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  • The Christian and Art (pt. 1)

    from R.C. Sproul Apr 28, 2009 Category: Articles

    I lived in the city of Amsterdam during the 1960s. As I walked through the city, I recognized the names on many of the street corners. There was Beethoven Straat, Vanderhelstlaan, and Rembrandt Plein. The streets and places that I encountered there often bore the name of famous composers or artists. Keep Reading
  • Another Doubter of Darwin Goes Public

    from Keith Mathison Apr 27, 2009 Category: Articles

    Although books related to the never-ending discussion of the pros and cons of Darwinism are constantly rolling off the presses, there are only a few that have the potential to mark a major turning point in the debate. Keep Reading
  • How Are We to Keep the Sabbath in Today’s Society?

    from R.C. Sproul Apr 26, 2009 Category: Articles

    Within the Christian church there are three leading options for answering your question. Some Christians believe that the Sabbath was an Old Testament ordinance and has no application to the New Testament church. No less a giant than Saint Augustine took the position that the Sabbath was not carried over into the New Testament community and therefore has been fulfilled and was done away with through the work of Christ. There are Christians who feel that there is no particular significance to Sabbath keeping today, although they make up a very small minority. Keep Reading
  • Top 5 Commentaries on the Book of James

    from Keith Mathison Apr 25, 2009 Category: Articles

    The book of James is possibly the earliest writing found in the New Testament canon. It was likely written after Paul began to bring the Gospel to the Gentiles but before he and James met at the Jerusalem Council (cf. Acts 15). There are a number of helpful commentaries on the Book of James, and the following are five of the best.    Keep Reading
  • A ‘Great’ Leader

    from Gene Edward Veith Apr 24, 2009 Category: Articles

    These days it's easy to become cynical about politicians, government officials, and other national leaders. Governing a country takes hard-nosed, practical realism. Morality and religion are well and good, many of us say, but someone who follows such ideals in the political arena will be eaten alive. Yet, consider the example of a ninth-century king named Alfred the Great. Keep Reading
  • Beauty and the Best

    from R.C. Sproul Jr. Apr 23, 2009 Category: Articles

    There is a tension among the people of God that reflects a delicate balance to which the Bible calls us. Paul, you will recall, argued that in his passion for the gospel, he wished to be all things to all people, that by all means some might be saved 
(1 Cor. 9:22). On the other hand, Jesus tells the disciples that when they brought the good news and were not received, they were to wipe the dust off of their feet as they left the town (Luke 9:5). They're both legitimate perspectives on the lost. Where, we wonder, does earnestly contending for lost souls end and pandering to the lost begin? Keep Reading
  • Escaping Anonymity

    from Tim Challies Apr 22, 2009 Category: Articles

    Admiral Lord Nelson once remarked that "every sailor is a bachelor when beyond Gibraltar." This was a statement about anonymity, a rare concept even just a few short generations ago. Nelson knew that once his sailors moved beyond the bounds of the British Empire, beyond society's systems of morality and accountability, they underwent a transformation. Every man became a bachelor and sought only and always his own pleasure. Those who have read biographies of John Newton will see there a vivid portrayal of a man who was a gentleman at home but who was vulgar and abusive while away. Given only a measure of anonymity he became a whole new man. Keep Reading
  • Measuring Success

    from Larry Mininger Apr 21, 2009 Category: Articles

    About forty people scattered on metal chairs greeted me on my first Sunday in my first (and only) pastorate in a quaint little sanctuary nestled in the woods between massive orange groves just west of Orlando, Florida. There were no pews, organ, carpeting or paved roads leading to this place. Snakes in the breezeway and gators in the nearby lake -- I thought I was in the jungle! Keep Reading
  • Should a Christian Become Good Friends (Not Just an Acquaintance) with Pagans?

    from R.C. Sproul Jr. Apr 20, 2009 Category: Articles

    The Apostle Paul writes to the church at Corinth "Do not be bound together with unbelievers; for what partnership have righteousness and lawlessness, or what fellowship has light with darkness?" (2 Cor. 6:14). The text at least ought to raise the question in our minds. Would Paul's admonition here preclude close, personal friendships with those outside the kingdom? To answer properly we need only to answer this question- is such a friendship being bound together? Is it a partnership? Is it fellowship? Keep Reading
  • Love Gifts of the Ascended Christ

    from Don Kistler Apr 19, 2009 Category: Articles

    Preachers are one of the love gifts of the ascended Christ to His body, the church. We should never let anyone denigrate the sacred calling of a pastor to stand in his pulpit and faithfully exegete the inspired Word of God to the people of God, thereby carrying out his ministry to be the mouthpiece of God. Keep Reading

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