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  • Christ in the Old Testament

    from Keith Mathison Sep 15, 2009 Category: Articles

    Tolle Lege: Take Up and Read The relationship between the Mosaic covenant and the new covenant remains one of the most controversial and difficult topics in theology. As the notable American theologian Jonathan Edwards said, "There is perhaps no part of divinity attended with so much intricacy, and wherein orthodox divines do so much differ as stating the precise agreement and difference between the two dispensations of Moses and Christ." There are those who so emphasize either discontinuity or continuity that the problem is solved by oversimplifying it. Most Christians, however, recognize that there are elements of continuity as well as discontinuity. The difficulty arises when we attempt to be more exact. Keep Reading
  • For All the Saints

    from R.C. Sproul Jr. Sep 14, 2009 Category: Articles

    Seek Ye First Unity matters. However, so does diversity. Indeed, unity and diversity unite in the very nature of God. God is three persons united in one essence. The world around us fails to see how God's creation reflects the Trinity, and it always therefore either veers toward the imposition of the one or the disintegration of the many. It either blurs or destroys distinctives in the first case, or in the second, it fragments because, in the words of T.S. Eliot, the center cannot hold. It either dies the death of a single tone, or death by cacophony. Keep Reading
  • Treasuring Redemption’s Price

    from R.C. Sproul Sep 13, 2009 Category: Articles

    The key to understanding the cry of Jesus from the cross is found in Paul's letter to the Galatians: "Christ redeemed us from the curse of the law by becoming a curse for us, for it is written: 'Cursed is everyone who is hung on a tree'" (Gal. 3:13, NIV). To be cursed is to be removed from the presence of God, to be set outside the camp, to be cut off from His benefits. On the cross, Jesus was cursed. That is, He represented the Jewish nation of covenant breakers who were exposed to the curse and took the full measure of the curse on Himself. As the Lamb of God, the Sin Bearer, He was cut off from the presence of God. Keep Reading
  • Exploring the Boundaries of God’s Law

    from R.C. Sproul Sep 12, 2009 Category: Articles

    The Westminster Catechism defines sin as "any want of conformity to or transgression of the law of God." We notice here that sin is defined both in negative and positive terms. The negative aspect is indicated by the words "want of conformity." It points to a lack or failure in moral performance. In popular terms it is called a sin of omission. A sin of omission occurs when we fail to do what God commands us to do. Keep Reading
  • Tabletalk Devotional from
    September 11, 2001

    from Karisa Schlehr Sep 11, 2009 Category: Articles

    Fire from the Bramble Judges 9:42-49 So each of the people likewise cut down his own bough... put them against the stronghold, and set the stronghold on fire above them, so that all the people of the tower of Shechem died, about a thousand men and women (Judg. 9:49). Keep Reading
  • Meditating on Scripture

    from Bruce Waltke Sep 11, 2009 Category: Articles

    Generation to Generation "Better than a bronze sculpture by Cellini, or a marble one by Bernini, or even a Beethoven symphony," I was saying to my colleagues, while our waitress with tray in hand waited attentively for my climatic closure, "I enjoy a great sermon," whereupon the waitress dropped the whole tray of drinks. But even better than a great sermon, I enjoy meditating on the Old Testament. Keep Reading
  • Princeton vs. Mercersburg: Some Primary Sources

    from Keith Mathison Sep 10, 2009 Category: Articles

    Recently, I posted a blog on the nineteenth century debate between Charles Hodge and John Williamson Nevin regarding the Lord's Supper. In that blog, I posted links only to the documents related specifically to the Lord's Supper debate. It was suggested that it might be helpful to provide the links to some of the other primary source documents involved in the larger debate between Princeton Seminary and the Mercersburg theologians (John Williamson Nevin and Philip Schaff). Keep Reading
  • No Sacrifice Too Great

    from Michael Haykin Sep 09, 2009 Category: Articles

    Pro Ecclesia: For the Church In the final letter that we have from the apostle Paul, written in a lonely prison cell in Rome while he was expecting death for the sake of the gospel, he reminded his closest friend Timothy of the utter necessity of passing on the faith to "faithful men" (2 Tim. 2:2). It bears noting that what Paul envisaged in these words was not simply doctrinal instruction in the essentials of Christianity. Of course, Paul expected the training of future leaders to involve the handing on of doctrine. But, as is clear from a later statement by Paul in this letter, such transmission of the faith also involved the development of lifelong convictions and goals and the nurture of character -- making the leader a person of love, patience, and steadfastness (3:10). Timothy knew exactly what Paul was talking about, for this was the very way the apostle had mentored Timothy. Keep Reading
  • Systematic Theologies: Recommended Reading

    from Keith Mathison Sep 08, 2009 Category: Articles

    Recently, I completed a series of posts listing what I believe to be the most helpful commentaries on each book of the Bible. What I would like to do now is something similar with other biblical, theological, and historical topics. This will be, Lord willing, the first in a series of posts listing recommended books on a variety of topics. The first series of posts will cover the various topics under the heading of systematic theology. Keep Reading
  • Deeds Over Creeds

    from Gary L. W. Johnson Sep 07, 2009 Category: Articles

    Pastor's Perspective The English Reformer Hugh Latimer once remarked, "We ought never to regard unity so much that we would or should forsake God's Word for her sake." Wise words from a man who went to the stake, rather than compromise the truth of the gospel. Keep Reading

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