Coming soon…The Forgotten God

Posted by on Apr 28, 2015 in Uncategorized | One Comment
Coming soon…The Forgotten God

The new issue of Credo Magazine is almost here! Here is a sneak peek at the cover…

Credo April 2015 Cover

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Tuesday’s Table Talk: Luther’s Evaluation of His Wife

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Tuesday’s Table Talk: Luther’s Evaluation of His Wife

One thing that sets Credo Magazine apart from other publications is its emphasis on and celebration of Reformation theology. Well, what better way to become acquainted with the Reformers than Luther’s Table Talk! Check in each Tuesday as we listen in on Luther’s proverbs. Here is today’s Table Talk:

Luther’s Evaluation of His Wife

Summer or Fall, 1531

No. 49

“I wouldn’t give up my Katy for France or for Venice—first, because God gave her to me and gave me to her; second, because I have often observed that other women have more shortcomings than my Katy (although she, too, has some shortcomings, they are outweighed by many great virtues); and third, because she keeps faith in marriage, that is, fidelity and respect.

A wife ought to think the same way about her husband.”

Note: Luther was married to Katherine von Bora (1499-1522), a former nun, on June 13, 1525.

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Sunday’s Sermon: Divine Sovereignty and Christ in the Psalms (Schreiner and Barrett)

Posted by on Apr 27, 2015 in Sunday's Sermon | No Comments
Sunday’s Sermon: Divine Sovereignty and Christ in the Psalms (Schreiner and Barrett)

Three of Credo Magazine’s main contributors include Thomas Schreiner, Fred Zaspel, and Matthew Barrett. Each of them are professors, but they are also pastors. So each Monday morning we will be highlighting their “Sunday’s Sermon” on the blog to provide you with encouragement throughout the week and an opportunity to study God’s Word.

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The Kingdom of God (Thomas Schreiner)

Posted by on Apr 24, 2015 in Thomas Schreiner | No Comments
The Kingdom of God (Thomas Schreiner)

Credo Magazine contributor Thomas Schreiner has written many books, but one of his most important of late is The King in His Beauty: A Biblical Theology of the Old and New Testaments. If you are looking to gain a better grasp of the big picture of the Bible and each particular book in the Bible, we highly recommend this book.

Here is a video where Schreiner explains why the theme of kingdom is so central to the Bible:

 

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Credo’s Cache

Posted by on Apr 24, 2015 in Credo's cache | No Comments
Credo’s Cache

Each week we will be highlighting important resources. Check back each Friday to see what we have dug up for you. From this week’s cache:

1. A Short Defense of Sola ScripturaBy Stephen Wolfe- Wolfe says: “Just as the list of correspondence was not needed to both receive and codify the Civil War correspondence, neither did the Church need a table of contents to receive a text as scripture and compile the canon. So, again, sola scriptura is not a doctrine that says ‘all doctrine must come from the sixty-six book canon.’”

2. When Your Twenties Are Darker Than You ExpectedBy Paul Maxwell - Maxwell notes: “There are (at least) five feelings that overwhelm and disillusion the wandering young saints, day after day.”

3. An Invitation to ExpectationBy Brandon Smith – Smith says: “Our identity as the body of Christ isn’t just a spiritual nametag based on some invisible, untouchable realities; we are bound together in this flesh-and-blood life because of those spiritual realities. Christ is still coming back. We live in awe-inducing expectation of that. And like our brothers and sisters in Acts 2, this should make our often humdrum faith hum like the engines of an F-16 ready for flight.”

4. 5 Ways to Develop Gospel HabitsBy Greg Gibson - Gibson says: “Can you say that you are truly satisfied with the way you live, or the habits you have formed? If we’re honest, most of us can’t answer that question with a positively. We often live from crisis to crisis, from reaction to reaction, or from bad habit to bad habit.”

5. Eight Reasons Ministry Leaders Lose Their DriveBy Thom Rainer - Rainer says: “Of course, I heard other reasons from leaders who said that had lost their leadership drive. These eight, however, were the predominant reasons shared with me. Some of the reasons can be blamed on the church. Others are the fault of the leader. The good news is that I heard numerous stories how leaders overcame these obstacles to regain their drive.”

Matt Manry is the Assistant Pastor at Life Bible Church in Canton, Georgia. He is currently pursuing a Master of Arts in Religion at Reformed Theological Seminary and a Masters of Arts in Christian and Classical Studies from Knox Theological Seminary.

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10 Questions with Augustus Nicodemus Lopes

Posted by on Apr 22, 2015 in Magazine-By the Book | No Comments
10 Questions with Augustus Nicodemus Lopes

The most recent issue of Credo Magazine, “By the Book: How Well Do You Know the Bible?”, includes “10 Questions with Augustus Nicodemus Lopes.” Augustus Nicodemus Lopes is vice-president of his denomination, the Presbyterian Church of Brazil (IPB). He is the pastor of the Presbyterian Church of Goyania. Holding a Ph.D. from Westminster Theological Seminary, he also teaches courses in New Testament at various schools.

