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  • Does the Center Hold?

    from Keith Mathison Feb 25, 2009 Category: Articles

    If I have heard it once, I've heard it a thousand times: "A Calvinist evangelist? Isn't that an oxymoron? Calvinism undermines evangelism." This accusation has been repeated so many times that few make the effort to argue it. Instead, it is simply assumed. Never mind that some of the church's greatest evangelists have been Calvinists. One need only be reminded of men such as George Whitefield, David Brainerd, or "the father of modern missions," William Carey. "Yes," we are told, "these men were great evangelists and Calvinists, but that is because they were inconsistent." But is this true? Keep Reading
  • The Gospel of Reality

    from Gene Edward Veith Feb 24, 2009 Category: Articles

    Matthew, Mark, Luke, and John are not enough for many denizens of the twenty-first century. In their search for a more palatable Jesus, novelists such as Dan Brown of The Da Vinci Code, feminist theologians such as Elaine Pagels, and their acolytes in the media and pop culture are turning to the apocryphal gospels of the early heretics. These are alleged to contain a valid, alternative version of early Christianity, one that can support today's feminism and moral permissiveness. But comparing the New Testament Gospels to those written centuries later only confirms that these writings are works of history. Keep Reading
  • Top 5 Commentaries on the Books of Colossians and Philemon

    from Keith Mathison Feb 22, 2009 Category: Articles

    The epistles to the Colossians and to Philemon were written by Paul during the early part of his Roman imprisonment. Paul apparently wrote to the Colossian church because he had heard that false teachers had come to the city and were spreading erroneous doctrine in the young church. There are a number of helpful commentaries on Colossians and Philemon, and the following are five of the best. Keep Reading
  • Pluralism and Relativism: “It’s All Relative” (pt. 3)

    from R.C. Sproul Feb 21, 2009 Category: Articles

    One of the most controversial issues of our day is that of abortion. It is tearing this country apart politically, economically, socially, and in every other way. Legislation is pending in every statehouse over the question of abortion. The issue is not whether or not it is all right to have an abortion if a person is subjected to rape or if the mother's life is in danger. Those are moral questions that theologians and students of ethics work with. The issue today is over the question of abortion on demand. Keep Reading
  • Pluralism and Relativism: “It’s All Relative” (pt. 2)

    from R.C. Sproul Feb 20, 2009 Category: Articles

    In the twentieth century, the buzz word that replaced evolution was relativity. We are all aware of the changes in our lives that have been brought about by the scientific revolution based on Einstein's theory of relativity. This is the atomic age. Our lives have been changed by the threat of nuclear war as well as by new possibilities of power from nuclear energy that exist as a result of Einstein's work. Keep Reading
  • 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
  • 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
  • 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

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