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  • Love Letters

    from R.C. Sproul Jr. May 26, 2009 Category: Articles

    It is a strange habit, though I am often caught in its grip. Why is it, I wonder, that we find ourselves so often longing for those days of the early church? Where did we begin to confuse the descriptive with the prescriptive, using what was the church once upon a time as a guide to what the church should be in our own day? The source of this foolishness is likely more Rousseau and likely less the Bible. Rousseau was the father of the modern Romantic movement who argued that man is basically good and that it is the debilitating effects of culture that always make things worse. The more primitive we can get, the better off we will be. Buying into that template, we find the early church to be our ideal. Keep Reading
  • Doing Without the Church?

    from Gene Edward Veith May 24, 2009 Category: Articles

    The seven churches of Asia addressed in the book of Revelation had their problems. One of them looked quite lively but it was actually dead. Another was so lukewarm that the Lord was ready to spit it out of His mouth. And yet the Son of Man did not tell the Christians of Sardis or of Laodicea to pull out of their congregations. Keep Reading
  • Top 5 Commentaries on the Books of 2 Peter and Jude

    from Keith Mathison May 23, 2009 Category: Articles

    The epistles of 2 Peter and Jude are among the most neglected books in the Bible. Both books are dealing with the same problem. 2 Peter and Jude were written to combat the rise of false teachers in the Christian churches. These books are, therefore, extraordinarily relevant, even today. There are a number of helpful commentaries on the books of 2 Peter and Jude, and the following are five of the best. Keep Reading
  • The Meaning of God’s Will (pt. 3)

    from R.C. Sproul May 22, 2009 Category: Articles

    Habakkuk's famous statement "the just shall live by faith" (Habakkuk 2:4, kjv) is found three times in the New Testament. It has become a slogan of evangelical Protestantism, whose emphasis has been upon the doctrine of justification by faith alone. This slogan, containing a hint of the essence of the Christian life, has its focal point in the biblical concept of righteousness. Keep Reading
  • The Meaning of God’s Will (pt. 2)

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

    Theologians describe that will by which God decrees things to come to pass according to his supreme sovereignty as the "decretive will of God." This is also sometimes called "God's sovereign efficacious will"; by it God brings to pass whatsoever he wills. When God sovereignly decrees something in this sense, nothing can thwart its coming to pass. Keep Reading
  • The Meaning of God’s Will (pt. 1)

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

    We yearn for simple answers to difficult questions. We want clarity. We desire to cut through the entanglements to the heart of the question. Sometimes the answers are simple enough in themselves, but the process of finding them is laborious and confusing along the way. Sometimes the answers are simplistic, giving us temporary relief from the pressures and the burdens of confusing questions. However, there is a profound difference between the simple answer and the simplistic answer. The simple answer is correct; it accounts for all the data found in the complex problem. It is clear and can be easily grasped in its fullness. It abides, being able to stand the test of rigorous questioning. Keep Reading
  • Can I Know God’s Will?

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

    Alice in Wonderland came to a fork in the road. Icy panic stung her as she stood frozen by indecision. She lifted her eyes toward heaven, looking for guidance. Her eyes did not find God, only the Cheshire cat leering at her from his perch in the tree above. "Which way should I go?" blurted Alice. Keep Reading
  • Recovering Emphasis on Prayer

    from R.C. Sproul May 17, 2009 Category: Articles

    How can we as evangelicals recover the emphasis on prayer in worship that our Reformed forebears understood? Let me mention some ways. Keep Reading
  • Top 5 Commentaries on the Book of Haggai

    from Keith Mathison May 16, 2009 Category: Articles

    It was almost twenty years after the decree of Cyrus when the prophet Haggai was called to bring the word of God to the people of Jerusalem in 520 B.C. There are a number of helpful commentaries on the Book of Haggai, and the following are five of the best. Keep Reading
  • Dealing with Differences

    from Roger Nicole May 15, 2009 Category: Articles

    We are called upon by the Lord to contend earnestly for the faith (Jude 3). But that does not necessarily involve being contentious; it involves avoiding compromise, standing forth for what we believe, standing forth for the truth of God -- without welching at any particular moment. Thus, we are bound to meet, at various points and various levels, people with whom we disagree. Keep Reading

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