Book Review: “How the Body of Christ Talks: Recovering the Practice of Conversation in the Church” by C. Christopher Smith

C. Christopher Smith wants to get the church talking to one another–even if the conversation is a bit difficult. In his book How the Body of Christ Talks: Recovering the Practice of Conversation in the Church, Smith lays out what he believes to be the best practices to get the church talking.

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Book Review: “Reappearing Church: The Hope For Renewal in the Rise of Our Post-Christian Culture” by Mark Sayers

Australian pastor and author Mark Sayers brings his well-known and insightful cultural commentary into the space of our declining Western culture with the hope of paving a way toward the revival of the Church with his newest book, Reappearing Church. 

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If God is Gracious, Why Can’t I do What I Want?

At some point or another, we’ve probably all wondered this question: Why can’t we just keep on sinning if God is just going to keep on forgiving? This is a question that the Apostle Paul expected us to be asking, and so he dealt with it in his letter to the Romans. In this article…

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10 Quotes from “Reappearing Church: The Hope of Renewal in the Rise of our Post-Christian Culture” by Mark Sayers

With his newest book, Australian Pastor and author, Mark Sayers, takes his well-known and insightful cultural commentary and applies it to the topic of revival. Sayers wrote this book for an audience he expects is “hungry for God” and “[desires] to see him move again with power” (10). This book is not for the cold…

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The Hopeful Curse

“[It’s remarkable that the protoevangelium] makes its debut as a sentence passed on the enemy, not a direct promise to man, for redemption is as much about God’s rule as about man’s need.” –Derek Kidner Genesis 3 begins with the account of The Fall. In The Fall account, we read that Adam and Eve–humanity’s representatives…

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God Won’t Always Open A Window

Those of us that are well-trained in cultural-Christian platitudes may be quick to tell our suffering loved ones “When God closes a door, he opens a window.” We say it with the most sincere intentions, but we likely haven’t inspected the words we’re saying to see if they square with what God has revealed to…

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20 Quotes from “The Church: The Gospel Made Visible” by Mark Dever

Mark Dever, Senior Pastor of Capitol Hill Baptist Church in Washington, DC, is a Baptist. If for some reason you think he isn’t convinced of his baptistic stances, or if you think, when pressed about Baptist distinctives, he might say something like, “Well, we can’t really know so we’ll just agree to disagree.” You’re dead…

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25 Quotes from “Seek First: How the Kingdom of God Changes Everything” by Jeremy Treat

Jeremy defines the kingdom of God as: God’s reign through God’s people over God’s place (p. 15). In eight words he offers for us this working definition, and then for the rest of the book he elaborates on how that definition permeates our entire lives in the buckets of Kingdom Perspective, Kingdom Purpose, and Kingdom People.

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