Psalm 136 is a psalm that Spurgeon called one of Israel’s favorites because it was so simple. The refrain of this psalm is a refrain of praise to God’s grace--grace, mercy, and loyal love that leads us to thanksgiving.
The "different gospel" to which the Galatians were turning went something like this: Repent and believe in Jesus, showing that you really want to be a child of Abraham by submitting to circumcision and certain other regulations. Or, faith + works = salvation.
Evangelical churches that have been successful in the past ten years have been able to anticipate and recognize trends quickly, and also find effective ways to communicate the gospel to the culture in which they live. For that to continue this decade, several issues must be discussed and resolved.
The college years are a crucial time for people to engage in relationships that give them encouragement and support. Here's how Christians can mentor college students and help slow the church drop-out rate.
Scripture is clear that God is preparing a bride for his Son; this is what all of history is leading up to. Like Ruth, the bride of Christ begins as a foreigner from an immoral land steeped in idolatry; but in our desolation, we commit to him and he takes us in.
Yes, it should never be underestimated that Satan is powerful. But so is prayer. Satan is a murderer, and he wants to kill your witness… he wants to kill your reputation… he wants to kill your contentment. But our powerful God is for us and victory is His because of the shed blood of Jesus and the power of His resurrection.
It remains a reality that the proponents of dynamic equivalence and essentially literal translations are bound to clash. Here, Ryken lays the groundwork for why he believes Christian translators should stick with an essentially literal approach.