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  • A Light in Dark Places

    from Derek Thomas Sep 25, 2009 Category: Articles

    "The Holy Spirit has exhorted the faithful to continue clapping their hands for joy until the advent of the promised Redeemer," wrote John Calvin in a comment on Psalm 47:1­2. Paul would heartily concur! Writing from a prison cell from which he had no certain knowledge of escaping other than to his execution, joy is what came to mind. Joy is what the epistle to the Philippians is all about. So much is Philippians about joy that George B. Duncan once referred to it as "the life of continual rejoicing." The opposite of joy is misery, and miserable is something we are not meant to be. The Reformers caught the centrality of joy in the affections of Christians when they insisted that our chief goal in life is to "glorify God and enjoy Him forever" (WSC, Q. 1). Keep Reading
  • A Solemn Discharge of Duty

    from Tom Ascol Sep 24, 2009 Category: Articles

    One of the most popular sermons I have preached is entitled "How to Fire Your Pastor." I should have been suspicious when so many people requested copies of it! My purpose wasn't to advocate such action; rather, I wanted to help the church know what to do and how to do it if that unfortunate necessity ever arose. The issue is certainly relevant. It is estimated that in the United States over fifteen hundred ministers are dismissed from their positions each month. In some denominations it is almost epidemic. Keep Reading
  • The Heresies of Love

    from Gene Edward Veith Sep 21, 2009 Category: Articles

    God is a unity of distinct persons. The one God is Father, Son, and Holy Spirit. So says the doctrine of the Trinity. Some people believe in the unity and oneness of God, but deny that He consists in different persons. Heretics such as monarchists, modalists, and Keep Reading
  • Opening Our Ears to Hear

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

    God said to Isaiah: "Go and tell this people: 'Be ever hearing, but never understanding; be ever seeing, but never perceiving.' Make the heart of this people calloused; make their ears dull and close their eyes. Otherwise they might see with their eyes, hear with their ears, understand with their hearts, and turn and be healed" (Isa. 6:9-10, NIV). Keep Reading
  • Bearing Spiritual Fruit

    from R.C. Sproul Sep 19, 2009 Category: Articles

    By grace, God offers the righteousness of Christ to all who put their trust in Him. For all who believe, all who have faith in Him, the merit of Christ is reckoned to their account. Does this exclude good works in the life of the believer? By no means. Our justification is always unto good works. Though no merit ever proceeds from our works, either those done before our conversion or those done afterward, good works are a necessary fruit of true faith. Keep Reading
  • Iran: Believers and Broadcasts

    from Marty Banzhaf Sep 18, 2009 Category: Articles

    This past summer has been a fiery trial for believers in Iran. Since the fraudulent elections, the attempted "green revolution," and the subsequent inauguration of Mahmoud Ahmadinejad, Christians in Iran, particularly Muslim converts, have undergone direct detainment. Keep Reading
  • Cornerstones and Stumbling Blocks

    from R.C. Sproul Jr. Sep 18, 2009 Category: Articles

    Why do the wicked flee when none pursue? Guilt. Why do we by nature exchange the glory of the Creator for corruptible things? Guilt. Why do the nations rage, and the rulers take counsel together? Guilt. Why do the sheep know their Master's voice? Forgiveness. Why do the redeemed worship in Spirit and in truth? Forgiveness. Why have we been made into a royal priesthood, and a holy nation? Forgiveness. Eschatologically, what separates sheep and goats is eternity in heaven and eternity in hell. Here in the not yet, what separates us is living today in heaven and living today in hell. Keep Reading
  • Doctrine of Scripture: Recommended Reading

    from Keith Mathison Sep 17, 2009 Category: Articles

    Our understanding of the nature and authority of Scripture is key to our theology. What we think of the Bible will have ramifications on what we think of everything else. What then are some helpful books for those seeking to understand the issues involved? While by no means exhaustive, here are some helpful texts for those interested in studying the issues in more detail. Keep Reading
  • In Essentials Unity, In Non-Essentials Liberty, In All Things Charity

    from Mark Ross Sep 16, 2009 Category: Articles

    Philip Schaff, the distinguished nineteenth century church historian, calls the saying in our title "the watchword of Christian peacemakers" (History of the Christian Church, Vol. 7, p. 650). Often attributed to great theologians such as Augustine, it comes from an otherwise undistinguished German Lutheran theologian of the early seventeenth century, Rupertus Meldenius. The phrase occurs in a tract on Christian unity written (c. 1627) during the Thirty Years War (1618-1648), a bloody time in European history in which religious tensions played a significant role. The saying has found great favor among subsequent writers such as Richard Baxter, and has since been adopted as a motto by the Moravian Church of North America and the Evangelical Presbyterian Church. Might it serve us well as a motto for every church and for every denomination today? Keep Reading
  • Accepting Graduated Responsibility

    from R.C. Sproul Sep 16, 2009 Category: Articles

    There is an oft-neglected principle taught in the New Testament. I call it the principle of "graduated responsibility." This principle is taught by Jesus in Luke 12:48: "From everyone who has been given much, much will be demanded" (NIV). This saying is part of the parable of the faithful steward. It underscores the terms of the judgment the lord in the parable renders to his servants. Keep Reading

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