No Guts, No Glory!

27 Only let your manner of life be worthy of the gospel of Christ, so that whether I come and see you or am absent, I may hear of you that you are standing firm in one spirit, with one mind striving side by side for the faith of the gospel, 28 and not frightened in anything by …

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‘Mere Christianity’ on the Body and Gender Identity

What follows is an answer I recently gave to someone asking what the Christian tradition believes concerning the body and gender identity. The human body is centrally important to the Christian faith. Orthodox Christian theology regards the human person as a psychosomatic (integrated soul-body) unity, according to God’s design in both creation and salvation. The …

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STUDENT POST: Does Jeremiah 29:11 Still Apply?

Editor’s note: This post is part of a series featuring outstanding excerpts from student papers at the BibleMesh Institute, which offers affordable online training for local churches, schools, and ministries. The author’s name has been withheld for privacy and security purposes. He is preparing to serve as a missionary overseas. For I know the plans …

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Worldview Education: A Family Affair

8 Hear, my son, your father’s instruction, and forsake not your mother’s teaching, 9 for they are a graceful garland for your head and pendants for your neck. 10 My son, if sinners entice you, do not consent. Proverbs 1:8-10 (ESV) If swimmer Michael Phelps was a country, he would have won more medals in the 2004 Olympics than Brazil, Canada, …

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5 Reasons Pastors Ought to Pray for Slow Growth

Many of us want a big church. Therefore, we should check our hearts, battle pride, and give thought to the value of slow, steady growth as opposed to rapid, overwhelming growth. Sometimes, God has other plans. David Platt took over for a mega-church pastor. Matt Chandler’s church experienced remarkable, numerical growth not long after he …

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If Everything Will Pass Away, Why Bother Doing a Good Job?

In his second letter, Peter writes, “But the day of the Lord will come like a thief, and then the heavens will pass away with a roar, and the heavenly bodies will be burned up and dissolved, and the earth and the works that are done on it will be exposed” (2 Pet. 3:10). It …

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