on 09/13/2019

Worship That Smells: Calvin on Genesis 8 (Aaron Denlinger)

Noah's first deed upon exiting the ark -- at least as recorded in Scripture -- was to build an altar and offer unto God sacrifices. He did this from the "clean" animals and birds which had accompanied him and his family on his recent water-based adventures. God, for his part, smelled Noah's sacrific

on 09/11/2019

Known by His Works (Bret Saunders)

Editor's Note: This is the second part in a series on the relationship between education and fatherhood. Read part one here, and watch for more in the weeks ahead!As mentioned in my last post, education means shaping and filling, admonition and nurture, law and story. That should sound familiar as t

on 09/09/2019

The Cost of Discipleship (Robert Brady)

How much are you willing to give to God? Your time? Your money? What about everything? This month, the Alliance is proud to feature The Cost of Discipleship by James Boice. We hope it will serve as a helpful reminder to those in Christ to live for Christ. Download your free copy today!DescriptionWe

on 09/05/2019

Trusting the Good News in the Age of Fake News (Jonathan Cruse)

Odds are, you're not willing to perform a trust fall into the arms of the American media.In fact, there aren't a whole lot of trust falls happening anymore in our society, as the General Social Survey reports that only 30% of Americans agreed with the statement that "most people can be trusted." And

on 09/05/2019

Trusting the Good News in the Age of Fake News (Jonathan Cruse)

Odds are, you're not willing to perform a trust fall into the arms of the American media.In fact, there aren't a whole lot of trust falls happening anymore in our society, as the General Social Survey reports that only 30% of Americans agreed with the statement that "most people can be trusted." And

on 08/28/2019

Ain't Just Putting On the Ritz (Adam Parker)

Only a few days after Josh Harris told Instagram that he is no longer a Christian, Marty Sampson similarly announced that he is "genuinely losing [his] faith." To briefly summarize, the former Hillsong United lead singer is apparently the first person to notice that miracles aren't commonplace today

on 08/26/2019

When to Speak Out? A Pastor's Engagement with Current Issues (Jason Carter)

For everything there is a season, and a time for every matter under heaven. . . .a time to keep silence, and a time to speak. (Ecclesiastes 3:1,7)A pastoral colleague recently bemoaned, "It feels like I get hammered if I do, and hammered if I don't." He was referring to the constant pull of our cul

on 08/23/2019

Keeping Desire and Temptation in Their Place (Richard D. Phillips)

In the history of theological debate, one of the most important steps towards doctrinal clarity involves getting the terminology right. The ancient church sorted through the Trinitarian debate by clarifying the distinction between "essence" and "person." Likewise, the Reformation haggled over the pr

on 08/22/2019

Education and Fatherhood (Bret Saunders)

Editor's Note: This is the first part in a series on the relationship between education and fatherhood. Stay tuned in the coming weeks for part two!"One father is more than a hundred schoolmasters." -- George Herbert"I write not these things to shame you, but as beloved sons I warn you. For though y

on 08/19/2019

"In" with the World (Kevin Vollema )

Over the last few weeks, former pastor and Christian author Josh Harris has made a public resurgence through his shocking Instagram announcement. This is sad news, and we should mourn over it. When any supposed brother or sister in the faith announces they have fallen away--whether publicly or priva

on 08/19/2019

Discipleship (Robert Brady)

This month, the Alliance is pleased to offer a free MP3 download of Discipleshipfrom the Alliance Teaching Series. Curated from years of biblical teaching, Discipleship presents listeners with thirteen encouraging messages on sanctification, the Church, and the Christian life. Download your copy her

on 08/15/2019

Healing in Dayton (Amy Mantravadi)

Just south of central Dayton, Ohio, in the heart of one of the city's historic districts, is a stretch of road familiar to all the locals: A two block section of Fifth Avenue that is home to an eclectic mix of high-end restaurants, bars, oddity shops, tattoo parlors, a Goodwill, and an adult video s

on 08/15/2019

Affirming Ignorance, Certainty and Intellectual Death (Carlton Wynne)

In Col 3:10, the apostle Paul describes one of the most stunning aspects of the Spirit's re-creative work in uniting us by faith to the risen Christ. In that verse, we read that the natural man is, by that Spirit, suddenly and irrevocably "renewed in knowledge after the image of Him who created him.

on 08/15/2019

Healing in Dayton (Amy Mantravadi)

Just south of central Dayton, Ohio, in the heart of one of the city's historic districts, is a stretch of road familiar to all the locals: A two block section of Fifth Avenue that is home to an eclectic mix of high-end restaurants, bars, oddity shops, tattoo parlors, a Goodwill, and an adult video s

on 08/12/2019

Leaving the Faith: Reflections of a Prodigal (Lisa Robinson Spencer)

By now the firestorm of commentary around Josh Harris' public announcement--that he has not only divorced, but departed from the Christian faith--has died down. People have moved on, but not before delivering a slew of analysis, indictments, pleas, condemnation, and speculation. When the news hit a