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A Different Kind of Profanity

What would you do if one of your children walked in your house and spoke a string of four-letter words? What would you do if one of your children walked in your house grumbling? I fear that most of...
Posted December 11, 2018 @ 5:21 AM by David Prince

'Tis the Season

Sinclair Ferguson has recently released his second advent themed book, Love Came Down. Together with his previously published Child in the Manger, this has quickly become one of my favorite sources for advent meditations. That is not at all surprising, as...
Posted December 10, 2018 @ 5:27 AM by Nick Batzig

Virgins Don't Conceive, Unless...!

I love the ease with which C.S. Lewis answered objections to the Scriptural record of the the miraculous conception of the virgin Mary. In Miracles: A Preliminary Study, he wrote:"You will hear people say, 'The early Christians believed that Christ...
Posted December 8, 2018 @ 6:17 AM by Nick Batzig

Keeping the Para- in the Para-Church

I benefit from a number of para-church ministries, and I'm grateful for those who serve as leaders and volunteers of those groups for the sake of Christ and His kingdom. Over the years, however, I have become increasingly aware...
Posted December 7, 2018 @ 10:58 AM by Brian Cosby

Souls Always Need More Curing

David Powlison, in his excellent book Seeing With New Eyes, touches on the reality of indwelling sin--particularly with regard to what we believe and how it impacts our actions. Powlison rightly insists that all believers live in a tension between...
Posted December 6, 2018 @ 6:22 PM by Nick Batzig

Singing from Mary's Sheet

"My soul magnifies the Lord, and my spirit rejoices in God my Savior, for he has looked on the humble estate of his servant. For behold, from now on all generations will call me blessed; for he who is...
Posted December 5, 2018 @ 10:39 AM by Christina Fox

The Statement on SJ&G Explained: Article 12, Race/Ethnicity

[Editorial Note: This is the eighth post in a series of posts in which we have invited the authors of "The Statement on Social Justice and the Gospel" to expound upon the statement's affirmations and denials. We encourage our readers to...
Posted December 4, 2018 @ 7:42 AM by Craig Mitchell

The True Measure

Big works of God in this world begin small with ordinary people of God working for the glory of God. Many hands make light work. And many hands accomplish much work. This is how revivals begin, Reformations are launched,...
Posted December 3, 2018 @ 5:42 AM by Jason Helopoulos

New Vos Biography

Our friends at the Reformed Forum have recently published a quality hardback biography of the father of Reformed biblical theology, Geerhardus Vos, by Danny Olinger. Danny is an ordained minister in the Orthodox Presbyterian Church and serves as general secretary for the OPC committee...
Posted November 30, 2018 @ 10:02 AM by Nick Batzig

Reigning Omnipotent in Every Place

When--in the Institutes of the Christian Religion (1.15.1)--John Calvin turned his attention to the creation of mankind, he did so with a view to further elaborate his assertion that we cannot have a clear and complete knowledge God unless we have...
Posted November 29, 2018 @ 7:43 AM by Ligon Duncan

Confessing Christ, Good for the Soul

The importance of confessing the faith can be seen from the earliest days of the church to the present. It was on the occasion of Peter's confession of who Jesus is that Christ said to him: "Blessed are you,...
Posted November 27, 2018 @ 9:14 AM by Cameron Clausing

Jesus and Racial Bias

In light of Rachel Held Evans tweet about Jesus "changing his mind about racial bias"--and the  firestorm that ensued in a series of related tweets--I thought it might be helpful to share what John Calvin wrote about Jesus' interaction with...
Posted November 26, 2018 @ 7:26 AM by Nick Batzig

Augustine's Theology of Preaching

From its inception, preaching has held a prominent place within the life and advance of the church. A current revival of expository ministry is being cultivated throughout the evangelical world. However, such renewed awareness and commitment to an expositional...
Posted November 21, 2018 @ 8:22 AM by Dustin Benge

Hearken Unto a Verser

Last year was the quincentennial of the Protestant Reformation and so we were all busy celebrating the major figures, reconsidering their key doctrines, and evaluating their legacies. Luther, Calvin, Zwingli and others took center stage at conferences, on blogs,...
Posted November 20, 2018 @ 7:51 AM by Bret Saunders

A Child's Prayer

Dear father in heaven, Thank you for giving me sleep last night, and for keeping me safe to live this new day. I am a child, so please help me to do all things through Christ, the One who strengthens...
Posted November 19, 2018 @ 8:43 AM by Chad Van Dixhoorn

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