Middle-Eastern Man Forgiven 450 Gazillion Dollar Debt

the parable of the unforgiving servantWhat do you do if you get a sudden, unexpected opportunity to teach or preach God’s Word? I often turn to what is for me one of the most precious of Jesus’ parables, the Parable of the Unforgiving Servant—a passage one of my favorite writers on the parables (Klyne Snodgrass) groups with parables of “Grace and Responsibility.”

The “grace” is truly an amazing one: the master in the parable forgives a massive, unpayable debt—ten-thousand talents. The “responsibility” is a serious one: Jesus ends the parable with the promise that the dire consequences visited on the unforgiving servant will be visited on us all by God “if you do not forgive your brother from your heart” (Matt. 18:35).

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Why Abraham Kuyper Became a National Hero

Who was Abraham Kuyper?

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This post is by Justin Holcomb. Justin is an Episcopal priest and teaches theology, philosophy, and Christian thought at Gordon-Conwell-Theological Seminary and Reformed Theological Seminary. He holds two masters degrees from Reformed Theological Seminary and a Ph.D. from Emory University. He is the author of numerous books, including the children’s book God Made All of Me.

Have you ever heard of a theologian being so well-known that his birthday was a national holiday? The nineteenth-century Dutch theologian Abraham Kuyper had such a great impact in the Netherlands that the entire nation celebrated his seventieth birthday in 1907.

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Shane & Shane on Studying & Singing the Psalms

Studying and Singing the Psalms

Shane Barnard and Shane Everett—better known as the popular worship duo Shane & Shane—have spent a lot of time in the Psalms lately. Their latest album, Psalms II, is the result of a close study of the Psalter. I sat down with the guys, and Shane Barnard explained how his song-writing is intimately connected to Bible study, how familiar Psalms gain new power in moments of desperation, and how singing the Gospel can be a sanctifying experience.

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31 of J.I. Packer’s Best Quotes

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J.I. Packer is perhaps one of the most influential theologians of the twentieth and twenty-first centuries. Like C.S. Lewis before him, he has spent a lifetime popularizing complex theological ideas and reaching a diverse audience through winsome writing alive with passion and charisma. The author of many classic books on the Christian life and theology, the 91-year-old theologian continues to inspire Christians across the theological spectrum.

In honor of his birthday, we’re sharing some of our favorite Packer quotes. Be sure to share your favorites—just hover over an image to reveal sharing options. And let us know the impact Packer has made on your own Christian life or ministry.

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Are Goals Really That Important for Christian Leadership?

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First and foremost, Christian leaders are followers. They trust the Holy Spirit’s lead, urging those in their care to join them as they go where God has called them. Seems simple enough. But how important is it to know exactly where you’re going as you follow the Spirit’s lead? Is good Christian leadership dependent on setting clearly defined goals?
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An Apologist Confronts His Doubt

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Mike Licona was at a spiritual crossroads, and he couldn’t have reached it at a more inconvenient time.

As the apologetics coordinator for the Southern Baptist Convention’s mission board, Mike gained the reputation of a stalwart defender of Christianity. He’d written two books on the historicity of the Resurrection. He traveled the country, debating the philosophical merits of Christianity on college campuses and in churches. But as he continued his doctoral studies, Mike felt a familiar presence lurking near the edges of his consciousness. The unsettling specter he thought he had banished had returned.

His wife Debbie could sense it too. Mike describes the moment they acknowledged its unwelcome reappearance. “One night I’m lying in bed and I figured my wife was asleep. We probably hadn’t said anything for half an hour. And then I just heard her voice pierce into the darkness. ‘You’re doubting again, aren’t you?’”

He could avoid it no longer. Doubt had made a dramatic re-entry into the apologist’s life. But this time was different. This time he would face it head on.
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In Memory of Elisabeth Elliot: 30 of Her Most Inspiring Quotes

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On Sunday, Elisabeth Elliot passed away. She was a living testimony to the power of God’s grace, forgiveness, and unconditional love. As a young missionary, she traveled to Ecuador where she soon married fellow missionary Jim Elliot. Sensing the call to share the gospel with an unreached people group, Jim and four other missionaries made contact with the Aucas, a tribe living in the Ecuadorian jungles. Due to a tragic misunderstanding, all five were speared to death.

Elisabeth and the other widows remained in Ecuador where they continued the work of their husbands, sharing the gospel with the very people who were involved in their husbands’ murders. The martyrdom of these men, and the remarkable story of the village’s transformation, led to a an influx of young Christians entering missionary service in the middle of the twentieth century. Elisabeth went on to write numerous influential books on her husband’s life, her own ministry, and Christian living. She died at the age of 88.

In remembrance, we’ve gathered 30 of her most inspiring quotes. Share your favorites to celebrate the life and legacy of a woman who made an incalculable impact on Christianity around the world.

