The Sunday Reader: Vol. 2 | #19

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How R.C. Sproul Blessed the Church by Preaching the Curse

Here’s a recap of one of the late pastor’s most well-known and influential sermons, as well as a reflection on why it was so important.

Three Articles on Interpreting the Bible Well

The Letter to the Church in Laodicea

Speaking of interpretation, this post gets at the (often mis-applied) meaning of “lukewarm” in Revelation 2.

ABOUT — The Sunday Reader shares articles we've found particularly insightful, thought-provoking, or edifying this week. While not always representing the views of our Pastors and Elders, these selections offer a mix of viewpoints to broaden and frame your understanding of God, Scripture, ourselves, and the world we serve in Christ's name.

The Sunday Reader: Vol. 2 | #18

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What the Bible Says About Itself — Book by Book

Exactly as it says. A neat resource.

Walk With Me Through a Midlife Crisis

Now in his seventies, pastor John Piper reflects on what was for him the hardest season of a long life. More importantly, he explains how he weathered it in reliance on the Lord’s grace.

How we treat the church is how we treat Christ

Some powerful truths here. “A high view of the church is a high view of Christ. If the church becomes a high priority, Christ is a high priority. Serving the people of the church is a measure of our love for Christ. Serving in the ministries of the church is a measure of our love for Christ. Turning up at weekly worship and engaging with the Lord’s people is a measure of our love for Christ.” The opposite is true as well.

“On the Christian Life”

Here’s a classic little treatise by John Calvin. Everyone should read it.

ABOUT — The Sunday Reader shares articles we've found particularly insightful, thought-provoking, or edifying this week. While not always representing the views of our Pastors and Elders, these selections offer a mix of viewpoints to broaden and frame your understanding of God, Scripture, ourselves, and the world we serve in Christ's name.

The Sunday Reader: Vol. 2 | #17

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Are Your Church Structures Undermining the Gospel?

This is more of a reminder of why we do some of what we do at Phoenix URC. Namely, bering as age-inclusive as possible.

9Marks on Church Membership

Here’s a trove of resources dealing with one very important issue. Are Christians called to formal membership? If so, why?

The Greatest Archaeological Discovery of the 20th Century

Here’s an Interview with a renowned expert on the Dead Sea Scrolls.

This 1,060-Hour Photo of a Galaxy Was Shot by Amateur Astrophotographers

Glorify God for his creative power! See the photo in high resolution here (80MB) and learn more about how it was shot here.

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ABOUT — The Sunday Reader shares articles we've found particularly insightful, thought-provoking, or edifying this week. While not always representing the views of our Pastors and Elders, these selections offer a mix of viewpoints to broaden and frame your understanding of God, Scripture, ourselves, and the world we serve in Christ's name.

The Sunday Reader: Vol. 2 | #16

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The Providence of God as Revealed in Holy Scripture

In light of the upcoming PM sermon, here’s a study presented by our sister denomination, the RCUS.

11 Advantages Of Having 50 Churches Of 100 Instead Of 1 Church Of 5,000

Something to think about as we continue to grow by God’s grace and strategize for the future.

The FAQs: Supreme Court to Decide Whether ‘Sex’ Includes Sexual Orientation and Gender Identity

This is a big deal. Let’s be informed and effective citizens of this country and, what’s more, our eternal kingdom.

ABOUT — The Sunday Reader shares articles we've found particularly insightful, thought-provoking, or edifying this week. While not always representing the views of our Pastors and Elders, these selections offer a mix of viewpoints to broaden and frame your understanding of God, Scripture, ourselves, and the world we serve in Christ's name.

The Sunday Reader: Vol. 2 | #15

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Is Digital Addiction Getting You Down? Try an Analog Cure

“My advice to gain the upper hand in this struggle is to demobilize the digital stream. Remove from your phone any app that monetizes your time and attention, like Instagram, Twitter and Facebook. You don’t have to quit these services; you can still access them from a browser. But you’ve removed their ability to follow you throughout your day, persuasively manipulating your attention toward their own ends.” It’s a drastic measure, but one I’ve found very beneficial.

