widows       is God in his holy habitation. God settles the solitary in a home;       he leads out the prisoners to prosperity,       but the rebellious dwell in a parched land. Read More ..read more
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10 Things You Should Know about the Final Judgment
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by Thomas R. Schreiner
3d ago
May 25, 2024 by: Thomas R. Schreiner This article is part of the 10 Things You Should Know series. A Central Message The final judgment may seem to be bad news or even cruel, but when we think about it more deeply we discover it is central to the message we preach, that the gospel shines with clarity in light of the final judgment. Ten truths about the final judgment—ten reasons why it is so important—are sketched here. 1. The final judgment is good news. Why? Because life doesn’t make sense if there is no judgment, if there are no standards, if anything goes, if there is no accountability fo ..read more
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When the Church Got Slavery Wrong
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by Alan D. Strange
4d ago
May 24, 2024 by: Alan D. Strange A Sad Chapter in History This is one of the saddest chapters in American history. You can look at the history of the ancient church—as Kyle Harper has in a couple of important books that he has published—and see how Christianity, the effects and consequences of Christianity, played a part in the waning and the dissolution of slavery in the old Roman Empire. The fact that Christians had played that part in the dissolution of slavery that was not racially based, that was not marked chiefly as it was in the American context by race, is very sad. It’s one of the g ..read more
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May 2024 New Releases
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by Crossway
4d ago
May 24, 2024 by: Crossway New Books and Bibles Below is a list of the new and notable resources releasing this month from Crossway. Titles include Fruitful edited by Megan Hill and Melissa B. Kruger and Loving Your Adult Children by Gaye B. Clark. Fruitful: Cultivating a Spiritual Harvest That Won't Leave You Empty Edited by Megan Hill, Melissa B. Kruger Through the trusted voices of several female bestselling authors, editors, and Bible teachers, this 40-day devotional explores each of the 9 fruits of the Spirit found in Galatians 5. Every daily reading includes a related verse to ponder, a ..read more
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Depression Is a Hidden Disability
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by Kathryn Butler, MD
5d ago
May 23, 2024 by: Kathryn Butler, MD More than “Feeling Down”: A Clinical Overview of Depression Like other mental illnesses, clinical depression is a hidden disability. It leeches all light from life but does so without visible scars. It skulks behind everyday routines. We go to work and pick up our kids from school but fight to breathe. We force a smile while our regard for life erodes away. As Charles Spurgeon described, “The flesh can bear only a certain number of wounds and no more, but the soul can bleed in ten thousand ways, and die over and over again each hour.”1 Let’s discuss the epid ..read more
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7 Tips for Young Adults to Improve Their Relationships with Their Parents
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by Gaye B. Clark
6d ago
May 22, 2024 by: Gaye B. Clark This article is part of the 7 Tips series. Estranged Children Family sociologist and researcher Karl Pillemer1 believes that one in four American adults have become estranged from their families. If one were to include the number of adult children who have stopped short of completely cutting off their folks yet have effectively ended nearly all contact, the stats climb even higher. With the emphasis on self-care and determining another’s “toxicity,” many adults now see estrangement as the go-to option to manage their unpleasant relationships. When an adult child ..read more
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I’ve Heard It Said, “Once Saved, Always Saved”
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by Andrew David Naselli
1w ago
May 21, 2024 by: Andrew David Naselli This article is part of the I’ve Heard It Said series. Beware of Apostasy I’ve heard it said “once saved, always saved.” It’s true, but I think it’s misleading. It’s misleading because it may imply that once you’re saved, it doesn’t matter how you live, that you’re “in” no matter what. But that’s not how the Bible speaks. The Bible repeatedly warns us that God will not finally save you if you don’t persevere in the faith and good works. So not everyone who claims to follow Christ actually follows Christ. What seems to be genuine faith may actually be spur ..read more
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