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  • Ligonier Academy Certificate Graduates

    from Keith Mathison Aug 22, 2009 Category: Ligonier Academy

    Ligonier Academy is pleased to announce the names of its first two Certificate program graduates. We would like to congratulate Mr. Ryan Ausmus for completing the Introductory Certificate in Apologetics and Mr. Mark Salmon for completing the Introductory Certificate in Biblical Studies. We pray that these men will be able to use what they have learned in their own lives and in service to their local church. Keep Reading
  • Money from Nothing

    from R.C. Sproul Jr. Aug 19, 2009 Category: Articles

    I'm connected to royalty. Granted, it's a rather thin point of union. In less than six degrees, though through enough marriage links that there is no legal tie, I am connected with the king of the tropical island, Yap. Yap is best known not for its sandy beaches nor its pineapple harvest, but for its money. They do not traffic there in sea shells. Neither is their money pure gold. Instead their coinage is great wheel-shaped stones that are hollow in the middle, some as tall as a coconut tree. What can we learn from this about the people of Yap? First, that they are not given to hasty exchanges. It takes a commitment to trade goods and services for stones. As cumbersome as barter can be, it's likely more easy than rolling a ton of rock down to the local bank. Second, while neither thieves nor robbers are apt to make off with the booty, it is likewise likely that there isn't a great deal of foreign trade. That is, not many outside of Yap would want this money. Keep Reading
  • Logos Scholar’s Gold - A Review

    from Keith Mathison Aug 18, 2009 Category: Articles

    One of the premier Bible study software tools available today is Logos. Logos is perhaps best known for its digital library resources, but it has also made great strides in its original language research capabilities. In fact, at the present time, it has one original language capability that no other Bible study software program has. Keep Reading
  • The Courage To Be Protestant

    from Keith Mathison Aug 17, 2009 Category: Articles

    In 1993, David Wells published a book entitled No Place For Truth: Or Whatever Happened to Evangelical Theology? This book was intended as a wake-up call to an evangelical church that had lost its way, having allowed modernity to replace Scripture as the primary shaper of its thought and practice. This book remains one of the most significant Christian books published in the latter half of the twentieth century. If you know a pastor or seminary student who has not read it, buy it as a gift for them. In his follow-up book, God in the Wasteland, Wells outlines some of the things that will have to be done in order to reverse the situation he described in the first book. In his third volume, Losing Our Virtue, Wells looks at the disintegrating moral culture in America and calls the church to face up to this challenge. The fourth volume in this series of books is entitled Above All Earthly Pow'rs: Christ in a Postmodern World. In this powerful book, Wells confronts postmodernism with the gospel of Christ. Keep Reading
  • Yearning for God

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

    In a sense we are fortunate that we cannot see God. If for one second the veil were removed and we caught a brief glimpse of the face of God, we would perish instantly. His effulgence is so brilliant, His glory so dazzling, that in our present corrupted state we could not bear the sight of Him. He remains invisible both as a curse and as an act of protecting grace. As long as we remain infected by sin we are doomed to wander in His world sightless with respect to Him. We may be comforted by His Word and healed by the secret ministration of His Spirit, but we cannot see the supreme beauty of His face. Keep Reading
  • Seeing God

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

    "Where there is no vision, the people perish" (Prov. 29:18, KJV). We hear this verse quoted frequently in order that we may be inspired and challenged to move with intensity toward a future goal. We applaud the leader who is a visionary, one who can paint a picture of a better future and show us the way to attain it. We are a goal-oriented society. We need a dream, a target to aim for if we are to get our adrenaline moving and our passions stirred. Keep Reading
  • The Faces of Ministry at Ligonier: Todd Jackson

    from Deborah Finnamore Aug 14, 2009 Category: Articles

    Everything we do centers around our purpose to awaken as many people as possible to the holiness of God by proclaiming, teaching, and defending God's holiness in all its fullness. Over time in a series of posts we would like to introduce you to the people at Ligonier Ministries who serve in the various capacities that make this ministry possible. Keep Reading
  • 2009 Expositors’ Conference

    from Keith Mathison Aug 14, 2009 Category: Articles

    Reformation Trust authors Steven Lawson and Joel Beeke will be the speakers for the 2009 Expositors' Conference on September 28-29 at Christ Fellowship Baptist Church in Mobile, Alabama. Take time to learn about great preachers of the past, including Luther, Calvin, Edwards, Whitefield, Spurgeon, Boice, and others. A special pre-conference with Dr. Joel Beeke is scheduled for September 27th. Keep Reading
  • Affirming Divine Sovereignty

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

    Our God remains incomprehensible and retains His simplicity. He tells us in His Word that He is not a God of confusion but of order. He is not at war with Himself. He is altogether good, altogether holy, and altogether sovereign. This we must affirm to maintain a biblical concept of divine sovereignty. Yet we must always balance this understanding with a clear understanding that God always exercises His power and authority according to His holy character. Keep Reading
  • The Great Divorce

    from R.C. Sproul Jr. Aug 11, 2009 Category: Articles

    A month or so ago I wrote about GK Chesterton, and in particular his book Orthodoxy, in a little piece titled The Wizard of Ahhs. Like most people before I met Chesterton I met Lewis. I remember whose house I was in (it belonged to a family on staff at the old Ligonier Valley Study Center), which room I was in (the guest bedroom, this family was looking after me for the night) and where I was in that room, (near the door, in a sleeping bag) when I first read Lewis. It was The Voyage of the Dawn Treader. I was hooked. I read, of course, the rest of Narnia. I read the Space Trilogy. (That Hideous Strength remains my favorite work of fiction and will one day be covered here.) Then I read Mere Christianity, and promptly decided that Lewis should stick to fiction. I didn't, and don't care for that classic work, though I haven't yet discerned why. Likely it is a severe character flaw in me. Keep Reading

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