Ligonier Blog / Monday / September 1 / 2014

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  • R.C. Sproul’s Overview of Philosophy Now Available in Paperback

    from Karisa Schlehr Jul 14, 2009 Category: Ligonier Resources

    In The Consequences of Ideas, recently released for the first time in paperback, readers are challenged to take the consequences of ideas seriously through this expert survey of history's most influential philosophies--philosophies that continue to shape our lives for better or for worse today. R.C. Sproul surveys the ongoing impact of history's most influential philosophers -- including Plato, Aquinas, Descartes, Kant, Freud, and Nietzsche -- and urges reader to take prevailing cultural mind-sets seriously. Keep Reading
  • The Glory of God

    from Keith Mathison Jul 14, 2009 Category: Articles

    The year 2009 marks the 500th anniversary of the birth of John Calvin. A number of publishers are celebrating this 'Calvin Quincentennial' by releasing new books on the life, work, and teaching of Calvin. Among these are a new book titled Living for God's Glory: An Introduction to Calvinism by Joel R. Beeke. Dr. Beeke is well qualified to edit and co-author such a volume. He is the president and professor of systematic theology and homiletics at Puritan Reformed Theological Seminary and the pastor of the Heritage Netherlands Reformed Congregation in Grand Rapids, Michigan. He has written, co-authored, or edited over fifty books, and he has also written fifteen hundred articles for various publications, including Tabletalk. Keep Reading
  • The Pastor Scholar

    from Philip Ryken Jul 13, 2009 Category: Articles

    As far as John Calvin was concerned, almost nothing was more urgent for the church than the reformation of pastoral ministry. For centuries, most ministers had been shockingly ignorant of the Scriptures and thus ill-equipped to preach the gospel. As Calvin said in one debate with a Catholic cardinal (pretending to defend the Protestant cause before God): "Those who were regarded as the leaders of faith neither understood Thy Word, nor greatly cared for it. They drove unhappy people to and fro with strange doctrines, and deluded them with I know not what follies." Keep Reading
  • Inaugural D.Min. Class Begins Today

    from Chris Larson Jul 13, 2009 Category: Ligonier Academy

    After several years of planning, it's with no small amount of gratitude to the Lord that we acknowledge today's first formal Doctor of Ministry class at Ligonier Academy of Biblical and Theological Studies. Dr. R.C. Sproul will teach the class of pastors from around the country who have travelled to study the doctrine of Justification. Next week, Dr. Steven Lawson flies in to teach the men the theology and practice of Preaching. Classes will meet in the new facilities at Saint Andrew's while our new campus awaits renovation. Keep Reading
  • Longing for Fellowship

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

    We speak of God as the immortal, invisible, all-wise God. This string of attributes gives some comfort and no small amount of dismay. Keep Reading
  • A Trusted Guide to the Great Doctrines of Christian Faith

    from Tim Challies Jul 11, 2009 Category: Ligonier Resources

    Our purpose is to help Christians know what they believe, why they believe it, how to live it, and how to share it. That is why we often recommend books and teaching resources that point you to the giants of the faith and their works -- like Augustine, Luther, Calvin, and Edwards. It almost goes without saying that not everything available in print or on the Internet is edifying. It can be difficult to know for sure which resources are theologically sound. So when we recommend a resource for your consideration, whether it's one of Dr. Sproul's teaching series or a book from another contemporary author, you can be confident that it was carefully selected. Our aim is to be a trusted guide to the great doctrines of the historic Christian faith. Keep Reading
  • Meet John Calvin, the Preacher

    from Deborah Finnamore Jul 10, 2009 Category: Ligonier Resources

    The Expository Genius of John Calvin, by Steven J. Lawson, considers Calvin's life and work, surveying the distinguishing marks of his pulpit ministry and the core presuppositions that undergirded his biblical preaching. Keep Reading
  • See the Heart of John Calvin

    from Deborah Finnamore Jul 10, 2009 Category: Articles

    Though his name evokes powerful images—most of them being negative—John Calvin: A Heart for Devotion, Doctrine & Doxology, edited by Burk Parsons, offers a rich portrait of a man whose example and teaching remain vitally relevant today. In the preface, Parsons writes "above all Calvin was a man whose mind was humbled and whose heart was mastered by the Lord God Almighty. His life's prayer—'I offer my heart to you, O Lord, promptly and sincerely'—was an unwavering declaration of surrender to the Lord, whom he sought to love with all of his heart, soul, mind, and strength. Keep Reading
  • Calvinism Speaks to All of Life

    from Deborah Finnamore Jul 10, 2009 Category: Ligonier Resources

    While many Christians throughout the world are familiar with the name John Calvin, most are unfamiliar with him as a man who was devoted to prayer and the ministry of God's Word. Among many things, he was a father, a teacher, a Bible commentator and the theologian most widely known as the leader of the Protestant Reformation. Living for God's Glory: An Introduction to Calvinism, John Calvin: A Heart for Devotion, Doctrine & Doxology, and The Expository Genius of John Calvin are three works that seek to shed light on why learning about John Calvin these many years after his death is a spiritually worthy exercise.  Keep Reading
  • The Theologian

    from R.C. Sproul Jul 08, 2009 Category: Articles

    Thinkers in the ancient world sought to plumb the depths of ultimate reality. With that quest for ultimate reality came the birth of the discipline of philosophy. Some philosophers focused on one particular aspect of philosophy called metaphysics (ultimate being). Others focused their attention on epistemology (the science of knowing). Still others stressed in their investigation the basic principles and elements of ethics (the study of the good and the right). And others focused on the ultimate foundations for aesthetics (the study of the beautiful). One philosopher stood out as being deeply involved in the study of all of these matters as well as others. Keep Reading

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