In this interview Augustus speaks with Credo Magazine in order to shed light on what Christianity looks like in Brazil, why there has been recent excitement over Reformed theology, and what challenges the church in Brazil will face going forward. He also has something to say about McDonalds, Pentecostalism, and feijoada!

augustusHere is an excerpt:

What does Christianity look like in Brazil?

Christianity is relatively young in Brazil. Not more than 150 years old. At the moment the strongest influence is that of the Neo-Pentecostal churches. There are many Reformed churches, but we are small compared to the great number of Pentecostals and Neo-Pentecostal churches. Nevertheless, we have been able to translate and publish a great number of books by the Reformers and Puritans. Also, there is an increasing number of Reformed Brazilian authors. Many Reformed conferences are held in Brazil every year. And the Reformed faith has been increasingly spreading among evangelicals in Brazil.

Pentecostalism has a major presence in Brazil. What impact is Pentecostalism having on the church in Brazil, good and bad?

Pentecostals are bringing the gospel to the big cities and reaching many people. At the same time, their emphasis on experiences, the lack of a solid doctrinal basis, and their belief in present day revelations have opened the movement to the infiltration of false teachers. In spite of all this, and maybe because of this, many Pentecostals are leaving their churches as they get acquainted with the Reformed faith through the internet, YouTube, Facebook and all other social media. Just last Sunday we received about 60 new members in our church that came from Pentecostal churches.

Read the rest of this interview today!


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Credo Feb 2015 Cover-01How well do you know your Bible? Now that is a scary question, even if you have been a Christian for a long time. Between church events, little league games, and a full-time job, finding time to read and study Scripture is a herculean task. To make matters worse, when you finally do escape to read the Bible you struggle to understand what it means. At times you can relate with the Ethiopian eunuch who said to Philip when asked if he understood what he was reading, “How can I, unless someone guides me?”

In this issue of Credo Magazine we are here to help! If you feel tired and frustrated, this issue will give you that shot of adrenaline you need to keep going. And if you feel like you just don’t have the tools in your belt to interpret the Bible properly, then you are in good hands. Consider this an exercise in going to the hardware store to find those tools you need to comprehend the Bible. Obviously this issue of the magazine won’t give you all the tools you need, but we hope to get you started, even provide you with the motivation you need to study the Bible on your own. Sure, it’s hard work. But hard work pays off. And maybe one day you will be able to say, “Hey, I do know the Bible, and I think I can help someone else understand it too.”

Contributors include: Robert Plummer, Ardel Caneday, Michael Kruger, Deven K. MacDonald, Paul D. Wegner, Augustus Nicodemus Lopes, Kevin DeYoung, Douglas Moo, and Thomas Schreiner.

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Barrett’s Book Notes: Church Discipline, Pastoral Priorities, and Preaching

Posted by on Apr 21, 2015 in Book Notes | No Comments
Barrett’s Book Notes: Church Discipline, Pastoral Priorities, and Preaching

9781433532337mJonathan Leeman. Church Discipline: How the Church Protects the Name of Jesus. 9Marks: Building Healthy Churches. Wheaton, IL: Crossway, 2012.

I really enjoyed this book. Leeman walks you through the biblical support for church discipline, but he also gets very practical, explaining how church discipline in theory actually takes place in the church. While the first half of the book shows why church discipline is necessary, the second half of the book provides numerous case studies (e.g., the adulterer, the nonattending member, the preemptive resigner). If you are a pastor, I highly recommend you read this book before a church discipline case falls in your lap!

41JwhL67TuL._SY344_BO1,204,203,200_Brian Croft. The Pastor’s Ministry: Biblical Priorities for Faithful Shepherds. Grand Rapids: Zondervan, 20145.

I have really enjoyed Croft’s writing in the past. He is a pastor’s pastor. He knows the struggles pastors face and he writes as one pastor to another, seeking to build you up so that you can better lead the church. In this new book Croft calls pastors to refocus their priorities in ministry. Croft specifically focuses on the most common responsibilities a pastor has, such as preaching, praying, visiting the sick, comforting the grieving, confronting sin, etc. I really like how Croft made preaching one of the top (if not the top) priority. Again, here is another book every pastor should read.

9780801017087mJohn Piper. The Supremacy of God in Preaching. Grand Rapids: Baker Books, 2015.

