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Latest from R.C. Sproul Jr.

  • Why Do You Write?

    from R.C. Sproul Jr. Aug 03, 2013 Category: Articles

    To make manifest the kingdom of God. My goal is change, to change me, those who read my pieces, and the world. My desire is that I, and those who read my pieces would become more like Jesus. And that the pieces themselves would show us who He is. Keep Reading
  • Sinner in the Hand of Angry Saints

    from R.C. Sproul Jr. Jul 27, 2013 Category: Articles

    One of the weaknesses that may come from communicating via social media is that we not only speak in short hand, but react in short hand. That is, our answers haven't the time or characters to be nuanced, and so neither is the thought that goes into them. Our minds are less a well-ordered shelf of careful books, more a stack of broad-brushed memes. I have sensed this of late due to the responses I have received in making affirmations along two related but different paths. Persuaded I need to enter more deeply into this reality, I have been posting about my own sin. Here is a tweet from Independence Day—I hold this truth to be self evident, that I, like all men, think myself the equal of God. And so I declare my dependence on His grace. I received much the same push back I receive every time I refer to myself as a sinner. Seems that's a no-no. Now it may well be that the word “sinner” is only used in the New Testament to describe those outside the faith. Such does not mean, however, that it cannot legitimately also be used this way—Sinner, n, 1. One who sins. It may be important that we remember that we are redeemed, forgiven, but it is likewise important to remember that we need to be redeemed and forgiven. It may be important to remember all that we are in Christ, but it is important as well to remember what we are in ourselves. Keep Reading
  • Alone with My Thoughts

    from R.C. Sproul Jr. Jul 23, 2013 Category: Tabletalk Magazine

    Here's an excerpt from Alone with My Thoughts, R.C. Sproul Jr.'s contribution to the July issue of Tabletalk: Keep Reading
  • 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