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Armed for Redeployment

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The Pastors College Class of 2016 has graduated. In preparation for the ceremony, the 12 students had collectively voted and appointed fellow classmate and Army Reserve Chaplain, Major Bill Berry, to represent them in sharing his experiences. 1 Timothy 4:16 it says, “Watch your life and doctrine closely. Persevere in them, because if you do, you will save both yourse...

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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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Making & Maturing Disciples

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Right before his ascension, Jesus calls us to join him in his mission, “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 commended you. And behold, I am with you always, to the end of the age” (Matt. 28:19-20, ESV). Jesus commissions us, the ...

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Praying for Gospel Waves in the Pacific

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Sometimes praying for the gospel to advance means praying for the gospel to re-advance. The Word is preached, the church grows. Satan assaults and sin deceives. “And no wonder, for even Satan disguises himself as an angel of light” (2 Cor. 11:14, ESV). But there is a larger perspective. As the church historian, Kenneth Scott Latourette once observed, when view...

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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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A Week Learning from Sam Storms

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A wonderful feature of the Sovereign Grace Pastors College is the strategic way scholars are scheduled to teach specific courses that fall into their area of expertise. For example, right before the Christmas break, Dr. D.A. Carson taught the book of Revelation, and in January Dr. Ian Duguid spent a week teaching on the Old Testament Prophets. These courses provide unique ...

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