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  • 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
  • Honoring the Living

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

    There is, in all honesty, a constant tension when dealing with a terminal illness between giving up and facing facts. As I have noted earlier, during my beloved's nine month battle with leukemia her most frequent question to me was "I can get better, can't I?" Giving up hope is giving up, and neither of us wanted that. We do indeed serve a God who gave Hezekiah a new lease, who can make dry bones live and so from one perspective it isn't over until it's over. That doesn't mean, however, that we can't at least begin to discern what is more likely than not by reading test results. Keep Reading
  • We Have Met the Enemy

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

    Though I am optimistic about the long-term future, believing that the nations will in fact be discipled, and the kingdom will cover the earth the way the water covers the seas, it's an ugly world out there. Every cultural indicator is alarming- more divorce, more illegitimacy, more crime, more drugs. Our entertainment is increasingly morbid and putrid. Those who practice sexual perversions have become a protected class. Business, families and governments sink deeper and deeper into debt. The church has not just grown increasingly worldly, but now celebrates its worldliness, calling it outreach. And we still haven't even touched on the one evil that dwarfs them all, the 3,500 moms who each day murder their own babies, while the rest of us watch. Keep Reading
  • My Better Half

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

    Children, and their parents, crave stability. When their world is rocked by change, they are comforted by that which remains the same. I have been reminding my children of late that the loss of their mother, for all the pain, doesn't mean that everything has changed. Indeed when I put my littles to bed each night I, as I have always done, remind them of these bedrock truths, "Daddy loves you. Mommy loves you. Daddy and Mommy love each other. And Jesus loves you." These are the unchanging truths they can always count on, the solid ground on which they walk. We that are left behind are still together. And I am still me. Keep Reading
  • What Now?

    from R.C. Sproul Jr. Dec 31, 2011 Category: Articles

    During my Denise's battle we were all needy enough that we asked for and welcomed prayers for all of us. The grave issue, the underlying problem, was of course her illness. I too prayed for strength for me, for peace for the children. I prayed that God would use the beauty of Denise's character to draw in the elect. Most of all, however, I prayed that Denise would be made well, that the cancer would be beaten, that she would be blessed with health, comfort and joy. It is rare indeed when we can see such specific prayers answered so clearly and powerfully. Keep Reading
  • Can You Remember?

    from R.C. Sproul Jr. Dec 19, 2011 Category: Articles

    Though children tend to see "I forgot" as an excuse, the Bible seems to see it as a condemnation. God is good to us from our births, and we forget. We look forward, waiting and wondering if and when God will give us what we want. In so doing we forget that we got to this point by the grace of God, forgetting His sundry deliverances along the way. We accept the status quo as our rightful starting point, and dare to ask the Lord of heaven and earth, "What have You done for me lately?" Keep Reading

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