What Should I Think About During the Lord’s Supper

Having just celebrated the supper this Friday evening, I was struck by how on-point this is.

Contradiction: Who Incited David to Count the Fighting Men of Israel—God or Satan?

This is a follow-up to last Sunday PM’s sermon, for those wanting more food for thought.

Death by Power Point

This pice discusses how the medium really can affect the message. In this case, how the use of Power Point software may have contributed to the deaths of several astronauts. It comes at a time when many churches are using presentation software during sermons, perhaps without asking how it changes not only the act of preaching, but the message.

ABOUT — The Sunday Reader shares articles we've found particularly insightful, thought-provoking, or edifying this week. While not always representing the views of our Pastors and Elders, these selections offer a mix of viewpoints to broaden and frame your understanding of God, Scripture, ourselves, and the world we serve in Christ's name.

The Sunday Reader: Vol. 2 | #14 — Angels & Demons Edition

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8 Ways the Enemy Attacks Churches

Here’s a practical look at the enemy’s strategy.

The Assaults of Satan

Here’s a details breakdown of spiritual warfare from a classic Reformed theologian, Wilhelmus a’ Brakel.

Angelic Interest in the Gospel

Charles Spurgeon was a master preacher. In this sermon, he sheds light on 1 Pet 1:12, which says the angels “earestly desire to look into” the grace of God in Christ.

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ABOUT — The Sunday Reader shares articles we've found particularly insightful, thought-provoking, or edifying this week. While not always representing the views of our Pastors and Elders, these selections offer a mix of viewpoints to broaden and frame your understanding of God, Scripture, ourselves, and the world we serve in Christ's name.

The Sunday Reader: Vol. 2 | #13

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The Biblical Doctrine of the Wrath of God (.pdf)

Here’s an essay by R. V. G. Tasker on a topic often mentioned but rarely elaborated upon. Understanding God’s holy anger is crucial to an overall picture of his nature, work, and plan in Christ.

Four Things Youth Workers Would Tell Parents About Teenagers

I wish none of this had to be said, and perhaps you have already hear it—but I can confirm all of it. “If the cream of the teenage moral crop is susceptible to it, then everyone is… I cannot emphasize enough how insidious SnapChat is and how important it is to eliminate your child’s access to it.” On that note, here’s a good deal on a well-regarded book related to this issue.

Is the Nicene Faith the Basis for Ecumenism?

As important as the Nicene creed is to Reformed Christians, as to other branches of the faith, an Italian Evangelical pastor, Leonardo De Chirico, cautions us not to be naive about the extent of unity offered by so-called “mere Christianity.”

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ABOUT — The Sunday Reader shares articles we've found particularly insightful, thought-provoking, or edifying this week. While not always representing the views of our Pastors and Elders, these selections offer a mix of viewpoints to broaden and frame your understanding of God, Scripture, ourselves, and the world we serve in Christ's name.

The Sunday Reader: Vol. 2 | #12

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A Visual Theology Guide to the Bible

I was thrilled to have my copy of Tim Challies’ new book arrive this week. I must say, it exceeded all hopes. For visual learners, high schoolers in particular, this would be an awesome gift or addition to your library.

In the Beginning: Why I Reject Evolution and Embrace Wonder – Milton and Kelly on Creation and the Foundation of Faith

In light of our Sunday evening them, creation, here’s an edifying article from the president of Reformed Theological Seminary.

Responding to Carl Trueman's 'Follow the Money' Lecture

Speaking of seminaries… I realize not everyone follows the world of seminaries. But for those interested in the changing shape of Reformed higher education, this is worthwhile.

What Did the Cross Achieve? The Logic of Penal Substitution

While longer, this article by J. I. Packer serves a prime Lord’s Day feast.

ABOUT — The Sunday Reader shares articles we've found particularly insightful, thought-provoking, or edifying this week. While not always representing the views of our Pastors and Elders, these selections offer a mix of viewpoints to broaden and frame your understanding of God, Scripture, ourselves, and the world we serve in Christ's name.