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30 Awesome Quotes from Charles Spurgeon

SpurgeonIn slightly less than 58 years, Charles Spurgeon, the British Baptist preacher, wrote and preached the hundreds of sermons that made him one of the most influential preachers ever. Mark Driscoll called Spurgeon, one of today’s most quoted preachers, “The greatest Bible preacher outside of Scripture.” The elegance of his arguments makes them memorable.

Whether you’re a casual reader of Spurgeon’s Morning and Evening or a scholar using Logos 5 to search the 86-volume Charles Spurgeon Collection, you’ll find wisdom in the following 30 quotes from the Prince of Preachers himself.

Did we miss any important quotes? Let us know in the comments!

  1. Ambition: Our meat and our drink is to do the will of him who sent us.
  2. Atheism: Atheism is a strange thing. Even the devils never fell into that vice, for “the devils also believe and tremble” (James 2:19).
  3. Authority of the Bible: If there be anything in the church to which you belong which is contrary to the inspired Word, leave that church.
  4. Neglect of the Bible: There is dust enough on some of your Bibles to write “damnation” with your fingers.
  5. Teaching of children: Where the plow does not go and the seed is not sown, the weeds are sure to multiply. And if children are left untrained, all sorts of evil will spring up in their hearts and lives.
  6. Purpose of the church: Not for yourself, O church, do you exist, any more than Christ existed for himself.
  7. Compassion: I am certain that to preach the wrath of God with a hard heart, a cold lip, a tearless eye, and an unfeeling spirit is to harden men, not benefit them.
  8. Christ’s death: Nothing puts life into men like a dying Savior
  9. Fear of death: Dying is the last, but the least matter that a Christian has to be anxious about.
  10. Discipleship: If persecution should arise, you should be willing to part with all that you possess—with your liberty, with your life itself, for Christ—or you cannot be his disciple.
  11. Faithfulness: I know of nothing which I would choose to have as the subject of my ambition for life than to be kept faithful to my God till death, still to be a soul winner, still to be a true herald of the cross, and testify the name of Jesus to the last hour. It is only such who in the ministry shall be saved.
  12. Holiness: If your religion does not make you holy, it will damn you. It is simply painted pageantry to go to hell in.
  13. Holy Spirit: All the hope of our ministry lies in the Spirit of God operating on the spirits of men.
  14. Hope: Christ always preached doctrine that was hopeful. While he denounced self-righteousness, he would turn round and say, “I came not to call the righteous, but sinners to repentance” (Luke 5:32). If he ever had a frown on his brow, it was for the hypocrite and the proud man. But he had tears for sinners and loving invitations for penitent ones.
  15. Jesus’ name: This is the one unbuttressed pillar on which all prayer must lean. Take this away, and it comes down with a crash.
  16. Joy: The greatest joy of a Christian is to give joy to Christ.
  17. Love for Christ: Come, Jesus, come into my heart, and let thy treasures be mine forevermore!
  18. Mercy: God’s mercy is so great that you may sooner drain the sea of its water, or deprive the sun of its light, or make space too narrow, than diminish the great mercy of God.
  19. God’s patience: We have heard in these days a blasphemer stand on a public platform and say, “There is no God, and if there is a God,” taking out his watch, “let him strike me dead in five minutes.” When he still found himself alive, he argued that there was no God. The fact was, God was much too great to be put out of patience by such an insignificant wretch as he.
  20. Perseverance: I protest that if you take final perseverance from me, you have robbed the Bible of one of its crowning attractions.
  21. Neglect of prayer: Live and die without prayer, and you will pray long enough when you get to hell.
  22. Power of prayer: You can be omnipotent if you know how to pray, omnipotent in all things which glorify God.
  23. Preaching: When I cease to preach salvation by faith in Jesus, put me into a lunatic asylum, for you may be sure that my mind is gone.
  24. Pride: Pride is the devil’s dragnet in which he takes more fish than in any other, except procrastination.
  25. Resurrection: The resurrection is a fact better attested than any event recorded in any history, whether ancient or modern.
  26. Satan: He can make men dance upon the brink of hell as though they were on the verge of heaven.
  27. Slander: The first sin which came into the world hardened man’s heart in a most terrific manner, so that he dared to excuse himself and even to charge God as being indirectly the author of his sin, by giving him the woman (Gen. 3:12).
  28. Suicide: That crime of all crimes most sure of damnation if a man commit it willfully and in his sound mind, I mean the crime of self-murder.
  29. God’s wrath: If there be a man before me who says that the wrath of God is too heavy a punishment for his little sin, I ask him, if the sin be little, why does he not give it up?
  30. Worship: All places are places of worship to a Christian. Wherever he is, he ought to be in a worshiping frame of mind.
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