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  • Rediscovering the Law

    from R.C. Sproul Oct 17, 2009 Category: Articles

    Israel's reformation came via a rediscovery of the law, which created a brief awakening to the bankruptcy of a corrupt nation. As a young man, King Josiah began the process of reformation with a spiritual purge, a cleansing of pagan elements from the religious life of the nation. Keep Reading
  • Semper Reformanda

    from Michael Horton Oct 16, 2009 Category: Tabletalk Magazine

    If you've been in Protestant circles for very long, whether conservative or liberal, you may have heard the phrase "reformed and always reforming" or sometimes just "always reforming." I hear it a lot these days, especially from friends who want our Reformed churches to be more open to moving beyond the faith and practice that is confessed in our doctrinal standards. Even in Reformed circles of late, various movements have arisen that challenge these standards. Keep Reading
  • Obsolete Media Goes Global

    from Marty Banzhaf Oct 14, 2009 Category: Articles

    Ligonier media resources have a long history in their global outreach. It is a great joy for the ministry to be able to contribute hundreds of resources from obsolete inventory and find an inexpensive way of distribution. DVDs, CDs, and MP3s are the media formats of the twenty-first century, yet this technology does not extend worldwide. As globalization has provided new media technology, still old media equipment for VHS and audio cassettes exist en masse and are kept operational in both urban and rural areas of underdeveloped countries.  Keep Reading
  • Teenage Rebellion

    from Keith Mathison Oct 13, 2009 Category: Articles

    Tolle Lege: Take Up and Read
    Let's do a quick word association test. What is the first thing that comes into your mind when you see or hear the word teenager? Sadly, for many, the first words that come to mind are entirely negative. The word teenager brings to their mind other words such as lazy, apathetic, irresponsible, rude, know-it-all, and so on. Most people today have very low expectations for teenagers in general, and too many have low expectations for their own teenagers in particular. Teenagers themselves recognize these low expectations, and many live down to them -- sleeping in and sliding by. Not all teenagers, however, are so complacent. Keep Reading
  • To Whom Be the Glory?

    from Robert Barnes Oct 12, 2009 Category: Articles

    Pastor's Perspective
    I'm a confessional Calvinist, but I have the nagging sense that God slipped up when he allowed me to pastor a church. A number of questions go through my mind as I consider God's decision to allow me to pastor at Dayspring Church (PCA). Is the church in such dire straits that I can actually be a help to her? Are things that bad? Or am I so ineffectual in my administration, my leadership, my influence, that I have not the will or ability to harm a church? Or perhaps, in the best of worlds, the postmillennial folks are right and the church, while gimpy, is steadily limping towards victory such that dragging one more weak pastor along will hardly slow her progress. But even that positive spin doesn't help me -- it still looks like I'm not up for the job. Keep Reading
  • Entering into Mystical Union

    from R.C. Sproul Oct 11, 2009 Category: Articles

    The Christian life is lived in the context of mystical union with Christ. This union finds its initial origin in eternity. Our salvation is from the foundation of the world, resting in the grace of God's sovereign election. Paul indicates this in Ephesians 1:3-6. Keep Reading
  • Climbing out of the Mire

    from R.C. Sproul Oct 10, 2009 Category: Articles

    Our souls cannot climb out of the mire of sin because they are dead. Salvation comes not to those who cry out, "Show me the way to heaven," but to those who cry, "Take me there for I cannot." Keep Reading
  • Is the Church Full of Hypocrites?

    from R.C. Sproul Oct 08, 2009 Category: Articles

    Right Now Counts Forever
    About thirty years ago, my close friend and colleague, Archie Parrish, who at that time led the Evangelism Explosion (EE) program in Fort Lauderdale, came to me with a request. He indicated that on the thousands of evangelistic visits the EE teams made, they kept a record of responses people made to discussions of the gospel. They collated the most frequent questions and objections people raised about the Christian faith and grouped these inquiries or objections into the ten most frequently encountered. Dr. Parrish asked if I would write a book answering those objections for evangelists to use in their outreach. That effort resulted in my book Objections Answered, now called Reason to Believe. Among the top ten objections raised was the objection that the church is filled with hypocrites. At that point in time, Dr. D. James Kennedy responded to this objection by replying, "Well, there's always room for one more." He cautioned people that if they found a perfect church, they ought not to join it, since that would ruin it. Keep Reading
  • Interview With Dr. Steven Lawson About the Ligonier Academy D.Min. Program

    from Keith Mathison Oct 06, 2009 Category: Ligonier Academy

    Last July, Ligonier Academy of Biblical and Theological Studies welcomed its inaugural class of D.Min. students. One of the first courses offered, on the subject of preaching, was taught by Dr. Steve Lawson. Dr. Lawson is the Senior Pastor of Christ Fellowship Baptist Church in Mobile, Alabama and the author of fourteen books, including Famine in the Land: A Passionate Call to Expository Preaching, Faith Under Fire, The Expository Genius of John Calvin, Foundations of Grace 1400 BC-AD 100 (volume one of a five-volume series), and three titles in the Holman Old Testament Commentary Series (Job, Psalms Volume I, and Psalms Volume II). Dr. Lawson was kind enough to take time out of his busy schedule to answer some questions about the Ligonier Academy Doctor of Ministry program. Keep Reading
  • Hypocritical Hypocrisy

    from Burk Parsons Oct 05, 2009 Category: Articles

    Coram Deo: Living Before the Face of God
    I just began reading a book by a well-known pastor who, in the opening pages, referred to himself as a "professional hypocrite." Being a pastor, he is all too familiar with the hypocrite label that is so often leveled at pastors. On the surface it certainly seems appropriate for all pastors, and for that matter all Christians to admit that we are hypocrites. However, if we really understand what it means to be a hypocrite, then we should do everything necessary to avoid being labeled as such. We must be careful not to become hypocritical in acting as if being called a hypocrite doesn't matter. Furthermore, we must not think for a minute that just because you announce you are a hypocrite that you are not a hypocrite. While we must always strive to be genuine and honest people of God in all that we do, admitting our faults and confessing our sins to the church and the world, we also must always strive to be people who are known by the church and the world to be striving after true holiness. Keep Reading

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