The Sunday Reader: Vol. 1 | #35

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What does it mean that “God is the head of Christ”?

A thoughtful exegetical examination of this perhaps puzzling phrase in 1 Cor 11.

Why we need “blue laws,” the religious tradition that sanctifies life outside of work

This piece is especially interesting as it comes from a highly liberal publication. Whether or not you agree with the author on the need for blue laws, the point is that even unbelievers are beginning to rethink (and recognize) the wisdom of remembering the sabbath.

Elders are to Be Hospitable, Not Just Their Wives

If you have ever aspired to the office, here’s something to consider.

A Holy Crime: The Night Missionaries Smuggled One Million Bibles into China

Here’s a fascinating story of the lengths Christians have gone to share the written Word.

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. 1 | #34

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Glorifying & Enjoying God Through Reformed Spiritual Disciplines

Tom Schwanda offers biblical and historical insights on how our tradition has exercised itself unto godliness.

Fasting in an Age of Fast Food

While we’re on the subject of spiritual disciplines, Daniel R. Hyde provides a good summary of what biblical fasting is and why Christians—even you—might do so.

The First Two Minutes Matter Most

“Here’s the challenge: Determine right now that when the service ends, you will do your utmost to give the first two minutes to someone you don’t know or to someone you don’t know well. The temptation will be to turn straight to your friends, to immediately catch up with the people you know the best and love the most. There will be time for that.”

John Calvin: Who He Was and Why He Matters

We’re coming up on Reformation Day, so it makes sense to revisit the significance of this seminal figure.

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. 1 | #33

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Let’s bring back the Sabbath as a radical act against the always-on economy

I wasn’t expecting Fast Company to publish an article praising the wisdom of the Lord’s Day. Quite interesting.

Why Millennials ARE Coming to Church

Stephen McAlpine describes why people in their 20-30’s attend his church. In his opinion, it partly owes to the counter-cultural experience they receive in old-school worship.

If Creeds Aren’t Infallible, Why Use Them?

Like the title says, this article offers a brief but helpful answer.

Animation Presents Ancient Corinth During The Roman Period (Video)

Pretty neat to get a sense of this prosperous city in the time of the Apostle Paul.

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. 1 | #32

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On Giving Criticism as a Christian

Eventually, you’ll have to. So here are 8 brief tips to consider before sharpening the ol’ iron.

A Society Without the Psalms

Worth reading. “The Scriptures and specifically the Psalms provide a powerful apologetic for the veracity and necessity of Christian faith. So often our apologetics are propositional, intellectual, and reactive to the currents and trends which besiege the mind of our peers. But what of an apologetic which springs from the aesthetic, the paraenetic, the authoritative reality of what the Psalms say? What of an apologetic which sees that fallen image bearers of God are hungry for the beauty and the clarity which the Psalms embody?“

Parenting Daughters toward Godliness, Not Marriage

Rachel Starke describes her challenges and lessons learned in bringing up a daughter unto the Lord, who may or may not marry in this life. “I won’t promise her a marriage outside of the one John writes about in Revelation.”

The Unattainable Perfectionism of Millenials

As one born in 1984, on the cusp of the cultural trend we call Millennialism, I can relate to some of what is said here. Certainly, there is a great need to apply the depth and grace of Christianity to this demographic.

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. 1 | #31

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Why We Need to Talk About Sin

Our culture tends to shun the idea of sin. Robert Godfrey insists, however, that the Church must not refrain from shedding light on this doctrine, lest we forget the purpose of Christ’s coming.

Can Someone Be Spiritually Healthy and Still Experience Mental Health Challenges?

Brad Hambrick, an Instructor of Biblical Counseling at SBTS, suggests an answer to this complex question.

Ten Lessons for Growing Older

Most people live to old age, so it makes sense to face the reality of aging by preparing for it. Here are a few practical points to consider.

The Strange Protestant Bible of Henry VIII

An informative video on how our modern English Bibles come by the unlikely way of a King who was opposed to Protestantism.

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. 1 | #30

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Be a Missionary, Not a Marketer

Christ taught his disciples to “go” into the world. This article leads you to ask whether churches are becoming overly dependent on passive, impersonal, or shallow methods of attracting outsiders to worship. In effect, saying, “come to us.”

Orphans in Mediterranean antiquity and Early Christianity

This scholarly article sheds historical light on James' call to practice “true religion.” It will give you a better sense of the challenged which early Christians confronted with costly compassion.

The Gospel and Solitude

Over at Ligonier, Donald Whitney meditates on the benefits of setting aside time to be alone with the Lord.

Should Christians Boycott Abusive Companies?

The short answer is that it's not black and white. But Clint Archer ventures to offer a longer response.

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. 1 | #29

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Hospitality is War

This month, we jump back into hospitality lunches. Here's a stout reminder of the importance and joys of practicing hospitality in all of life. HT: Nicol P.

Is it a Waste of Time for Seminary Students and Pastors to Learn the Biblical Languages?

This might help settle any doubts you might have about the value and necessity of future pastors investing so much time, effort, and money acquiring Greek and Hebrew fluency. Also, it might encourage a few robust souls to take up the mantel and become better equipped students of the Word.

How Can I Best Prepare Students to Live Their Faith out in Public Schools? (video)

Al Mohler tackles the question. Much of this applies to students in private and homeschool, too.

What I've Learned About Leviticus After Studying it for Over a Decade

This is a worthy reflection on the benefits to be reaped from a close, continual study of this often misunderstood and imposing section of Scripture.

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. 1 | #28

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The Winged Women of Zech 5

As a follow-up to last week's sermon, here's some biblical and archeological background for understanding what those winged women probably represent.

The Church Needs Fewer Men Who Feel “Called” to the Ministry

“We need fewer men who feel “called to ministry” and more men who aspire to the office of elder. But if we dump the language of calling, how do we know if we should pursue ministry?” Here are five indicators.

I Am Not My Own

A beautiful recollection of a life well lived, Orlena Lynn Boyle (1922-2018) was a missionary to Japan and China. Especially recommended for women and girls interested in foreign missions.

What Calvinists And Arminians Can Agree On

Despite their stated beliefs, most of those who do not profess to be Calvinistic nonetheless agree on this: we should pray for the salvation of others.

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.