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Good News for Churches and the Next Generations?

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Yesterday, I put up a blog post entitled: “USA Today: Teens Losing Interest in Church and Church Camp.” The USA Today article offered bad news for churches and their connection with younger people. But, last Monday, USA Today ran an […]

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Pentecost FAQ, Part 3: More On the Spiritual Significance of Pentecost

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My last post in this series began to answer the question: So, then, what difference does it make for us today that the first Christians were filled with the Holy Spirit almost two millennia ago on the Jewish festival of […]

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Pentecost FAQ, Part 2: What is the Spiritual Significance of Pentecost?

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In yesterday’s post I gave a brief overview of some basic facts about Pentecost: What is Pentecost?What does the word “Pentecost” mean?What actually happened on the day of Pentecost?Should we believe that all of this actually happened?How is Pentecost related […]

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Pentecost FAQ: What is the Christian Celebration of Pentecost All About?

posted by Mark D. Roberts

This coming Sunday, Christians across the world will celebrate Pentecost. In fact, not all Christians recognize this holiday (holy day). But it is generally honored in liturgical churches (Roman Catholic, Anglican, Lutheran, Eastern Orthodox, etc.), in Pentecostal and Charismatic churches, […]

Praying for Business: A Dream

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When it comes to praying for business, I have a dream that I’d like to share with you. No, it’s not a fast-asleep kind of dream, but a vision, a hope, perhaps even a game plan. In the last couple […]

The National Day of Prayer Controversy: WWJT? (What Would Jesus Think?)

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What would Jesus think about the National Day of Prayer? Jon Meacham, editor of Newsweek, thinks he knows. But is he right? WWJT? Last Friday I began to comment on the upcoming National Day of Prayer. It’s slated for this […]

Has the Church Lost the Younger Generation?

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A recent front-page story in USA Today caught my eye: “Survey: 72% of Millennials ‘more spiritual than religious.’” According to a survey produced by LifeWay Christian Resources, the vast majority of 18-to-29-year-olds are “really more spiritual than religious.” There is […]

A Thriving Church in a Great City . . . Why? Part 4

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So for in this series I’ve described the worship service I attended last month at Redeemer Presbyterian Church in New York City. I also examined the sermon preached by Tim Keller. If you read these posts, you know that I […]

A Thriving Church in a Great City . . . Why? Part 3

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In yesterday’s post I began to describe my experience of Tim Keller’s preaching at Redeemer Presbyterian Church in New York City. Today I’ll give a summary of the sermon I heard, along with some observations. The sermon I heard on […]

A Thriving Church in a Great City . . . Why? Part 2

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A couple of weeks ago I began a short series in response to a spring-break trip to New York City, in which my family and I visited Redeemer Presbyterian Church. As I explained in my first blog post in this […]

Tod Bolsinger Offers Wise Insights on Pastors and Their Souls

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A couple of days ago I posted excerpts from a recent letter of John Piper to his congregation. In this letter, Piper explains in strikingly honest terms that he is taking an eight-month leave of absence from his pastoral duties […]

A Thriving Church in New York City . . . Why?

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During a recent visit to New York, I had the opportunity to visit Redeemer Presbyterian Church. It was my first time at Redeemer, and I was pleased to join the congregation at one of its several Sunday worship services. I […]

A Fine Church in Austin

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This past weekend I preached at Westlake Hills Presbyterian Church in Austin, Texas. The first thing that strikes one about that church is the striking view from the parking lot. Whether by day . . . or in the dimming […]

Park Street Church in Boston

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Last weekend I had the privilege of preaching at Park Street Church in downtown Boston. Park St. is celebrating its bicentennial this year. That’s right, 200 years! They’ve had a bunch of guest preachers, including me. I thought I’d share […]

Now That’s What I Call Church! (Or Not)

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Check out this funny but all-too-true video about church . . . Ouch! (Hat tip: Branon Dempsey at Worship Team Training)

Why Stay in a Sick Church?

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Over the past few years, I have at times weighed in on the question of why orthodox, Bible-believing Christians should stay in denominations that flirt with heresy or abandon biblical authority. In particular, I have spoken of my own involvement […]

Preachers Challenge IRS by Endorsing Candidates

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Yesterday, preachers throughout the country specifically endorsed candidates for President, thus challenging the IRS ruling that prohibits churches from such endorsements if they want to preserve their nonprofit status. (See, for example, this article from the Los Angeles Times.) The […]

Jeremiah Wright and Otis Moss Clarify the Reasons for the Delay in Rev. Moss’s Installation as Senior Pastor

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On Monday I put up a post having to do with the delay in the retirement of the Rev. Jeremiah Wright from Trinity United Church of Christ. My post was based largely on an article from the TIME website called […]

Another Chapter in the Sad Story of Jeremiah Wright and Trinity United Church of Christ

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I’ve been following a story that has scarcely been reported in the news. So far, I’ve only seen it at the TIME and Fox News websites. No doubt this story has been ignored by the media because it has little […]

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Sunday Inspiration from the High Calling
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Why Did Jesus Have to Die? The Perspective of the First Christians, Part 3
An Act and Symbol of Love Perhaps one of the most startling of the early Christian interpretations of the cross was that it was all about love. It’s easy in our day, when crosses are religious symbols, attractive ornaments, and trendy ...

posted 2:41:47am Apr. 08, 2011 | read full post »

Why Did Jesus Have to Die? The Perspective of the First Christians, Part 2
The Means of Reconciliation In my last post, I examined one of the very earliest Christian statements of the purpose of Jesus’ death. According to the tradition encapsulated in 1 Corinthians 15, Jesus died “for our sins in accordance with ...

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