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  • A Solemn Discharge of Duty

    from Tom Ascol Sep 24, 2009 Category: Articles

    One of the most popular sermons I have preached is entitled "How to Fire Your Pastor." I should have been suspicious when so many people requested copies of it! My purpose wasn't to advocate such action; rather, I wanted to help the church know what to do and how to do it if that unfortunate necessity ever arose. The issue is certainly relevant. It is estimated that in the United States over fifteen hundred ministers are dismissed from their positions each month. In some denominations it is almost epidemic. Keep Reading
  • The Ligonier Academy Doctor of Ministry Program

    from Keith Mathison Sep 23, 2009 Category: Ligonier Academy

    Ligonier Academy of Biblical and Theological Studies is accepting applications from qualified candidates for admission to the Doctor of Ministry degree program. Our inaugural courses were held in July 2009, and the response of our first students has been overwhelmingly positive. We are very pleased to announce the following upcoming classes.     Keep Reading
  • Crucial Questions, New from Reformation Trust Publishing

    from Keith Mathison Sep 22, 2009 Category: Ligonier Resources

    We are pleased to announce the arrival of the newly revised and expanded editions of the Crucial Questions booklets from Reformation Trust Publishing. This series is designed to present Dr. Sproul's insights on various questions that tend to come up often in the minds of evangelicals today. The booklets deal with issues that trouble us, frustrate us, or confuse us. Dr. Sproul brings his trademark clarity and biblical and theological acumen to each topic. Keep Reading
  • RSB iPhone App Well Received

    from Karisa Schlehr Sep 21, 2009 Category: Ligonier Resources

    Released just a few weeks ago, hundreds of people have already purchased The Reformation Study Bible iPhone app. Here's what a few iTunes users had to say: I have a couple of different Bible apps on my iPod. But The Reformation Study Bible app outdoes even the ESV Study Bible app. Well worth every penny. I think this is one of the best apps I have ever used - definitely the best Bible software. The notes are great and accessing them with this app on the iPhone is perfect. Keep Reading
  • The Heresies of Love

    from Gene Edward Veith Sep 21, 2009 Category: Articles

    God is a unity of distinct persons. The one God is Father, Son, and Holy Spirit. So says the doctrine of the Trinity. Some people believe in the unity and oneness of God, but deny that He consists in different persons. Heretics such as monarchists, modalists, and Keep Reading
  • Opening Our Ears to Hear

    from R.C. Sproul Sep 20, 2009 Category: Articles

    God said to Isaiah: "Go and tell this people: 'Be ever hearing, but never understanding; be ever seeing, but never perceiving.' Make the heart of this people calloused; make their ears dull and close their eyes. Otherwise they might see with their eyes, hear with their ears, understand with their hearts, and turn and be healed" (Isa. 6:9-10, NIV). Keep Reading
  • Doctrine of Scripture: Recommended Reading

    from Keith Mathison Sep 17, 2009 Category: Articles

    Our understanding of the nature and authority of Scripture is key to our theology. What we think of the Bible will have ramifications on what we think of everything else. What then are some helpful books for those seeking to understand the issues involved? While by no means exhaustive, here are some helpful texts for those interested in studying the issues in more detail. Keep Reading
  • In Essentials Unity, In Non-Essentials Liberty, In All Things Charity

    from Mark Ross Sep 16, 2009 Category: Articles

    Philip Schaff, the distinguished nineteenth century church historian, calls the saying in our title "the watchword of Christian peacemakers" (History of the Christian Church, Vol. 7, p. 650). Often attributed to great theologians such as Augustine, it comes from an otherwise undistinguished German Lutheran theologian of the early seventeenth century, Rupertus Meldenius. The phrase occurs in a tract on Christian unity written (c. 1627) during the Thirty Years War (1618-1648), a bloody time in European history in which religious tensions played a significant role. The saying has found great favor among subsequent writers such as Richard Baxter, and has since been adopted as a motto by the Moravian Church of North America and the Evangelical Presbyterian Church. Might it serve us well as a motto for every church and for every denomination today? Keep Reading
  • Get an Additional 10% Off All Online Orders

    from Deborah Finnamore Sep 16, 2009 Category: Ligonier Resources

    Get an additional 10% off the normally discounted prices for all resources at www.ligonier.org through the end of September. Enter promotion code 10PCT at checkout. Offer available online only. Keep Reading
  • Accepting Graduated Responsibility

    from R.C. Sproul Sep 16, 2009 Category: Articles

    There is an oft-neglected principle taught in the New Testament. I call it the principle of "graduated responsibility." This principle is taught by Jesus in Luke 12:48: "From everyone who has been given much, much will be demanded" (NIV). This saying is part of the parable of the faithful steward. It underscores the terms of the judgment the lord in the parable renders to his servants. Keep Reading

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