Truth in Minor Keys (Derek Thomas) — “At the risk of being labeled a musical snob, I venture a comment or two on one of the twentieth century’s greatest composers, the centenary of whose birth we celebrate this year–Dmitri Shostakovich (1906 – 1975).”
If Only Francis Were Luther! — “With the advent of Wim Wenders’s Pope Francis documentary in theaters, the policies of the current pontiff will no doubt be the subject of considerable and heated discussion in the media. Thanks to the turbulent history of the Roman Catholic Church, historical analogies will surely abound.”
In this short video, Josh Buice, Steven Lawson, Tim Challies, and Phil Johnson talk about missions and how it’s the responsibility of the local church.
Reconciled by the Will of God — This is how the article begins, but don’t fail to read to the end: “Reconciliation is difficult with people and impossible with God. We can build bridges to those previously offended and patch the wounds of those we’ve hurt. But God is perfectly righteous and perfectly just. We are powerless to repair the damage done by our crimes against Him.”
The Cost of His Discipleship: Dietrich Bonhoeffer (1906–45) — Stephen Nichols writes, “Whether Bonhoeffer was justified in his actions of conspiring to assassinate Hitler or not, or whether his death is an execution or a martyrdom, one thing emerges. Bonhoeffer’s contentment, even joy, while being in a Nazi prison cell was rooted in the reality that he was dead and that he was raised to new life in Christ.”
Two Questions To Ask about Your Apps — Tim Challies observes, “Recent headlines and revelations are causing a lot of us to think deeply about the apps we use, and especially the ones categorized as social media. We are beginning to question whether they are as beneficial and essential to our lives as perhaps we once assumed.”
Indonesian Churches Blasted by Family of Suicide Bombers — “Suicide bombers launched coordinated attacks on three Indonesian churches during worship services this morning, leaving more than a dozen people dead and at least 40 more injured in a series of bloody blasts that horrified the country’s Christian minority and Muslim majority alike.”
This week on the DBG Blog:
Three Types of Pastors Who Help the Church — In this article, I seek to point out the types of pastors (although every pastor is all three of these at some level) who help the church by growing the people spiritually.
Wigs and Wisdom — In this article, I point to the prevailing trends of our day where the old want to be young and the young never want to be old—which points to another trend—the lack of biblical wisdom. Unfortunately, many adults in the church are more committed to their games than they are the gospel—which leaves the church trending downward in the area of gospel maturity.
Homeschoolers Defeat California Oversight Bill — “California homeschoolers converged on the state Capitol last week to voice opposition to a bill that would require state officials to collect and make public a list of families that educate their children at home. After listening to three hours of testimony, no member of the Assembly Education Committee wanted to go on record supporting the measure by making a motion for a vote, effectively killing the bill.”
Friday’s Featured Sermon: “Two Paths, One Way” — “Hell has many residents who formerly professed faith in Christ. They didn’t “lose their salvation” because that’s biblically impossible (John 10:27–29). They are people who claimed to know Jesus, only to find out that Jesus didn’t know them.”
Isaiah’s Sixfold Depiction of God’s Glory — “What kind of God does the prophet proclaim in Isaiah 42:18– 43:21? What must God be like if He promises to restore and renew despite the abject failure of His people?”
Three Types of People Who Help the Church — In this series of “Three Types”—I continue by looking at three types of people who help the church. We would do well to appreciate these people and to pray for them in the life of our local church.
The 2019 G3 Conference will be centered on the subject of missions. The theme is titled, “The Mission of God: A Biblical Understanding of Missions.” Will you join us in January? The short video below will help explain the emphasis, and I hope you can join with us. Details and registration are found at G3Conference.com.
Messengers of Reconciliation — “We have been given the ministry of reconciliation. In a sense, it’s simply another way to describe the Great Commission—going into all the world, preaching the gospel to every creature, making disciples, baptizing, and teaching them to observe all the things that Christ has commanded (Matthew 28:18–20).”
Six Reasons the Church Needs Corporate Prayer — “For the early church, prayer was not an afterthought, or the Christian way to start and end a meeting. Prayer was not an addendum to the “real work” of the apostles. Prayer was central then and it must be for us now.”
Listen as Pastor Tungpi from Myanmar provides a testimony on why he attends the G3 Conference. You can reserve your seat at G3Conference.com.
Working and Worshiping — “In the gospels we meet two sisters who became close friends with Jesus during His public ministry. While they shared in common their love for the Lord, Scripture repeatedly emphasizes their differences. And there is much we can glean from the contrast between these two godly women.”
We must keep the work of evangelism central — I really appreciate what Conrad Mbewe has sated here as he writes, “We are majoring in minors. Do not get me wrong. Social, economic, and political issues are important. Thankfully, the preaching of the gospel will have social and political ramifications. Benevolence comes from hearts that are converted and are overwhelmed by the love of God.”
Why You Can’t Support Abortion and Obey Jesus — In this article, I point to Jesus’ words in the Sermon on the Mount (Matt. 5:9) regarding being a peacemaker and how supporting abortion is the opposite of what Jesus has called us to do.