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Basement Tape #26: One Way

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In this conversation we consider sundry ways in which the church has diluted the simple truth that there is only one way by which we might be saved, trusting in the finished work of Christ alone.

Basement Tape #25: Evangelism

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Basement Tape #25: Evangelism

Jesus told us to make disciples of the nations. What we have made instead is a vast array of programs and methods. In this conversation on evangelism we consider together our calling to proclaim the good news of Jesus Christ, calling all men everywhere to repent and believe. We rejoice that His word will not return void, and remember that all our lives are epistles read by men.

Basement Tape #21: The Persecuted Church

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Basement Tape #21: The Persecuted Church

In The Persecuted Church, our fourth and final discussion on the marks of the church, we consider one mark often overlooked. Jesus said that the servant is not greater than the Master. They persecuted Him, they will persecute us. What does this say about the modern evangelical church that is at ease in Babylon? Join us as we remember the cost of our calling, and as we call one another to pick up His cross.

Basement Tape #19: Salt and Light

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Jesus said of those who follow Him that they are the salt of the earth, the light of the world. Such must mean in turn that we live in a world of darkness and decay. In Salt and Light, the second on the marks of the church, we consider together the role of biblical community in sanctifying its members, and in inviting those outside the camp to come in. We consider as well the importance of church discipline in protecting the flock.

Basement Tape #18: Discerning the Church

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In this, the first of four conversations on the marks of the church, we discuss the defining marks of the church as historically understood. We consider as well the blessed truth that the church is no mere institution, but is the very bride of Christ, beloved of her husband, and that in the end, we will be without blot or blemish. Our husband has so promised, and He always keeps His word.

Basement Tape #17: Us and Them

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We serve a God of divisions. He separated night from day, land from sea, and the seed of the woman from the seed of the serpent. In our day the church has lost sight of this most fundamental truth, we are at war with all God’s enemies. Join us as we talk through the calling of antithesis, that we are not just called to set apart, but are set apart, and that that truth changes everything.

Basement Tape #16: Daughters of Zion

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A man who finds a good wife has done well. A man who raises up daughters to be good wives in turn does well. In this conversation we consider together the roles God has established for women. We look at the blessings of a godly wife, as a helpmeet, and as a mother. We look at the blessings of older women teaching younger women to be lovers of their husbands and keepers at home. In this conversation we celebrate the blessings of our wives.

Basement Tape #15: Providence

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He not only has the whole world in His hands, He likewise has numbered the hairs of our heads. Our Father, who art in heaven, rules both heaven and earth. All that comes to pass comes to pass by His sovereign will. In this conversation we consider the scope of God’s providence, the necessity of His providence, and the peace that passes understanding that flows directly out of His providence.

Worship Series, Basement Tapes #9-11

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Audio: Basement Tapes Worship series

“Our hearts are restless, until they find their rest in Thee,” Augustine wisely prayed. In a nation covered in churches, why do we have such trouble not only finding rest in Him, but finding Him at all? This series of three conversations looks at our own reason for being, the worship of the living God, and suggests how we might better do just that, encouraging us all to worship Him in the beauty of holiness.

Basement Tape #6: Reading Good Books

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Audio: Reading Good Books (Basement Tape #6)

Erasmus once said, “I spend my money on books. If after that, there is any left, I buy food and shelter.” Many of us have adjusted the wisdom of Solomon complaining, “Of the buying of books there is no end.” Books, however, aren’t to be bought, but to be read. In this conversation we gather together to consider not only some of our favorite books and authors, but how they came to be our favorites. We trust that if you join this conversation, you will be better equipped for the conversation of the ages.

Basement Tape #5: Building the Kingdom

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What is the good news? The kingdom of God has come. We have reduced the work of Christ down to rescuing our souls, while He will be satisfied only when every enemy is brought into subjection. If we would be loyal subjects, we must be about the King’s mission, seeking as He commanded, the kingdom of God, and His righteousness. This conversation explores the very reason for our lives, that we might make manifest the glory and reign of our King.

Basement Tape #4: Living Life Deliberately

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It’s a noisy and a busy world out there, chock full of distractions, some that we seek out, and others that seek us out. That background noise, we’re afraid, is driving our lives. Like a fish that doesn’t know it’s wet, we swim downstream, never bothering to measure the habits of our hearts by the Word of God. This conversation argues that we must think through our assumptions and presuppositions, and compare them with the Word, that we might obey and delight in He who made us.

Basement Tape #3: Living Life Separately

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Separate? Isn’t that, uh, monastic? Aren’t we supposed to meet the world where they are? The Bible calls us the saints, the called out ones, those who are set apart, and we in turn keep running down to Vanity Fair to join all the fun. This conversation looks at our call to be a distinct people, a royal preisthood, a holy nation, and argues that the only way to help this world is to be other-worldly, instead of just worldly.

Highlands Motto Series, Basement Tapes #2-5

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Highlands Ministries Motto series

Highlands Ministries exists to help Christians live more simple, separate, and deliberate lives for the glory of God and the building of His kingdom. Our purpose statement has been described as obtuse and inspiring, perplexing and poetic. We hope it’s just another way of saying we want to help people live more godly lives. As you listen to these conversations, we hope you’ll find them poetic and inspiring, and that in the end, you’ll be better equipped to serve His kingdom.

Basement Tape #2: Living Life Simply

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Everyone is talking about the simple life, and it seems to have gotten rather complicated. Is it plain food and plain clothes, goat’s milk and fresh eggs, or is it instead a single minded devotion to the kingdom of God? We are harried and worn precisely because we are seeking to serve two masters, the god of personal peace and affluence, and the God who lives. This conversation explores and encourages single minded and joyful devotion as the essence of the good life.

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