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  • Beauty and the Best

    from R.C. Sproul Jr. Apr 23, 2009 Category: Articles

    There is a tension among the people of God that reflects a delicate balance to which the Bible calls us. Paul, you will recall, argued that in his passion for the gospel, he wished to be all things to all people, that by all means some might be saved 
(1 Cor. 9:22). On the other hand, Jesus tells the disciples that when they brought the good news and were not received, they were to wipe the dust off of their feet as they left the town (Luke 9:5). They're both legitimate perspectives on the lost. Where, we wonder, does earnestly contending for lost souls end and pandering to the lost begin? Keep Reading
  • Escaping Anonymity

    from Tim Challies Apr 22, 2009 Category: Articles

    Admiral Lord Nelson once remarked that "every sailor is a bachelor when beyond Gibraltar." This was a statement about anonymity, a rare concept even just a few short generations ago. Nelson knew that once his sailors moved beyond the bounds of the British Empire, beyond society's systems of morality and accountability, they underwent a transformation. Every man became a bachelor and sought only and always his own pleasure. Those who have read biographies of John Newton will see there a vivid portrayal of a man who was a gentleman at home but who was vulgar and abusive while away. Given only a measure of anonymity he became a whole new man. Keep Reading
  • Ligonier at The Gospel Coalition

    from Karisa Schlehr Apr 21, 2009 Category: Events

    Ligonier Ministries is exhibiting this week at The Gospel Coalition in Chicago, Ill. Stop by our booth to meet staff and receive free resources and special discounts on books and teaching series. Keep Reading
  • Measuring Success

    from Larry Mininger Apr 21, 2009 Category: Articles

    About forty people scattered on metal chairs greeted me on my first Sunday in my first (and only) pastorate in a quaint little sanctuary nestled in the woods between massive orange groves just west of Orlando, Florida. There were no pews, organ, carpeting or paved roads leading to this place. Snakes in the breezeway and gators in the nearby lake -- I thought I was in the jungle! Keep Reading
  • Should a Christian Become Good Friends (Not Just an Acquaintance) with Pagans?

    from R.C. Sproul Jr. Apr 20, 2009 Category: Articles

    The Apostle Paul writes to the church at Corinth "Do not be bound together with unbelievers; for what partnership have righteousness and lawlessness, or what fellowship has light with darkness?" (2 Cor. 6:14). The text at least ought to raise the question in our minds. Would Paul's admonition here preclude close, personal friendships with those outside the kingdom? To answer properly we need only to answer this question- is such a friendship being bound together? Is it a partnership? Is it fellowship? Keep Reading
  • Love Gifts of the Ascended Christ

    from Don Kistler Apr 19, 2009 Category: Articles

    Preachers are one of the love gifts of the ascended Christ to His body, the church. We should never let anyone denigrate the sacred calling of a pastor to stand in his pulpit and faithfully exegete the inspired Word of God to the people of God, thereby carrying out his ministry to be the mouthpiece of God. Keep Reading
  • Top 5 Commentaries on the Book of Habakkuk

    from Keith Mathison Apr 18, 2009 Category: Articles

    As his book reveals, Habakkuk understands why God is punishing his disobedient people, but he does not understand why God is using a wicked nation as his instrument of judgment. The book deals with this question and the required response of faithful trust in God. There are a number of helpful commentaries on the Book of Habakkuk, and the following are five of the best.    Keep Reading
  • The Christian and Science (pt. 3)

    from R.C. Sproul Apr 17, 2009 Category: Articles

    There is a sense in which the Christian should be the most passionate scientist of all because he should be rigorously open to truth wherever it is found. He should not be afraid that a new discovery of something that is true will destroy his foundation for truth. If our foundation for truth is true, all other truth can only support it and enhance it. It can't destroy it. Therefore, Christians ought not to be afraid of scientific inquiry. This does not mean that we should uncritically accept all pronouncements and pontifications of scientists. Scientists are fallible and may occasionally make arrogant statements that go far beyond the realm of their own expertise. Keep Reading
  • The Christian and Science (pt. 2)

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

    Many Protestant scholars venture earlier into church history and lay the blame for this division at the feet of Saint Thomas Aquinas. Among Protestant thinkers, there seems to be a kind of allergy to the work of Aquinas. Francis Schaeffer, for example, is one who would lay much of the blame for today's schizophrenic view on Aquinas. Schaeffer argued that the root of modern man's trauma lies in the separation that Aquinas made between the realms of nature and grace. The realm of nature is the daily arena of his visible world, the scientific inquiry. The realm of grace is the supernatural realm of God. If Aquinas did in fact separate nature and grace, then certainly Dr. Schaeffer would be correct in pointing the finger at Saint Thomas for causing a significant part of modern man's dilemma. I plead for Aquinas, that he was not guilty of the charge. Aquinas did everything in his power to prevent a separation of nature and grace. He labored tirelessly to combat the efforts of philosophers who were making such a separation. Let us briefly consider the historical background. Keep Reading
  • The Christian and Science (pt. 1)

    from R.C. Sproul Apr 15, 2009 Category: Articles

    What is the Christian's role in the scientific enterprise? How do we as Christians live in a culture that has been shaped and influenced by the impact of scientific accomplishments? Keep Reading

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