1 Peter 1:21-23 NIV Through him you believe in God, who raised him from the dead and glorified him, and so your faith and hope are in God.  Now that you have purified yourselves by obeying the truth so that you have sincere love for each other, love one another deeply, from the heart.  For you have been born again, not of perishable seed, but of imperishable, through the living and enduring word of God.
From 1988 to my retirement from the factory in 2008 I labored as a bi-vocational pastor. I continue to serve in the ministry of the gospel. (I’ll be 72 later this month.) For a number of years I preached two messages every Lord’s Day and taught a mid-week bible study. It was five years before I could enjoy two weeks vacation. After 15 years I had earned three weeks of vacation and that number remained the same until my retirement. Most months of any given year I was scheduled to work between 44-48 hours a week so a little vacation was much appreciated. It was also during those years I gave much of the free time I had to doing digital ministry. The wife and I had five children. It wasn’t easy but we survived. I’m sure you know that this is leading up to something that I want to spit out. Sabbaticals Of late I have heard of a number of men in the ministry taking extended leaves. They describe these leaves as sabbaticals. A good bi-vocational friend of mine is taking a two month sabbatical. Another who is not bi-vocational is taking an extended sabbatical to write. Taking a sabbatical seems to be a growing trend. There are legitimate reasons for taking an extended leave due to health reasons. At the factory we would request a “sick leave” provided it was required by the family doctor. If we were injured on the job we applied for workmen’s compensation to meet our needs while we healed. There are few or no other options for the working poor. For them a sabbatical is a pipe dream. Some years ago I knew a brother/pastor who confided to me that he received a brand new automobile from a generous member of his congregation. … Read More
Download your free copy, courtesy John Dunn A Glorious New Passover Exodus Endorsements for A Glorious New Passover Exodus by John Dunn As a pastor convinced that Christ is the apex of God’s revelation, the “be all end all” of redemptive history, I crave to lead my people to reading material in keeping with this exalted view of Christ. In this penetrating work, John Dunn displays a robust Christology, and supplies a nourishing, green pasture upon which my people can graze. I will joyfully commend this work to my church. And I whole heartedly commend it to you as well. As you read to your profit, your heart will leap in praise as John expounds Jesus as the New Covenant Exodus! Pastor Todd Braye Sovereign Grace Baptist Church, Blackie, Alberta, Canada In the tradition of Gentry, Wellum, Goldsworthy, Hamilton, the Dennisons, Beale and Heather Kendall, John Dunn has provided us with a thorough understanding of the big story of the Bible via the theme of New Covenant/ New Exodus and the result is a study in the centrality of Christ throughout the Scriptures culminating in the glories of the New Covenant. It is definitely a worthy addition to the corpus of texts concerning Biblical Theology, a discipline of study that in recent years is gaining a more prominent place in understanding the Scriptures. Pastor Joseph Krygier New Covenant Baptist Fellowship Evans NY For those who have yet to become familiar with a more fully developed Christocentric reading of all Scripture, John Dunn succinctly captures such here. He handily demonstrates why a New Covenant/New Exodus perspective on the whole of Scripture is critical to our seeing all things biblical in the light ofChrist’s countenance. In setting forth this New Exodus framework, John’s exegetical labors provide us a puzzle-box-top, whereby the pieces… Read More
[embedded content] Audio Transcript “You were slain, and by your blood you ransomed people for God from every tribe and language and people and nation, and you have made them a kingdom and priests to our God, and they shall reign on the earth” (Revelation 5:9–10). That’s what he bought. What he buys, he has. Nobody can keep his purchase from him. He bought a people from all the peoples. “I have many in this city who are my people” — go find them (Acts 18:10). And now he is gathering them through the worldwide preaching of the gospel. “What Jesus bought, he has. Nobody can keep his people from him.” Tweet Share on Facebook “My sheep hear my voice, and I know them, and they follow me. I have other sheep” — I have other sheep in all the people groups of the world — “I have other sheep that are not of this fold. I must bring them also, and they will listen to my voice. So there will be one flock, one shepherd.” Jesus is sovereign. He gets his work done. He said so. That’s John 10:27, 16. What an authority he has. “I call my people. They know my voice. I bring them. They follow me. There will be a flock. Don’t worry about it. We will get this done.” Read, watch, or listen to the full message: Conference Message The Glory of Christ and Racial Unity On the 50th Anniversary of MLK’s Death Apr 4, 2018
The Christian’s union to Jesus Christ cannot be compared to mere law keeping. That would not do justice. Jesus Christ is the Word of God who was made flesh thus He transcends words printed on paper or etched in stone. As important are the words on the printed page they are limited. The can only draw a word picture. There is a day coming when God’s saints will see their Husband face to face.
The latest from “Books At A Glance”. If you haven’t seen the new series from Crossway yet with Goldsworthy’s volume on the Son of God and the New Creation, make sure you check it out, or read our summary! There are too many resources to name from this week, so take a glance below.
You may never have thought much about these questions. But the fact is we all have a working version of the answers. Our answers to these questions shape our lives. So it makes sense to give some time to thinking about these issues more explicitly. Nothing matters more than getting them right. But where to start?
First Peter 1:10-12 shows us the breathtaking character of God Almighty who cares for His people. He has been actively working to bring us to everlasting joy and peace in His presence – since before the foundation of the world. This passage reveals that the God who called the universe into existence has had you in His thoughts and plans even from the earliest pages of the Bible.
The latest from “Books At A Glance”. Our summary for the week was on the problem of good (that’s right, not the problem of evil). We have a storehouse of other great resources in case you missed them, including a big sale on Exegetical Tools’ Colossians Greek Reading Videos. Check it all out!
One of the most refreshing works I have read for some time. Be encouraged in Christ. Let John Newton and Tony Reinke refresh you. When I read its pages my heart is carried above that which earthly and ushered into the presence of God.
Warning passages are very helpful to the church because they force a response. The response demonstrates if the person desires to obey Jesus Christ no matter what the cost. A true believer will respond in obedience. Believers will take to heart the warnings that are given and will respond in godly repentance if necessary.
Audio Link to “Cross to Crown” Ministries’ 2015 Conference: Sermon Series “Proclaiming Christ” with A. Blake White, Douglas Goodin, Joshua Waltz — We encourage you to take advantage of these excellent messages and be blessed.