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  • All Things to All Men | Part 4: What the Passage Means (vv21-22a) November 13, 2014 Ryan MartinI am writing a series of posts on the meaning of 1 Cor 9:19-23, in particular his comment in verse 22, “I have become all things to all people.” The first post in the series looked at the broader context in chapters 8 and 9. Then I explored some interpretative principles in Paul’s greater writings that ...
  • All Things to All Men | Part 3: What the Passage Means (vv19-20) October 30, 2014 Ryan MartinIn 1 Cor 9:22, Paul writes, “I have become all things to all people, that by all means I might save some.” This is series on the meaning of 1 Cor 9:19-23, and those words in particular. In the first post, I introduced the problematic way many evangelicals and missiologists interpret this passage. Many understand this ...
  • All Things to All Men | Part 2: Interpretative Principles October 16, 2014 Ryan MartinBefore us are Paul’s words to the Corinthians in 1 Corinthians 9:19-23: For though I am free from all, I have made myself a servant to all, that I might win more of them. To the Jews I became as a Jew, in order to win Jews. To those under the law I became as one under ...
  • All Things to All Men | Part 1: The Context October 2, 2014 Ryan Martin“I have become all things to all people, that by all means I might save some.” 1 Cor 9:22. This verse, and the verses surrounding it (1 Cor 9:19-23), are what some church leaders consider “the Magna Carta of contextualization.” These words of Paul toward the end of the ninth chapter of 1 Corinthians have been used to justify all ...
  • Christian Worship is Trinitarian September 4, 2014 Ryan MartinThe Christian faith is Trinitarian. We worship the one God in three persons, Father, Son, and Holy Spirit. One of the ways we rightly respond to the truth of the doctrine that God is one and three is that we as Christian congregations worship that Triune God. Indeed, our worship should be Trinitarian. Our worship should be Trinitarian in ...
  • Knowledge Puffs Up August 21, 2014 Ryan MartinLove edifies. It builds up others. When Christians love other believers, they take concrete steps to help them spiritually. When God loves his people, he acts on that love by transforming us into people who glorify him (through justification and sanctification and the other benefits of our calling in Christ). Love looks similar in our own ...
  • Prayer to a Sovereign God July 24, 2014 Ryan MartinIn Ezekiel 36:33-38, the Word of God gives us a glimpse at the mystery of prayer: And the land that was desolate ...
  • One Thing Have I Desired – Introduction June 3, 2014 David de BruynOnce you’ve pushed your way through the crowd, you see him. He’s calmly teaching, answering questions, conversing with inquirers and looking more, well, ordinary than you expected. He is, after all, the most extraordinary prophet Israel has ever seen, and the best claimant yet to the title Messiah. And yet, he is so fully human, ...
  • Practical Religious Affections May 27, 2014 David de BruynA pastor serves as a kind of intermediary. He reads professional theologians and scholars, though he himself may not be one. He then communicates to people who have neither his training nor the inclination to read the technical works he does. He must translate some of that material into forms that touch the lives of ...
  • Article 13: On Today’s Congregational Music April 15, 2014 David de Bruyn  This is a series to further explain the articles of “A Conservative Christian Declaration.” Purchase a print edition of A Conservative Christian Declaration here. We affirm that twenty-first-century churches, like the churches of every age, must worship God in their own words, with their own voice. We add the qualification that these expressions must both embody ordinate ...