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  • Ravenous Sheep

    from R.C. Sproul Jr. Aug 11, 2012 Category: Articles

    The hardest thing about being a shepherd is the pain of loving the sheep. Keep Reading
  • Celebrating Alone

    from R.C. Sproul Jr. Jul 31, 2012 Category: Articles

    My anniversary is, like every day, a day for giving thanks. He gave me more than I deserve in giving me her. He gave her more than she deserves in giving her Him. And one day He will bless me in the same way. Rejoice, and be exceedingly glad. Keep Reading
  • Running with the Bulls

    from R.C. Sproul Jr. Jul 28, 2012 Category: Articles

    It's a good thing to fight pornography by remembering the damage a ferret can do. But it's a dangerous thing. Better to understand the nature of our enemy here. Would we not more earnestly flee if we knew our homes will blow up, and our lives will be ruined? Pornography is no cherry bomb; it's an atom bomb. Keep Reading
  • Rabbits Out of Hats

    from R.C. Sproul Jr. Jul 21, 2012 Category: Articles

    The heart of magic is misdirection. Sure, there are specially made tools of the trade. There is well-trained prestidigitation. There are moments of art and flourish. The magic, however, is to get the audience to look one direction while you do something decidedly ordinary in plain sight. That's how we start with an empty hat, and end up with a fluffy bunny. Keep Reading
  • Should Christians Refuse to Pay Taxes When They Are Used to Finance Abortions?

    from R.C. Sproul Jr. Jul 14, 2012 Category: Articles

    Christians should in fact pay whatever taxes they owe even when that money ends up financing abortions. The Christian who pays such taxes has no need to feel guilty, while the Christian that refuses to pay, however well intentioned, ought to feel guilty. Keep Reading
  • Obamacare: Taking Our Medicine

    from R.C. Sproul Jr. Jul 07, 2012 Category: Articles

    It is true enough that the church is worldly. Like the world's younger brother we follow a few steps behind the spirit of the age, mimicking its swagger. That truth, however, ought not cause us to miss another truth- that the world follows the church. Jesus tells us in the Sermon on the Mount that believers are salt and light, that we act as a preservative to a world swirling in a maelstrom of moral entropy. How easy it is to diminish this truth, to reduce it down to "Be nice, so your neighbor will be nice." The truth is, however, not only that the broader world becomes a less moral place when we behave in less moral ways, but that the connection runs deeper still. When we fail at X, odds are the world will fail at X, spectacularly. And in ways we won't like. Keep Reading
  • Breaking Hearts

    from R.C. Sproul Jr. Jun 30, 2012 Category: Articles

    It had been my plan to be in Virginia this week, teaching what we call Couples Camp, a small group gathering where we talk for a few days about the sovereignty of God, the family, and the kingdom of God. I looked forward to the trip, my old stomping grounds, visiting dear old friends, talking about issues that matter to me. In God's providence I am not in Virginia. I am not teaching, but am learning. I am not talking so much as listening. And worst of all, I am in some old stomping grounds, roughly 100 yards from the hospital room where my beloved spent much of the last months of her life. Keep Reading
  • What is the “Theology of Glory”?

    from R.C. Sproul Jr. Jun 23, 2012 Category: Articles

    There is an appropriate tension in the relationship between Christians and the world. We serve a Lord who came to bring life abundant (John 10:10), who has overcome the world (John 16:33), who is bringing all things under subjection (Ephesians 1:22), who will see every knee bow and every tongue confess that He is Lord, to the glory of the Father (Philippians 2:10). Jesus is the second Adam succeeding where the first Adam failed, not only in obeying God's law perfectly, not only atoning for our failure to keep the law, but in fulfilling the dominion mandate. The church, which is the second Eve, or bride of the second Adam, is a help suitable to Jesus in fulfilling that calling. We are in union with Him, bone of His bone. We are to be about the business of pressing the crown rights of King Jesus. Keep Reading
  • What’s the Difference Between Teaching and Preaching?

    from R.C. Sproul Jr. Jun 16, 2012 Category: Articles

    Like prose and poetry, these two terms are better understood as opposite ends of a spectrum, rather than raw opposites. When we write prose we are given to sundry poetic devices, word-plays, metaphors, etc. and when we write poetry we are communicating information. In like manner it is rather difficult if not impossible to teach without preaching to some degree, or to preach without some level of teaching. Keep Reading
  • Do Familial Curses Still Exist?

    from R.C. Sproul Jr. Jun 09, 2012 Category: Articles

    God tells us in Exodus 20 that He will visit "the iniquity of the fathers upon the children to the third and fourth generations of those who hate Me," (verse 5). That might settle the issue, but then God also told us this, "In those days they shall say no more: ' The fathers have eaten sour grapes, And the children's teeth are set on edge.'" (Jeremiah 31:29). Does this mean that there was, in the old covenant, familial curses, and that in the new they no longer exist? I think not. Keep Reading

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