I doubt I need to say much about Piper’s book, as its influence is obvious. This is a revised and expanded edition Baker has put out. There are several new chapters in the section called “After Thirty-Three Years: God Still Supreme in Preaching and Ministry.” As you might have guessed, one of the chapters focuses on how Jonathan Edwards has influenced Piper. But I especially appreciated how Piper has added a chapter that contrasts what he calls the “Bible-oriented preacher” with the “entertainment-oriented preacher.” In our day, this is a huge issue (problem!) in churches. There are other new chapters I have not mentioned, so pick up the book and see what Piper has to say as one who has now concluded his decades of ministry in the church.

Matthew Barrett (PhD, The Southern Baptist Theological Seminary) is Assistant Professor of Christian Studies at California Baptist University, as well as the founder and executive editor of Credo Magazine. Barrett is also Senior Pastor of Fellowship Baptist Church. He is the author and editor of several books, including Salvation by Grace: The Case for Effectual Calling and Regeneration. Two forthcoming books include, Owen on the Christian Life and God’s Word Alone: The Authority of Scripture. You can read about Barrett’s other publications at matthewmbarrett.com.

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Tuesday’s Table Talk: How Luther Handled Troublesome Thoughts

Posted by on Apr 21, 2015 in Tuesday's Table Talk | No Comments
Tuesday’s Table Talk: How Luther Handled Troublesome Thoughts

One thing that sets Credo Magazine apart from other publications is its emphasis on and celebration of Reformation theology. Well, what better way to become acquainted with the Reformers than Luther’s Table Talk! Check in each Tuesday as we listen in on Luther’s proverbs. Here is today’s Table Talk:

How Luther Handled Troublesome Thoughts

Summer or Fall, 1531

“When I’m troubled by thoughts which pertain to political questions or household affairs [said Martin Luther], I take up a psalm or a text of Paul and fall asleep over it. But the thoughts which come from Satan demand more of me. Then I have to resort to more difficult maneuvers before I extricate myself, although I easily get the upper hand in thoughts of an economic or domestic character. However, when I’m angry with God and ask him whether it’s he or I who’s wrong, then it’s more than I can handle.”

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Sunday’s Sermon (Schreiner, Barrett, Zaspel)

Posted by on Apr 20, 2015 in Sunday's Sermon | No Comments
Sunday’s Sermon (Schreiner, Barrett, Zaspel)

Three of Credo Magazine’s main contributors include Thomas Schreiner, Fred Zaspel, and Matthew Barrett. Each of them are professors, but they are also pastors. So each Monday morning we will be highlighting their “Sunday’s Sermon” on the blog to provide you with encouragement throughout the week and an opportunity to study God’s Word.

 

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Credo’s Cache

Posted by on Apr 17, 2015 in Credo's cache | No Comments
Credo’s Cache

Each week we will be highlighting important resources. Check back each Friday to see what we have dug up for you. From this week’s cache:

1. One Professor’s Journey from Scientology to ChristBy Michael Svigel- Svigel says: “Though the content of my faith has been refined over the past 25 years, it has never wavered. Yes, I’ve had doubts, disappointments, and momentary deviations from the straight path. But Christ has kept his promise never to forsake me. And no matter how or where I’ve wandered, he has always restored me to faith, courage, and a holy walk by the abiding Spirit.”

2. Delighting in Death?By Carl Trueman - Trueman notes: “And why does modern liberalism on matters of abortion and suicide so often go along with advocating the annihilation of the significance of bodily difference in the realm of sexuality? Some people seem to take a pride in such things which cannot be explained by merely pragmatic criteria such as convenience and choice. Something deeper, something more spiritual, something more sinister, is at work here.”

3. Does Calvinism Discourage Evangelism?By Nathan Busenitz – Busenitz says: “Whether we look to Scripture or church history, we quickly learn that a belief in God’s sovereign election — properly understood — is no deterrent to a passionate witness. In reality, it has the opposite effect.”

4. Spurgeon Almost QuitBy Christian George – George says: “At the age of twenty-two, Charles Spurgeon almost quit the ministry. He and his wife, Susannah, had been married less than one year. Their sons, Charles and Thomas, were infants. After three years in the big city, Spurgeon’s ministry had solicited envy from his opponents, admiration from the evangelicals, and criticism from the press. Susannah often hid the morning newspaper to prevent Charles from reading its headlines.”

5. How to Ignore Jesus While Accepting Your ChristianityBy Seth McBee - McBee says: “Here’s the big difference between us and Jesus. Jesus was willing to spend three years of life with the few in stages 1 and 2. He knew if he did when the disciples were sent out they’d look a lot like him instead of a muddy image of the original.”

Matt Manry is the Assistant Pastor at Life Bible Church in Canton, Georgia. He is currently pursuing a Master of Arts in Religion at Reformed Theological Seminary and a Masters of Arts in Christian and Classical Studies from Knox Theological Seminary.

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