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  • 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
  • Recreating the Tower of Babel

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

    There are church buildings that are designed to give no hint of the building's true purpose as a house of worship. They're built to look more like town meeting halls. The chancel is no longer called the chancel, it's called the stage. The pulpit is not called a pulpit, it's called a lectern, and the congregation isn't called a congregation, but it's called an audience. Part of this is a desire to break through the old traditions that people have become inoculated against and no longer want any part of. In at least some cases, it is due to an abiding antipathy to beauty in worship, based on a desire to avoid an empty form of worship that is merely external. The church wants to exhibit that worship comes from the heart, not from external stimuli. Keep Reading
  • Read the Entire July Issue of Tabletalk on John Calvin Online

    from Karisa Schlehr Jul 03, 2009 Category: Tabletalk Magazine

    Read feature articles on John Calvin by R.C. Sproul, Thabiti Anyabwile, Rick Gamble, David Hall, Keith Mathison, Iain Murray, David Powlison, Gordon Reed, Philip Ryken, and Derek Thomas. You can also enjoy the daily devotional studies that will continue this month on 1 Timothy. Keep Reading
  • John Calvin Posters Now Available

    from Karisa Schlehr Jul 02, 2009 Category: Ligonier Resources

    Available for a limited time, these posters of John Calvin illustrated by Kent Barton come pre-assembled in a poster tube. They are a beautiful addition to any office or workspace. Keep Reading
  • Good Old Calvinism

    from Burk Parsons Jul 02, 2009 Category: Articles

    John Calvin was a churchman for all ages. He was a reformer par excellence. He was a godly pastor who equipped his people for ministry. He was a humble revolutionary. He was a loyal husband, father, and friend. But 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
  • Columns from Tabletalk Magazine, July 2009

    from Tim Challies Jul 01, 2009 Category: Tabletalk Magazine

    The July edition of Tabletalk is out. This month's theme is "John Calvin" and, on the five hundredth anniversary of his birth, it focuses on the ministry and the legacy of the great reformer. Contributors include R.C. Sproul, Thabiti Anyabwile, Rick Gamble, David Hall, Keith Mathison, Iain Murray, David Powlison, Gordon Reed, Philip Ryken and Derek Thomas. Keep Reading
  • Farmers and the Rest of Us

    from Gene Edward Veith Jun 30, 2009 Category: Articles

    Might there be a time when readers of the Bible will not understand -- without a host of reference books -- what a sower is? For most of the world's history, the majority of people made their living from the land. Today the number of family farms is dwindling. Farms have turned into factories. Tractors pulling seeders and tilling machines have replaced the figure of the sower who throws out seed from a bag. But whatever their agricultural techniques, we cannot do without farmers. Perhaps more clearly than any other profession, farmers exemplify the Reformation doctrine of vocation. Keep Reading
  • Study Philosophy at Home with Ligonier Academy

    from Keith Mathison Jun 29, 2009 Category: Ligonier Academy

    Dr. Sproul has often remarked that his study of philosophy in college was crucial in helping him to counter the liberal theology he encountered in seminary.  Having studied philosophy, he was able to recognize the underlying ideas that shaped the thinking of his professors.  Our culture has been shaped by more than twenty centuries of philosophical reflection.  In order to address this culture, we must understand its way of thinking. Keep Reading
  • The Sense of Touch in Worship

    from R.C. Sproul Jun 28, 2009 Category: Articles

    Years ago, I spoke at a service at a large church in California. After I finished preaching, the associate pastor invited everyone who would like to have prayer to come forward to the long kneeling bench across the front of the sanctuary, and seventy-five or eighty people responded. The minister then gave a closing prayer, but as he prayed he walked along the bench and touched each person on the head very gently. I thought, "This is remarkable. This is a recovery, in a sense, of the ancient tradition of having a physical touch that is a part of the worship service." Keep Reading

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