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The Intricacies of Interracial Marriage

In light of current discussions regarding racial reconciliation, we thought that it might be a benefit to our readers to run a series of videos from a longtime contributor, Rob Ventura, and his wife, Vanessa, concerning a variety of subjects...
Posted April 28, 2017 @ 5:53 AM by Editors

The Regulative Principle of "Liturgical Sameness?"

In the Presbyterian Church in America (PCA)--the denomination in which I serve as a minister of the Gospel--quite a number of ministers lament the fact that you can attend five of our churches (all within the same city) only to...
Posted April 25, 2017 @ 7:56 AM by Steve Tipton

Luther, and the Creative Power of the Word

The Alliance of Confessing Evangelicals and WFIL 560 AM have had a long partnership. In addition to broadcasting The Bible Study Hour with James Boice and No Falling Word with Liam Goligher, they are one of the sponsors of...
Posted April 21, 2017 @ 9:18 AM by Robert Brady

Ethnic Inclusion, Gender Roles and the Diaconate

In recent years, two ecclesiological issues have come to overshadow almost all others--namely, racial reconciliation and the role of women in the church. There is no shortage of Biblical and historical teaching on these issues, but a serious consideration...
Posted April 20, 2017 @ 11:05 AM by William Castro

Geniuses by Enhancement

Medical procedures for healthy people are nothing new. Surgeries to augment or "enhance" this or that physical feature for "cosmetic" purposes are rather common. According to widely cited statistics supplied by The International Society of Aesthetic Plastic Surgeons, one...
Posted April 17, 2017 @ 6:45 AM by Bruce Baugus

If Christ is Not Risen...

I've always had something of an aversion to the "if Christianity is not true what do you lose" sort of apologetical approach--precisely because Scripture is God's word and because it is perfect in all that God reveals in it. To raise...
Posted April 14, 2017 @ 8:50 AM by Nick Batzig

The Greek Orthodox Answer Man?

The news of Hank Hanegraaff's conversion to the Greek Orthodox faith has--not surprisingly--elicited a variety of responses from individuals online. On Twitter, one controversial progressive pastor welcomed Hanegraaff (quite ironically, I would add) to "a greater tradition than biblicism." Christianity...
Posted April 13, 2017 @ 6:50 AM by Nick Batzig

My Jesus, I Love You; Your Bride I Despise!

Last week the Barna Group informed us that a whopping ten percent of America's population "love Jesus but not the church." Lack of "love" for the church, for Barna's purposes, is essentially measured by lack of attendance at religious...
Posted April 12, 2017 @ 8:27 AM by Aaron Denlinger

The Necessity of Preaching

Salvation is an expansive term. It essentially means "safety." Salvation includes the application of Christ's work from the new birth, through faith and repentance, to Justification, adoption, sanctification, and glorification. Christians share in Christ's benefits because they are united...
Posted April 11, 2017 @ 10:21 AM by Ryan McGraw

Mike Pence, "Truth's Table" and Fencing the Law

The last week provided more disturbing information on the collapse of civilization and reason in secular America. Vice President Mike Pence revealed that he follows the "Billy Graham Rule," refraining from private meals with women other than his wife...
Posted April 5, 2017 @ 3:37 PM by Richard D. Phillips

The Eternal Subordination of the Son Debate: Concluding Reflections (Part 1)

In an online context, where conversations move at a breakneck speed, we so often fail to carve out time for proper deliberation and reflection. After the firestorm of one debate has passed, we can swiftly move on to the...
Posted April 3, 2017 @ 7:56 AM by Alastair Roberts

Being Pence-ive about Dinner with the Ladies

Adultery among any people group is a serious and dreadful act in this fallen world. In fact, in an increasingly fatherless culture where divorce is becoming more and more the rule rather than the exception, one would argue that this...
Posted April 1, 2017 @ 9:14 AM by Adam Parker

Identity, Affinity and Christ

So many of the controversies surrounding the church at present center on concepts related to identity and affinity. Whether these issues are sexual, ethnic, biological or political in nature, one cannot escape the seemingly ubiquitous existential clamor with which we are...
Posted March 30, 2017 @ 6:42 AM by Nick Batzig

Protestantism, Scripture and the Judgment of the Church

A few weeks ago, I participated in a conference which explored the promise that careful attention to Protestantism's past holds for Protestantism's future. It was exciting to see scholars, students, and interested laypersons gathered around a common concern for the...
Posted March 28, 2017 @ 9:09 AM by Aaron Denlinger

What Hath Amsterdam to do with Princeton?

In 1898 B.B. Warfield invited the Dutch Reformed theologian Abraham Kuyper to deliver six lectures at Princeton Seminary for the inaugural Stone Lectures. These lectures were eventually bound and printed as Kuyper's Lectures on Calvinism. In these lectures, Kuyper...
Posted March 23, 2017 @ 5:21 PM by Donny Friederichsen

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