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How Jesus Saves

Jesus saves by grace, through faith, unto works.  We don't want Scripture to be crumbs in a bag, after all.When we forget that, or try to manage it that somehow we're just tokens of his glory, we abandon the complete...
Posted October 20, 2014 @ 9:25 PM by Frank Turk

Jesus saves, faith does not.

Jesus is the "agent" of salvation. Faith is the "instrument" of salvation. We must not confuse the two.Jesus is the agent who accomplishes all saving graces for us and in us. Jesus "saves," "justifies," "sanctifies," and "glorifies" his people in...
Posted October 20, 2014 @ 7:44 PM by Scott Swain
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Bible Ignorance

People who have an excellent understanding of the Scriptures really impress me. If there's one thing I detest, besides Manchester United, it's Bible studies or theological discussions where the Scriptures function like the crumbs in a bag of chips: you...
Posted October 20, 2014 @ 2:56 PM by Mark Jones

Hong Kong protests a Christian mission? But first, . . .

Offline eighteen days and Trueman vanishes from the site, Turk takes on Jones's and Levy's presbyterianism, and I miss "Deviant Calvinism week." Conspiracy theorists (and perhaps certain biblical theology practitioners) might discern a theme, but enough about what everyone else is...
Posted October 20, 2014 @ 2:15 PM by Bruce Baugus

Pick on someone your own size

In response to a mortifying podcast on patriarchal abuse, from certain former Ref21 bloggers, let me just say a word or two about the very stupid idea that husbands can beat their wives.I knew someone once who told me (quite...
Posted October 20, 2014 @ 9:36 AM by Lee Gatiss
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How to Choose a Spouse: Calvin on Gen. 6.1-3

"The sons of God saw that the daughters of men were beautiful; and they took wives for themselves, whomever they chose" (NASB). It is not entirely obvious who the parties ("sons of God" and "daughters of men") to the historical...
Posted October 17, 2014 @ 1:22 PM by Aaron Denlinger

The Christian Political Conundrum

I was privileged today to have lunch with a Republican US Senator at a small gathering of evangelical pastors.  It was quite enjoyable to interact with a politician who has absolutely no fears of losing his election and therefore is...
Posted October 16, 2014 @ 1:35 PM by Rick Phillips
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On pastoral (dis)qualification and other things

This is not about Mark Driscoll, though it is prompted by a few notes being sounded (not by him, as far as I am aware) with regard to his resignation letter, and the circumstances surrounding it.First, pastoral qualification is never...
Posted October 16, 2014 @ 5:41 AM by Jeremy Walker

Replacing a Teetotaller

What's this? Carl's gone but there's a new guy on Ref21? He sounds familiar... from somewhere.Yes, I'm British. English actually. Which apparently makes me sound about 20% more intelligent than I really am, to some Americans. I should move there...
Posted October 15, 2014 @ 10:50 PM by Lee Gatiss
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Reformed Theological Diversity (lots of it)

While doing my MA in historical and dogmatic theology I had a very neat (i.e., narrow) understanding of the Reformed tradition. I typically thought in these categories: Reformed versus Arminian; Reformed versus Socinian; Reformed versus Roman Catholicism; etc. But as I...
Posted October 15, 2014 @ 1:59 PM by Mark Jones

Southern California Reformed Baptist Conference

For those who are able to attend, Dr. Carl Truman will be speaking on the vital subject of "The Doctrine of Scripture." All the information for the conference which is taking place November 3-4 can be found here:   http://scrbpc.org...
Posted October 14, 2014 @ 11:20 AM by Rob Ventura
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Is Jesus on Every Page (in the Old Testament)?

Is Jesus on every page in the Old Testament? According to the title of a recent book, he may be. Is Christ in every sentence (e.g., "tear out the fangs of the young lions, O Lord!" Ps. 58:6b)? Should we...
Posted October 14, 2014 @ 8:58 AM by Leon Brown

Proclamation Presbyterian Church hosts Matthew Smith & Indelible Grace

Alliance member church Proclamation Presbyterian Church will be host Matthew Smith & Indelible Grace on October 19th at 6 pm. While it's not the Alliance's practice to promote every activity of every member church, with the recent success of the...
Posted October 13, 2014 @ 10:16 AM by Robert Brady
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The gospel according to Enoch: Calvin on Gen. 5.21-24

Calvin's comments on chapter 5 of Genesis barely fill a handful of pages in his lengthy commentary on the first book of the Bible. He evidently struggles to find significance in a passage of Scripture largely devoted to genealogy, and...
Posted October 13, 2014 @ 8:16 AM by Aaron Denlinger
TOPICS: Calvin, Enoch, Genesis

Justification by Precision Alone?

"For my part, I had much rather my lot should be found among them who do really believe with the heart unto righteousness, though they are not able to give a tolerable definition of faith unto others, than among them...
Posted October 13, 2014 @ 1:32 AM by Mark Jones

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