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  • Dreams of Paradise

    from Robert Field Dec 22, 2008 Category: Articles

    Hawaii has often been advertised as one of those classic dreams of paradise. When streets on the mainland clog with snow and temperatures plummet far below zero, thoughts are enticed by Hawaii's warm tropical waves lapping upon beaches saturated with sun. Clouds drift by on perfumed trade winds. Cares melt away. The mind is filled with peace as you walk down a sandy shoreline. Ah, paradise found! At least, that's what we believe we have discovered in those winter daydreams. Here is the eternal quest of man. He tries to find a quiet sanctuary that would bring him peace. Yet even in Hawaii, such a goal in the material world is impossible to find. Keep Reading
  • The Mystery of Preaching

    from Albert Mohler Dec 21, 2008 Category: Articles

    There is something deeply mysterious about Christian preaching, both in terms of its communication and in terms of its content. After all, what we preach is not what the world expects to hear. It is not a message they will hear anywhere else. No human wisdom, no school of philosophy, no secular salesman, no TV commercial speaker selling his CDs is ever going to come up with this on his own. Keep Reading
  • Top 5 Commentaries on the Book of Ezekiel

    from Keith Mathison Dec 20, 2008 Category: Articles

    Like Jeremiah, Ezekiel ministered in the years immediately preceding and immediately following the fall of Jerusalem in 586 B.C. His book contains some of the most difficult and disputed prophecies in the Old Testament. The following are five of the most helpful commentaries on this prophetic book.   Keep Reading
  • Expectant Christians

    from Iain Campbell Dec 19, 2008 Category: Articles

    I can't help wondering what it must have been like for Mary's father to learn that his beautiful, believing, teenage daughter had fallen pregnant? His world, like hers, changed forever the day her first child was conceived in her womb. She had maintained her virginal purity, but became pregnant nonetheless. She would never, not until her dying day, be free from the stigma of those who were ready to taunt Jesus with the words: "We were not born of sexual immorality" (John 8:41). Keep Reading
  • Pop Goes the Evangelical

    from Keith Mathison Dec 18, 2008 Category: Articles

    What do commercialism, the problem of evil, Chick tracts, American Idol, and Francis Beckwith's recent conversion to Roman Catholicism have in common? Anyone? If you couldn't come up with an answer, not to worry. One would be hard-pressed to find an overarching conceptual category that would encompass all of these topics, not to mention creeds and confessions, anti-aging products, and the Psalms, but they all have one thing in common. At one point or another, they have all been the subject of Carl Trueman's wide ranging interests, and they are all discussed in his most recent book, Minority Report. Keep Reading
  • The Mystery of Iniquity

    from R.C. Sproul Dec 17, 2008 Category: Articles

    It has been called the Achilles' heel of the Christian faith. Of course, I'm referring to the classical problem of the existence of evil. Philosophers such as John Stuart Mill have argued that the existence of evil demonstrates that God is either not omnipotent or not good and loving -- the reasoning being that if evil exists apart from the sovereign power of God, then by resistless logic, God cannot be deemed omnipotent. On the other hand, if God does have the power to prevent evil but fails to do it, then this would reflect upon His character, indicating that He is neither good nor loving. Because of the persistence of this problem, the church has seen countless attempts at what is called theodicy. Keep Reading
  • Paradise Now and Then

    from Burk Parsons Dec 16, 2008 Category: Articles

    The movie Paradise Now is the 2005 Golden Globe winner for best foreign-language film. Although I have not yet seen the film, I have been intrigued by the film's title since it's release. The story follows two Palestinian childhood friends who were recruits for Islamic suicide attacks in Tel Aviv, Israel. The story focuses on what would be their last days together. The film's title appropriately points out one of the more conspicuous mantras of Muslims whose appetite for paradise is manifested by means of destruction. They want paradise now, and some will do everything in their power to help usher in Mohammed's promised paradise on earth. For the Muslim, paradise comes at the expense of the death of many, for the Christian it comes at the expense of the death of one (Rom. 5:15). Keep Reading
  • Columns from Tabletalk Magazine, December 2008

    from Various Dec 15, 2008 Category: Articles

    The December edition of Tabletalk is out. This month's theme is "Paradise Lost and Regained." The issue explores basic elements of Christianity, including the loss of paradise by our first parents and how it was regained by Jesus Christ. Keep Reading
  • The Eternal Priesthood

    from Robert Rothwell Dec 15, 2008 Category: Articles

    When I was sixteen years old I became convinced that I was not going to be around much longer. Now before you jump to the conclusion that I had become obsessed with my own demise, I should give the reason why I did not think I had many more days on this earth. It was not because I thought I was going to die at an early age. The reason that I would be going to heaven had nothing to do with my death. Keep Reading
  • The Way to Godly Living

    from Joel Beeke Dec 14, 2008 Category: Articles

    The way to godly living is surprisingly simple: we are to walk with God in His appointed way (Micah 6:8), diligently using the means of grace and the spiritual disciplines, and waiting upon the Holy Spirit for blessing. Note that godly living involves both discipline and grace. This emphasis upon duty and grace is fundamental to Reformed, experiential ideas about godly living. As John Flavel wrote, "The duty is ours, though the power be God's. A natural man has no power, a gracious man hath some, though not sufficient; and that power he hath depends upon the assisting strength of Christ." Keep Reading

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