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  • Columns from Tabletalk Magazine, February 2009

    from Various Feb 01, 2009 Category: Articles

    The February edition of Tabletalk is out. This month's theme is "The Gospels." The issue looks at the main point and the main purpose of each of the four gospels. Contributors include R.C. Sproul, Steve Baugh, Robert Cara, John de Witt, Daniel Hyde, Robert Rothwell and Kevin Smith. Keep Reading
  • Top 5 Commentaries on the Book of Joel

    from Keith Mathison Jan 31, 2009 Category: Articles

    While most of the other prophets can be dated with some degree of accuracy, it is notoriously difficult to date the book of Joel. Suggestions have been offered ranging from the ninth century to the second century B.C. There are a number of good commentaries on Joel, and the following are five of the most helpful.    Keep Reading
  • Mercy Established

    from Chris Donato Jan 30, 2009 Category: Articles

    For it was indeed fitting that we should have such a high priest, holy, innocent, unstained, separated from sinners, and exalted above the heavens. He has no need, like those high priests, to offer sacrifices daily, first for his own sins and then for those of the people, since he did this once for all when he offered up himself. For the law appoints men in their weakness as high priests, but the word of the oath, which came later than the law, appoints a Son who has been made perfect forever. Keep Reading
  • Secularism: Ignoring the Eternal (pt. 4)

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

    Such a standpoint cannot be found in the New Testament. The Christ of Scripture was profoundly concerned with this world. This world was the site and purpose of the Incarnation. The God of heaven so loved this world that He sent His Son to redeem it. This is the world God created. This is the world God is redeeming. There is no other theater of God's redemptive action than this world. There is a profound sense in which we are called to be secular people. Keep Reading
  • Secularism: Ignoring the Eternal (pt. 3)

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

    For secularism, all life, every human value, every human activity must be understood in light of this present time. The secularist either flatly denies or remains utterly skeptical about the eternal. He either says there is no eternal or if there is we can know nothing about it. What matters is now and only now. All access to the above and the beyond is blocked. There is no exit from the confines of this present world. The secular is all that we have. We must make our decisions, live our lives, make our plans, all within the closed arena of this time--the here and now. Keep Reading
  • Secularism: Ignoring the Eternal (pt. 2)

    from R.C. Sproul Jan 27, 2009 Category: Articles

    Historically, the word secular is a positive word in the Christian's vocabulary. The church has always had a good view of that which was regarded as secular. In the Middle Ages, for example, men were ordained to a specific role in the priesthood that was called the "secular priesthood." These were men who had responsibilities which took them out of the institution of the church to minister in the world where there were specific needs requiring the healing touch or the priestly mission of the church. Keep Reading
  • Secularism: Ignoring the Eternal (pt. 1)

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

    Students of history realize that no society can survive, no civilization can function, without some unifying system of thought. All societies are made up of different people, different jobs, different values, and different classes. In a broad sense, all societies are melting pots. Keep Reading
  • Are You Seeing a Pattern?

    from John MacArthur Jan 25, 2009 Category: Articles

    Preachers are men--that's all. And men are not perfect, so there is no hope of perfection in the ministry. If God could not use poor instruments and feeble voices, He couldn't make music. Abraham was guilty of duplicity, yet he became the man of faith and the friend of God. Moses was a man of stuttering speech and a quick temper, yet he was the one chosen to lead a nation, to represent them before God, and to receive His law and deliver it to them. David was guilty of adultery, conspiracy, murder, and unfaithfulness as a husband and father, but he repented and was regarded as a man after God's own heart. Keep Reading
  • Top 5 Commentaries on the Book of Philippians

    from Keith Mathison Jan 24, 2009 Category: Articles

    The epistle to the Philippians is the last of the four "prison epistles" of Paul. This letter was not written for one single purpose. Paul had a number of reasons for writing. Most of all, however, he wrote to them because he had a deep care and affection for them. The following are five of the most helpful commentaries on the epistle to the Philippians. Keep Reading
  • Repentance from First to Last

    from Chris Donato Jan 23, 2009 Category: Articles

    On October 31, 1517, Dr. Martin Luther posted his ninety-five theses on the academy bulletin board (which happened to be the church door in those days). Essentially, the theses rebuked church leaders for abusing indulgences. Indulgences, he argued, cannot forgive sins. Rather, they are in danger of bringing a false peace to the sinner's conscience -- a place reserved only for God's once-for-all justification of His children. Keep Reading

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