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Pray Unceasingly

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Our mission in Sovereign Grace is to advance the gospel of Jesus Christ by planting and strengthening churches throughout the world for the glory of God. It’s not a unique mission, but it’s our mission, and to fulfill it we need God’s strength, wisdom, provision, and help. Therefore, to fulfill the mission that Jesus gave us, we must pray as Jesus prayed....

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3rd Quarter Mission Video

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At times it's good to be reminded of why we exist as a family of churches. We exist to advance the gospel of Jesus Christ by planting and strengthening churches throughout the world for the glory of God. But we do that together, as a family of churches. In John 13:35 Jesus says, “By this all people will know that you are my disciples, if you have love for one anothe...

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"True Feelings" by Carolyn Mahaney and Nicole Whitacre

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Recently, Carolyn Mahaney and Nicole Whitacre released their latest book, True Feelings: God's Gracious and Glorious Purpose for Our Emotions. It is such an honor for me to have this opportunity to recommend this book to you. Their writing is filled with humility, as they recognize God has created every one of us as unique individuals. They are quick to say they don&rsquo...

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Update from Puerto Rico

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On September 20, Hurricane Maria made landfall in Puerto Rico. The storm’s destruction changed the lives of thousands of Puerto Ricans and left a majority of the population without clean water and electricity. It was and continues to be devastating. My friend and fellow pastor, Joselo Mercado, has spent time helping friends and family all over the island. Joselo pas...

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Michael Reeves to teach at the Pastors College

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The Reformation, March 6-9, 2018, taught by Michael Reeves. We can think of no more relevant topic to explore in the coming year, and no more qualified person to teach it. Mike is an esteemed church historian who has written broadly on several topics, but especially on the Reformation.  Mark Dever called his book, The Unquenchable Flame: Discovering th...

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Puerto Rico Relief Fund

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On September 20, Hurricane Maria slammed into Puerto Rico leaving in its path mass destruction. As of now, only 15% of the island has power. In addition, water, fuel, and basic necessities are still in short supply. It will take months, maybe years, to rebuild Puerto Rico. The needs are real, and the people of Puerto Rico need our help. In our family of churches, we hav...

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Launching Well & Lasting Long

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When you plant with Sovereign Grace Churches, you have three levels of care and equipping made available to you as you prepare to launch a new church. The planter connects to a local church where they receive personal care for the planter and his family and gain valuable experience in pastoral ministry. Secondly, the planter is part of a region of churches where he benefit...

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Meet the Class of 2018

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The men of the Pastors College Class of 2018 have arrived and with them much exuberance, laughter, and joy. We are only two weeks into the new academic year, but already we find ourselves deeply grateful for these men, their wives, and their families. I wish I could personally introduce you to each one of them – the picture below will have to suffice for now. Here&rs...

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Hurricane Harvey Relief Fund

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By now you've likely seen or read about the devastating effects of Hurricane Harvey in southeast Texas. Record rainfall is causing major flooding leaving people homeless or displaced. I’m aware of at least two families, who are members of Sovereign Grace Church in Pearland, TX (south Houston), who have lost their homes. The needs are real, and because we are a &ldquo...

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Pastors College Snapshots - Joshua Earl

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Over the coming weeks, we will be sharing with you a series of snapshots—brief glimpses into the lives of men who attended the Pastors College this past year. In June, we graduated a class of students and are now preparing for a new class the end of this month. Please pray with us that the Lord would strengthen the impact of the college upon our pastors and churches,...

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“Dragon Seed” by Marty Machowski

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It is not typical for any Christian book these days, especially a young adult one, to have as its focal point a particular sin prevalent among its readers. It’s better to remind teens of the inner spiritual power they contain than the evil lurking within their hearts, right? Wrong. The power of Mr. Machowski’s Dragon Seed is its uniqueness. The book aims straig...

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The Sovereign Grace Pastors Conference: A Wife’s Perspective

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As a young pastor’s kid, I looked forward to my parents coming back from the annual Sovereign Grace Pastors Conference  I loved hearing about who they saw and talked to, and what God was doing in churches around the world. They always seemed refreshed and infused with a renewed sense of faith and peace. Now that I’m a pastor’s wife myself, I ha...

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Sharing Christ: One Neighborhood at a Time

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Christ Church of South Philly’s building was brimming, wall to wall, with food. The story behind why is incredible and also a direct reflection of the partnership we share as Sovereign Grace Churches. For the second year in a row, we have used our building to serve Easter Outreach. Easter Outreach is a collaborative effort of over 40 churches in Philadelphia to pull...

