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Winner, Winner, Chicken Dinner!

The Alliance wishes to resources the Church in as many ways possible. We do this daily through our broadcasts, podcasts, web sites, events, and many physical resources. But sometimes we are able to directly resource our members and today is...
Posted October 23, 2014 @ 5:08 PM by Robert Brady

Reformed tradition taking root in China

China may be emerging as another global center of Reformed faith and practice. If so, East Asia would seem to be well on its way to becoming the heartland of the Reformed tradition in this century. True, outside South Korea,...
Posted October 23, 2014 @ 2:07 PM by Bruce Baugus

An Anglican amongst serious Baptists

This week I've been enjoying the warm and friendly hospitality of THE Southern Baptist Theological Seminary in Louisville, Kentucky. It's the biggest seminary in the world ever, with thousands of students. And it's well known that some of my best...
Posted October 23, 2014 @ 8:22 AM by Lee Gatiss
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Unrelated but Note-worthy

1. Since I have been vocal when I disagree with him, let me commend Mark Jones' most recent blog post here at Ref21 as good medicine.  I'll resume the merciless beatings of P&R theology at some point in the future;...
Posted October 22, 2014 @ 7:44 AM by Frank Turk
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Are you Evil and Pernicious?

"FOR TO THIS YOU HAVE BEEN CALLED, BECAUSE CHRIST ALSO SUFFERED FOR YOU, LEAVING YOU AN EXAMPLE, SO THAT YOU MIGHT FOLLOW IN HIS STEPS." --1 PETER 2:21In the broader Reformed world there are some who seem to have distaste...
Posted October 21, 2014 @ 8:32 PM by Mark Jones

Why Abraham Was Right: A Reply to Rachel Held Evans

It is grievous to see how brazen the progressive evangelical movement has become in assailing not merely the inerrantist view of Scripture but now even Scripture itself.  The most recent installment comes from Rachel Held Evans in a post titled,...
Posted October 21, 2014 @ 1:15 PM by Rick Phillips
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In which I respond to Frank Turk

Last evening's post was flagged by the Turkish police. Apparently, it was deemed unsafe for the little ears. I'm not quite sure why. But I do have a guess. Perhaps the worry was that I was repeating the antinomian error...
Posted October 21, 2014 @ 8:42 AM by Scott Swain

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

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