Charles Spurgeon on the Apostle Paul

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The amount of writing and speaking Charles Spurgeon amassed during his lifetime is truly staggering. Though he only wrote two formal commentaries, his thoughts and comments touch on every book of the Bible. In fact, his sermons were filled with biblical content, something he called “Bibline.” He told his students, “Saturate your sermons with Bibline, the essence of Bible truth.” Whether he was reading and commenting on Scripture as part of formal biblical exposition or just referencing or alluding to Scripture when delivering a topical sermon, his words were filled with Bibline.

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Honoring Christ in a Divisive Political Season

cityPostmodern culture often celebrates diversity, but the multitude of viewpoints can make sensible dialogue challenging. As American Christians endure yet another fiery political season, the temptation to throw up our hands in defeat and frustration may be stronger than ever. But Christians don’t have to fear pluralism, and shouldn’t simply walk away from political engagement. In his book Common Grace, early-twentieth-century Dutch politician and theologian Abraham Kuyper demonstrates that pluralism offers Christians an unprecedented opportunity to engage in politics, culture, and indeed every domain of human existence. After all, as Kuyper famously said, “There is not a square inch in the whole domain of our human existence over which Christ, who is Sovereign over all, does not cry, ‘Mine!'”

Recently, we sat down with Richard Mouw, professor of faith and public life at Fuller Theological Seminary, and James Bratt, professor of history at Calvin College, to talk about Kuyper’s legacy, and how Kuyper’s thought may throw a lifeline to Christians swamped in a culture of political rancor.

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What Does Church History Have to Do with Modern Ministry?

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“What has been is what will be, and what has been done is what will be done, and there is nothing new under the sun.” (Eccl 1:9)

This refrain from the beginning of Ecclesiastes is music to a historian’s ears. The cliché “those who fail to learn from history are doomed to repeat it” may ring true for those who ignore the past. The modern church often falls into the trap of chronological snobbery, assuming that current intellectual pursuits are inherently superior to the past. This causes pastors and church-goers alike to forego thousands of years of wisdom in favor of the newest scholarship.

In his new book, Church History for Modern Ministry, Pastor Dayton Hartman argues that church history is not old news, but a vital component of a healthy ministry. The previous struggles and conflicts of the church can help us refine and reform our doctrine and worship today. In this practical and engaging book, Hartman shows us that a deep understanding of our past can help us address contemporary issues facing the church.

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James, Saint James: Theological Provocateur


The Epistle of James is one of the most practical books in the Bible. The exhortations within the letter encourage believers to put what they have learned in Christ into action. For James, knowledge and wisdom are not the end goal, but rather a means to an end. His desire is to see believers living out their faith, filled with grace and Godly wisdom.

James’ appeal is just as important as ever for students of Scripture. It’s not enough to simply study the Word of God if it doesn’t have any impact on your daily life. But deep analysis and relevant application are so hard to find in one resource. Enter the High Definition Commentary.

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Delivering Biblically Sound Messages to Your Congregation


Pastors face a difficult challenge every week—crafting sermons that are both faithful to the biblical text and relevant to their contemporary audience. It may be easy to focus on one aspect over the other but preaching God’s Word with both in mind is hard work. In his new book, Excellent Preaching, Craig Bartholomew explains how to preach so that the powerful message of the Bible penetrates the daily lives of your congregation.

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The Right Tools to Preach Like an Old Testament Prophet


Good contextualization is hard work. Like an onion, there are so many layers to consider when communicating the message of the Bible. If you miss just one of these layers, your message could end up falling flat. And contextualization isn’t just a modern concept; the Old Testament prophets are instructive when it comes to preaching. They were commissioned by God to convey his Word to his people at a specific time and place. That commission hasn’t changed in the thousands of years since then.

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The Modern Impact of Abraham Kuyper

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Abraham Kuyper’s influence has been felt throughout the late nineteenth and early twentieth centuries in the Netherlands and the Dutch Reformed church. But his legacy had been largely washed away by the churning of history. As modern Christians think through our place in a secular society, Kuyper’s thoughts and wisdom are reemerging. The church today is searching for guidance for how to construct a positive and responsible public theology. Kuyper’s unique insights and vast array of experiences provides us with a model for constructing a culturally engaged Christian witness.

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Abraham Kuyper’s Christian Political Vision

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The nineteenth century was a period of great political upheaval in Europe. Countries across the continent were wrestling with questions of sovereignty, representation, and governance. The relationship between the state and the church was one of the most controversial issues raised by these political movements. In the midst of this debate, Abraham Kuyper completed some groundbreaking work in articulating how the church should function in modern society.

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Why Does the Supernatural Matter?

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The Great Commission (Matt 28:18-20) has driven the Christian mission since the birth of the church. We are called to be partners with God in taking the Kingdom to the ends of the earth.  But we are just individuals working within a larger whole, each of us a tiny speck in the midst of the great undertaking God is directing. Much of this work is done upon the faith that God is actually directing our work, unseen from our physical world.

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Introduce Yourself to Abraham Kuyper

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Last week, we announced a new series of translations of Abraham Kuyper’s writings in public theology. This monumental series is comprised of eight key works across 12 volumes. While most of the translation has already been completed, producing these volumes will take some time. The first volume, Our Program, will be released on November 10 and another volume should be finished before the end of the year. Our goal is to have all 12 volumes completed within two years.

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