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  • 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
  • Why Are Gas Prices So High?

    from R.C. Sproul Jr. Mar 03, 2012 Category: Articles

    There are ultimately only two ways by which prices are determined, by market forces of supply and demand, or by government forces imposing themselves in markets. When the nation experiences the pain of rapid price increases it does not take long for people to grow angry at the oil companies. They become the scapegoat. Those slightly more sophisticated may give the oil companies a pass, but blame oil speculators, or futures traders. Neither, however, are to blame. Keep Reading
  • Little Deaths and Big Deaths

    from R.C. Sproul Jr. Feb 25, 2012 Category: Articles

    Whether its source is old-fashioned American individualism, new-fangled notions of libertarian social theory, or the pietistic error of sealing the gospel off from positive social change and sealing our sins off from negative social change, we have, as a culture and a church come to the dubious conclusion that what goes on behind closed doors is nobody's business, and affects only those behind the doors. Keep Reading
  • Treasure In, Treasure Out

    from R.C. Sproul Jr. Feb 18, 2012 Category: Articles

    My beautiful wife loved nothing more than to beautify. She devoted herself to creating a beautiful home. She planted flowers, bushes and trees outside. Inside she hung, placed, painted and etched. Even when she was not well, this was where her heart was. Over the course of the last nine months of her life, most of it spent in sundry hospitals, she watched, I suspect, more Home and Garden Television than all of HGTV's executives combined. Keep Reading
  • Valentine the Brave

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

    As a rule, men are relational dolts. From an early age girls develop sophisticated communications arrays, whereby they are able to simultaneously translate what anyone says, whether with words, expression or body language, into what they actually mean. They know from birth that when a genteel southern woman tells them, "Well bless your heart" that war has been declared. Men, on the other hand, are tone deaf and body language blind. Keep Reading
  • Five Evangelical Myths or Half Truths

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

    It can happen even in careful systematic theology. How much more so in popular parlance? We take what the Bible actually teaches, rephrase it so we can understand it, and end up believing our own phrasing, rather than the actual biblical truth. It's not malicious, but it is dangerous. What follows are five common thoughts, common expressions, within the evangelical church that just aren't so. Keep Reading
  • Does God really decide, and care who wins a football game?

    from R.C. Sproul Jr. Feb 04, 2012 Category: Articles

    I began asking this question myself long before Tim Tebow was even born. I was a little boy, deeply committed to the Pittsburgh Steelers. I remember praying that they would beat the Oakland Raiders in an upcoming playoff game. When my prayer ended fear set in- what if there were a little boy just like me, somewhere in Oakland, praying that the Raiders would beat the Steelers? My father comforted me by explaining that no real Christian would ever pray for the Raiders. Keep Reading
  • Gimme Shelter

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

    Dear Dr. Schaeffer, this change we go through at our death, at our glorification, I wonder how much we'll know about what is going on down here, and how much we remember about when we were here. Do you even remember me? We met twice, with a gap of a decade between. I'm looking forward to when we will meet again. Keep Reading
  • Forty Days of Mourning

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

    My deepest gratitude to all of you who have walked with me through my grief. Your prayers and encouragement have buoyed me up in the long and dark hours. It is possible that the below will be my last piece committed to this difficult journey. Rest assured, however, that the deep wound will not fully heal on this side of glory, and even then my scar, like His, and yours, will beautify eternity. Keep Reading

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