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5 Myths about Complementarianism | Crossway Articles – Christian Article

Individual yet Distinct Complementarian interpretation of Scripture holds that God’s creation purpose for man and woman entails equality of individual value but also distinct roles. God established this intrinsic reality and order at creation as part of his blueprint for the man’s and woman’s mission on earth to be lived out together for his glory. According to the divine design, men are given the responsibility to lead in marriage and the family, as well as in the church as God’s…

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How to Stop Thinking about What People Think of You – Christian Article

Ruled By a Question Self-consciousness is really bondage to the question, What do people think of me? I think that question can govern our lives without our even being aware of it—kind of like white noise in the background of our lives. We can live with a constant undercurrent of wondering What do people think of me? What do they think of what I’m wearing today? What do they think of what I just said? What do they think of…

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How Education Can Bring Renewal to the Church – Christian Article

A Sign of Turnaround Sometimes the story of Christianity in the modern world since 1500 seems to be one of long decline. However, there have been powerful renewals of faith and church life in those centuries, too. What led Charlemagne, king of central Europe around AD 800, to send to Northern England for Alcuin, a scholar, who would go on to lead a renewal of learning in his court which eventually transformed Europe? What prompted scholars of Scripture like Martin…

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Does Baptism Save? (1 Peter 3) – Christian Article

This article is part of the Tough Passages series. 18For Christ also suffered once for sins, the righteous for the unrighteous, that he might bring us to God, being put to death in the flesh but made alive in the spirit,19in which he went and proclaimed to the spirits in prison, 20 because they formerly did not obey, when God’s patience waited in the days of Noah, while the ark was being prepared, in which a few, that is, eight…

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An Open Letter to the Student at the Start of a New Semester – Christian Article

This article is part of the Open Letters series. Dear Student, Did you ever take back-to-school pictures? When I was a kid, my mom loved taking these pictures. Every year, on the first day of school, she’d capture a picture of me in my new clothes, with my new school supplies, looking a little giddy, a little nervous, but eager and ready to go. That was in September. We didn’t take pictures in January. That’s because, by that time, my…

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What’s Your Ambition’s Agenda? | Crossway Articles – Christian Article

Who We Are vs. What We Do If you’re anything like me, when you think about your calling as a Christian, your thoughts probably go to What am I going to do for God? Jake feels called to serve the poor; Maggie’s called to nursing; Leroy’s called to the mission field; Juanita’s called to raise her children, sometimes even her husband. We often view activity and calling as synonymous. But here’s a truth we don’t always think about: God’s glorious…

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How Biblical Doctrine Makes Us Beautiful – Christian Article

God’s Glory Shining The Reformation was intimately tied to beauty, goodness, and human flourishing because the Reformers were seeing—through Scripture—God’s glory shine. And as God’s glory is made known, it’s in that light that we are saved. It’s in that light of God’s glory that human lives flourish. It’s in seeing the beauty, goodness, and the truth of God that we come more fully alive. When God is glorified, humans will be fulfilled, satisfied, and find joy and what they…

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Why Pastors (and All of Us) Should Read the Puritans – Christian Article

Acknowledging Sin The Puritans have influenced me in huge ways throughout my life. I was nine years old when I first came under conviction of sin. I felt my sinfulness, went to my dad’s bookcase, and I scanned all of his Puritan books. I saw The Life and Death of Mr. Badman by John Bunyan. I thought, Well, I’m a bad boy, so I better read that book. So, I made my way through it. I find that the Puritans…

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What Did Jesus Teach about Money? – Christian Article

This article is part of the What Did Jesus Teach? series. Tale of Two Kingdoms When it comes to kingdoms, there are really only two choices. With every choice, decision, or action, you live out of a deep heart allegiance to the kingdom of self or the kingdom of God. I’m not saying that you are always conscious of this or that your decisions are intentionally kingdom driven. What I am saying is that with everything you do, you are…

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