Renshaw Tips

30 tips for new seminary students

Brian Renshaw — August 27, 2015

I am beginning my second semester of doctoral studies. I thought it may be beneficial to write (from a current student’s perspective and one that recently finished his M.Div.) some of the things I wish I would have known before beginning seminary. It is by no means exhaustive and they are not in order of … Continued

Weaver books

Standing on the shoulders of giants: The preacher and his books

Steve Weaver — August 25, 2015

One of my favorite quotes is from Sir Isaac Newton, discoverer of the law of gravity. In a letter to Robert Hooke on February 5, 1676, Newton wrote, “If I have seen farther, it is by standing on the shoulders of giants.” Newton saw farther than anyone had before, precisely because he was willing to … Continued

Ibrahim Islam

Islam vs. Islamic extremism: How should we speak about them?

Ayman Ibrahim — August 20, 2015

The speech of U.S. Vice President Joe Biden last Saturday at the memorial for the five unarmed servicemen killed in Chattanooga demonstrates the difficulty, uncertainty, and confusion among politicians in dealing with Islam and Islamism. The speech shows the apparent dissonance among the various voices in the same political party. In his speech, Biden identified … Continued

Beck Calling

What is God calling me to? Your past could be key to your future

Peter Beck — August 18, 2015

Every kid in America heard that question umpteen times growing up. The answers are as varied as the kids themselves. My 13-year-old daughter’s dream vocation seems to change as often as she changes her clothes. College students hear a version of this age old question, too. Most often it’s, “What’s your major?” The follow up … Continued


Counseling and the heart of Christ

Heath Lambert — August 14, 2015

  “What man of you, having a hundred sheep, if he has lost one of them does not leave the ninety-nine in the open country, and go after the one that is lost, until he finds it?” Luke 15:4   In Luke 15, the religious leaders were upset with Jesus.  Some people who were messed up … Continued


The tools your church needs for effective family ministry

Timothy Paul Jones — August 7, 2015

How can your ministry equip parents with the resources they need? In the first place, help parents to see that if they are believers in Jesus Christ, God has already equipped them with his Spirit, his Word and the community of faith (John 16:12–14; Eph 4:11–16; 2 Tim 3:16–17; Heb. 13:21). Through these gifts from … Continued

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The dangerous calling of Christian missions

R. Albert Mohler Jr. — July 29, 2015

America’s evangelical Christians are facing a critical time of testing in the 21st century. Among the most important of the tests we now face is the future of missions and our faithfulness to the Great Commission. At a time of unprecedented opportunity, will our zeal for world missions slacken? Just as doors of opportunity are … Continued


The funeral I most dreaded

Hershael York — July 28, 2015

This morning I will preach my father-in-law’s funeral. For 32 years of our marriage, I dreaded this terrible task because he was not a believer. He wanted no part of Christ or his gospel. We prayed for him, witnessed to him, sent others to talk to him, and five years ago even took him to … Continued

Mideast Iran Nuclear

Taqiyya, Imam Madhi, and the Iran deal

Ayman Ibrahim — July 20, 2015

Following news of the nuclear deal with the United States, Iranians celebrated in the streets over what they viewed as a national victory. The victory’s significance was especially heightened as it took place during the most holy Muslim month of Ramadan. The celebration was marked by the relief they felt from three decades of isolation … Continued


Raising future men and women

Randy Stinson & Dan Dumas — July 6, 2015

  When our grandparents were raising our parents, popular culture was not as dramatically at odds with the biblical understandings of gender as it is now. The current cultural confusion over gender, however, requires parents to be highly intentional if they want to raise masculine sons and feminine daughters. There are no generic people. There … Continued