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  • 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
  • It’s the Little Things; OK, It’s the Big Things Too

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

    Sorrow over the loss of a loved one, at least for those of us who trust in God's loving, sovereign care for us, is pretty simple to understand. We don't, when our wife passes, have to wonder what God is thinking. We don't, when our little girl joins her, have to listen to the accusations of the devil that we must have made our Father mad. He knows what He's doing, and one thing He is assuredly not doing is expressing His anger toward us. He loves us as He loves His Son; His anger is no more. But the sorrow is easy to grasp- we miss those who are no longer with us. Keep Reading
  • Preaching Coram Deo

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

    None of us like not being liked. None of us like having others determine that we have come up short, that our skills are lacking, that our knowledge is negligible. Keep Reading
  • How Can an Infinite Hell Be Just When Our Sins Are Finite?

    from R.C. Sproul Jr. Apr 13, 2013 Category: Articles

    The wisdom of this question, I would argue, is that it gets at the real horror of hell. A lake of fire is a frightening thought indeed. The greater dread, however, is the duration of hell, that it never ends. This, I suspect, is what tempts some to try to tweak the church's historic view on hell, including everyone from John Stott to Rob Bell. Keep Reading
  • What Does it Take to Write Well?

    from R.C. Sproul Jr. Apr 06, 2013 Category: Articles

    Though it is most often attributed to the great sports writer Red Smith, no one knows for sure who first bled this great insight—"Writing is easy. You just open a vein and bleed." Like all great metaphors, this one invites us to slow down and examine its many facets. Keep Reading
  • He Is a Kind Man

    from R.C. Sproul Jr. Mar 30, 2013 Category: Articles

    Most of the people who know my father know him in one of two contexts, either as a preacher or as a teacher. His skills in both forms need no cataloging by me. They are as obvious as a profoundly obvious thing. His engaging style, whether behind the pulpit, or behind the pen is so personal that many feel like they know him. But while he is genuine and honest as a writer and speaker, those media do not leave much room for displaying genuine kindness. That requires real interpersonal relationship. Keep Reading
  • Is it True That “If You Don’t Have a Conversion Story You Don’t Have a Conversion”?

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

    Sure it is. As long as what we mean by "having a conversion story" is broad enough to include, "I have loved and depended on the finished work of Christ as far back as I can remember." Sadly, it is unlikely this is what people who say such things mean. Keep Reading