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The Gospel Coalition had the following article by Keith Getty that really encapsulates why we do what we do here at Bethel.  I love Yo-Yo Ma. The stellar, nearly flawless strokes of his bow dancing upon tensioned strings—they resurrect meticulously crafted melodies conjured centuries ago among master musicians. Centuries h... Keep Reading

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Three Questions to Ask Before Listening to Any Sermon

February 3, 2017 | by: Josh McCarnan | 0 Comments

An excellent article by Tony Reinke a Staff writer, desiringGod.org It’s easy to become a passive sermon consumer. As a young Christian, I started to sense this tendency in my own listening, so one Sunday I brought a notebook to church and devised a simple little practice to get my discernment juices flowing before listening... Keep Reading

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An Open Letter to an Angry Husband

January 27, 2017 | by: Josh McCarnan | 0 Comments

BY Douglas Wilson NB: This letter is fictional with regard to the particulars, but with regard to the nature of the sins described, it is unfortunately not at all fictional. Consider it a composite portrait, with no particular man in mind. At the same time, if any individual husband recognizes himself in the portrait and humbles himself, I ... Keep Reading

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Which comes first: apologetics or evangelism?

January 24, 2017 | by: Josh McCarnan | 0 Comments

This might seem a strange question, because it is often not only hard to answer but seemingly unimportant. In a gospel conversation with a friend over coffee, apologetic-style questions and gospel proclamation are often all mixed together. Who can predict or determine which comes first, and why would it matter? However, the principle of whe... Keep Reading

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When God's Timing Is Not Our Own

January 20, 2017 | by: Josh McCarnan | 0 Comments

The God of the Unlikely Time Often our schedule and God's seem out of sync. He acts earlier than we had expected, or later than we had hoped, or when it seems most awkward and inconvenient. The result is that sometimes we are impatient with God or choose to act impetuously, while on other occasions we are lazy and inactive. I suspect that'... Keep Reading

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No Application? Then You Haven’t Preached

January 17, 2017 | by: Josh McCarnan | 0 Comments

Did you ever sit in a classroom wondering what the point was? I distinctly remember that feeling as I struggled through calculus in college. The course was taught as if the application of the principles was self-evident. And perhaps to the math geeks in the class it was. But to this English lit major, it was a constant, and losing, exercise ... Keep Reading

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4 Ways to Care for the Hurting Starting This Sunday

January 13, 2017 | by: Josh McCarnan | 0 Comments

In conjunction with the publication of Being There: How to Love Those Who are Hurting, my publisher Crossway took a survey of 15,000 people with regards to their care for the hurting. It was incredible to see that over 25% of those surveyed are currently caring for the physical, spiritual, and/or emotional needs of friends or family for the ... Keep Reading

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9 Myths of Discipleship

January 10, 2017 | by: Josh McCarnan | 0 Comments

Zach Lee challenges the myths that we have created or imagined or been overwhelmed by about why we don't disciple. Read the article HERE or below.  We’re called to be disciples and make disciples, but this call often feels overwhelming. However, discipleship doesn’t have to feel this way. Our tendency is to overcomplicate... Keep Reading

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How to Face the Death of Someone You Love

January 6, 2017 | by: Josh McCarnan | 0 Comments

Crossway published this article adapted from the short-form tract "Facing the Death of Someone You Love" by Elisabeth Elliot. Elisabeth Elliot (1926-2015) was a popular speaker and the author of many books, including Through Gates of Splendor, Let Me Be a Woman, Passion and Purity, and Shadow of the Almighty. Her first husband, Jim... Keep Reading

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The Guilt-free Bible Reading Program

January 4, 2017 | by: Josh McCarnan | 0 Comments

Here's another Bible Reading option for you to consider utilizing throughout 2017!  The Guilt-free Bible Reading Program empowers the reader to pursue delight over duty. Its creator, Pastor Dustin Battles, is on to something! This removes the guilt factor from spending time with God in his Word. After all, delight will get us so much f... Keep Reading

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