Tim Brister

  • 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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  • Communities of Light, Part 1 (Biblical Theology)

    The theme of light and darkness in Scripture carries us throughout the scope of the biblical narrative–creation, fall, redemption, and restoration.
    Tim Brister
    April 29,2014
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  • I Am a Great Witness… of Lesser Things

    We are hardwired to talk to other people about what impresses us the most. Unfortunately, too often our conversation indicates we are far too easily impressed by trivial things.
    Tim Brister
    March 19,2013
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  • Disciple-Making and Sentence Diagramming, Part 6

    The question I want to answer in this post is how to implement this kind of studied approach to Scripture in the disciple-making process. Can any Christian do this?
    Tim Brister
    April 15,2014
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  • Disciple-Making and Sentence Diagramming, Part 5

    As for sentence diagramming, we have come to what I would consider the final part as “seers” (observation) of the text.
    Tim Brister
    April 8,2014
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  • Disciple-Making and Sentence Diagramming, Part 4

    So far, we have set up the diagramming template (part 2) and marked propositions along with coordinate and subordinate clauses. In this post, I simply want to explain the relationship between the clauses with regard to the propositions.
    Tim Brister
    April 1,2014
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  • Disciple-Making and Sentence Diagramming, Part 3

    The goal behind this mini-series is to help disciple makers employ a very practical method for training believers to handle Scripture, consequently bringing greater confidence and consistency in applying it to their lives.
    Tim Brister
    March 25,2014
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  • Disciple-Making and Sentence Diagramming, Part 2

    We are to love God with all our minds. That means we should expect to exercise our minds in focused engagement of the Scripture the Holy Spirit inspired to put in words, sentences, paragraphs, and books.
    Tim Brister
    March 18,2014
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  • Disciple-Making and Sentence Diagramming, Part 1

    The goal of Bible intake should be life transformation, which is the goal of disciple-making. So, it makes sense then, that disciples should have a solid grasp of studying Scripture on their own.
    Tim Brister
    March 11,2014
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