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  • Ligonier National Conference - Sinclair Ferguson

    from Tim Challies Mar 19, 2009 Category: Articles

    After a rather tasty lunch we gathered again, this time to hear Sinclair Ferguson speak about "The Doctrines of Grace." He began by reading Ephesians 1 and said that no man has had a greater impact on his thinking than John Calvin. Keep Reading
  • Ligonier National Conference - Ligon Duncan

    from Alex Chediak Mar 19, 2009 Category: Articles

    J. Ligon Duncan III is the senior minister of First Presbyterian Church in Jackson, Miss., and adjunct professor of theology at Reformed Theological Seminary. He is the president of the Alliance of Confessing Evangelicals and chairman of the Council on Biblical Manhood and Womanhood. Dr. Duncan has written, edited, and contributed to several books including Preaching the Cross, Women's Ministry in the Local Church, and Should We Leave Our Churches?, and Fear Not! Keep Reading
  • Thanks Be to God

    from Knox Chamblin Mar 17, 2009 Category: Articles

    In December 2008, I turned seventy-three. Invited by Tabletalk to address younger generations "on matters pertinent to the faith," I thought of Psalm 71, the prayer of an elderly man. Says verse 18: "So even to old age and gray hairs, O God, do not forsake me, until I proclaim your might to another generation, your power to all those to come." I seek to do so now. Keep Reading
  • All Hail the Power

    from Chris Donato Mar 16, 2009 Category: Articles

    "In Jesus' name we pray, Amen." Is this just habit, a formal closing in public prayer? Or, is it a powerful declaration that we who pray in that name are in him to whom that name belongs? Well, Christians from the time of Christ onward have prayed in the name of God's Son. But only for the past two-hundred years or so has that name been relegated to the end of every prayer. Even though in many prayers it may be added as an afterthought, a nice closing that informs others in the room the prayer is about to end, the practice itself became popular during this modern era when the deity of the Son was being everywhere challenged. Ending petitions to the Father in the name of Jesus was a way for orthodox Christians to defend his divinity. Keep Reading
  • Our Propensity for Ego

    from R.C. Sproul Jr. Mar 15, 2009 Category: Articles

    If we would seek to preach to the mind, we also must encourage those in our hearing to receive the Word preached with their minds. The habits of their hearts will be shaped by the habits of their minds. If, strangely, they listen only to check the preacher's level of orthodoxy, if they seek only to have their intellects tickled, if they attend to preaching only that they might show forth their own erudition, it is not their minds but their egos that are not being preached to. Just as a deep and complex sermon, rather than a simple and straightforward one, can be a sign of a preacher getting in the way, a deep and complex analysis of a sermon by the adept layman can be a sign of a congregant getting in the way. Our minds always need to be exhorted to beware our propensity for ego. Keep Reading
  • Top 5 Commentaries on the Book of Micah

    from Keith Mathison Mar 14, 2009 Category: Articles

    The ministry of the prophet Micah began during the reign of the Judean king Jotham (750-732) and lasted until the reign of Hezekiah (729-686). His ministry, unlike that of Amos or Hosea, overlapped the fall of the northern kingdom. He prophesied the fall of Israel and lived to witness it. Following the fall of the northern kingdom, Micah prophesied to the southern kingdom of Judah. There are a number of helpful commentaries on the book of Micah, and the following are five of the best. Keep Reading
  • Served By God, Serving Man

    from David Mathis Mar 13, 2009 Category: Articles

    My dad hasn't been to seminary. He has no formal theological training. Nobody pays him and Mom for their endless hours serving the church. But they could write an article on sacrificial service to the church. They've lived it. Pop is a dentist in Spartanburg, South Carolina. He and Mom moved to town in the late seventies after dental school and a couple years practicing on marines. They didn't know anyone when they arrived. They visited churches, soon found one, and have been there for over three decades now. Keep Reading
  • The “New” Calvinism

    from Chris Larson Mar 12, 2009 Category: Articles

    It's interesting when major media pick up on a story that Ligonier has been living for several decades. Time Magazine's forthcoming cover story on  "10 Ideas Changing the World Right Now" notes Calvinism as number three. Keep Reading
  • The Divine Foundation of Authority

    from R.C. Sproul Mar 11, 2009 Category: Articles

    "You're out!" "I'm safe!" "Out!" "Safe!" "Out!" "It's my ball, and it's my bat, and I say that I'm safe." This is how we settled disputes over plays in our pickup baseball games played without the benefit of a referee or umpire. When a disputed play could not be resolved through reason or through yelling, the one who possessed the equipment usually determined the outcome. It was a child's game in which might made right. It was the nascent expression of the cynical statement: "He who owns the gold, rules." Keep Reading
  • Something Different

    from Matt Schmucker Mar 10, 2009 Category: Articles

    "Matt, I don't understand how you and Steve can be a part of the same church given what you each believe and practice." This came from a young woman with whom my wife and I had been sharing the gospel. "I don't understand," I replied. Keep Reading

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