Look and Live

The following is extracted from Chapter 4 of Matt Papa's book: 'Look and Live - Behold the Soul-thrilling, Sin-destroying Glory of Christ'. This series of poems illuminates the beauty of Jesus' birth, life and death.   Bethlehem. A humble town. A nobody's town. Perfect. The mountains would have bowed down. The seas would have roared in praise. The trees clapped their hands. But not...
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The Spiritual High, Good or Bad?

The spiritual high - that rush of emotions when you feel something take over you after that hard-hitting talk took hold... you decide to recommit; read the bible every day; stop your life of putting sin first and place God first; and you inevitably fail. I am not against a spiritual high, nor am I against the emotional response present at many events, as long as the spiritual Christian at that...
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Hell and the Wrath of God

Jonathan Edwards was an 18th century preacher, philosopher and theologian. He is widely regarded as "one of America's most important and original philosophical theologians"1. A sermon by Edwards that has caught the attention of many is titled "sinners in the hand of an angry God", and can be read here. In a great little book called 'The Holiness of God', R.C. Sproul summarises the main appl...
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How to love God when you don’t feel like it

It's often called being 'spiritually dry' - periods in your life as a Christian when you don't really feel like one. It can be caused by unrepentant sin, harmful (or lack of genuine) relationships, lack of regular devotion and prayer or ministry burnout. You may go to church and even be a leader, but you can go for months without really being 'on fire' for Jesus. Just going through the moti...
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Book Review: Talking with Catholics about the Gospel by Chris Castaldo

“There are still many who do not know the data, the gospel. Most of my Catholic students at Boston College have never heard of it. They do not even know how to get to heaven. When I ask them what they would say to God if they died tonight and God asked them why he should take them into heaven, nine out of ten do not even mention Jesus Christ. Most of them say they have been good or kind or sin...
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New to theology? My top 3 books

If you're someone who wants to find out more about this so called 'theology', or if you're wondering what gift to get for that special person, I'm writing this for you. Of course there are plenty of books about theology and Christian doctrine, and I'd gladly recommend you a book tailored to what you're looking for if you ask me, but these are good introductory all-rounders. Please please...
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Ashley Madison and a Culture of Adultery

No doubt you've heard of the Ashley Madison hack. The records of 37 million cheating spouses have been leaked online, and the world has gone nuts. Popular opinion concerning these adulterers has been, rightly, negative. These users have been seen as 'deserving' of having their data exposed. "Serves them right," some say, "why would they cheat on their husband/wife?". This is in some sense g...
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The Glory of the Triune God

This is a quote from the first chapter of Joe Rigney's book titled "The Things of Earth: Treasuring God by Enjoying His Gifts". Joe talks about how Christians should take pleasure in creation, but he first talks about the origin of everything: God in trinity.   "The triune God of Scripture lives! He is not static. He is not lifeless. He is not bored. He is not boring. He is the livi...
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Gospel-Centered Conversations

If you know me, you'd know I'm not the best conversationalist. I'm not very talkative and am often thinking about the task to complete on my to do list. So then, I write this with great humility as I reflect upon the truths of the gospel. You see, if Jesus is king over everything, that also means he is king over our the way we communicate with each other. The nature of the gospel transfo...
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Sample camp bookstore

I don't know about you, but for the Christian circles I'm in, it seems that many people have difficulty deciding on what books to sell at camps/conferences. Here's a sample list I hope you find helpful. If you haven't read up on why Disciple Timothy exists, it's to "equip you for worship and ministry." I've chosen these books because they are easy to read, fairly broad in doctrinal agree...
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