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  • All Grown Up

    from R.C. Sproul Jr. Jul 20, 2013 Category: Articles

    Some gracious soul in my high school class today invited me to be a part of its Facebook group. Nothing unusual there. The motive for the invite, while not universally unusual, is still rather shocking to me. It came because we are in the midst of the 30th anniversary of our class's graduation. All my peers, along with me, want to know how it is that we became so old. That's what time does. It is my contention, however, that we feel old precisely because we do not feel old. We are shocked at how old we actually are because we don't feel any older than we once were. Do we not all go through our childhoods wondering when we will grow up? Do we not think that some switch will be turned, perhaps slowly, perhaps quickly, but either way definitively? Does not hitting this switch, in a manner of speaking, reset the clock? Indeed we attach all manner of rites of passage, thinking they might be the moment—high school or college graduation, getting married, having a child, buying your first house. I have been through all of these and more, and wake up every morning the same kid I was back then. Oh sure I don't look the same. My top is much thinner, my middle much thicker. I sometimes creak when I walk. I need special glasses just for reading. But it's still just me. There is no switch because there is no change. There are tests, hardships, challenges. There are successes and there are failures. But we are what we were. A man is just a boy with wounds. Keep Reading
  • Let No Man Tear Asunder

    from R.C. Sproul Jr. Jun 25, 2013 Category: Tabletalk Magazine

    Here's an excerpt from Let No Man Tear Asunder, R.C. Sproul Jr.'s contribution to the June issue of Tabletalk: Keep Reading
  • Misreading Living Epistles

    from R.C. Sproul Jr. Jun 22, 2013 Category: Articles

    Though it is understandable that we do so, it is important that we learn to distinguish between the thoughts that we have, and the act, or even the ability, to communicate those thoughts. Possessing faith, for instance, is necessary for salvation, for rescue from the wrath of God. Professing that faith, on the other hand, while ordinarily a good and important thing, is not, strictly speaking, necessary. I came to learn that value of this distinction when God sent me Shannon. Keep Reading
  • In Which I Confess to Being a Fan Boy

    from R.C. Sproul Jr. Jun 15, 2013 Category: Articles

    There is I suspect a difference between being grateful and being a fan boy. God has blessed the church with all manner of godly men who preach and teach faithful to the Word. My own desire is to cultivate deeper gratitude while avoiding the awkwardness of being a fan boy. But I suppose part of the point of being a fan boy is you just can't help it. And I can't help it. Dr. Sinclair Ferguson is all that, the bomb-diggity, my homeboy. Keep Reading
  • Lawless Law

    from R.C. Sproul Jr. Jun 08, 2013 Category: Articles

    We find ethical relativism appealing because we find our own guilt unappealing. Though we seek to suppress such knowledge, we all know that God is, that He is holy, that we are not, and that we are in trouble. Not the kind of pleasant thoughts one wants to go to sleep thinking on, so we suppress that truth. Do away with ethics and we do away with His holiness, our guilt, and therefore our trouble. Keep Reading
  • Should Christians Obey the Old Testament Law?

    from R.C. Sproul Jr. Jun 01, 2013 Category: Articles

    Of course. Well, wait, it's complicated. Keep Reading
  • What Dreams May Come

    from R.C. Sproul Jr. May 25, 2013 Category: Articles

    When I was a teenager I embarked on a dream. I wanted to become a writer. My days consisted typically of three things—the things I had to do (like eat and sleep) and the two things I loved to do—read and write. Keep Reading
  • Just My Imagination

    from R.C. Sproul Jr. May 18, 2013 Category: Articles

    The question, of course, is not what one can imagine, but what the Bible teaches. And insofar as we are ignorant of what the Bible teaches, our imaginations will prove to be nothing but trouble. Keep Reading
  • Should the Pastor Preach Against the Sins of His Congregation?

    from R.C. Sproul Jr. May 11, 2013 Category: Articles

    Of course. And of course not. The sermon is that part of the service where God's Word exposes our failures, and proclaims Christ's provision. The end is not the sin, but neither can the sin be ignored. We do not preach simply to tell the congregation, "Stop it. Try harder. This is the right way to go." Rather we preach to tell the congregation, "Stop trying harder. Jesus already went this way." That is, we want to face our sins, give thanks for the forgiveness of our sins, and in gratitude seek to follow the royal law of love. Keep Reading
  • What is Hesed?

    from R.C. Sproul Jr. May 04, 2013 Category: Articles

    There may be no more significant Old Testament description of how God relates to His people than this Hebrew word hesed. I argue that the best translation of this term would be "loyal love." Keep Reading

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