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  • The Christian and Art (pt. 2)

    from R.C. Sproul Apr 29, 2009 Category: Articles

    If we move from the realm of creation to the realm of biblical history, again we see dimensions of God's involvement in art. In the Old Testament, God ordained and commanded the building of the tabernacle and later of the temple. These were extravagant projects of art. By divine imperative, the children of Israel were commanded to bring their gold and silver, to melt them down, and to use them for adorning the vessels that would be a part of the holy place and of the holy of holies. The finest wood was brought from the distant mountains of Lebanon. They imported the perfect wood of the cedars to be used in the construction of the temple. Certain craftsmen, like Bezalel and Oholiab, were given charismatic gifts, special supernatural endowments by God, so that they could perform their artistic tasks of forming, shaping, and polishing the furniture and the utensils of the tabernacle (Exodus 31:6). God spent the energy of His Holy Spirit on an artistic enterprise. There was nothing "tacky" about the temple. It was a building whose excellence in every way called attention to the glory of the God whose house it was. Keep Reading
  • Introducing the Certificate Program at Ligonier Academy

    from Keith Mathison Apr 28, 2009 Category: Ligonier Academy

    Ligonier Ministries is pleased to announce that we are now taking registrations for the Certificate Program of the Ligonier Academy of Biblical and Theological Studies.  Keep Reading
  • The Christian and Art (pt. 1)

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

    I lived in the city of Amsterdam during the 1960s. As I walked through the city, I recognized the names on many of the street corners. There was Beethoven Straat, Vanderhelstlaan, and Rembrandt Plein. The streets and places that I encountered there often bore the name of famous composers or artists. Keep Reading
  • Another Doubter of Darwin Goes Public

    from Keith Mathison Apr 27, 2009 Category: Articles

    Although books related to the never-ending discussion of the pros and cons of Darwinism are constantly rolling off the presses, there are only a few that have the potential to mark a major turning point in the debate. Keep Reading
  • How Are We to Keep the Sabbath in Today’s Society?

    from R.C. Sproul Apr 26, 2009 Category: Articles

    Within the Christian church there are three leading options for answering your question. Some Christians believe that the Sabbath was an Old Testament ordinance and has no application to the New Testament church. No less a giant than Saint Augustine took the position that the Sabbath was not carried over into the New Testament community and therefore has been fulfilled and was done away with through the work of Christ. There are Christians who feel that there is no particular significance to Sabbath keeping today, although they make up a very small minority. Keep Reading
  • Top 5 Commentaries on the Book of James

    from Keith Mathison Apr 25, 2009 Category: Articles

    The book of James is possibly the earliest writing found in the New Testament canon. It was likely written after Paul began to bring the Gospel to the Gentiles but before he and James met at the Jerusalem Council (cf. Acts 15). There are a number of helpful commentaries on the Book of James, and the following are five of the best.    Keep Reading
  • A ‘Great’ Leader

    from Gene Edward Veith Apr 24, 2009 Category: Articles

    These days it's easy to become cynical about politicians, government officials, and other national leaders. Governing a country takes hard-nosed, practical realism. Morality and religion are well and good, many of us say, but someone who follows such ideals in the political arena will be eaten alive. Yet, consider the example of a ninth-century king named Alfred the Great. Keep Reading
  • 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

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