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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Dwelling on Death

The promise of Christ about death is the resurrection. We too will be raised to new, physical, life with Christ. Our physical bodies will go into the tomb, but having already died to sin in Christ, we can embark upon death with the sure confidence that the grave cannot keep what it does not own.

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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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Gazing On The Gospel

The movie The Greatest Showman captivated my imagination when it came out a while back for numerous reasons, but perhaps the biggest reason is the theme of idolatry running through the whole thing. I told my wife at the time that it seems like whoever wrote the script spent a lot of time reading the…

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20 Quotes from “The Crucified King: Atonement and Kingdom in Biblical and Systematic Theology” by Jeremy Treat

In this book Jeremy Treat does what it seems few are interested in doing these days: he gets rid of the binary and focuses our eyes to the messy reality of “both/and.” Over the course of about 300 pages (and some change), he shows us how theology (biblical and systematic) and the two dominant motifs…

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Bring Your Trash to the Cross

God said, “dump it here, I’ll take it.” You see, the stink, the ugly, the mistakes you wish you never had. All of it. Christ took it, became it, and gave you what was his. Your trash for his treasure. He gave you what you made all of that trash trying to find. He gave you himself.

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10 Quotes from “Before You Open Your Bible” by Matt Smethurst

Matt Smethurst is the Managing Editor for The Gospel Coalition. That means, in part, he makes decisions about what  will be generally edifying, encouraging, and appropriately challenging to the readers that visit the site. It shows in this book.

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