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Prepare Him Room Album Tour

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Prepare Him Room – Celebrating the Birth of Jesus in Song is my favorite Christmas Album.  I can still remember clicking play on the first promotional video of the song “Who Would Have Dreamed.”  The melody and lyrics captivated me right from the first note.  “Who would have dreamed or ever foreseen that we could hold God in our hands...

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2015 Mission Video #4: Latin America and Mexico

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2017 marks the 500th anniversary of the beginning of the Protestant Reformation. When Martin Luther lit the match at Wittenberg and the conflagration covered much of the Western world. Stephen Nichols says the Reformation is the true tale of ‘how a monk with a mallet changed the world.’ Unfortunately, some of the world—the Spanish-speaking world to be pre...

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Different Language, Same Gospel

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A couple of weeks ago at the Sovereign Grace Churches Pastors Conference, Songhwan Kang, Sr. Pastor of Lord’s Grace Church in Seoul, South Korea, gave an update on his church and their efforts to advance the gospel in South Korea. It was encouraging to hear specifically how the gospel is at work in the people in Songhwan’s church. And we rejoiced in the news th...

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D.A. Carson & Sam Storms To Teach in the Pastors College

As I announced at our recent Pastors Conference, each year the Pastors College offers special courses in addition to our regular curricula, that strengthen our program and provide ongoing training for our existing pastors. We are looking forward to having both D.A. Carson and Sam Storms teach this academic year. Dr. Carson will be doing a special course on the book of Reve...

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Divine Jealousy

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I came home from the Sovereign Grace Pastors conference with a fresh surge of divine jealousy. Let me explain what I mean by the term. I want the Lord to receive glory and many echoes of thanksgiving from our church as we invest in gospel mission around the world. This is not a selfish jealousy—a base craving to be recognized or known or have a famous church in thi...

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The Pastors Conference Check-up

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I’m a little over a week back from the annual Sovereign Grace Pastors Conference and have been reflecting on it a bit. There are features of the conference that I’ve come to expect and appreciate over the years—vibrant worship, compelling preaching, insightful seminars, late nights hanging out, too much restaurant food, meeting new folks and catching up w...

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Every Tribe, Tongue, and Nation: The Kinnaura People

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Winter comes early at 20,000 feet above sea level. Spring, summer, and fall jostle one another to fit into a cramped six-month span, but for the remaining half of the year, October through May, ice and snow are lord in the Himalayas. Welcome to the Kinnaur district of northern India: population 66,000, average snowfall 12 feet per year. Ecotourists and adventurers visit t...

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Striving Together at the Council of Elders

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Why should our family of churches care deeply about the Council of Elders meeting each year? Because it’s one thing to applaud the interdependence of churches we see in the New Testament, it’s another thing to pursue it practically. In the New Testament there’s a clear pattern and model that these churches were not simply independent, they were inte...

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The Pastors Conference and Thanksgiving Dinner

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Picture two different scenes. One, a solitary diner enjoying a fine meal at a local restaurant. Two, the affectionate chaos of a family Thanksgiving dinner. There's nothing wrong with the first--I've enjoyed many excellent solitary meals over the years! And of course, the solitary diner is not truly alone--he's often surrounded by people with the same appetite! But it do...

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Preparing for Another Pastors Conference

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I have a love/hate relationship with travel. In some ways, I am ideal for trips. I am built for planes—can stretch my legs comfortably in puddle-jumper planes without a problem. I can sleep anywhere and eat (almost) anything. And there is a certain adventure of going someplace different, breaking the routine, and having new experiences. But there is a moment in time...

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