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  • Principle vs. Pragmatism

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

    Some years ago, I drove along the Pennsylvania Turnpike about two o'clock in the morning with a friend after having spent all day at a steel corporation in eastern Pennsylvania dealing with labor management issues. My companion was a man who had lost his job as a highly paid executive in the industry for being too concerned about the welfare and dignity of the laborers in his plant. As we were making this drive in the wee hours of the morning, I noticed my friend was at the point of exhaustion, and so I asked him the question: "Why are you doing this?" He looked over at me as if to indicate that my question was a foolish one, and he replied simply: "Because it's the right thing to do." Keep Reading
  • The Faithful Preaching of the Word

    from James Boice Jan 04, 2009 Category: Articles

    Many things are talked about as necessary for the health and growth of the church today. People talk about certain programs as essential. It is true that they are important. We have such a diversified culture that people have their own individual problems. The family is fragmented, and the kind of reinforcement along Christian lines that ought to take place in homes does not always take place. The church is trying to minister specifically at these points through programs. Still, if you think back to the time of the Great Awakening in this country, you will realize that churches at that time had hardly any programs at all, at least nothing that we would recognize as programs. There were no youth groups, no graded Sunday schools, no bowling leagues, no baseball teams. But those churches were healthy. Why? Because they had the faithful preaching of the Word. Keep Reading
  • Top Seven Posts of 2008

    from Tim Challies Jan 03, 2009 Category: Articles

    As we move from the old year into the new one, we took a look back at some of the year's most popular blog posts. If you are new to the Ligonier blog, this is a good opportunity to catch up with some of what you may have missed. If you have been reading it for some time, you'll enjoy remembering some of the best of 2008: Keep Reading
  • Columns from Tabletalk Magazine, January 2009

    from Various Jan 01, 2009 Category: Articles

    The January edition of Tabletalk is out. This month's theme is "Resolved to Press on Toward the Goal." The issue looks at the importance of resolving in this new year to honor God in all we do and say. Contributors include R.C. Sproul, Burk Parsons, C. FitzSimons Allison, Sinclair Ferguson, Simon Kistemaker and Stephen Nichols. Keep Reading
  • The Resolution Solution

    from Gene Edward Veith Dec 30, 2008 Category: Articles

    A modern reader perusing Jonathan Edwards' "Resolutions" is likely to think, what about dieting? And, didn't eighteenth-century New England have any gyms that he could resolve to join? Today, losing weight and getting more exercise are about the extent of our resolutions. We summon up our will-power, self-scrutiny, and self-discipline in an attempt to look better. Edwards was engaged in an attempt to be better. Keep Reading
  • Your generosity this week helps serve a world desperate for spiritual reality

    from John Petersen Dec 29, 2008 Category: Articles

    We have been richly blessed by the way the Lord has financially protected Ligonier Ministries this year through these extremely difficult economic times, and I'm sure you have been affected by it in some way. With that said, we as a ministry have made it a major initiative to be good stewards, cutting expenses wherever possible, in order to continue to maximize our outreach. Keep Reading
  • Some Dance to Forget

    from R.C. Sproul Jr. Dec 29, 2008 Category: Articles

    It is a sure sign of the fall that we so egregiously miss what we lost. Jesus calls us to seek first the kingdom of God and His righteousness precisely because our priorities are all out of line. Even that for which we long -- to get back to the garden -- we long for in the wrong way. Eden, to be sure, was Edenic. It was a garden paradise. There were no weeds crowding their way in there. No bugs buzzed in ears, nor did they sting arms and legs. Adam and Eve had no need to fear that prowling lions would consume humble lambs or that cyclones would tear up their garden by the roots. Keep Reading
  • A Year of Tabletalk

    from Karisa Schlehr Dec 26, 2008 Category: Articles

    Tabletalk magazine exists to help explain important, biblical doctrines and events while encouraging people toward holy living. Each issue features articles from well-known and respected scholars, regular columns, and insightful daily Bible studies. Keep Reading
  • Have a blessed Christmas

    from Chris Larson Dec 25, 2008 Category: Ministry News

    It's been a pleasure for the team at Ligonier to serve the web community here on our blog. We launched last March and have been overwhelmed by the thousands of readers and kind words through the comments (we read each one). Thank you. We're encouraged to see how these posts enable you to proclaim in your own spheres of influence the holiness of God to as many people as possible. Keep Reading
  • The Prevailing Church (pt. 1)

    from Simon Kistemaker Dec 24, 2008 Category: Articles

    There are churches that are named after places and people, but they can never claim origin or ownership, because Christ owns the church. Actually, Jesus told Simon Peter: "You are Peter, and on this rock I will build my church" (Matt. 16:18; see also 18:17). The Greek word for church is ekklesia, which means being called out of this world of humanity to form a body of believers that belongs exclusively to Jesus. This is not to say that there is no continuity with God's people of the Old Testament era. Of course there is. It is better to say that the church consists of a new company of believers guided by the message of both prophets and apostles. In other words, these believers find their origin in both the Old and New Testaments. There is a golden thread that is woven throughout the Scriptures from Genesis to Revelation with this divine message: "I will be your God and you shall be my people." Keep Reading

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