This is the centre of the gospel - this is what the Garden of Gethsemane and Good Friday are all about - that God has done astonishing and costly things to draw us near. -- Dr. John Piper The time came in Jerusalem for the feast of the Passover. Jewish pilgrims from all over the … Continue reading Now is the Son of Man Glorified
Think about this past Sunday morning. Think about your local body of Christ coming together to corporately worship our holy God. Think about the songs that were sung. Think about the lyrics that were lifted up to God. Now, consider this question: were the lyrics about Christ or about you? The songs we sing to … Continue reading Musical Worship: Who God Is, What He Has Done
For those of you that do not know me, I am Ashton Clark. James asked me to write a post, on a topic of my choosing, to be published on Wednesday. I was thrilled by the gracious offer extended to me and jumped at the opportunity. Thank you, James, for allowing me the opportunity to write for your blog and thank you, reader, for the time you have taken to devote to the reading of my thoughts. I hope you find them thought-provoking and God-glorifying. I have chosen to write about the influence of Satan in Western Culture’s women’s clothing.
This may seem like a bit of an overstatement coming from a man. “What right have you to discuss these issues?” you may be asking. “You aren’t a woman, so you don’t get a say!” may be another charge leveled against me. My response to these allegations: I am a…
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Before we start our long, meaningful journey into church history, there is a crucial point that needs to be made. The word “church” truly begins in the New Testament, but we must see that church history starts even further than that. Church history has a beautiful Jewish backdrop. We must realize that the apostles did not … Continue reading Church History: Jewish Backdrop
Genesis 1:11-13 (ESV) 11 And God said, “Let the earth sprout vegetation, plants yielding seed, and fruit trees bearing fruit in which is their seed, each according to its kind, on the earth.” And it was so. 12 The earth brought forth vegetation, plants yielding seed according to their own kinds, and trees bearing fruit in which … Continue reading Genesis 1:11-13 Exegesis
In an ever changing world which thrives on progressivism, there are talks concerning religion and its consequences. What is believed to be a consequence is sexism. Now more than ever, religion has been accused of suppressing women’s rights, preventing women’s suffrage, and segregating women. With the rise of feminism, women are beginning to question the validity of the Bible and just how much God is concerned about equality.
In 1895 and 1898, a…Bible (if you can call it that) was published by a feminist by the name of Elizabeth Cady Stanton. Now Stanton was actually a very educated woman and an extraordinary leader, though I disagree with some of her causes and beliefs of manhood. She arranged for her, and 26 other women, to begin reworking the Bible, and commenting on “sexist passages”. Stanton believed that what she did was a work of God, by reworking the Bible in order…
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1 John 4:8 (ESV) “Anyone who does not love does not know God, because God is love.” 1 John 4:16 (ESV) “So we have come to know and to believe the love that God has for us. God is love, and whoever abides in love abides in God, and God abides in him.” Many Christians … Continue reading God is love because God is Trinity
Some of my friends and I started a biggest loser contest yesterday. We plan to shed the pounds for at least eight weeks, hopefully triggering a life of being more healthy. Today, I would like to share my motivation in participating in the contest. I hope these three reasons motivate others who may also struggle … Continue reading Healthy Motivations
I told my wife, Michelle, “You know – when you have a cause you strongly believe in, you want to get the word out to the masses. But, when it does begin to get out to the masses it is somewhat terrifying.”
I recently wrote a blog about suicide and the Netflix series 13 Reasons Why. Apparently, it struck a chord with the public because, in a week’s time, it was viewed just under 200,000 times in 154 countries. In addition, two local TV stations ran stories on it. You can view those stories here, and here.
As the blog I wrote spread I have been forced to continually fight off fear and insecurity. I’ve lost count of how many people from all over the U.S. – and close to home – have contacted me to talk about their own painful journeys. The more people who contacted me…
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The youth of a people is the future of a people. This is true of every single people group in the world. This means that to shape our youth is to shape the future. Now the question: how do we, as Christians, do this? This article is in response to an article posted by James … Continue reading Youth Groups: A Lost Cause
It is the first Monday of the month so we will be discussing worship through song today. The other day I read an article from a man whom I really respect, Bob Kauflin. He is the head guy of Sovereign Grace Music and the one who leads the music at Together for the Gospel. His … Continue reading The Three R’s: Why Christians Sing