The Sun Has Risen Today, Again

Jonathan Parnell

G. K. Chesterton writes,

The sun rises every morning. I do not rise every morning; but the variation is due not to my activity, but to my inaction. Now, to put the matter in a popular phrase, it might be true that the sun rises regularly because he never gets tired of rising. His routine might be due, not to a lifelessness, but to a rush of life.

The thing…

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What Is a Missional Community?

Jeff Vanderstelt

A missional community is a family of missionary servants who make disciples who make disciples.


First of all, a missional community is a group of believers who live and experience life together like a family. They see God as their Father because of their faith in the person and work of Jesus Christ and the new regeneration brought about by the Holy Spirit. This means they have and know…

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Will We Protect the Little Ones?

John Knight

Consider the following about babies with Down syndrome:

  • Of women who choose to have prenatal testing, approximately 90% of those who discover their child has Down syndrome choose to abort.
  • Two companies are racing to provide new prenatal diagnostic tests that could detect Down syndrome as early as the ninth week of pregnancy, without the dangers of current tests.
  • The American College of Obstetricians and Gynecologists expanded the clinical standard
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Francis Chan on the Sovereignty of God

Josh Etter

Theology Refresh is a new podcast for pastors and Christian leaders, hosted by David Mathis, executive editor at Desiring God, and editor or contributor to a number of books, including Don’t Call It a Comeback, and co-author of the forthcoming How to Stay Christian in Seminary.

The aim of the podcast is to sharpen and refresh spiritual leaders on key aspects of theology that are useful for everyday…

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C. S. Lewis vs. Modern Education (Part 2)

Joe Rigney

We’ve seen, in Part 1, that Lewis’s critique of modern education begins by highlighting the marginalization of value statements, the separation of fact and value, and the creation of men without chests. However, Lewis is not merely lamenting the loss of virtues like courage, fidelity, and sacrifice. For he knows that nature abhors a vacuum, and in the absence of these virtues, men will turn elsewhere to find meaning…

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Don’t Provoke Your Teenage Children to Anger

John Piper

Children, including teenagers, should treat their parents with respect (Ephesians 6:2). But it cuts both ways. “Fathers, do not provoke your children to anger” (Ephesians 6:4). Of course children can get angry for no good reason. But the point is: Don’t give them a good reason. That would include things like treating them rudely in front of others. C. S. Lewis gives good counsel:

We hear a great deal about…

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Five Ways to Make God Known at Work

Josh Etter

Pastor John from 1988:

I have in mind at least five things—five ways to make God known through your secular job and all of them are important. When one of them is missing, the witness to the truth of Christ suffers.

1. The excellence of the products or services you render in your job shows the excellence and greatness of God.

2. The standards of integrity you follow at your…

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An Elder Qualification We Often Forget

Jonathan Parnell

What are the qualifications for elders in the New Testament? Chances are hospitality doesn't make our quick list, though it's listed in both 1 Timothy 3:2 and Titus 1:8.

In this two minute video, Jeff Vanderstelt, a pastor at Soma Communities, explains how his church takes this qualification seriously when they're assessing elders:

Jeff Vanderstelt, Ed Stetzer and Dave Harvey will be speaking on church planting at our upcoming …

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Six Characteristics of Spiritual Leadership

Josh Etter

Pastor John from 1981:

There are six things in the word of Joab that I think should characterize every effort at team ministry in the church.

1. Humility

First of all, humility. "If the Syrians are too strong for me, then you shall help me." Joab was a mighty warrior, but not so foolish as to think himself wholly self-sufficient. "Abishai, my brother, I might be inadequate for the task…

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