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Nothing Like It in All the World

Recently, in my Bible reading, I came to the book of Jonah (I've been working through the Minor Prophets). It struck me how remarkable this message is compared to everything else in the ancient world. Homer was a contemporary of...
Posted December 9, 2016 @ 8:56 AM by Richard D. Phillips

Fractured and Divisive - Called to Live with Hope

As many are conflicted or unsure of the proper response to the outcome of the recent election, one thing is certain, Christians are poised to love and serve their neighbors as they work to bring peace and reconciliation. The...
Posted December 6, 2016 @ 8:09 PM by Robert Brady

Running the Race of Redemption

"If I had died in the line of duty, I don't think that I would have come to Christ. If I had been shot, I would have worn that as a badge of heroism. But when God gave me cancer,...
Posted December 5, 2016 @ 12:09 PM by Nick Batzig

Spiritual Despair: Consciousness of Despair

A piercing observer of the human condition, Søren Kierkegaard argues that despair is the sickness unto death. The very structure of being human is such that we can only be what we were created to be and are called...
Posted December 5, 2016 @ 9:48 AM by Bruce Baugus

More Mercy in Christ than Sin in Us

In his book The Bruised Reed, Richard Sibbes famously wrote, "We have this for a foundation truth, that there is more mercy in Christ than sin in us." Here is one of those oft repeated statements of Gospel assurance...
Posted December 2, 2016 @ 8:50 AM by Nick Batzig

A Cross-Shaped View of God's Attributes

Talk of God's attributes that is not tethered to concrete stories of God's dealings with his people in history tends toward abstraction (and so away from doxology, where all talk of God should end). The same is true, of course,...
Posted November 30, 2016 @ 1:21 PM by Aaron Denlinger

The Lectio Continua Expository Commentary on the New Testament

I love reading commentaries and have many of them: technical commentaries, semi-technical commentaries, devotional commentaries, practical commentaries, evangelical and Reformed commentaries. Recently, I received three volumes in the new Lectio ContinuaI Expository Commentary on the New Testament (LCECNT).1 This series...
Posted November 29, 2016 @ 11:39 AM by Rob Ventura

Shusaku's Silence

Some readers may be curious about the forthcoming Martin Scorsese film, Silence. The story follows two Jesuit priests (played by Andrew Garfield and Adam Driver) who leave Portugal in order to discover the fate of Father Ferreira (Liam Neeson), a...
Posted November 28, 2016 @ 10:10 AM by Adam Parker

Subordination in Scripture: κεφαλή in 1 Corinthians 11:3

Perhaps the text that is closest to the heart of the ESS (eternal subordination of the Son) debate is found in 1 Corinthians 11:3. The prominence of this text is in large measure due to the manner in which...
Posted November 22, 2016 @ 8:08 AM by Alastair Roberts

Scripture, Slavery, and Social Activism

Last year I finished a short sermon series on the book of Ephesians. One of the sections of Ephesians which I approached with a sense of fear and trepidation was that which deals with the relationship between masters and slaves...
Posted November 18, 2016 @ 8:04 AM by Nick Batzig

Spiritual Despair: A Universal Malady

Søren Kierkegaard (1813-1855) was a peculiar sort of apologist for the spiritual earnestness he believed is demanded by the gospel and necessary to being human. It is not surprising, then, that Kierkegaard had much to say about despair before...
Posted November 18, 2016 @ 7:30 AM by Bruce Baugus

Today's Theologians: Iain D Campbell

This is the first post in a short series of interviews in which we are asking some of our favorite theologians questions about theology and ministry. We begin this series with Dr. Iain D. Campbell. Dr. Campbell is pastor of...
Posted November 15, 2016 @ 4:03 PM by Nick Batzig

Multiply Your Gift for the Alliance

The Alliance has a unique opportunity to multiply your financial support this month. On November 18, for 24-hours only, we will once again be participating in the Lancaster Foundation ExtraOrdinary Give. Donations made to the Alliance through our ExtraOrdinary...
Posted November 14, 2016 @ 4:13 PM by Robert Brady
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Reformation 101: Priests in Jesus

Having recently passed the 499th anniversary of Luther's posting of the 95 Theses to the Castle Church door in Wittenberg, there is great anticipation of the 500th celebration of this momentous event and the Reformation that it catalyzed. We typically...
Posted November 11, 2016 @ 8:44 AM by Caleb Cangelosi

Forget Nostalgia!

Following the election on Tuesday night many are still reeling with surprise from the results. Some are in shock, some are incensed, some are delighted, and still others have taken this opportunity to decry the result as a sign...
Posted November 10, 2016 @ 8:03 AM by Adam Parker

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