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On Friday, November 17th the Alliance of Confessing Evangelicals is participating in a special day of extraordinary giving. Visit ExtraGive.org, make a donation to the Alliance, and for every dollar you donate Alliance donors are matching up to $25,000, dollar...
Posted November 16, 2017 @ 7:01 PM by Robert Brady

Hollywood, Capitol Hill and the Human Heart

As more women bring to light the heinous sexual misconduct of male celebrities and politicians, it would do us good to remember two all-important truths: First, God's word testifies to the pervasive depravity of all men and women (Rom. 3:10-18);...
Posted November 16, 2017 @ 1:29 PM by Nick Batzig

Revitalizing an Eighteenth-Century Christian Community: Baptists Seeking Revival

Theological Reformation Eighteenth-century Baptists did not emerge from their spiritual "winter" until the last two or three decades of the century. Again, there were a variety of reasons for what amounts to a profound revival among their ranks. There...
Posted November 15, 2017 @ 8:04 AM by Michael Haykin

Conflict, Comfort and the Cross

Last week, a gunman entered First Baptist Church in Sutherland Springs, Texas and killed 26 people, wounding 20 others. The massacre was brutal and left what will surely be scars on all of those who survived, many of whom were...
Posted November 13, 2017 @ 1:21 PM by Adam Parker

Remembering Dr. Morton H. Smith

Dr. Morton H. Smith, founding professor of Reformed Theological Seminary (RTS), founder of Greenville Presbyterian Theological Seminary (GPTS), first Stated Clerk of the Presbyterian Church in America (PCA), and one of the world's foremost authorities on American Presbyterian history...
Posted November 13, 2017 @ 6:22 AM by Dr. Joseph A. Pipa

Preaching and the Mission of the Trinity

Every divine work reflects God's Triunity. This means that if we want to understand what God is doing in our lives we must begin with who God is. The Father always acts through his Son and by his Spirit....
Posted November 11, 2017 @ 8:12 AM by Ryan McGraw

The Church's Answer to Racism and Sexism

Racist attitudes, bigoted actions, rape, and assault have recently been dominating the news cycle. In the midst of chaos in our culture, the Church has the great answer to racism, sexism, and classism. We have the answer and we...
Posted November 6, 2017 @ 7:27 PM by Jason Helopoulos

Trinity: The Two Natures of Christ

In this new 8 message set, Trinity: The Two Natures of Christ, Liam Goligher continues his study of the Trinity from the Book of Hebrews. Visit the Trinity web page to learn more about what sparked this sermon series.If...
Posted November 2, 2017 @ 5:45 PM by Robert Brady

Accommodating Rome?

Probably the most interesting Reformation celebration that I had the privilege of participating in last month took place in a Roman Catholic Church. The Center for Evangelical Catholicism here in Greenville, SC graciously invited me to join with two...
Posted November 2, 2017 @ 9:28 AM by Richard D. Phillips

Alliance Editorial Director Jonathan Master on the Presbycast podcast

Alliance Editorial Director Jonathan Master joins William Castro and G. Vijay Raju on the Presbycast podcast recorded at this year's Reformation Worship Conference. From Peru to Greenville, from India to... the Alliance - three interesting guests that demonstrate the...
Posted October 31, 2017 @ 5:12 PM by Robert Brady

Luther's Royal Marriage

Martin Luther was an outsized personality, with great faith and some great flaws. Living with this great person has a good effect on you. Let me commend his little book, The Freedom of a Christian. When he challenged the...
Posted October 31, 2017 @ 6:19 AM by Howard Griffith

Francis Turretin on Justification

Francis Turretin was the grandson of a Protestant Italian merchant who had emigrated to Beza's Geneva. When Turretin died in Geneva in September 1687, nearly 170 years had passed since Martin Luther had sparked the Protestant Reformation by posting...
Posted October 30, 2017 @ 8:37 AM by Guy Waters

James, Justification and the Human Court

I have often taken comfort in the fact that the Apostle Peter said that Apostle Paul wrote "some things hard to understand, which untaught and unstable people twist to their own destruction, as they do also the rest of the Scriptures" (2 Peter 3:15-16)....
Posted October 27, 2017 @ 8:24 AM by Nick Batzig

The Troublesome Doctrine of Biblical Authority

In the years 1518--1519, the Leipzig Debates were called and conducted between Johann Eck and Martin Luther, among others, in Pleissenburg Castle in Leipzig Germany. At the time, Luther would have presented the latest instance of the annoying humanists...
Posted October 25, 2017 @ 6:17 AM by Scott Redd

The Great-Grandfather of the Reformation

As we celebrate the 500th anniversary of the Reformation, let us not forget that there were reforming efforts in the church of the Lord Jesus Christ long before Martin Luther played the carpenter and nailed his Ninety-Five Theses to...
Posted October 19, 2017 @ 12:39 PM by Caleb Cangelosi

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