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William Franklin Graham, Jr (November, 7, 1918 - February 21, 2018)

The Bible tells us that Christ graciously gives gifted people to His Church for her growth and maturity. Among these are the evangelists. Today we learned that the best known American evangelist has died; he is now present with...
Posted February 21, 2018 @ 9:00 PM by Jonathan Master

Essential Tools for Preaching Christ (Part 3)

When a man and a woman are engaged to be married they can hardly talk about anything else. In fact, we might suspect that something is wrong if they don't express excitement about the wedding. The church is espoused...
Posted February 21, 2018 @ 8:15 AM by Ryan McGraw

Aquinas Reconsidered

Richard A. Muller, Review of Thomas Aquinas by K. Scott Oliphint, foreword by Michael A. G. Haykin (Phillipsburg, NJ: P&R Publishing, 2017).Scott Oliphint's highly negative verdict on the thought of Thomas Aquinas demands some response if only because of the...
Posted February 19, 2018 @ 8:49 AM by Richard A. Muller

What Do You Know?

In January, Meet the Puritans began a new series studying Richard Muller's Post-Reformation Reformed Dogmatics. Join Danny Hyde in Week 6 as he discusses not just what we know, but how we know:What's theology? What does God know? What can...
Posted February 16, 2018 @ 1:52 PM by Robert Brady

A Liberating Theology?

In several recent conversations with friends who pastor "Gospel-centred" churches, the topic of Liberation Theology has come up. In the course of these discussion, I came to realize that I was not as familiar with the basic tenets of liberation...
Posted February 15, 2018 @ 2:03 PM by Donny Friederichsen

Looming Debate Over SSA

These days, it seems that almost every week social media uncovers another eruption along the Presbyterian Church in America's (PCA) volcanic fault line between social accommodation/compassion and biblical obedience. This week, a conference promoting strategies to address same sex attraction...
Posted February 13, 2018 @ 7:50 AM by Richard D. Phillips

The Last Judgment

Last night, I preached a sermon on Psalm 7--one of the lamentation Psalms of David, which he presumably wrote while hiding from Saul in the caves of Adullam.  A good portion of the Psalm is taken up with David crying...
Posted February 12, 2018 @ 7:00 AM by Nick Batzig

Martin Bucer and the Reform of Worship

If Martin Bucer (1477-1548) is not an unsung hero of the Reformation, he is certainly an undersung hero. This particularly is the case when it comes to public worship. Bucer's fingerprints are all over Calvin's Form of Church Prayers...
Posted February 8, 2018 @ 7:49 AM by Terry L. Johnson

The Incomparable Conjunction of Love and Wrath

I was recently reading John Murray's profoundly enriching sermon, "The Father's Love"--in the newly released volume of his sermon, O Death, Where is Thy Sting?--and was struck afresh with the wonder of the mystery of the commingling of the Father's...
Posted February 7, 2018 @ 7:47 AM by Nick Batzig

Identity and Inheritance in the Velveteen Rabbit

"The false self is deeply entrenched. You can change your name and address, religion, country, and clothes. But...the false self simply adjusts to the new environment. For example, instead of drinking your friends under the table as a significant...
Posted February 5, 2018 @ 8:51 AM by Aaron Denlinger

Decerebrated Frogs, the Straight Line and Cultural Accommodation

In 1869, the German physiologist, Friedrich Goltz, published a series of conclusions from tests he performed on frogs. In his book, Beitrage zur Lehre von den Functionen der Nervencentren des Frosches (Contributions to the Theory of the Functions of the Nerve Centers...
Posted February 1, 2018 @ 7:10 AM by Nick Batzig

Andrew White, Todd Pruitt and John the Baptist

Over at Mortification of Spin, Todd Pruitt has made waves by sounding an alarm over Andrew White, the PCA ruling elder who--as a Democratic candidate for governor in Texas--has stated his commitment to legalized abortion and gay marriage. As...
Posted January 31, 2018 @ 6:18 PM by Richard D. Phillips

A Prayer for Survivors and East Lansing

Our East Lansing community is grieving, hurting, and reeling in light of the revelations that emerged these past weeks regarding heinous atrocities committed in our community over the past twenty years. That this would happen anywhere is painful; that is...
Posted January 29, 2018 @ 9:07 AM by Jason Helopoulos

Essential Tools for Preaching Christ (Part 2)

Sound exegesis is insufficient for sound preaching. This assertion might seem surprising in light of the popular resurgence of consecutive expository preaching. While we should welcome and encourage the shift toward expository preaching due to its emphasis on biblical...
Posted January 27, 2018 @ 7:20 AM by Ryan McGraw

Free R.C. Sproul Downloads

Until the end of the month, the Alliance of Confessing Evangelicals is giving our readers the opportunity to download audio from a variety of Conferences at which R.C. spoke over a 30 year period. If you visit Reformed Resources, you...
Posted January 25, 2018 @ 10:28 PM by Editors

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