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  • In Essentials Unity, In Non-Essentials Liberty, In All Things Charity

    from Mark Ross Sep 16, 2009 Category: Articles

    Philip Schaff, the distinguished nineteenth century church historian, calls the saying in our title "the watchword of Christian peacemakers" (History of the Christian Church, Vol. 7, p. 650). Often attributed to great theologians such as Augustine, it comes from an otherwise undistinguished German Lutheran theologian of the early seventeenth century, Rupertus Meldenius. The phrase occurs in a tract on Christian unity written (c. 1627) during the Thirty Years War (1618-1648), a bloody time in European history in which religious tensions played a significant role. The saying has found great favor among subsequent writers such as Richard Baxter, and has since been adopted as a motto by the Moravian Church of North America and the Evangelical Presbyterian Church. Might it serve us well as a motto for every church and for every denomination today? Keep Reading
  • Get an Additional 10% Off All Online Orders

    from Deborah Finnamore Sep 16, 2009 Category: Ligonier Resources

    Get an additional 10% off the normally discounted prices for all resources at www.ligonier.org through the end of September. Enter promotion code 10PCT at checkout. Offer available online only. Keep Reading
  • Accepting Graduated Responsibility

    from R.C. Sproul Sep 16, 2009 Category: Articles

    There is an oft-neglected principle taught in the New Testament. I call it the principle of "graduated responsibility." This principle is taught by Jesus in Luke 12:48: "From everyone who has been given much, much will be demanded" (NIV). This saying is part of the parable of the faithful steward. It underscores the terms of the judgment the lord in the parable renders to his servants. Keep Reading
  • New Music from Ligonier: Scenes from the Life of Christ

    from Deborah Finnamore Sep 15, 2009 Category: Ligonier Resources

    Scenes from the Life of Christ is the newest recording from Ligonier's music division. For composer Tom Howard, the music emerged after meditating on the Scriptures, where the emotional impact of each passage inspired themes, melodies, and textures. Hear the composer's heart for these timeless stories expressed in vivid and dramatic musical settings with Scripture narrations by Alistair Begg, D.A. Carson, Ligon Duncan, Sinclair Ferguson, John MacArthur, Albert Mohler, John Piper, R.C. Sproul, and Derek Thomas. Keep Reading
  • 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

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