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  • 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
  • Reaping the Benefits of the Law

    from R.C. Sproul Sep 06, 2009 Category: Articles

    Let's continue the experiment we began in the previous meditation. Study the excerpts from the apostle Paul that accompany this reading. Does this sound like a man who believed the law of God has no place in the Christian life? Read Paul's writings carefully and you will find a man whose heart longed for the law of God as much as David's. Keep Reading
  • Longing for God’s Law

    from R.C. Sproul Sep 05, 2009 Category: Articles

    A survey by George Gallup Jr. revealed a startling trend in our culture. According to Gallup, the evidence seems to indicate that there are no clear behavioral patterns that distinguish Christians from non-Christians in our society. We all seem to be marching to the same drummer, looking to the shifting standards of contemporary culture for the basis of what is acceptable conduct. What everybody else is doing seems to be our only ethical norm. Keep Reading
  • Pursuing God

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

    Albert Einstein was once asked by a student, "Dr. Einstein, how many feet are there in a mile?" To the utter astonishment of the student, Einstein replied, "I don't know." The student was sure the great professor was joking. Surely Einstein would know a simple fact that every schoolchild is required to memorize. But Einstein wasn't joking. Keep Reading
  • Is the Reformation Over?

    from R.C. Sproul Sep 03, 2009 Category: Articles

    Right Now Counts Forever Is the Reformation over? There have been several observations rendered on this subject by those I would call "erstwhile evangelicals." One of them wrote, "Luther was right in the sixteenth century, but the question of justification is not an issue now." A second self-confessed evangelical made a comment in a press conference I attended that "the sixteenth-century Reformation debate over justification by faith alone was a tempest in a teapot." Still another noted European theologian has argued in print that the doctrine of justification by faith alone is no longer a significant issue in the church. We are faced with a host of people who are defined as Protestants but who have evidently forgotten altogether what it is they are protesting. Keep Reading
  • True Catholicism

    from Burk Parsons Sep 02, 2009 Category: Articles

    Coram Deo: Living Before the Face of God We have all heard it said, and some of you have even said it: "Let's just agree to disagree." If memory serves me, I have never used that expression, primarily because I don't think it makes much sense and because I think people who use the expression don't make much sense when they use it in their attempt to end disagreements. Nevertheless, I think I know what people mean by the expression. Keep Reading
  • Columns from Tabletalk Magazine, September 2009

    from Tim Challies Sep 01, 2009 Category: Tabletalk Magazine

    The September edition of Tabletalk is out. This month's theme is "What Is True Unity?" It examines biblical unity between Christians as well as the difference between true and false ecclesiastical unity. Contributors include R.C. Sproul, Michael Haykin, Gary Johnson, Albert Mohler, Mark Ross, Thomas Schreiner and Bruce Waltke. Keep Reading

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