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  • 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
  • Becoming Part of the Bride

    from R.C. Sproul Oct 04, 2009 Category: Articles

    When Christ purchased His bride, He bought a bride who was "damaged merchandise." His bride was sullied by manifest impurities. She was covered by spots and marred by wrinkles. Yet what He purchased He also sanctifies:
    Husbands, love your wives, just as Christ loved the church and gave himself up for her to make her holy, cleansing her by the washing with water through the word, and to present her to himself as a radiant church, without stain or wrinkle or any other blemish, but holy and blameless. (Eph. 5:25-27, NIV)
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  • Columns from Tabletalk Magazine, October 2009

    from Tim Challies Oct 03, 2009 Category: Tabletalk Magazine

    The October edition of Tabletalk is out. This month's theme is "Hypocrisy"--what it is, how it impacts the church's mission, and how we can guard against it. Contributors include R.C. Sproul, Robert Barnes, Iain Campbell, Alex Chediak, Richard Ganz, Michael Horton and Richard Phillips. Keep Reading
  • An Interview With Keith Mathison (pt. 2)

    from Burk Parsons Oct 01, 2009 Category: Articles

    This is part two of an interview with Keith Mathison. Click here to read part one. Keep Reading
  • An Interview With Keith Mathison

    from Burk Parsons Sep 30, 2009 Category: Articles

    I first came in contact with Keith Mathison while in college. I attended an historically Dispensational college where a giant Clarence Larkin Dispensational chart adorned one of the classrooms. I came across a new book through Tabletalk magazine called Dispensationalism: Rightly Dividing the People of God? published by P&R in 1995 by a guy named Mathison who, I discovered, was a student of the seminary where many of my professors graduated from. Keep Reading
  • The Lifelong Pursuit of Godly Wisdom

    from Burk Parsons Sep 30, 2009 Category: Articles

    The Proverbs tell us "Blessed is the one who finds wisdom and the one who gets understanding" (Proverbs 3:13). The beginning of wisdom is fearing the Lord, the path of wisdom is worshiping the Lord, and the end of wisdom is falling down in the presence of the Lord before His face in glory. As we all have, I have met many men in my life from whom I have learned much. Keep Reading
  • Treasures on Earth

    from John Piper Sep 29, 2009 Category: Articles

    The inner essence of worship is treasuring Jesus as infinitely valuable above everything. The outer forms of worship are the acts that show how much we treasure God. Therefore, all of life is meant to be worship because God said whether you eat or drink or whatever you do--all of life--do it all to show how valuable the glory of God is to you (1 Cor. 10:31). Money and possessions are a big part of life, and therefore God intends them to be a big part of worship. So the way we worship with our money and our possessions is to get them and use them and lose them in a way that shows how much we treasure Jesus, not money. Keep Reading

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