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First it was The Christian Science Monitor; then came The Economist.  Now, The Houston Chronicle reports on the growth of Reformed Theology (new Calvinism) among the younger generation.

For a helpful introduction to the growth of this New Calvinism, you need to read Collin Hansen’s, Young, Restless, Reformed: A Journalist’s Journey with the New Calvinists.

For a brief and extremely helpful introduction to Reformed Theology (Calvinism), see Bethlehem Baptist Church’s (Minneapolis), What We Believe about the Five Points of Calvinism.

For a more comprehensive introduction to Reformed Theology, see R. C. Sproul’s, What is Reformed Theology? Understanding the Basics

For information on what we believe about Reformed Theology at High Pointe, click here.

Categories : Theology
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The GCM (Gospel, Community, Mission) EveryDay conference with Steve Timmis and Jeff Vanderstelt is taking place in Austin on Saturday, October 30, from 9:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m.

The GCM Collective EveryDay Training intensive is designed to inspire and equip ordinary people, church leaders, pastors, and church planters for living in every day gospel community on mission.

Register online

Attention Austin Church Planters!

On Thursday, November 4, Steve Timmis will speak at the monthly PlantR meeting.  Q&A will follow with Timmis and Jeff Vanderstelt.  If you are free, join us at 10:00 a.m. at the Austin Baptist Association.

Categories : Church, Missions
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Justin Taylor is posting portions of Tom Schreiner’s upcoming book, 40 Questions About Christians and Biblical Law.  In the latest entry, Justin posts question 37 – “Is the Sabbath Still Required for Christians?”

Here is Schreiner’s conclusion:

Believers are not obligated to observe the Sabbath. The Sabbath was the sign of the Mosaic covenant. The Mosaic covenant and the Sabbath as the covenant sign are no longer applicable now that the new covenant of Jesus Christ has come. Believers are called upon to honor and respect those who think the Sabbath is still mandatory for believers. But if one argues that the Sabbath is required for salvation, such a teaching is contrary to the gospel and should be resisted forcefully. In any case, Paul makes it clear in both Romans 14:5 and Colossians 2:16–17 that the Sabbath has passed away now that Christ has come. It is wise naturally for believers to rest, and hence one principle that could be derived from the Sabbath is that believers should regularly rest. But the New Testament does not specify when that rest should take place, nor does it set forth a period of time when that rest should occur. We must remember that the early Christians were required to work on Sundays. They worshiped the Lord on the Lord’s Day, the day of Jesus’ resurrection, but the early Christians did not believe the Lord’s Day fulfilled or replaced the Sabbath. The Sabbath pointed toward eschatological rest in Christ, which believers enjoy in part now and will enjoy fully on the Last Day.

Read the whole thing.

Categories : Resources, Theology
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Tony Payne has some very interesting follow up thoughts on the multi-site conversation between Mark Dever, Mark Driscoll, and James MacDonald.

It seems to me that it is the nature of biblical preaching that makes the multi-site model ultimately untenable.

Categories : Church
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What’s the offer?!

For only 72 hours (starting October 5th at noon PT and ends October 8th at noon PT) you can download Greg Gilbert’s audiobook What is the Gospel? for only $2.98! Special thanks to 9Marks for partnering with christianaudio to make this offer available!

Instructions

Add the download to your cart and use your christianaudio account & credit card when prompted during checkout (no coupon code required). Hurry though…to receive the entire audiobook for only $2.98 (less than a music album), you must complete your purchase before noon PT on October 8th!

Categories : Resources
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