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Theologically Driven

  • Jesus’ Ethics: Four Observations

    What sorts of behavior did (soon-to-be-king) Jesus require of his disciples? Here we look at the epitome of Jesus’ ethics found in the Sermon on the Mount (Matt 5–7).
    Theologically Driven
    January 28,2015
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  • Unchurched Christians, Minotaurs, and Other Mythical Beasts

    Those who profess Christ but remain disconnected from a local church need to realize that they have turned away from one of God’s clearly intended means of spiritual growth: the leadership and fellowship of a local assembly.
    Theologically Driven
    January 21,2015
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  • Don’t Abandon Children’s Ministry!

    We don’t just have Sunday School, Junior Church, AWANA, and other programs just because “that’s the way we have always done it.” For us, our children’s ministry has a mission.
    Theologically Driven
    January 14,2015
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  • Stay Sharp, Pastor!

    We, as pastors, need help in staying sharp, setting priorities for continued growth in knowledge and ability in that which is our main calling–the ministry. Here are some tips for doing so:
    Theologically Driven
    January 7,2015
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  • Who is Jesus? Mark’s Two Options

    Mark only gives us these two options: either Jesus was in league with the devil and was justly crucified as a messianic pretender OR he was Israel’s long-awaited messiah, sent from God to do away with humanity’s sin once-and-for-all.
    Theologically Driven
    December 31,2014
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  • What was the "Star of Wonder, Star of Light"?

    One of the major “characters” in the Christmas story is—perhaps surprisingly—a star, one that some wise men follow from the East all the way to Bethlehem. But what was it?
    Theologically Driven
    December 24,2014
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  • A Pattern for Preaching that Meets People’s Needs

    It is easy to identify what some people want in the preaching they hear (sometimes they will tell you!), but what, exactly, do they need? Pastors, we should strive as preachers to provide preaching that truly meets peoples needs.
    Theologically Driven
    December 17,2014
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  • The Secret to a Successful Pastoral Ministry

    Though his instructions may not provide an eight-session video series, it is expert advice from God the Spirit through Paul.
    Theologically Driven
    December 10,2014
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  • Priorities During the Holiday Season

    Somewhere along the way, we as a nation seem to have crossed the line from enjoying God’s good gifts and displaying generosity toward others to blatant consumerism and greediness.
    Theologically Driven
    December 3,2014
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  • If God Knows Everything, Why Should We Pray?

    If God knows what we need before we ask Him (Matthew 6:8), isn’t prayer just a waste of time? Not at all... if you look deeper.
    Theologically Driven
    November 26,2014
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  • Walk by Faith: A Misused Verse?

    It is theologically accurate to say and to insist that the Christian must always seek to live by faith. The problem is that this is not what the text says, nor what it means.
    Theologically Driven
    November 19,2014
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  • Wanting to Be Noticed

    Stunning as it has been, the triumph of immodesty and hyper-sexuality is not itself the root problem. Instead, these problems are symptomatic of a more serious one: the problem of celebrity. And it is a virus that infects us more deeply than any of us imagine. So what are we to do?
    Theologically Driven
    November 12,2014
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  • How Can We Know God Preserved Scripture?

    The purpose of inspiration was to produce Scripture, a written record, a deposit of divine truth for the readers, not the writer. Without preservation the purpose of inspiration would be invalidated.
    Theologically Driven
    November 5,2014
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  • Laugh and the World Laughs with You; Weep… then Hope

    But I wonder if our culture’s pursuit of fun is actually an obsession for diversion. Do we seek out lightheartedness to hide the heavyheartedness of our world?
    Theologically Driven
    October 29,2014
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  • Why the Quest for the Historical Jesus Matters

    Since history matters, since it’s necessary (part one), then the quest for the historical Jesus matters. Here let me suggest two specific reasons why.
    Theologically Driven
    October 22,2014
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  • Warrant for the Analogical Interpretation of Select Scriptures, Part 2

    Analogical interpretation is the purview of the common man and is instructive about how we should use the Scriptures today. The common man can read the stories of both testaments and find in them examples of circumstances similar to his own and profit from these examples
    Theologically Driven
    October 15,2014
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  • Warrant for the Analogical Interpretation of Select Scriptures, Part 1

    We must come up with some explanation for the curious habit, common among the NT Scripture writers, of appealing to OT texts for warrant, sometimes even using fulfillment language, when no hint of a forward-looking prophecy can be detected in the OT text cited
    Theologically Driven
    October 8,2014
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  • Church History Resources for Children

    Although sometimes viewed as something less than real “ministry,” teaching children is a significant ministry opportunity in and of itself. It’s also a great training ground for learning about ministering to people of all ages and backgrounds.
    Theologically Driven
    October 1,2014
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  • Musing about Music

    In Scripture, music provides a platform for mutual and reflective praise, joy, thanksgiving, lament, hope, victory, and the recollection of the works of God.
    Theologically Driven
    September 24,2014
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  • 4 Reasons to Preach Predictive Prophecy

    While visiting a church a few weeks back I heard something I’ve not heard in many years: a sermon on predictive prophecy. Here's why we should offer more of them.
    Theologically Driven
    September 17,2014
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