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Holy Week Resources

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For us, as Christians, this week is unique because it provides us an opportunity to reflect again on the substitutionary death of Christ on our behalf, and on his victorious resurrection 3 days later. While these glorious truths are timeless, they will only affect and shape us if we take time to look deeply at Calvary and the empty tomb again. My friend, Jeff Purswell, wro...

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2017 Mission Video #2: Croatia

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Mario and Jen Vucenovic were sent from Christ Community Church in August 2016 to plant a church in Croatia, where Mario grew up, and where he and Jen first met. Mario's story is one of marinating his life and his family's life in the gospel and our local church amongst precious people. By being around these saints in our church, the fire to plant a church to Croatia was b...

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2017 Mission Video #1: New England

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Sovereign Grace is a family of churches that exists to advance the gospel of Jesus Christ by planting and strengthening churches for the glory of God. One expression of our mission can be found in the churches we have planted in the New England region of the U.S.: Crossway Church in Franklin, MA (2001), King of Grace Church in Haverhill, MA (2002), King’s Cross Churc...

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WorshipGod Northeast

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Assessing how well our churches understand worship can be confusing. It would be nice if it were as easy as checking our oil to be sure it is at the correct level. “People seem to be singing loudly, and hands are raised…We are doing great when it comes to worship!…I mean, corporate singing…I mean our times of congregational-musical-worship&hellip...

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Seven Hopes and Prayers for Sovereign Grace Churches

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Recently I’ve been meditating on a verse in 1 Samuel 12 for my life, and for our lives together in Sovereign Grace Churches. The context of 1 Samuel 12 is that Samuel, who describes himself as “old and gray” (1 Samuel 12:2b, ESV), is giving his farewell address to the nation of Israel. Near the end of his discourse, Samuel says this, “Only fear the ...

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Jamaican Pastors College Students Update

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In July, I introduced you to some friends of mine, Sheldon Campbell, Joel Bain, and Sean Taylor who, along with their families, were in the process of moving from Kingston, Jamaica to Louisville, KY to attend the Sovereign Grace Pastors College. Upon graduation from the Pastors College in June 2017, it’s our prayer that each of these men will complete a 9-12 month Pa...

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Dealing with Darkness at Christmas

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It's a season for celebration and memory making. Christmas is a time of year that is steeped in tradition and for many, time with loved ones and friends. But amidst the joyous chaos, there are those of us who are walking in the shadows of trial, fighting to see the light the Savior's birth provides. My friends, Bob, Brittany, and Mackenzie Kauflin recorded this song recen...

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Don't Miss Humility this Christmas

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Growing up, I often heard a phrase around this time of year: “Don’t miss Christ this Christmas.” It’s a true statement intended to jostle us out of the busyness of this season and remind us of the true meaning of Christmas. But like any cliché phrase it can’t adequately capture the depth, astonishment, and meaning of the incarnation. So...

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Studying Romans with Dr. Moo

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Dr. Douglas Moo, leading evangelical Romans scholar, teaching for a week on Romans? Really? Seems too good to be true! But indeed, there we sat, a class full of Sovereign Grace Pastors and Pastors College students, soaking in the details from Dr. Moo's vast knowledge of this magnificent letter. The class contained more details than we could absorb in a week's time, but it ...

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Christmas Resources and Gift Ideas

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Christmas is right around the corner, nine days left to be exact. Just in case you’re still shopping, here are a few gift ideas and resources that can help you, your family and friends celebrate the glory of the Savior who came to save us and who is coming again!   Christmas Album Prepare Him Room: Celebrating the Birth of Jesus in Song by Sovereign Grace Mus...

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C.J. Mahaney Interviews John Piper

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Proverbs 4:7 says, “The beginning of wisdom is this: Get wisdom, and whatever you get, get insight.” (Proverbs 4:7 ESV) One of the ways we “get wisdom” is to listen to and learn from experienced, wise pastors. That’s why I hope you’ll take the time to listen to an interview done by two wise, experienced pastors and leaders, C.J. Mahaney,...

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Stories from the Sovereign Grace Pastors Conference

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The last week of October I had the joy of leading our annual Sovereign Grace Churches Pastors Conference. It’s my favorite conference because I get to be with people I love and respect so much, the pastors and wives of Sovereign Grace. You see, our time together is more like a family reunion than a conference. We sang God-glorifying songs together. We heard soul-stre...

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Introducing our Church Plant Cohort Program

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Sovereign Grace exists to spread the glory of God by planting churches. But how do we plant effective churches? By inspiring, equipping, and caring for church planters well. One of our distinctives as a family of churches is that we don't just care about the end product of a church plant, but care about the church planter and his family from start to finish.  To serv...

