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What's in a Name?

Names have always been important. There's a reason why "Judas" never tops the list of most popular baby names in any given year. When my wife and I were trying to pick out names for our children, we always had...
Posted August 24, 2016 @ 2:15 PM by Nick Kennicott

Ministry is Discouragement

I oftentimes tell people that ministry is discouragement. My point, in saying this, is not to suggest that ministry is only and always discouraging. There are, to be sure, times of great encouragement and blessing in ministry. Praise God...
Posted August 23, 2016 @ 1:46 PM by Guy Richard

The Eternal Subordination of the Son: The Need for Trinitarian Clarity (Part 2)

In the previous post in this series, we began to consider some of the theological concerns that surface in the teaching of those who hold to a form of the ERAS/ESS position. In this post, we wish to consider these...
Posted August 22, 2016 @ 4:15 PM by Alastair Roberts

Matthew Henry's Method for Prayer

We know that we are called to pray. 1 Thessalonians 5:17 instructs us to "pray without ceasing". Then why do we find it so difficult? Perhaps we feel that our prayers are not sufficiently eloquent or compelling. There can...
Posted August 18, 2016 @ 7:01 PM by Robert Brady

Statism and Parachurchism

Several weeks ago I re-read J. Gresham Machen's pivotal, early twentieth-century work Christianity and Liberalism in preparation for giving the final lectures of a seminary course on modern church history. Having originally read the work more than a decade...
Posted August 17, 2016 @ 7:44 AM by Aaron Denlinger

Pluck Out...Your Candidate?

I'll never forget the first year that I was able to vote. I had just turned 18 and could not have been more zealous to be part of the American political process. I spent six hours a day while I...
Posted August 15, 2016 @ 11:39 AM by Adam Parker

The Trinity: Pastoral Implications Podcast

 This week on Theology on the Go, our host, Dr. Jonathan Master is joined by Dr. Liam Goligher. Dr. Goligher began serving as Senior Minister of Tenth Presbyterian Church in May of 2011. He holds a Doctor of Ministry degree...
Posted August 11, 2016 @ 7:05 PM by Editors

Christ's Call to Discipleship

A Newly Released Audio Series from James BoiceHas it ever occurred to you that something is lacking in the lives of many of us who call ourselves Christians? We live in an age where the lack of true discipleship is...
Posted August 9, 2016 @ 4:28 PM by Robert Brady

Tuned in Parents on the Technological Frontier

I am a child of the technological frontier--the brave new world of exciting potential and seemingly limitless possibility. I learned how to type on a typewriter; but, how to spell on a Speak&Spell. As a young boy, I played video...
Posted August 9, 2016 @ 8:31 AM by Nick Batzig

The Christ-Defined Roadmap to Church Revitalization

The last post was an attempt to document three Biblical axioms concerning the ministry of church revitalization. Briefly let's review them: Church revitalization was an Apostolic ministry strategy initiated by the Apostle Paul on his second missionary journey (Acts...
Posted August 8, 2016 @ 9:20 AM by Harry Reeder

The Psalms in Worship

Too many churches never sing the psalms in public worship. Despite the fact the two direct injunctions that relate to singing in the New Testament place psalms at the head of the list of what Christians ought to sing as...
Posted August 5, 2016 @ 4:04 PM by Robert Brady

The Justification of Works by Faith

The Protestant Reformers, following Scripture's lead, roundly rejected the notion that believers might be justified in part or in whole by their own good works. Sinners, they maintained, are justified wholly on the basis of Christ's perfect righteousness imputed...
Posted August 3, 2016 @ 8:53 PM by Aaron Denlinger

The Canon of Scripture

Be sure to listen to this week's Mortification of Spin. Todd, Carl, and Aimee examine questions like, how can we trust the books in the Bible to be the only Word of God, or "canon", to which no man...
Posted August 2, 2016 @ 3:22 PM by Robert Brady

I Am (Still) A Complementarian

My good friend, Todd Pruitt, recently wrote a post in which he gave several reasons why he no longer considers himself a complementarian. I must admit, there is much in Todd's article with which I agree. I share his...
Posted July 27, 2016 @ 10:26 AM by Donny Friederichsen

Before You Post...

Criticism is usually given much more freely on the internet than in person. It is one of the chief reasons why the internet seems to generate more heat than light. It is so easy to hit that "post" button...
Posted July 26, 2016 @ 7:51 AM by Lane Keister

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