Recently I had the opportunity to listen to a lecture by Jürgen Moltmann, author of The Theology of Hope, The Crucified God, The Trinity and the Kingdom of God, and of other books.  With others I was able briefly to talk to him afterwards. He lectured for an hour in good English (no doubt learned when he was – as he told…

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Why should we read, get to know, and learn from a Puritan like John Owen? As J. I. Packer has argued, we need to read the Puritans, and John Owen especially, because we are spiritual dwarfs by comparison. Far too often in the recent past the focus of Christians has shifted away from the glory…

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The “dinner” scenes found in the Gospels, especially those in which Jesus eats with “sinners,” provide a warm, fascinating, and important portrait of our Lord in his earthly life and mission. Survey Two passages stand out perhaps more prominently. First Mark 2:13-17 = Luke 5:27-32 record for us Jesus’ calling of Levi (Matthew) the tax-collector.…

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The Word of God is filled with commands and calls to holy living. The weight of such commands would be crushing if not for the glorious news of the gospel which frees us from being judged for our failings and instead accepted by our holy God on the basis of Christ’s perfect life. Rightly understood,…

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The jealousy of God? Now that is not a divine attribute you hear about at church on Sunday! Yet, despite its neglect, the jealousy of God is an attribute that pervades the pages of Scripture. In this interview in Credo Magazine, Matthew Barrett, executive editor, talks to Erik Thoennes about what Scripture has to say…

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Every once and a while there is a publication that just takes your breath away. That happened to me most recently when I saw that Hendrickson released a facsimile edition of the 1534 Luther Bible (Die Luther-Bibel von 1534). Hendrickson describes it as a dream bibliophile edition and they are exactly right. Whether you love…

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Today we highlight a blast from the past, bringing to your attention an issue of Credo Magazine titled “Peach the Word.” Paul instructed Timothy to “preach the word; be ready in season and out of season; reprove, rebuke, and exhort, with complete patience and teaching. (2 Tim. 4:2). The command is a simple one. Yet,…

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Note then the kindness and severity of God: severity toward those who have fallen, but God’s kindness to you,  provided you continue in his kindness. —Romans 11:22— When God created Adam and Eve, he endowed them with righteousness and a limitless capacity to delight in God’s holiness. On the hill of the Lord, they were…

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In honor of Martin Luther King Jr. Day, here is Martin Luther King himself, giving his famous “I have a dream” speech in the shadow of Abraham Lincoln. Below you will also find the speech in written form, thanks to Standford University. I am happy to join with you today in what will go down…

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Small matters matter. The little things in life can make a big difference. George Will writes, “Suppose the car had hit the pedestrian slightly harder. What car? The one on Fifth Avenue the evening of Dec. 13, 1931, when an English politician on a lecture tour momentarily forgot the American rules of the road and looked the…

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