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  • Pluralism and Relativism: “It’s All Relative” (pt. 1)

    from R.C. Sproul Feb 19, 2009 Category: Articles

    As missionaries attempting to understand the way of thinking in our culture, we must turn our attention to twin topics under the umbrella heading of secularism--pluralism and relativism. Let us think once more of the high wall we examined earlier, the wall representing the line of demarcation separating the present time from the eternal world. It is the barrier to the transcendent realm of unity, the wall that confines and restricts us to this time and this place. Keep Reading
  • Sammy and His Shepherd - An Interview with Susan Hunt

    from Tim Challies Feb 18, 2009 Category: Ligonier Resources

    In Sammy and His Shepherd, Susan Hunt offers families a delightful story, built around the twenty-third Psalm, that will help children grow in their understanding of what it is to live among a community of redeemed people guided by a loving Lord. She recently participated in an interview with Tabletalk Magazine. Keep Reading
  • The Good News

    from R.C. Sproul Jr. Feb 17, 2009 Category: Articles

    I've got great news -- I just saved a bundle on my car insurance. This pop-cultural punchline might just expose a real problem we have in our Christian sub-culture: we don't know what the good news is. The confusion, from one perspective, is understandable. God is good. God is gracious. We move from grace to grace, receiving gifts from Him all the time. God is in turn sovereign. He controls all things. When He tells us, therefore, that all things work together for good for those who love Him, who have been called according to His purpose (Rom. 8:28), we can learn that it's all good news. His coming, that's good news. His dying, that's good news. His ascending, that's good news. His sending the Spirit, that's good news. The Spirit applying all these things to His people, that's good news. Even the trials we go through here and now, they are good news as well. We are, after all, to count it all joy. Keep Reading
  • Judgment and Mercy

    from John de Witt Feb 16, 2009 Category: Articles

    When I began to consider what I should say in these pages, I found myself pulled in two directions. My first impulse was to lament the spiritual decay that people of my generation have observed at close range and to urge the next generation to carry on the struggle against it with unremitting faithfulness and courage. Upon reflection, however, it seemed right to me that we should also thank God for the amazing works of grace that are being accomplished at the present time, even under a clouded sky and in adverse circumstances. Perhaps I can manage the feat of moving in both directions at the same time. Keep Reading
  • Persistent, Believing Prayer

    from Eric Alexander Feb 15, 2009 Category: Articles

    Left to our selves, there are many things of which we are capable: we can persuade people intellectually; we can arouse and inspire them emotionally; and we can win them to ourselves psychologically. But the one thing we cannot do is to regenerate them spiritually. That task is exclusively God's. When one of my friends, who had been in the pastorate for many fruitful years, was asked by some seminary students, "What, in your experience, is the best and most effective evangelistic method?" he replied, after some thought, "Prayer--persistent, believing prayer." Keep Reading
  • Video Clips with Michael Haykin, author of The Christian Lover

    from Chris Larson Feb 14, 2009 Category: Reformation Trust

    Dr. Michael Haykin recently stopped by Ligonier's offices to record an interview regarding his new book, The Christian Lover (Reformation Trust, 2009). This interview was featured in our Renewing Your Mind broadcast yesterday. Listen here. Keep Reading
  • Top 5 Commentaries on the Book of Obadiah

    from Keith Mathison Feb 14, 2009 Category: Articles

    The book of Obadiah, the shortest in the Old Testament, is a brief oracle against the nation of Edom. Edom represents all nations that are hostile to God and to his kingdom. Such nations will always be judged. There are a number of helpful commentaries on Obadiah, and the following are five of the best. Keep Reading
  • Tabletalk Ministering to Those who Minister

    from Tim Challies Feb 13, 2009 Category: Tabletalk Magazine

    Tabletalk magazine is issued faithfully every month in the hope that, among other things, it will encourage readers to ponder the truths of God when they lie down, when they rise up, and, yes, even when they fly. Missionary pilot Glenn Grubb recently wrote to share how he relies on Tabletalk magazine for renewal and encouragement. Keep Reading
  • Pessimistic Existentialism (pt. 4)

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

    Here we see the vivid contrast between pessimistic existentialism and Christianity. Christianity also features a ringing call to courage. The most frequent negative prohibition found in the New Testament comes from the lips of Jesus--"Fear not!" This command is given so often by Christ that it almost seems like a greeting. One gets the impression that virtually every time Jesus appears to His disciples, He begins the conversation by saying, "Fear not." Keep Reading
  • Pessimistic Existentialism (pt. 3)

    from R.C. Sproul Feb 11, 2009 Category: Articles

    European films, such as those of Ingmar Bergman, Antonini, and Fellini have communicated some of the motifs of existentialism. The "theater of the absurd," a phenomenon that began in France in the 1950s and came to Broadway in the 1960s, was another vehicle of existentialism. The theater of the absurd gained prominence with Samuel Beckett's play, Waiting for Godot. In this play, two vagrants pass the time while waiting for the unidentified Godot. But Godot never arrives. Godot is a thinly veiled characterization of God. The idea is that modern man lives in the absence of God. He waits for God, but God never shows up. Keep Reading

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