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  • A Review of Luther: The Life and Legacy of the German Reformer

    from Robert Rothwell Jun 28, 2017 Category: Articles

    In 2017, we celebrate the five-hundreth anniversary of the Protestant Reformation and the work of its most significant figure, Martin Luther. We date the beginning of the Reformation from his posting of the Ninety-Five Theses in 1517, but Luther’s significance extends well beyond Protestantism. He routinely appears on lists of the most influential figures of the past one thousand years. One of my undergraduate history professors observed that more books have been written about Martin Luther than have been written about any other historical figure other than Jesus Christ. Given Luther’s influence on religion, politics, culture, and the arts, it is extremely difficult to summarize effectively the life and significance of Luther in roughly ninety minutes. Yet that is what Stephen McCaskell has accomplished in his Luther: The Life and Legacy of the German Reformer.   Keep Reading
  • The Attitude of Apologetics

    from Burk Parsons Jun 24, 2017 Category: Articles

    When people first hear the word apologetics, they typically think of our modern use of the word apology. They often conclude that the task of apologetics is apologizing for the Christian faith as if to say we are sorry for our faith. However, the word apologetics derives from the Greek word apologia, which means “to give an answer” or “to make a defense.” Apologetics is not an apology, it’s an answer—a defense of what we believe. In his first epistle, Peter writes, “In your hearts honor Christ the Lord as holy, always being prepared to make a defense to anyone who asks you for a reason for the hope that is in you; yet do it with gentleness and respect” (1 Peter 3:15). In his commentary on 1 Peter, Dr. R.C. Sproul writes:   Keep Reading
  • Why Reformation Bible College Exists

    from Stephen Nichols Jun 22, 2017 Category: Articles

    Reformation Bible College (RBC) is unique, and its mission is urgent: “Above all, know God.” It fills a needed gap among institutions of higher education. Firmly established upon and governed by theological convictions, RBC is unabashedly a Christian college. There are two main types of Christian colleges: liberal arts colleges and Bible colleges. RBC has something exceptional to offer when set against either type. Historically, Christian liberal arts colleges have offered a robust curriculum in the humanities, as well as majors devoted to professions and career paths. Yet their biblical and theological curriculum offerings have not been as plentiful or extensive. For example, colleges and universities belonging to the Coalition of Christian Colleges and Universities (CCCU) only require a minimum of six credit hours of biblical or theological instruction. And of course, Christian liberal arts colleges represent a wide swath of theological commitment, with many espousing a watered-down version of core Christian doctrines and beliefs. Keep Reading
  • When Do We Stand Before God in Judgment?

    from R.C. Sproul Jun 17, 2017 Category: Articles

    We have to make a distinction, as I think the Bible does, between the judgment that we receive immediately upon our death, at which we are brought before Christ, and what the Bible speaks of as the last judgment. There’s a reason the Bible refers to the last judgment as the last. That which is last presupposes that there have been some kinds of judgment prior to it. The Bible says that it’s appointed for man to die once, and then the judgment. I think there’s much in the New Testament to indicate that at the moment we die, we experience at least a preliminary judgment. Keep Reading

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