Ligonier Blog / Sunday / September 27 / 2020


  • Feed My Sheep: A Passionate Plea for Preaching

    from Deborah Finnamore Nov 20, 2008 Category: Articles

    In the Old Testament, God decried the fact that His people were perishing for lack of knowledge about Him. The same seems to be occurring today. There is "sharing," "suggesting," plenty of storytelling, and lots of preaching to "felt needs" in modern pulpits. But the authoritative, expositional opening of the Word of God is becoming scarcer all the time. Jesus told Peter, "Feed my sheep" (John 21:17). Such is the mission for all Christ's shepherds. But when preaching is neglected, those who have been called to feed the sheep do little more than pet them. Here is encouragement for pastors to persevere in their calling and wisdom to guide congregations in holding their shepherds to the biblical standards. Keep Reading
  • John Calvin: A Heart for Devotion, Doctrine and Doxology

    from Deborah Finnamore Nov 19, 2008 Category: Ligonier Resources

    John Calvin is often reviled as a humorless doctrinarian who preached an austere theology that twisted Scripture. In John Calvin: A Heart for Devotion, Doctrine, and Doxology, Burk Parsons and a cadre of godly pastors and scholars seek to set the record straight in honor of the 500th observance of John Calvin's birth in 1509. Keep Reading
  • Top 5 Commentaries on the Book of Isaiah

    from Keith Mathison Nov 17, 2008 Category: Articles

    Of all the eighth century prophetic books, none matches the sheer scope of the book of Isaiah. His book covers the common prophetic themes of impending judgment and future restoration, but Isaiah also focuses much attention on the coming messianic King, the servant of God. There are a number of quite helpful commentaries on this prophetic book, and the following are five of the best. Keep Reading
  • Watch the 2008 Together for the Gospel Conference Online

    from Karisa Schlehr Nov 15, 2008 Category: Articles

    Last spring, 5,500 people attended the second bi-annual Together for the Gospel conference in Louisville, Kentucky. In case you missed it or just need to hear it again, these eight messages and six panel discussions will broadcast at from Nov. 18—Dec. 5, 2008. Tell your friends and tune in this week. Keep Reading
  • Spontaneous Compassion

    from Joni Eareckson Tada Nov 14, 2008 Category: Articles

    Bureaucracies aren't programmed to be compassionate. It's not in the nature of the thing. Take my friend, David Bowie, in his big, bulky wheelchair. After he became a quadriplegic in a car accident and his wife left him, he moved into a cramped one-room apartment and learned to rely on three or four part-time attendants to get him up and put him to bed. Life's not easy. Keep Reading
  • Bedtime Stories

    from Douglas Kelly Nov 13, 2008 Category: Articles

    As a father of five children, and now a grandfather, I have spent three and a half decades seeking to pass down the Christian faith to the next generation. Let me deal with only one area of this vast work -- one, I believe, that appears to have had some effectiveness in bringing up our little ones "in the nurture and admonition of the Lord," so that now as adults they all confess Christ. Keep Reading
  • Announcing Ligonier Academy

    from R. Fowler White Nov 12, 2008 Category: Articles

    When Ligonier Ministries first began, it was a place. A destination. A refuge for devoted learners and passionate followers of Christ. Ligonier quickly grew to become an organization with international scope, but its origin was as a place of study and fellowship centered on the teaching of Dr. R.C. Sproul. Ligonier Academy of Biblical & Theological Studies will once again provide a destination for study, fellowship, and collegial interaction essential to our goal to further equip Christians to know what they believe, why they believe it, how to live it, and how to share it. A long time ago, Dr. Sproul saw the need to offer an accessible, practical bridge of learning for the growing Christian, and Ligonier Ministries was born. Keep Reading
  • Ecclesiastical Myopia

    from R.C. Sproul Nov 11, 2008 Category: Articles

    Perhaps the most remarkable statement I ever heard a man utter from the pulpit was: "He has a penurious epistemology, which tends to be myopic." I was seated in the balcony of the church when that statement was made, and I could not restrain myself from laughing aloud. I nudged my wife Vesta and said, "I just might be the only person in the church who understood what that man said." What is a penurious epistemology? A penurious epistemology is a theory of knowledge that is poverty-stricken or on the verge of bankruptcy. Such a view of knowledge, if it tends towards myopia, is simply suffering a bad case of near-sightedness. I'm afraid that the American church suffers from a similar sort of myopia. Keep Reading
  • Preaching: the first essential mark of the Church

    from Chris Larson Nov 09, 2008 Category: Articles

    Evangelical pastors commonly state that biblical preaching is the hallmark of their calling. Nevertheless, a careful observer might come to a very different conclusion. The priority of preaching is simply not evident in far too many churches. Keep Reading
  • Top 5 Commentaries on the Book of Galatians

    from Keith Mathison Nov 08, 2008 Category: Articles

    The book of Galatians is sometimes referred to as "the charter of Christian liberty." In it, Paul fights tooth and nail for the doctrine of justification by faith alone in Christ alone. There are a number of helpful commentaries on this epistle, and the following are five of the best.    Keep Reading