Coffee Break (September 18)

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Nabeel Qureshi (1983-2017)

This is a beautiful tribute from Justin Taylor. Take the time to read it in full.

Nothing to Complain About

Nick Batzig tackles this topic well. “Of all the sins that are grievous to the Lord (and there are plenty of them in our hearts and lives), I have recently been sensitive to the fact that we are all quick to gloss over two of the most serious–namely, ingratitude and complaining. It was these sins in particular that marked Israel’s sojourning through the wilderness. Moses tells us, in Numbers 11:1, ‘The people complained in the hearing of the Lord about their misfortunes, and when the Lord heard it, his anger was kindled, and the fire of the Lord burned among them and consumed some outlying parts of the camp.’ Unthankfulness for all the blessings–material and spiritual–with which God daily loads us is one of the most egregious of sins. Ingratitude always fosters a complaining spirit of entitlement in the hearts of men and women.”

The Marks of a Church

This is a solid clarifying article from Mark Dever regarding The Lord’s Table and Baptism. “Is a small group Bible study a church? Is the Roman Catholic Church a church? Many people are confused today about what a church is. How do you know if what calls itself a church is indeed a church?”

From Where Does Bad Theology Come?

Here is a very helpful article from Casey Lewis, with For The Church. “If you think about it, the world is full of untrue, unsound, unbiblical theology. It is important we know where it comes from so we can better understand it, speak against it, and protect ourselves and others from it.”

For the Car Ride

Sheologians The Holy Spirit is Not Your Genie with Dr. James White “Wish you could go to seminary but it’s too expensive? Well you’re in luck! The author of The Forgotten Trinity stops in today to take us to school on who the Holy Spirit is, why it matters, how the church has wrestled with this topic in the past, what the EFS debate is all about and we even dare touch the topic of the Nashville Statement!”

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Jessica Pickowicz

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Jessica is the founder and lead writer of Beautiful Thing. She is wife to pastor/ church-planter Nate Pickowicz, and mama of two.