Ligonier Blog / Sunday / August 31 / 2014

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  • Relying on God’s Grace

    from R.C. Sproul Oct 29, 2009 Category: Articles

    The irony of the theology of meritorious suffering is that it tends to produce the very opposite effect from its original intention. What began as a call to humble willingness to suffer became an insidious tool for self-righteousness. Perhaps the most difficult task for us to perform is to rely on God's grace and God's grace alone for our salvation. Keep Reading
  • Playing Your Part

    from Gene Edward Veith Oct 28, 2009 Category: Articles

    As seen in other articles this month, the word hypocrisy derives from the Greek term for "playing a part." The ordinary word for an actor on the stage in Greek drama was hypocrite. In the tragedies of Sophocles or the comedies of Aristophanes, the actors -- the hypocrites -- played their different parts by wearing masks. The moral transgression of hypocrisy also involves playing a part and wearing a mask. But there are also times when God calls us to play a part. Keep Reading
  • The Coming Kingdom

    from R.C. Sproul Jr. Oct 27, 2009 Category: Articles

    The world is full of hypocrites, and the solution to this problem is twofold: If you are more modern, you deal with the gap between your obedience and what you pretend to be by trying harder to be good. You try to make your sin go away. If you are postmodern, you deal with the problem not by trying to do better, by getting rid of your sin, but by getting rid of the idea of sin. If there is no right and wrong, no one can rightly accuse you of acting like you are right when you are actually wrong. Keep Reading
  • The Faces of Ministry at Ligonier: Greg Bailey

    from Karisa Schlehr Oct 26, 2009 Category: Articles

    As the Director of Publications for Reformation Trust Publishing, Greg Bailey spends his time working with authors, editors, and proofreaders, editing and preparing manuscripts for print, and evaluating manuscript proposals. He also chairs the editorial committee that evaluates promising proposals for books that may be published by Reformation Trust. Keep Reading
  • Suffering for Righteousness

    from R.C. Sproul Oct 25, 2009 Category: Articles

    Martin Luther's teaching of "justification by faith alone" was a battle cry for the sufficiency of the merit of Christ and for the graciousness of redemption. His slogan sola fide ("by faith alone") was merely an extension of Augustine's earlier credo, sola gratia ("by grace alone"). Keep Reading
  • Avoiding a False Theology of Suffering

    from R.C. Sproul Oct 24, 2009 Category: Articles

    Martin Luther's tenure in the monastery was a time of spiritual desperation. He was tormented by unrelieved guilt coupled with a gripping fear of the wrath of God. Why would an educated man retreat to a barren cell and abuse himself with self-inflicted physical punishment? Why would a believer go out of his way to find personal suffering? Keep Reading
  • Here We Stand Campaign Update

    from Randi Walter Oct 23, 2009 Category: Articles

    The end of September marked the one year anniversary of Ligonier Ministries' first-ever capital campaign. Here We Stand: The Campaign for Ligonier Ministries was launched to fund the entire campus project that will be home to the new Ligonier Academy of Biblical & Theological Studies and our other ministry outreaches. Keep Reading

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