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Origen on Scripture

I've been doing a little reading in Origen's On First Principles today (written sometime before 225). It's a scandalous work on several counts, but is likely the first attempt at a systematic exposition of the faith in the post-apostolic era and...
Posted November 21, 2014 @ 9:21 PM by Bruce Baugus
TOPICS: Origen, Scripture

Semper reformanda, numquam reformata

This month's edition of Tabletalk magazine features an impressive lineup of church historians (namely, Bob Godfrey, Carl Trueman, and Scott Clark) discussing the historical origins -- as well as popular uses and abuses -- of the slogan "reformed, [and] always...
Posted November 21, 2014 @ 1:24 PM by Aaron Denlinger

Weak on Holiness

A recent post on Reformation21 was removed by the author. But thanks be to the Aquila "Report" (quotes mine), republication is truly well and alive. The author on the Aquila "Report" takes issue with a certain Ref21 blogger for undermining good...
Posted November 21, 2014 @ 11:04 AM by Mark Jones

A Minister and His Flock

In my mind, the only person fully equipped to be a mega-church pastor is Christ, who knows all of his sheep by name. He alone, by his Spirit, can minister to each of his sheep. He alone, by his Spirit,...
Posted November 20, 2014 @ 2:29 PM by Mark Jones

The Bible is the 17th best Christian book published in 2014

And so it begins - websites with their books of the year. I expect Ref 21 will get on the bandwagon soon enough, however it seems Monergism are first out of the traps with their top 50 and you'll be...
Posted November 20, 2014 @ 9:25 AM by Paul Levy

Are Rewards a Valid Motivation for Sanctification?

It seems that every generation of the church sees a struggle to rightly define Christian sanctification.  This happens in part because of the importance of the subject.  Sanctification is the present tense of salvation for those who have believed; it...
Posted November 19, 2014 @ 3:52 PM by Rick Phillips

Working Together - Alliance via ExtraordinaryGive

On November 21st, you can support the Alliance of Confessing Evangelicals with the Extraordinary Give program. Any donation made online at ExtraGive will be stretched by up to $250,000 from the Lancaster County Community Foundation and their presenting sponsors. Plus,...
Posted November 19, 2014 @ 2:21 PM by Robert Brady

Fred Zaspel interviews Rob Ventura

Alliance friend and speaker Fred Zaspel of Books at a Glance interviews Rob Ventura & Brian Borgman, authors of Spiritual Warfare: A Biblical & Balanced Perspective.      Pastors Brian Borgman (Grace Community Church in Minden, NV) and Rob Ventura (Grace...
Posted November 18, 2014 @ 8:58 PM by Robert Brady

A Tired Church or Tired Christians?

Which ministry-related programs are available at your church? Generally, whether reformed or not, many churches have Sunday school, a men's and women's group, perhaps a mid-week Bible study or small group, VBS during the summer, nursery, youth group, music ministry,...
Posted November 18, 2014 @ 8:40 AM by Leon Brown

Theology on the Go on iTunes

We're very grateful for the feedback we've already received about Theology on the Go podcast at Place for Truth.  And as an update, I'm pleased to report that you can listen and subscribe to the podcast via itunes or just go...
Posted November 17, 2014 @ 4:00 PM by Robert Brady

Bavinck on Speech Acts and the Power of God's Word

It seems as though some version of speech act theory--the rather simple but significant observation that we use words to do things--pokes out from under every stone in evangelical discussions of Scripture these days. This has been the case at...
Posted November 14, 2014 @ 2:45 PM by Bruce Baugus

On the Word, Wittenberg Beer, and Christian vs Islamic Expansion

"I can drive no man to heaven or beat him into it with a club." So observed Luther on March 11th, 1522, in a sermon to Wittenberg parishioners. Though his point was rather obvious, Luther felt compelled to make it...
Posted November 14, 2014 @ 2:09 PM by Aaron Denlinger

A Crucial Distinction

Understanding the distinction between God's absolute power and his ordained power might solve a lot of theological problems among many evangelical Christians, especially among the (unwittingly) hyper-Calvinistic sort.God's absolute power is that power to do that which he will not...
Posted November 13, 2014 @ 3:38 PM by Mark Jones

Veteran's Day: Extending Hospitality and Sharing the Gospel with Military Personnel

The military is a place for both young and old to find their way in life. As a navy instructor in San Diego, CA, between 2005-2008, I saw numerous recruits--who recently graduated from boot camp--and long-time veterans, who were desirous...
Posted November 11, 2014 @ 10:56 AM by Leon Brown

The Reformation Heritage KJV Study Bible

This is a follow up to a prior post. After many months of waiting, today we finally announce the release of The Reformation Heritage KJV Study Bible.   'I must confess that I have never been so excited about anything I...
Posted November 11, 2014 @ 8:47 AM by Robert Brady

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