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  • My Favorite Passage

    from R.C. Sproul Jr. Nov 23, 2013 Category: Articles

    In the space of just 39 months I went from being a family of one to being a family of four. In just another 33 months I was part of a family of six. The g-force wrought by the acceleration of the size of my family blew the hair right off the top of my head. We went from six to ten at a more genteel pace, adding the final four over the course of nine years. It's been a great ride. Keep Reading
  • What is R2K Theology?

    from R.C. Sproul Jr. Nov 16, 2013 Category: Articles

    An aspiring theology wonk can often find himself swimming in a bewildering ocean of acronyms. Since we no longer debate our theology over the course of hours, but often do so using only our thumbs, shorthand is valuable, but challenging. Just when you realized the role of iaoc to npp and fv (that is, the imputation of the active obedience of Christ to the New Perspective on Paul and Federal Vision), now comes R2k. Keep Reading
  • Is It Your Hope That Reformation Bible College Will Become a New “Christian Harvard?”

    from R.C. Sproul Jr. Nov 09, 2013 Category: Articles

    Not only is that not my hope, but I actively hope and pray against such a conception. Christian, yes, Harvard, no. What, I wonder, do we actually mean when we are hoping for a "Christian Harvard?" A judgment of charity would assume we all agree on the "Christian" part. What we mean is an institution that is faithful to all that the Bible teaches. What Christian wouldn't want that? Keep Reading
  • Why Did God Command the Children of Israel to Kill Every Man, Woman, and Child in the Promised Land?

    from R.C. Sproul Jr. Nov 02, 2013 Category: Articles

    Among the countless nuggets of wisdom I have received over the years from my father is this bit of gold—when you are reading your Bible and you come across something that makes you uncomfortable, resist the temptation to simply move on to something else. Where the Bible makes us uncomfortable is precisely where we need to slow down. It is compelling evidence of a specific weakness. When our thoughts or feelings bristle under God's Word, He is right and we wrong. Keep Reading
  • 5 Questions We Should Ask Ourselves Before Posting on Social Media

    from R.C. Sproul Jr. Oct 26, 2013 Category: Articles

    Cyberspace is not only infinite, but eternal. No matter how silly, foolish, embarrassing our thoughts might be, they will be allowed to merge onto the information superhighway. But, all the off-ramps are closed. Believing the best defense is a, well, great defense, here are five things we ought to ask ourselves before posting anything on social media. Keep Reading
  • What Makes You Proudest of Your Children?

    from R.C. Sproul Jr. Oct 19, 2013 Category: Articles

    My son Reilly, 8, plays in little league. He drove a ball into the outfield last week. But what delighted me most was when he, playing third base, congratulated an opponent for knocking a ball into the outfield. In like manner I've been to Maili's recitals and come away impressed. Erin Claire has her mom's flair for crafts and for cleaning. Delaney has an obvious aptitude for photography. Campbell is both a great athlete and student. Darby has been blessed with the strengths of both her mother and me. And Donovan, soon to be 4, is just too cute for words. Keep Reading
  • Breaking Good

    from R.C. Sproul Jr. Oct 12, 2013 Category: Articles

    With its final episode airing recently we heard an awful lot lately about Breaking Bad, a program that told the fictional story of a high school teacher and family man who becomes a vicious killer and cooker of meth. Like watching a car wreck we all have a morbid interest, to mix a metaphor, in moral crash landings. We click on the links that tell us of the atrocities committed by Muslims against their own Christian neighbors. Our ears perk up when the news reports about the Ohio daycare worker who committed unspeakable acts on her charge. We want to know, what could possibly make a person do such a thing? Keep Reading
  • How Are You Doing a Year After Your Daughter’s Passing?

    from R.C. Sproul Jr. Oct 05, 2013 Category: Articles

    It is never a good thing when the phone rings in the middle of the night. Neither is it a good thing when my phone rings in the middle of class, especially when the call is from home. I took the call. There was, understandably, some uncertainty on the other end of the line. I tore out of the classroom and into my car. I called my parents as I drove, tears distorting my view. My mother couldn't understand the words I struggled to say, "Shannon's gone." Keep Reading
  • Fairy Dust

    from R.C. Sproul Jr. Sep 28, 2013 Category: Articles

    It was Arthur C. Clarke who posited this law: Any sufficiently advanced technology is indistinguishable from magic. I disagree. The technology need not be advanced at all. The truth is that the sole reason we don't see the world all around us as magic is that we are jaded, too cool for the school of wonder. A little fire, a little sand, a little care, a little gentle blowing, and presto chango, we have glass. That's magic that we now watch at Founders' Days fairs. A little water, a little sluice box, more fire, a hammer and some nuance, and abracadabra, we have a golden ring. Keep Reading
  • The Blessing of the Third Use of the Law

    from R.C. Sproul Jr. Sep 21, 2013 Category: Articles

    God's law serves at least three purposes, which Calvin wisely expressed. He affirmed that the law first serves as a mirror for us. It reveals the perfect character of God, and in so doing, it exposes our sin. This might be called the schoolmaster function. The law instructs us in our need for God's grace. It reveals His perfection, and our failure to measure up. It reveals our need for Christ. Keep Reading

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