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  • 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
  • Love Covers a Multitude of Sins

    from R.C. Sproul Jr. Jun 02, 2012 Category: Articles

    What does Peter mean when he says "Love covers a multitude of sins" in I Peter 4:8? Keep Reading
  • Does God’s Law Change?

    from R.C. Sproul Jr. May 26, 2012 Category: Articles

    His law doesn’t change. The application of it does. Theologians wisely distinguish between natural law and positive law. This distinction, however, must be distinguished from natural law and revealed law. The latter distinction separates what we learn about God’s law from the created order, and what we learn from His Word. The former, however, distinguishes between the underlying, unchangeable principles, inherent in the nature of things, and the specific purposes of a particular law. Keep Reading
  • 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

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