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Believing and Belonging: Which is the Source for True Fellowship?

Via Emmaus

fellowsThe next time you read through the books of Acts, underline every time you find the word “believe.” At the same time, circle every time you find a mention of the Scriptures, the word, or preaching. What you will soon discover is how radically committed the New Testament church was to proclaiming the Word of God and calling for belief in the gospel of Jesus Christ.

Everywhere the apostles went they proclaimed the Word. Empowered by the Spirit, they were called to be witnesses (Acts 1:8). Indeed, filled with the Spirit they fulfilled their calling of proclaiming the Word (Acts 4:31). As a result, in just a few short decades churches were planted all over the Mediterranean. And within three centuries, the early church would become the dominant world religion.

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John Newton and Encouragement in Dark Times

Every Last One

Soon, my family and I will be alone in the tribe, and, I anticipate, our marriage, our parenthood, and our relationship with our Savior will face some difficult tests. 7-8 months from now, when the Williams’ return, we’ll be different people – we’ll have gone through a gauntlet of trials handed down by our Shepherd to draw us nearer to Him, conform us to His likeness, and to shape our affections: negatively, away from the transient; positively, towards the only Person who can satisfy the longings of our hearts.

God has graciously used this text and John Newton’s insight to catch our attention and prepare our hearts for what’s ahead:

And He has said to me, “My grace is sufficient for you, for power is perfected in weakness.” Most gladly, therefore, I will rather boast about my weaknesses, so that the power of Christ may dwell in me.
Therefore I…

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Coming Soon – God without Passions: A Primer

Particular Voices

Back in January, I announced God without Passions: A Reader. The intent of this book was to provide access to original source writings from the 16th and 17th centuries relevant to the classical confessional Reformed doctrine of divine impassibility. While that book included an introduction designed to help understanding and processing the authors’ arguments, there were no further comments on the content of the writers.

Coming out very soon from RBAP, God without Passions: A Primer is a new (and much shorter) book that explains the doctrine of divine impassibility as it is drawn from the Scriptures and understood in the contexts of the human and divine natures. God without Passions: A Primer has been peppered (and salted) with quotations from Reformed authors (their language updated), written with a personal and pastoral perspective, and it includes study questions at the end of each of the five chapters. The chapters…

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