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We Will Not Bow

by John MacArthur

MacArthur took a Sunday night to address his congregation regarding the times in which we live. All Christians would do well to listen or read his address.

The two greatest attacks of terror on America were perpetrated by the Supreme Court. Not by any Muslim, but by the Supreme Court of the United States. The first one was the legalizing of abortion.

The second great act of terror perpetrated by the Supreme Court was the legalization of same-sex marriage.

Is This the End of Christianity in the Middle East?

by Eliza Griswold

This is a lengthy piece that appeared in the New York Times. Take the time to read what has happened to our brothers and sisters in Christ in that troubled part of the world.

ISIS and other extremist movements across the region are enslaving, killing and uprooting Christians, with no aid in sight.

Prepare for Corporate Worship

by Geoffrey Kirkland

I highly recommend this article. If you follow what Kirkland writes, your time in worship services will be revolutionized.

Pray ahead of time to be alert to how you need to change. Then, rise from your knees to go to the sermon. Then, when the sermon is over, return to your knees in prayer and asking for God’s help and depending on God’s Spirit to graciously enable you to submit to God’s Word so that you would glorify Him in the doing of His Word.

How to Revive a Dead Church

by Thomas Schreiner

Our fundamental goal is never to change the culture. It is to bring glory and praise to our God. We want our churches to be his beautiful bride for his name’s sake. Let’s look at a church that needed reviving—the church in Sardis. Let’s ask this question as we consider this text. How can dead churches come to life?

  1. Church, know you are dead!
  2. Dead churches, wake up!
  3. Church, get back to your spiritual roots.
  4. Church, resist compromise.
  5. Church, be filled with the power of the Holy Spirit.

Answering from the Word

by Voddie Baucham

Since our belief is based on Scripture, there is a limited number of things we have to defend. Moreover, each of those things has been articulated clearly by the biblical authors under the inspiration of the Holy Spirit. Therefore, the most powerful tool we can use is the Word of God itself. Using Scripture as a model of and basis for apologetic engagement is an approach I call “expository apologetics.”

The Life and Times of John Hus (c. 1369-1415)

by John Goris

A quick read to familiarize yourself with the forerunner to the Protestant Reformation. His earthly life ended when he was burned at the stake.

Hus had sought to redirect the church in Bohemia back to the Scriptures, and had stressed that the ‘cup’ of the Lord’s Supper was for the ordinary church member as well as the ‘bread’. However, the church had taken the ‘cup’ away from the laity. The symbol of the ‘cup’ (chalice) can still be seen on many public buildings in Bohemia, even after 600 years.

Crush Planned Parenthood

by Kristen Powers

Powers is a contributor for USA Today and this article was published by the paper. It’s not only the Christian wackos that are repulsed by what is taking place at Planned Parenthood clinics.

This is stomach-turning stuff. But the problem here is not one of tone. It’s the crushing. It’s the organ harvesting of  fetuses that abortion-rights activists want us to believe have no more moral value than a fingernail. It’s the lie that these are not human beings worthy of protection. There is no nice way to talk about this. As my friend and former Obama White House staffer Michael Wear tweeted, “It should bother us as a society that we have use for aborted human organs, but not the baby that provides them.”

The Coming of the Age of Gibberish

by Carl Trueman

In his witty style, Trueman tackles this editorial comment that he came across,

Editor’s note: This blog post refers to individuals who menstruate as women because the author wanted to highlight gender inequality in health care. We acknowledge that not all individuals who menstruate identify as women and that not all individuals who identify as women menstruate, but feel this generalization is appropriate considering the gendered nature of most health care policies.