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Teaching Our Children the Raw Parts of Scripture

Sometimes it's difficult to teach our children the more raw parts in scripture. Pastor Nick Batzig covers this sensitive topic in his latest article at The Christward Collective.  One of the things that I realized the first time that...
Posted August 29, 2015 @ 5:01 PM by Robert Brady

Psalm 19 and human flourishing

Human flourishing"Human flourishing" is a cultural catchphrase that can be overheard in the hallways of corporate America and in the institutions of public and private education. In recent days, human flourishing has served as a warrant for doctrinal and moral-theological...
Posted August 27, 2015 @ 10:18 AM by Scott Swain

What commentaries should you read?

This question is more difficult than you'd think. One of the first things you discover is that commentaries are often answering questions no one is asking. A fringe benefit of commentaries is they help you clarify what you don't think.We...
Posted August 27, 2015 @ 8:42 AM by Paul Levy
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A Biblical Model for Corporate Confession

The pressing matter coming out of this year's General Assembly of the Presbyterian Church in America (PCA) was the Personal Resolution on Civil Rights Remembrance.  The assembly decided to postpone this resolution to the coming year in order to allow reflection...
Posted August 26, 2015 @ 8:48 PM by Rick Phillips
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Don't Read Sermons!

Rick Phillips has stirred me from my slumber!I would want to argue the exact opposite, that far too many expository commentaries are being published. I don't know if I am alone in thinking this, but, if you buy three of...
Posted August 25, 2015 @ 8:35 PM by Paul Levy
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On Baptisms Pretended and Real

A recent baptismal service in our church made a profound impression on our four year old daughter Kaitrin. Much to our joy, she began asking questions about baptism on the way home from morning worship, and has brought the subject...
Posted August 24, 2015 @ 8:16 PM by Aaron Denlinger

Ashley Madison: Faithlessness

"... be sure your sin will find you out" (Num. 32:23).Ashley. Madison. Two words that will not be forgotten by millions of people for as long as they live.Divorce lawyers in some cities are not even answering their phones.Computer hackers are...
Posted August 22, 2015 @ 12:50 AM by Mark Jones
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The Value of Reading Expository Commentaries

One of my tasks this month is editing Derek Thomas' forthcoming commentary on Ezra-Nehemiah for the Reformed Expository Commentary series.  I am learning so much and benefiting from its extraordinary value!  This reminds me of the great value in regularly...
Posted August 21, 2015 @ 9:05 AM by Rick Phillips
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ThingsJesusNeverSaid

Trending on Twitter recently was the hashtag: #ThingsJesusNeverSaid It was a case of the good, the bad, the ugly, the downright blasphemous, and occasionally humorous. Such tweets included: "Go to Yale Divinity School""The old covenant is a republication of the covenant of...
Posted August 20, 2015 @ 12:19 AM by Mark Jones
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Christological Confusion & China's Reforming Churches (part 1)

Introduction Christological confusion has sunk a root into the rich soil of China's emerging Reformed community. At present, some pastors and others on the mainland believe Christ's human nature is uncreated and eternal. What is more, some believe this view...
Posted August 19, 2015 @ 4:30 PM by Bruce Baugus
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We Distinguish: The Importance of Theological Distinctions

If I had my way regarding theological training, I'd attempt to help students master the basic theological distinctions from the era of Protestant scholasticism. Those who think "scholastic" is a bad word probably don't know much about scholasticism. Truth be...
Posted August 18, 2015 @ 1:14 PM by Mark Jones

Flight vs. Freedom: Calvin on Hagar (Gen. 16)

"Hagar, servant of Sarai." So the angel of the Lord addressed the Egyptian slave (Gen. 16.8) who had the great misfortune to be drawn into Abraham and Sarah's scheme to assist the realization of God's promise (Gen. 16.1-6). Upon the...
Posted August 17, 2015 @ 1:44 PM by Aaron Denlinger

The Face behind Article 17

I think there is a good case that Peter Martyr Vermigli is the brains behind Article 17 of the Thirty-nine Articles. He was the highly respected and trusted Regis Professor of Divinity at Oxford (1548-1554), and actually wrote a tract...
Posted August 15, 2015 @ 7:49 AM by Lee Gatiss

Romans 7 and the Psychikos Man of 1 Corinthians 15:44

This past Lord's Day my evening sermon was preached on a passage that includes 1 Corinthians 15:44, where Paul writes that the body "is sown a natural body; it is raised a spiritual body."  (Those interested in the sermon can...
Posted August 14, 2015 @ 7:45 AM by Rick Phillips
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Was Jesus Morally Depraved? An Assessment

Nephrologists will tell you that healthy kidneys are vital to human life. Their primary function is to filter out waste in the bloodstream that, if not removed, will kill the whole body. They will also tell you that failed kidneys...
Posted August 13, 2015 @ 9:52 AM by Carlton Wynne

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