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  • 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
  • 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

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