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  • Hypocritical Hypocrisy

    from Burk Parsons Oct 05, 2009 Category: Articles

    Coram Deo: Living Before the Face of God
    I just began reading a book by a well-known pastor who, in the opening pages, referred to himself as a "professional hypocrite." Being a pastor, he is all too familiar with the hypocrite label that is so often leveled at pastors. On the surface it certainly seems appropriate for all pastors, and for that matter all Christians to admit that we are hypocrites. However, if we really understand what it means to be a hypocrite, then we should do everything necessary to avoid being labeled as such. We must be careful not to become hypocritical in acting as if being called a hypocrite doesn't matter. Furthermore, we must not think for a minute that just because you announce you are a hypocrite that you are not a hypocrite. While we must always strive to be genuine and honest people of God in all that we do, admitting our faults and confessing our sins to the church and the world, we also must always strive to be people who are known by the church and the world to be striving after true holiness. Keep Reading
  • An Interview With Keith Mathison (pt. 2)

    from Burk Parsons Oct 01, 2009 Category: Articles

    This is part two of an interview with Keith Mathison. Click here to read part one. Keep Reading
  • An Interview With Keith Mathison

    from Burk Parsons Sep 30, 2009 Category: Articles

    I first came in contact with Keith Mathison while in college. I attended an historically Dispensational college where a giant Clarence Larkin Dispensational chart adorned one of the classrooms. I came across a new book through Tabletalk magazine called Dispensationalism: Rightly Dividing the People of God? published by P&R in 1995 by a guy named Mathison who, I discovered, was a student of the seminary where many of my professors graduated from. Keep Reading
  • The Lifelong Pursuit of Godly Wisdom

    from Burk Parsons Sep 30, 2009 Category: Articles

    The Proverbs tell us "Blessed is the one who finds wisdom and the one who gets understanding" (Proverbs 3:13). The beginning of wisdom is fearing the Lord, the path of wisdom is worshiping the Lord, and the end of wisdom is falling down in the presence of the Lord before His face in glory. As we all have, I have met many men in my life from whom I have learned much. Keep Reading
  • True Catholicism

    from Burk Parsons Sep 02, 2009 Category: Articles

    Coram Deo: Living Before the Face of God We have all heard it said, and some of you have even said it: "Let's just agree to disagree." If memory serves me, I have never used that expression, primarily because I don't think it makes much sense and because I think people who use the expression don't make much sense when they use it in their attempt to end disagreements. Nevertheless, I think I know what people mean by the expression. Keep Reading
  • Is It Just a Money Issue?

    from Burk Parsons Aug 03, 2009 Category: Articles

    Several years after my father's death in 1992 I found an old shoebox among my father's belongings. Among the various items in the shoebox, I came across a stack of letters that my father had written just prior to his death. As I began to read the first letter I quickly realized he had written them to me but that he never had the opportunity to give them to me because his cancer consumed his body more quickly than the oncologist had expected. In one of the letters, my father wrote, "Learn to live with a little less." Keep Reading
  • Good Old Calvinism

    from Burk Parsons Jul 02, 2009 Category: Articles

    John Calvin was a churchman for all ages. He was a reformer par excellence. He was a godly pastor who equipped his people for ministry. He was a humble revolutionary. He was a loyal husband, father, and friend. But above all Calvin was a man whose mind was humbled and whose heart was mastered by the Lord God Almighty. His life's prayer -- "I offer my heart to you, O Lord, promptly and sincerely" -- was an unwavering declaration of surrender to the Lord, whom he sought to love with all of his heart, soul, mind, and strength. Keep Reading
  • A Sower Went Out To Sow…

    from Burk Parsons Jun 04, 2009 Category: Articles

    Church historian Mark Noll writes, "In many ways, the defining figure in the history of American evangelicalism is the eighteenth-century revivalist George Whitefield." Prior to America's declaration of independence from England, the Calvinist preacher from England turned the colonies upside down and led America to its knees in the First Great Awakening. Whitefield's passionate preaching drew crowds in the tens of thousands as townspeople went to the fields. Keep Reading
  • Complacent Repentance

    from Burk Parsons May 06, 2009 Category: Articles

    I love to hear stories about our faithful forefathers in ages past, and while it may be mere legend, I have heard that the great nineteenth-century British pastor Charles Spurgeon posted a sign on the door of his study. Each time he passed through the door of his study he could not avoid seeing the sign, which read: "Perhaps today." It was his way of reminding himself that Jesus could return any day. So Spurgeon lived, prayed, and preached -- eagerly and expectantly. Keep Reading
  • Our Hope in Ages Past

    from Burk Parsons Apr 07, 2009 Category: Articles

    "Pray with your mouth, cry out with your heart, make petitions while you work, so that every day and night, every hour and moment, God may always assist you." These are the words of the ninth-century, Christian noblewoman, Dhouda. She penned these words of admonition to her son William. She was concerned that her oldest son, a page in the court of Charles the Bald, would understand what it means to be a godly man. Dhouda's Handbook for William contained wise counsel to her son concerning the necessity of daily prayer, his conduct in public worship, and the importance of his reverence in prayer, in worship, and in all of life. Keep Reading

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