Galatians 4: Slave and Free

By Stephen W. Hiemstra And because you are sons and daughters, God has sent the Spirit of his Son into our hearts, crying, “Abba! Father!” So you are no longer a slave, but a child, and if a child, then an heir through God (Galatians 4:6-7). Aren’t you glad that our relationship with God is […]

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Gálatas 4: Esclavitud y Libertad

Por Stephen W. Hiemstra Ustedes ya son hijos y hijas. Dios ha enviado a nuestros corazones el Espíritu de su Hijo, que clama: ¡Abba! ¡Padre! Así que ya no eres esclavo sino hijo/a; y como eres hijo/a, Dios te ha hecho también heredero (Galatas 4:6-7). ¿No estás contento de que nuestra relación con Dios no […]

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Guest Blogger: Jesse D. Colón

This morning we welcome our first guest blogger, Jesse D. Colón. Jesse D. Colón Arroyo, is a loud NewYorican who loves God and Music. He studied music in Puerto Rico and served as the Director of Music Ministries for 7 years at the church his parents founded as a mission, “Evangelio de Amor”, alongside his older […]

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Single but not Alone: Soul Virgin

Doug Rosenau and Michael Todd Wilson.  2006.  Soul Virgins:  Redefining Single Sexuality.  Atlanta:  Sexual Wholeness Resources. Review by Stephen W. Hiemstra I feel out of place in church–a single friend at seminary shared with me about a year back [1].  Married couples, especially older people, are uncomfortable having me around because I am 20-something and not married.  It’s […]

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Galatians 3: Law and Gospel

By Stephen W. Hiemstra For all who rely on works of the law are under a curse; for it is written, cursed be everyone who does not abide by all things written in the Book of the Law, and do them. Now it is evident that no one is justified before God by the law, […]

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Gálatas 3: Ley y Evangelio

Por Stephen W. Hiemstra Todos los que viven por las obras que demanda la ley están bajo maldición, porque está escrito: Maldito sea quien no practique fielmente todo lo que está escrito en el libro de la ley. Ahora bien, es evidente que por la ley nadie es justificado delante de Dios, porque el justo […]

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Whelchel Sees Call in Work, not just Ministry

Hugh Whelchel.  2012.  How Then Should We Work?  Rediscovering the Biblical Doctrine of Work. Bloomington:  WestBow Press. Review by Stephen W. Hiemstra Mental habits are hard to break.  One particularly insidious habit is to worship the “god of the gaps” (gog) rather than the sovereign, Triune God. Gog worship shows up in several ways.  One […]

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MacNutt Prays Expectantly; Brings Healing

Francis MacNutt.  2009.  Healing (Orig Pub 1974).  Notre Dame:  Ave Maria Press. Review by Stephen W. Hiemstra Chess. On the chessboard of life, what piece are you; what piece is Christ Jesus? If you are Christian, our creator God is the crafter of the chess pieces; not one of them.  Still, when we pray, God is […]

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Galatians 2: Jews and Gentiles

By Stephen W. Hiemstra There is neither Jew nor Greek, there is neither slave nor free, there is no male and female, for you are all one in Christ Jesus (Galatians 3:28 ESV). Are you led by the spirit? One of the most striking things about the Apostle Paul is that he was led by […]

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