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  • Hedonism: “Grabbing for All the Gusto!” (pt. 3)

    from R.C. Sproul Apr 01, 2009 Category: Articles

    "If It Feels Good, Is It Good?"
    Hedonism makes a value judgment by saying that the avoidance of pain and the pursuit of pleasure are good. At the same time, it produces a system of ethics which, in turn, produces a certain behavioral pattern of morality. A popular maxim of our culture is "If it feels good, it is good." Goodness is determined by feeling. Popular music communicates the message that the final test of what is right is the feeling test. Keep Reading
  • Hedonism: “Grabbing for All the Gusto!” (pt. 2)

    from R.C. Sproul Mar 31, 2009 Category: Articles

    Stoics: Seeking Peace of Mind
    In addition, the Epicureans searched for the same thing that the Stoics sought, but they approached it in a completely different manner. The goal of Epicurean philosophy was the achievement of peace of mind. This quest was not unique to the Epicureans. Doesn't everyone want peace of mind? The answer is obvious, but how does one obtain it? The Stoics felt that the only way to find peace of mind was by adopting a philosophy they called "imperturbability." That means you don't let anything bother you. You adopt a "stoical attitude" toward all things. You do not get emotionally involved, you do not get your hopes up, nor do you let your hopes down, but you maintain an emotional state of equilibrium where nothing bothers you. You adopt a detached feeling toward those things over which you have no control. Keep Reading
  • Hedonism: “Grabbing for All the Gusto!” (pt. 1)

    from R.C. Sproul Mar 30, 2009 Category: Articles

      Some Americans have never heard the word hedonism but few have not experienced the impact of the philosophy of hedonism on their lives. As a world view, hedonism has as its basic principle the belief that the good and the evil are defined in terms of pleasure and pain. Man's ultimate purpose for living is to be found in enjoying pleasure and avoiding pain. The hedonist's constant goal in life is to pursue those things which increase pleasure and decrease pain. Keep Reading
  • Top 5 Commentaries on the Pastoral Epistles

    from Keith Mathison Mar 28, 2009 Category: Articles

    The three letters commonly referred to as the "pastoral epistles" (1 Timothy, 2 Timothy, and Titus) are labeled as such because they are the only letters Paul addressed to fellow workers with pastoral responsibilities. There are a number of helpful commentaries on the Pastoral Epistles, and the following are five of the best.    Keep Reading
  • Who Says?

    from R.C. Sproul Jr. Mar 27, 2009 Category: Articles

    It is a rather tedious and tiresome thing to pull the legs out from under our national confession. Our creed is not just internally inconsistent, it is not just incomprehensible, it is both these things rather quickly. That is, you do not start out with the fundamental premise, build a string of thirty or so syllogisms and come to a conclusion that contradicts the premise. You start with A, blink, and non-A is staring you right in the face. Our national creed is this- There is no such thing as true and false. The refutation is this- is it true or false that there's no such thing as true or false? It's over already. As I already noted, this devastating critique is by this point both tedious and tiresome. Potent and compelling, yes, but still boring as soggy graham crackers. Keep Reading
  • Authority in Vocation

    from Gene Edward Veith Mar 25, 2009 Category: Articles

    Do you want to know how Christians can influence the culture? How to have a strong family? Do you want to know the meaning of your life? Do you want to know how authority works? Then attend to the Reformation doctrine of vocation. This strangely neglected doctrine has to do with how God providentially governs the world of human beings. It also constitutes the theology of the Christian life. Keep Reading
  • The Final Word

    from Keith Mathison Mar 24, 2009 Category: Articles

    In the early part of the twentieth century, one would have been hard pressed to find a greater theological mind than that of Benjamin B. Warfield (1851-1921). Sadly, both he and his work are virtually unknown today outside of certain circles in the Reformed churches. During his lifetime, however, his scholarship was world-renowned. Although a great theologian, Warfield never wrote a complete systematic theology text. He did, however, write extensively on a wide range of topics, at both the popular and academic levels. His collected works fill ten volumes, and his breadth and depth of knowledge remain something to behold. One subject to which Warfield made a lasting contribution is the doctrine of Scripture. The various essays on this doctrine found in The Inspiration and Authority of the Bible (P&R Publishing, 1948) are of such quality that they have made this volume a modern-day classic. Keep Reading
  • Watch the Introduction to Handout Apologetics, Now Available on DVD

    from David Theriault Mar 23, 2009 Category: Articles

    I'd like to begin this with a preface, which really amounts to a disclaimer. I came to Ligonier over two years ago from Los Angeles to be their 'video guy.' I have no formal theological training, but have been a believer for over twenty years. I knew that working here would have its perks, whether it was the weekly devotional for employees led by Rev. Burk Parsons, the kindred nature of working with like minded colleagues, or the recognition that my family was rightly prioritized over career ambitions, and more. What I hadn't given too much thought to was that I would be exposed to such tremendous theological instruction and wisdom on a daily basis, just by doing my job as the 'video guy.' Keep Reading
  • Standards of Accountability

    from Tim Challies Mar 22, 2009 Category: Articles

    When the minister of the gospel faces the Lord God as judge, there will be many questions addressed to him. There will be many standards of accountability. There will be many criteria of judgment. But in the end, the most essential criterion of judgment for the minister of God is, "Did you preach the Word? Did you fully carry out the ministry of the Word? In season and out of season, was the priority of your ministry the preaching of the Word?" Keep Reading
  • Ligonier National Conference - Derek Thomas

    from Alex Chediak Mar 21, 2009 Category: Articles

    Derek W.H. Thomas is the John Richards Professor of Practical and Systematic Theology at Reformed Theological Seminary in Jackson, Miss. He is also the minister of teaching at First Presbyterian Church in Jackson and editorial director for The Alliance of Confessing Evangelicals. Among Dr. Thomas' many books are God Strengthens: Ezekiel Properly Explained, Mining for Wisdom, and Calvin's Teaching on Job. Keep Reading

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