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The Glory of the Rural Church

by Eddie Ragsdale Nestled in a small valley along the Little Red River in the foothills region of the Ozark mountains in Arkansas sits a minuscule municipality named Shirley. This is where I grew up and where my family and I reside today (although, not in the “city” limits). I believe that by anyone’s definition […]

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Look and Live! Why I Interpret John 3:16 as an Invitation

by Bob Gonzales Some may not think I’m a Calvinist when it comes to John 3:16. Actually, I’m a John Calvinist when I interpret this verse (double entendre intended). I don’t think the verse (and its larger context) is simply designed to teach people biblical doctrines or facts. It has a larger aim. Namely, God […]

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The Abrasive Gospel

by Brandon Scalf Editors Note: The following is an adapted excerpt from an upcoming book by Brandon, The Abrasive Gospel. The Problem The Gospel of Jesus Christ is being trampled violently underfoot in too many pulpits all across America. It is being spat on in Christian or “biblical” counseling sessions and mocked by contemporary worship […]

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7 Reasons Why People Reject the Gospel

by John Bunyan (1628-1688) Today’s post is taken from our friend, John Bunyan. In his work, Justification by an Imputed Righteousness, he gives seven reasons why people reject the gospel of Jesus Christ. You will notice he begins with six reasons and then like a good Baptist preacher adds another point at the end. May […]

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The Relationship Between the Local Church and the Seminary

by Danny Thursby What should be the relationship between the local church and seminary? Charles Spurgeon’s Pastors’ College serves as a guide and inspiration for GBTS in many ways. Obviously, there is much to learn from Surgeon’s ministry at the Pastors’ College, but it is the relationship between the college and his church, The Metropolitan […]

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Pastoral Hardships

by Billy Crow Spurgeon in Distress The pastor is certainly not immune to pain.  Some of the greatest sermons from one of the greatest preachers were born from times of great distress.  Note the words of Charles Spurgeon: “Some of you may be in great distress of mind, a distress out of which no fellow-creature […]

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