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Closing the Facebook

It's been two weeks since I deleted my Facebook account. I do not see myself going back. The reasons for leaving have nothing to do with cybersecurity or privacy - they have to do with what Facebook is doing...
Posted October 16, 2018 @ 4:19 PM by Adam Parker

The Statement on SJ&G Explained: Article 7, Salvation

[Editorial Note: This is the seventh post in a series of posts in which we have invited the authors of "The Statement on Social Justice and the Gospel" to expound upon the statement's affirmations and denials. We encourage our readers to...
Posted October 15, 2018 @ 2:15 PM by Justin Peters

The Statement on SJ&G Explained: Article 6, Gospel

[Editorial Note: This is the sixth post in a series of posts in which we have invited the authors of "The Statement on Social Justice and the Gospel" to expound upon the statement's affirmations and denials. We encourage our readers...
Posted October 12, 2018 @ 11:04 AM by Josh Buice

Doing Doctrine Pastorally?

As Reformed churches face an array of social challenges and pastoral concerns, I have found the idea spreading that we must "do" doctrine pastorally. That is, we must decide the Bible's teaching based on how we think it will...
Posted October 11, 2018 @ 10:14 AM by Richard D. Phillips

Truth and Politics

I've been listening to a fascinating audio book on the nature of warfare in World War II. Giles Milton's book, Churchill's Ministry of Ungentlemanly Warfare details the unconventional and sometimes brutal methods employed to defeat the Nazis. Churchill's belief...
Posted October 9, 2018 @ 7:34 AM by Donny Friederichsen

The Statement on SJ&G Explained: Article 5, Sin

[Editorial Note: This is the fifth post in a series of posts in which we have invited the authors of "The Statement on Social Justice and the Gospel" to expound upon the statement's affirmations and denials. We encourage our readers...
Posted October 8, 2018 @ 11:15 AM by Tom Buck

What Does It Mean to Enter God's Rest?

This month the Alliance is pleased to offer its latest book, Entering God's Rest: The Sabbath from Genesis to Revelation (And What It Means for You) by Ken Golden.God provides rest for His people, yet the way we rest...
Posted October 4, 2018 @ 5:30 PM by Robert Brady
TOPICS: Rest, Sabbath

The Statement on SJ&G Explained: Article 4, God's Law

[Editorial Note: This is the fourth post in a series of posts in which we have invited the authors of "The Statement on Social Justice and the Gospel" to expound upon the statement's affirmations and denials. We encourage our readers to...
Posted October 4, 2018 @ 6:32 AM by Tom Ascol

Counselor, Comforter, Keeper?

One exegetical consideration upon which I have never truly been settled is that which concerns the meaning of the word παράκλητος (Paraklete)--as it appears in such places in Scripture as 1 John 2:1 and John 14:16. The list of translation...
Posted October 3, 2018 @ 8:16 AM by Nick Batzig

A Silence on Separation

Today there is a void of serious teaching about holiness in life. There is, of course, a general teaching on holiness that everyone agrees on. "Let us be holy," they say, "we need to be more holy. Why not...
Posted October 3, 2018 @ 7:45 AM by Paul Washer

The Statement on SJ&G Explained: Article 3, Justice

[Editorial Note: This is the third post in a series of posts in which we have invited the authors of "The Statement on Social Justice and the Gospel" to expound upon the statement's affirmations and denials. We encourage our readers to...
Posted October 2, 2018 @ 6:36 AM by Phil Johnson

To Know Ourselves...

Calvin's Institutes opens with a strikingly important sentence--crafted first by a young man in his mid-twenties and only fine tuned between its first appearance in 1536 and its final expression a few years before his death. Wisdom--the knowledge coupled...
Posted October 1, 2018 @ 9:29 AM by Sinclair Ferguson

Praying Through the Scriptures: Galatians 6

Over the years it has been my practice, learned from others, to offer up praises and petitions framed by a passage of Scripture. Some of these passages were read in preparation for preaching, others offered material for meditation in...
Posted October 1, 2018 @ 7:50 AM by Chad Van Dixhoorn

The Statement on SJ&G Explained: Article 2, The Imago Dei

[Editorial Note: This is the second post in a series of posts in which we have invited the authors of "The Statement on Social Justice and the Gospel" to expound upon the statement's affirmations and denials. We encourage our readers...
Posted September 28, 2018 @ 7:40 AM by James White

Let the Alliance promote you to our members this Reformation Sunday!

Reformation Sunday is an opportunity to affirm our doctrinal convictions and to praise God for His ongoing reformation in the Church. The Alliance wants to promote your event to our members. We will share this information multiple times in hopes...
Posted September 27, 2018 @ 4:29 PM by Robert Brady

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