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How the Gospel Ended My Same Sex Relationship

It was a call to live the wartime, push-back-the-gates-of-hell lifestyle that God has called His children to. It was a reminder of that incredible command to go to the nations and spread His fame, and it was a slap in the face to my selfish attempts to be happy with so much less than all I could be in Him.

Congratulating Planned Parenthood

by Carl Trueman

Planned Parenthood is not to be condemned. Surely it is to be congratulated for having so perfectly summarized the spirit of our age.

  1. It is the logical outcome of the chaotic notion of the self that now rules in the West.
  2. It is the logical outcome of denying personhood to the unborn child and maintaining that it is simply part of the mother’s own body.
  3. It is the logical outcome of individual sovereignty over our own bodies.
  4. It is the logical outcome of the commercialization of the body.
  5. It is the logical outcome of a therapeutic world which has made the masters of medical technique into the moral philosophers of our society and where truth is identified with being cured, whether the ailment be physical or psychological.

Planned Parenthood and the Atrocity of Corpse-Selling

by Russell Moore

These children may be just another line item in the abortion industry’s profit ledger, but they share the humanity of our Lord Jesus—and we must plead for justice for them.

It is time for the reborn to stand up for the unborn.

Give Mark a Minute

by H.B. Charles Jr.

The desire to surround yourself with loyal people is understandable. There is nothing inherently wrong with it. It may be the wise thing to do. But only surrounding yourself with people who you consider loyal is not Christian ministry. That’s the Mafia!

Capitalists Are Greedy

by R.C. Sproul Jr.

I am also perfectly willing to confess that capitalism is fed by greed and that capitalists are guilty of greed and that wealthy people struggle with greed. The reason I am willing to confess this is because socialism is also driven by greed. Socialists are motivated by greed and poor people struggle with greed. Greed is not an exclusive province of capitalism or the wealthy. What greed is, in the end, is not wanting more, it is a lack of gratitude for what God has provided.

Obvious Places Where Grace Should Abound

by Tom Nettles

Nettles provides a bit of autobiography about his early life in Mississippi as he wrestles with the gospel.

Instead of the robust understanding of the pervasive nature of human sin, both personally and corporately, in which “the guilt of the Sin was imputed, and corrupted nature conveyed, to all their posterity,” our doctrinal ambience reflected in differing degrees the denial that Adam’s sin was either imputed or rendered the will void of capacity for spiritual good. It was easier to become a member of a church and harder to recognize the outworkings of sin in ourselves. How did this happen?

A Touch of the Grace of Humility

by John J. Murray

The aim of the gospel is to turn us from self-consciousness to Christ-consciousness. Sin is self-love. There is no humility or meekness before there is sin-consciousness. Humility is the logical corollary of sin-consciousness. It is the man who is poor in spirit and mourns for his sin who is humble. A man can never be meek unless he sees himself as a vile sinner. The meek man is not proud of himself, he does not in any sense glory in himself. God is glorified in man’s dependence.

Our Mighty Fortress

by Jeremiah Johnson

The true danger facing the church is the internal threat that comes from loving and following the world. In terms of halting the progress of the gospel and tarnishing its testimony, persecution has nothing on compromise and corruption. For too long the church has sought to pacify, mimic, and attract the world, hewing as closely as possible to its interests, trends, and appetites, and inevitably ending in spiritual shipwreck.

Ghosts of Walnut Street Bridge

by Timothy George

Don’t miss this well written piece on the historical events at the Walnut Street Bridge in Chattanooga, TN.

P.S. This article was written prior to the shooting in Chattanooga this week.