• Grace, Truth, and Billy Graham

    Billy Graham died yesterday. After 99 years on earth, right now he is seeing Jesus face to face. No doubt he also sees multitudes whom he told about Jesus. There’s no person in history who has preached the gospel to more people than Billy Graham. Not the Apostle Paul. Not George Whitefield. Nobody. So why […]

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  • Your Church Is God’s Gift to You

    Church life can be messy. Any time you put sinners together—even redeemed sinners—there’s bound to be some friction. Sadly, many churches feel more like a war zone than a refuge. Much of the problem stems from our unwillingness to exercise the undervalued virtue of deference, what Colossians 3:13 calls “bearing with one another.” Conservative Christians […]

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  • Introducing Gospel Meditations for Christmas

    The incarnation is an audacious doctrine. The belief that the Creator of the universe “became flesh” is astonishing. An immeasurable chasm is fixed between the infinite God and finite man—and it was crossed when Jesus was born in a manger in Bethlehem! Understandably, this doctrine has stirred imaginations. The immortal God Whom heaven cannot contain—now […]

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  • Gospel-Centered Audacity

    John Huss is one of my heroes. He was a faithful preacher who lived in Bohemia—what we know as the Czech Republic. His hometown of Prague is a magnificent place. I treasure the time I spent wandering through the old town, finding the church where he preached, and gazing on his large statue in the […]

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  • Christ Crucified

    The nature and purpose of preaching is something which should concern all Christians. If we attend Protestant churches, then the sermon stands at the very center of our worship service. While everything that happens in the worship service is important, the sermon is of singular significance. It is thus vital that both preacher and people […]

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  • Sing a New Song. But Only One.

    The psalmist commands us, “Sing to the Lord a new song. Then sing several familiar songs.” Okay, I made that last part up. Lest I be cursed for adding to Scripture, I’ll go ahead and recant. But I do think it’s good (albeit uninspired) advice. Let me explain. Several months ago a pastor friend asked […]

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  • Gutenberg and Luther

    At the end of October, Protestants around the world give thanks to God for the Reformation, the sixteenth-century movement which reclaimed the glorious doctrine of salvation by grace from the obscuring veils of Roman traditions. On October 31, 1517, Martin Luther sounded the birth of the Reformation by posting his Ninety-Five Theses in protest of […]

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  • Reformation Music: A Late-Comer’s Guide

    So you have just over a month before Reformation Sunday 500, and you’re wondering how you can help your church make the most of it. Perhaps you weren’t able to plan ahead, so now you feel like you’re scrambling. I can empathize. That’s my story at the moment. I’m the music director at my church. […]

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  • Reformation Hymn Backstory

    “How did you come to work with Bob Kauflin?” I’ve heard that question a lot in the last 6-7 months. The short answer is, I asked. The longer answer covers about a decade. Let me share it with you. I’ve appreciated Bob Kauflin before I knew who he was. Before he was with Sovereign Grace Music, […]

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  • Rediscoveries of the Reformation

    The year was 1977. The man was Manolis Andronikos. He was a Greek archeologist, and he discovered a priceless treasure in the town of Vergina, in northern Greece. Andronikos and his team unearthed a burial ground of ancient Greek kings, including the famed Philip II of Macedon, Alexander the Great’s father. The treasures were priceless, […]

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