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Church Planters, Coaches, and Advancing the Mission

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Church planting is tough, but glorious work.  This is why we care about getting church planters focused and intentional support as they prepare to plant. One new way we're preparing to do this is through church plant coaching. This is a new initiative for us in Sovereign Grace, and we're excited about how this will position us to serve church planters for years ...

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A Must Read: Between Us Girls

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She had requested Chinese food. Partly, I suspect, because it seemed like very grown-up kind of food. Perfect for our mother-daughter date. As we chatted away, I glanced in the rear-view mirror. I caught the bright excitement in her eyes, and the freckles splashed across her nose, as she beamed at me with anticipation. My heart constricted with the privilege and the respon...

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Pray for The Bahamas

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Hurricane Matthew, presently a category three hurricane, is making its way through the Caribbean and leaving destruction in its path. Knowing this historic storm is bearing down on the Bahamas, I reached out to Cedric Moss, Sr. Pastor of Kingdom Life Church a Sovereign Grace church in Nassau, and asked how our family of churches could pray for him, his church, and his coun...

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Meet the Class of 2017

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It’s fair to say that the most exciting time of the year around the Sovereign Grace offices is when a new Pastors College class rolls in and the workplace is transformed from the quiet of familiar routine to the exuberance of warm introductions, new relationships, and long-anticipated beginnings. This year is no exception. Twelve students and their wives made their ...

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An Incredible Day of Gospel Partnership

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God in his sovereign goodness allows our lives to intersect with others at specific times to reveal His work in advancing the gospel. This past Sunday (August 7) was one of those incredible days that revealed God’s activity and was a picture of the gospel partnership we share in Sovereign Grace. On Sunday morning, I was at Christ Community Church in Reading, PA wher...

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Preparing to Church Plant in Jamaica

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I want to introduce you to some friends of mine. Sheldon Campbell, Joel Bain, and Sean Taylor along with their wives and children plan to move from Kingston, Jamaica in a couple of months to attend the Sovereign Grace Pastors College in Louisville, KY. It’s our collective hope that upon graduation they will return to Jamaica and plant a Sovereign Grace church in the ...

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Sovereign Grace Churches Granted ECFA Accreditation

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Recently the Sovereign Grace Leadership Team was contacted by the Evangelical Council for Financial Accountability (ECFA) informing us that Sovereign Grace Churches was approved as an accredited member of ECFA. Dan Busby, President of ECFA, said this in a press release, “We are pleased to accredit a ministry committed to planting and strengthening churches, training ...

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Praying for Orlando

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The tragic news on Sunday morning of a mass shooting in an Orlando nightclub, frequented by the LGBT community, remains almost incomprehensible. In an act of terror, 49 people were killed and several more injured in what we now know to be the deadliest mass shooting in United States history. As authorities investigate, we, as Christians, wrestle with questions like “...

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Be Pastors and Churches Who Advance the Gospel with a Sense of Urgency

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This blog post is part five of a five-part series entitled “Four Areas of Growth for Sovereign Grace Churches.” A recent report found that suicide rates are at an all-time high in the United States. Hopelessness, by nature, doesn't discriminate. It touches the young and old, the rich and the poor, the successful and the less successful. Not long ago, the headl...

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Build and Lead Racially and Ethnically Diverse Churches

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This blog post is part four of a five-part series entitled “Four Areas of Growth for Sovereign Grace Churches.” Jesus calls us to join him in his mission saying in Matthew 28, “Go therefore and make disciples of all nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit, teaching them to observe all that I have commanded ...

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Be Theologically Vigilant Pastors and Churches

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This blog post is part three of a five-part series entitled “Four Areas of Growth for Sovereign Grace Churches. In his farewell speech to the Ephesian elders, Paul exhorts his friends to remain alert and protect their church from false doctrine, “I know that after my departure fierce wolves will come in among you, not sparing the flock; and from among your own...

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Be Praying Pastors and Churches

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This blog post is part two of a five-part series entitled “Four Areas of Growth for Sovereign Grace Churches. If you’re like me, when you see a book or a blog post on the topic of prayer, you instinctively cringe because prayer is one of those areas where you typically feel inadequate. Guilt immediately sets in because who among us “prays without ceasing...

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Four Areas of Growth for Sovereign Grace Churches

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The New Testament consistently speaks about growth. Fueled by grace, we are to pursue growth, not only as individual disciples of Christ, but also as local churches, and even as a family of churches. Paul says it this way in Ephesians, “Rather, speaking the truth in love, we are to grow up in every way into him who is the head, into Christ, from whom the whole body, ...

