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  • I Have Friends

    from R.C. Sproul Jr. May 19, 2012 Category: Articles

    It was, I suspect, somewhat early on in the growth of the "accountability" movement. I had heard the concept, but had not given it much study. The deacon at the church I attended as a young married man apparently had studied it. And so, seemingly with the approval of the session, he sat perched by the entrance of the sanctuary. He asked me, as he asked everyone passing by, with all the tact and enthusiasm of a carnival barker, if I had an accountability group. Being young and naïve I stopped and asked, "What's that?" Keep Reading
  • The Sermon I Would Have Preached at my Wife’s Memorial Service

    from R.C. Sproul Jr. May 08, 2012 Category: Articles

    Though it was a close call, I elected not to preach at my dear wife's memorial service. Wasn't sure I could get through it. But in God's good grace I was given a second chance, the opportunity to preach to many who knew and loved her. Keep Reading
  • Needed Need

    from R.C. Sproul Jr. May 05, 2012 Category: Articles

    We had company today. Darby my 18 year old made a pasta dish. Maili, my 10 year old set the table and poured the drinks. Erin Claire, 12, made a delicious cake. Delaney made a salad, and I made the garlic bread. Our guests were not only well fed, but were engaged in fruitful, God-honoring and laughter infused conversation. We talked of Denise and her many strengths. Everything went wonderfully. Keep Reading
  • Did Jesus Suffer the Wrath of the Father for All Sinners, or Just the Elect?

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

    Just for the elect. This truth is hard for some people for what seems like a good reason- It shows God treating people unequally. If Christ's atoning work covers only some people, doesn't this somehow make God unfair, treating one group of people one way, and another group of people another way? If people end up in different places, some in heaven and some in hell, then we can either attribute the difference to how God acts in our lives, or in how we act in ourselves. The latter choice has a great deal going for it. It absolves God of the charge of treating people differently. And no one in hell, of course, can complain about being there. They are there by their own doing. Keep Reading
  • What Should I Do When Feeling Completely Overwhelmed?

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

    What should I do when feeling completely overwhelmed, with a "to do" list as long as the Matterhorn is high, while wanting only to pull the bed covers over my head? Keep Reading
  • Missing Missing

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

    My wife would be pleased with me. As I do far too infrequently, I uncluttered my desk today. You should see how nice it looks. In so doing, however, I came across another old stack of sympathy cards sent months ago from friends and strangers. I read through them, and found myself lonesome for a surprising time, the day my Denise went on to glory. In a previous piece I wrote about how, crossing the barrier of forty days of mourning made me fear that I would miss Denise all the more. I suggested that the more I mourned the more it seemed she was with me. Turns out I was right. Keep Reading
  • Is It True That God Blesses Those Who Bless Israel and Curses Those Who Curse Israel?

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

    It must be true, because this is what God says, isn't it? Well, actually God says this, "I will bless those who bless you, And I will curse him who curses you; And in you all the families of the earth shall be blessed" (Genesis 12:3). Keep Reading
  • Diagnosing Diagnostics

    from R.C. Sproul Jr. Mar 24, 2012 Category: Articles

    When you have a hammer, everything begins to look like a nail. In like manner, when you have a wrench everything looks like a bolt. Any given tool empowers us and tempts us. It makes easier the task for which the tool was designed, while tempting us to think that every problem will be solved by it, every question answered by it. Keep Reading
  • Love God? Sometimes I Hate Him

    from R.C. Sproul Jr. Mar 10, 2012 Category: Articles

    So Luther responded when queried about his love for God. He was honest enough to admit that while God is altogether lovely, Luther was a sinner, and his response to God showed it. We can have a love/hate relationship with that which matters to us for one of two reasons, or a combination thereof. In Luther's case God doesn't change, but Luther does. Sometimes, however, the object of our love changes while we don't. Sometimes that which we love behaves in an unlovely way, and our love flees. Still worse, sometimes that which we loved changes so radically that love is difficult if not impossible. Keep Reading

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