The Prayers of the Pastor, MacArthur on Paul’s Ephesian Prayers

To kick off the 2016 seminary season John MacArthur spoke to the students in chapel on two of Paul’s prayers that were instrumental in the shaping of MacAthur when he took the pastorate of his church almost 50 years ago. Tremedous lessons not only for pastors, but for Christians in general.

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Liam Goligher on Teaching Isaiah

Nancy Guthrie interviews Liam Goligher on lessons he’s learned in preaching through Isaiah, and lessons that can help teachers teach through Isaiah.  Outside of the Psalms, Isaiah is the most quoted book in the New Testament, yet our understanding of Isaiah is limited to a handful of chapters.

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The Gospel According to Isaiah

It’s not often you will find a preacher who will systematically preach through one of the major prophets like the 66 chapters of Isaiah.  But Liam Goligher did just that with his congregation at Tenth Presbyterian Church in Philadelphia.

Isaiah is often called the fifth Gospel and, like Romans of the New Testament, it is considered to be the gem of the Old Testament. Yet it remains a book shrouded in obscurity simply because we don’t take the time and make the effort to understand it.  Give Dr. Goligher 31 sermons and he will walk you through this book, and the riches you discover will be worth the effort.

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God of the Ordinary

Alistiar Begg’s 11-part series on Ruth is called “God of the Ordinary.” I started listening to this series last week and have enjoyed it. From Truth for Life:

The book of Ruth must surely be one of the loveliest short stories ever written. Its four chapters contain a tale of purity, faithfulness, innocence, loyalty, duty and love, yet it is set in dark times. The concluding verse of the book of Judges, which comes immediately before Ruth in the Bible, tells us that, “In those days Israel had no King; everyone did as he saw fit.” One commentator says, “The book of Judges teems with violent invasions, apostate religion, unchecked lawlessness, and tribal civil war.”

It is against this backdrop of strife and chaos that this story unfolds. Ordinary people in Bethlehem facing the everyday events of life; marriage, moving home, bereavement, family relationships… In all of this we are reminded that no matter how dark or dramatic the events of life appear to be, God still has His people and is still working out His purposes. It is in the humdrum and routine events of life that we discover God at work. If you have ever wondered if God really knows who or where you are or whether He could possibly be interested in you, you will find this series of studies to be particularly useful. Join Alistair Begg as he encourages us to look for God in the everyday ordinariness of our lives.

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Enduring the Perplexities of God

Dale Ralph Davis tackles one of the most troublesome issues Christians face as he teaches through 1 Kings 17.  How are we to understand the trials we face?  Are they a result of our sin — or something else?  How should we respond to passages like John 9:3 and Psalm 103:10? As Davis teaches about the widow’s plight in 1 Kings he provides us with a very needed doctrine of the perplexities of God that should release us from the burdens we often assume as we wrestle with our difficulties.

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DeYoung: The Hole in our Holiness

Kevin DeYoung has recently released a book with the odd title “The Hole in Our Holiness,” and I recently found a sermon DeYoung preached by the same title.  The book is a look at how the Gospel was designed for more than our salvation, it was designed for our sanctification — or growth in holiness.  Michael Horton has this to say about the book:

Grace is too amazing to save us from sin’s guilt only to leave us under its cruel tyranny. In this book, Kevin DeYoung reminds us that the gospel is the ground of our justification and sanctification. At the same time, he reminds us of the many exhortations in Scripture to pursue godliness as the fruit of our union with Christ in the power of the Spirit. The Hole in Our Holiness offers important reflections on a crucial topic in the ongoing conversation about the joys and struggles of the Christian life.

John Piper says this:

This book is vintage DeYoung—ruthlessly biblical.

The sermon is titled “The Hole in Our Holiness: Piety’s Pattern” and is an examination of 1 Peter 1:13-16. CJ Mahaney calls this book the modern equivilent of J.C. Ryles classic work Holiness.

Interview on video with Kevin about his book >>>

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