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The Quest for Biblical Worship (Part 2)

Reformed churches not only have the regulative principle worship (RPW) to guide them regarding elements and forms, but they also, throughout their history, have had liturgies and directories. The liturgies were the more restrictive (e.g. Strasburg, Geneva, Amsterdam), the...
Posted September 18, 2017 @ 7:27 AM by Terry L. Johnson

The Truth about the Rapture

"We...will be caught up" (1 Thes. 4:17) Soon after I was converted at age 17 my dad gave me three books--a King James Bible and two by a local pastor I had yet to hear of: Hal Lindsey's The Late,...
Posted September 16, 2017 @ 8:56 AM by Daniel Hyde

A Vital Call for the Vitals of Religion

In the denomination in which I serve as a minister--The Presbyterian Church in America (PCA)--we have confessional standards to which all our ministers voluntarily agree to submit, subscribe, and support. The language we use to describe this action is...
Posted September 14, 2017 @ 2:30 PM by Brian Tallman

Closely Connected Care

With each cultural crisis or natural disaster, our minds are freshly flooded with a litany of images and calls to come to the aid of our neighbors who have been the victims of an injustice or who have suffered loss....
Posted September 12, 2017 @ 9:04 AM by Nick Batzig

The Nashville Statement: A Test of Orthodoxy?

When the Council for Biblical Manhood and Womanhood (CBMW) released the Nashville Statement on biblical sexuality, there were immediate responses from almost every quarter. Reactions ranged from wholehearted endorsement to begrudging acceptance to outright rejection. Many of those who rejected...
Posted September 11, 2017 @ 7:15 AM by Rachel Green Miller

I Can't Hear You Over All the Name Calling

Lately I have been reading articles by a few Evangelicals who are deeply committed to racial justice.  As I agree and sympathize with much, I do find myself in reaction to some of the things they have said. These...
Posted September 8, 2017 @ 10:12 AM by Randy Nabors

Love the Sinner as You Love Your Sinful Self?

Over the past week, I've seen more appeals to the second half of Matthew 22:39 than I've seen artist postcards in a hipster coffee shop. "Love your neighbor as yourself" (which is the second greatest command, according to Jesus) is...
Posted September 6, 2017 @ 7:55 AM by Nick Batzig

A Social Savior

As I continue to scan the landscape of Christian social justice activism, that is, social justice-labeled activities that are said to be carried out "in the name of" Christ, I've noticed many Christian activists have a tendency to proffer...
Posted September 5, 2017 @ 8:05 AM by Darrell B. Harrison

When Calling Yourself a "Christian" Isn't Enough

As a new Christian, I was very interested in studying cults. I studied the nuances of Mormonism, Jehovah's Witnesses, Unitarianism, and so on. When we think of cults, we tend to think of groups that not only pervert what...
Posted September 1, 2017 @ 12:51 PM by Adam Parker

Just Thinking...

As more and more is being written about ethnicity, I thought that I'd point our readers to the B.A.R. Podcast (Biblical And Reformed), hosted by my friend, Dawain Atkinson. Dawain has had some the most noted pastors and theologians on the...
Posted August 30, 2017 @ 7:04 AM by Nick Batzig

Standing Firm on the Slippery Slope

A few weeks ago, the editorial team at Ref21 asked me if I would be willing to write something regarding Fred Harrell (pastor of City Church, San Francisco) and his recent postings in which he attacked the doctrine of penal...
Posted August 29, 2017 @ 5:45 AM by Richard D. Phillips

Very Superstitious

Many Christian social commentators have lamented the devolution of American culture into a form of anti-culture. It is certainly true that the rejection of the Christian religion in our society has led to moral degeneration within our culture. However,...
Posted August 28, 2017 @ 9:43 AM by Gabriel Williams

The Blessing of Sunday Evening Worship

Soon after my husband and I moved back to St. Louis from Philadelphia and rejoined Covenant Presbyterian Church, we got a call from a friend inviting us to join a new supper club that she and her husband were...
Posted August 23, 2017 @ 4:52 PM by Mary Beth McGreevy

Feeling Forsaken, But Not Forgotten: An Infertility Story

I met my husband, Pete, in April of 2004. We were set up on a blind date by a mutual friend who knew both of us well, and our friend thought we would be the perfect match. The only...
Posted August 21, 2017 @ 10:08 AM by Nan Whitney

Mr. Moral Magoo?

I'm sure there's a generational gap when someone refers to Mr. Magoo. If you're under 30, there's a good chance that you've probably never heard of Mr. Magoo. I just so happened to have watched enough classic cartoons over...
Posted August 18, 2017 @ 10:44 AM by Adam Parker

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