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Sound Doctrine Advancing in Zambia

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Wilbroad Chanda is the pastor of Christ Community Church in Ndola, Zambia, a Sovereign Grace church, planted around 2009. For over a year now, Wilbroad has been providing theological training to men who are aspiring to be pastors or church planters, as well as some who are already functioning in those roles but with little training. What began as an effort to invest into ...

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Building Community in Unexpected Places

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Eric Farley is a member of Community of Grace Church in Buffalo, NY. Eric and has been a correction officer with New York State for nine years. Through his job, Eric discovered that there are many Christian inmates within the prison system, but they lack in a foundational, functioning knowledge of the gospel. With a burden as to how to reach more prisoners with the good n...

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In My Place Condemned He Stood

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“Bearing shame and scoffing rude,in my place condemned he stood,sealed my pardon with his blood:Hallelujah, what a Savior!” I was singing these words this morning from the hymn “Man of Sorrows-What A Name” (you may also know it as “Hallelujah, what a Savior”). No doubt these words, and this hymn will be sung in churches throughout the w...

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Remembering Jerry Bridges

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This past Sunday, a dear friend of Sovereign Grace, Jerry Bridges, went home to be with the Lord. C.J. Mahaney, senior pastor of Sovereign Grace Church of Louisville and a personal friend of Bridges wrote this tribute. Please read what C.J. wrote to honor his friend and let’s keep the Bridges family in our prayers. Photo Credit: Desiring God...

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Council on Biblical Manhood and Womanhood

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I want to encourage all of those attending the Together for the Gospel conference in April to consider making a strategic addition to your schedule while in Louisville. Once again, the Council on Biblical Manhood and Womanhood (CBMW) will be hosting a pre-conference event on the Monday-Tuesday prior to T4G. This year’s conference is titled The Beauty of Complementari...

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The Church Body Reflecting Christ

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Ethlyn has been the victim of traumatic abuse and as a result has tragically lost her home, her health and her family. Ethlyn recently became a member of Christ Church of South Philly, a recent church plant from Sovereign Grace Church in Marlton, NJ. Her story is one that points to God’s redeeming love and His intimate care displayed, by His grace, through the church...

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Giving God Glory for His Faithfulness in 2015

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The Psalmist writes, "Not to us, O Lord, not to us, but to your name give glory, for the sake of your steadfast love and your faithfulness” (Psalm 115:1). This expression of worship springing from the Psalmists experience of God’s steadfast love and faithfulness captures the response I have to God’s faithfulness to Sovereign Grace over this past year. I w...

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Our DNA: Rooted and Defined

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You see them in annual reports, or on an organization's website under the heading “Our Values.” Words like integrity, honesty, innovation, and collaboration. Those words are intended to capture the way an organization conducts itself, and the business they are involved. But values are not simply words that we write on a piece of paper, or some marketable langua...

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Jesus Is My Everything

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“You are in Christ Jesus, who became to us wisdom from God, righteousness and sanctification and redemption.” 1 Corinthians 1:30 Everything I need from God is brought to me by the God-Man. I don’t have to be everything because Jesus is my everything.   I don’t have to know (fill in the blank) because Jesus is my wisdom. I don&rsq...

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Advice to Young Pastors from R. C. Sproul, Tom Schreiner, and Carlos Contreras

The following blog post was originally published at The Gospel Coalition’s blog. We are featuring it here because it includes our very own Carlos Contreras. This is the sixth installment in a series where TGC publishes brief answers from experienced church leaders to these questions: In addition to Scripture and sound doctrine, what should young pastors today be st...

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1Charleston: Celebrating the Multi-Ethnic Gospel Together

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When Paul speaks of confronting Peter of his hypocrisy and racism in Galatians 2:14, he states that Peter’s conduct “was not in step with the truth of the gospel.” In Sovereign Grace, we love the gospel. We are gospel-centered, we are gospel-preaching, we are gospel-singing, we are gospel people. But over the last few years, I’ve been convicted of a...

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How the Invisible God Makes His Love Visible

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At last week’s Church Planting Retreat, I shared some musings from 1 John 4:19–21. My hope for these reflections is to help us be a people who join God’s mission by loving one another in such a way that we reflect to a watching world the love of God that we’ve received in Christ. We love because he first loved us. If anyone says, “I love God,...

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The Surprise Retirement Of A Professional Athlete Is Proof That Our Words Matter

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On Sunday, the Huffington Post published an article written by Rashard Mendenhall entitled “Why I Retired at 26”. After playing 6 seasons as a successful running back in the NFL, Rashard announced his retirement at the young age of 26. Being a Steelers fan, the article caught my attention because Rashard played for the Pittsburgh Steelers for 5 seasons, winning...

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