Tim Brister

  • We are Debtors to the Triune God

    If you don’t know Octavius Winslow, let me introduce him to you...
    Tim Brister
    September 16,2014
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  • Re-Entering Every “Place” for Gospel Advance

    If we are going to follow Jesus into the world to make disciples through gospel advance, we need to be empowered by the Spirit to reject “subcultural” norms and re-enter for the purpose of showing and sharing the gospel of Jesus Christ.
    Tim Brister
    September 9,2014
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  • 3 Truths about Platforms from John the Baptist

    The paradox of greatness according to Jesus runs on a totally different set of tracks than the world of raw, selfish ambition. What can we learn from the life of John the Baptist, since, after all, he did it better than anyone else?
    Tim Brister
    September 2,2014
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  • How Jesus Did NOT Pursue Celebrity and Prosperity

    Two key areas of struggle, it seems, for evangelicalism today can be found in celebrity culture and the prosperity gospel. In light of that, I found this excerpt from Henry Scougal’s The Life of God in the Soul of Man to be insightful and convicting.
    Tim Brister
    August 26,2014
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  • From Strangers to Missionaries: A Neighborhood Strategy for Mission

    Even in “reached” areas of our cities, there are many unreached and unengaged people. Let’s be honest: What percentage of our city is unengaged with the gospel? What percentage of people have any proximity to the kingdom of Christ?
    Tim Brister
    August 19,2014
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  • The Self-Dedication of Jonathan Edwards

    In my study of what it means to be a “living sacrifice,” I came across this journal entry from Jonathan Edwards on his self-dedication to God at the age of 20(!). I find this to be a powerful summary of what it means to be a living sacrifice to God.
    Tim Brister
    August 12,2014
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  • Toward a Counter-Cultural Community Part 3: On Idealized Community

    What forms biblical community is the gospel, and what continues to constitute Christian community is the gospel. But what if instead of the gospel, something else is at the center of community?
    Tim Brister
    August 5,2014
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  • Toward a Counter-Cultural Community Part 2: Community Idolatry

    Because idolatry is the sin beneath the sin, the motivational fruit for the behavioral fruit of our choices, it stands to reason that a counter-cultural community will come to terms with the idolatry-centered nature of secular society.
    Tim Brister
    July 29,2014
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  • Toward a Counter-Cultural Community Part 1: Societal Segregation

    In order for a gospel community to be counter-cultural, we first have to assess what we are encountering in the culture. How does culture and society determine how community is formed and fostered?
    Tim Brister
    July 22,2014
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  • Why Preach from a Manuscript?

    I have taken some time in recent days to reflect on the lessons I’ve learned and benefits I’ve received from using a full manuscript in my preaching, and I thought I share them here for what it’s worth.
    Tim Brister
    July 15,2014
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  • Triperspectivalism of the Risen Lord

    Between His resurrection and ascension into heaven, Jesus spent 40 days appearing multiple times to his disciples and some 500 people. One of the helpful reflections I’ve enjoyed this week was how Jesus revealed Himself during this time as prophet, priest, and king in such clear and convincing ways.
    Tim Brister
    July 8,2014
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  • Politics, Patriotism, and Making Disciples of Jesus

    No new Christian trusts Christ without a past, without presuppositions or convictions, and this includes politics, culture, and view of God and country.
    Tim Brister
    July 1,2014
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  • Me and My Ninety-Nine

    One of the challenges I face when it comes to maturing as a disciple of Jesus is working through passages familiar to my head (knowledge) but unengaged in my heart (life change).
    Tim Brister
    June 24,2014
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  • J.I. Packer on a “Fully Dressed” Gospel

    Christians can be right on the key facts of the gospel, but at the same time miss some of the critical implications and applications for daily living.
    Tim Brister
    June 17,2014
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  • When I Am My Own Prophet, Priest, and King

    The offices of Christ and his role as mediator of the New Covenant is one of the richest topics for sustained meditation and gospel enjoyment.
    Tim Brister
    June 10,2014
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  • Blind to Our Blindness

    The worldly culture tells us that the center of our problems are out there, but the gospel tells us that the problem lies in our hearts.
    Tim Brister
    June 3,2014
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  • Triperspectivalism in Psalm 99

    Whenever God’s character is not normative for our lives, we wander off into situations of self-rule rather than divine rule. Our response is not worship of God but self-worship and idolatry.
    Tim Brister
    May 27,2014
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  • From Strangers to Missionaries: Dealing with My Hate

    In November 2012, God awakened me to His promises and showed me my unbelief. He opened my eyes to see how little fruit existed in my life and how little love dwelt in my heart. I was ashamed and embarrassed.
    Tim Brister
    May 20,2014
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  • Lord, He Whom You Love is Ill

    Jesus was not so concerned about vindicating the depths of His love as much as revealing His glory. This might sound selfish, but actually is the most loving thing Jesus could have done for them.
    Tim Brister
    May 13,2014
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  • Communities of Light, Part 2 (Practical Implications)

    In the last post, I provided some biblical-theological reflection on the theme of “light” in Scripture. These biblical truths and gospel realities are foundational to our identity as God’s people and instructional to our mission in the world. In particular, I would like to argue that communities of light are (1) counter-cultural, (2) confessional, and (3) compassionate.
    Tim Brister
    May 6,2014
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