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The Resurrection: Historical, Necessary, and More Than Sufficient (1 Corinthians 15:12

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Is the resurrection necessary? Evangelicals Christians say, “Absolutely. Undoubtedly. No question.” Other “Christians,” Protestant Liberals, are less committed. Who’s right? Thankfully, the Bible is not indifferent or ambiguous to the question. In 1 Corinthians 15, the Apostle Paul spends an entire chapter arguing for the centrality of the re...

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Discipleship in a Digital Age

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From Abraham to Abraham Lincoln, the speed of the world didn’t change all that much. From the agrarian lifestyle of the Patriarch to the rural farms of North America, among which Lincoln grew up, the speed of news typically traveled at the pace of a horse. In this historical setting, the famed presidential debates between Lincoln and Douglas lasted for hours at a tim...

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Resurrecting the Gospel: Its Frame, Focus, and Friendship (1 Corinthians 15:1

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What is better than preaching the gospel on Resurrection Sunday? In a word—not much. Yesterday our church gathered to celebrate the resurrection of Jesus Christ and we considered the opening eleven verses of Paul’s explanation of Christ’s resurrection which center on the gospel. In those verses (1 Corinthians 15:1–11), Paul unpacks what Christ&rsq...

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This is the Day That the Lord Has Made

This is the Day That the Lord Has Made

  This is the day that the Lord has made; let us rejoice and be glad in it. – Psalm 118:24 – Like many, I learned this verse not from reading it in the Bible but singing it in church. Les Garrett’s chorus, “This is the Day,” is a popular praise song that sets this verse to music. My wife and I have taught this song to our kids, and it i...

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Is It Finished? Clarity and Conviction about the Miraculous Gifts (1 Corinthians 12

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On the cross Jesus exclaimed this glorious truth: Tetelestai! It is Finished! Our eternal security is settled by this truth. And this week we celebrate Good Friday and Resurrection Sunday because Jesus Christ finished his gracious work of redemption on on the cross. Strangely, we are less certain about the finished work of the Holy Spirit. Some might even question whethe...

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No Other Gospel: Reflections from The Gospel Coalition

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For three days this week, ten of us from Occoquan Bible Church traveled to Indianapolis to join 8,500 other followers of Christ at The Gospel Coalition’s bi-annual gathering. This year we celebrated the 500th Anniversary of the Protestant Reformation and its recovery of the gospel. The theme of this week’s conference was “No Other Gospel” and in les...

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