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The Shepherd Leader: Shepherding to the Chief Shepherd's Glory, the Alliance of Confessing Evangelicals newest web site, is the result of Alliance members who see the need to build up leadership teams that truly shepherd their churches. Be sure to bookmark the website and come back often....
Posted October 7, 2015 @ 9:25 AM by Robert Brady

New Pastors Handbook

As a faculty member at RTS/Jackson, one of the great privileges that I have is to teach the first year, first semester class, "Introduction to Pastoral and Theological Studies." This class is meant as an orientation to seminary. One of...
Posted October 6, 2015 @ 2:53 PM by Sean Lucas

"It is not we who can sustain the church..."

I begin every semester in my Church and Sacraments course with the following quotation from Martin Luther, which Karl Barth used "In Place of a Foreword" to introduce Church Dogmatics, volume 1.2. The quotation says so much about the relationship...
Posted October 5, 2015 @ 1:24 PM by Scott Swain

The Surpassing Worth of Knowing Christ Jesus

Indeed, I count everything as loss because of the surpassing worth of knowing Christ Jesus my Lord. For his sake I have suffered the loss of all things and count them as rubbish, in order that I may gain Christ"Philippians...
Posted October 2, 2015 @ 4:29 PM by Robert Brady

Pastoral Letter, no. 4

My dear friends:This coming Sunday morning, I plan on mentioning C. S. Lewis's essay on "The Inner Ring." I would encourage you to read it (or reread it as the case may be). You can find it on the internet...
Posted October 2, 2015 @ 12:28 PM by Sean Lucas

J.I. Packer on "Cultivating Awe in the Presence of God"

Our readers may be interested in this video, which looks at topics such as Cultivating Awe in the Presence of God, Christian Meditation and Knowing Christ. J.I. Packer is always worth listening to. We did manage to talk about his writing style,...
Posted September 30, 2015 @ 1:17 PM by Mark Jones

Dispatch from Notre Dame's Creation out of Nothing: Origins and Contemporary Significance Conference (part 2)

This is the second (and final) part to the report. One can read the first part here ~ the editor...The 'nothingness' that enters into human experience through acts of sin is something of which Augustine was acutely aware when he...
Posted September 30, 2015 @ 9:34 AM by Blair Smith

The Difficulty of Prayer (and a solution)

Prayer is not easy. I find that true myself, but others whom I respect have also given testimony to the difficulty of prayer. Some chaps make it sound easy; if they spend hours a day in the tent of meeting,...
Posted September 29, 2015 @ 9:12 AM by Mark Jones

James Is, You Know, in the Bible

A couple of years ago, a friend of mine was discussing the necessity of works to salvation when a fellow Reformed minister accused him of legalism.  This pastor, noted for promoting a radical version of Lutheran soteriology, cut him down...
Posted September 26, 2015 @ 10:24 AM by Rick Phillips

In Defense of Piper

I've been told that some folk are taking issue with John Piper's Foreword to Thomas Schreiner's book on justification. According to Piper, who agrees with Schreiner, we are "right with God by faith alone" but we do not "attain heaven...
Posted September 24, 2015 @ 12:15 PM by Mark Jones

On Fatherhood Divine and Human

In my experience, one of the principal delights of growing older -- more than adequate compensation for hair loss, aches and pains, and other unpleasantries associated with the art -- is seeing one's family increase through the addition of children...
Posted September 24, 2015 @ 9:04 AM by Aaron Denlinger

Christological Confusion & China's Reforming Churches (part 5)

This is the fifth post in a twelve-part series on the current Christological confusion taking root in China's emerging Reformed community (see part 1, 2, 3, and 4).Confusing Claims About Christ's HumanityTurning to the confusion in East Asia, our brother...
Posted September 23, 2015 @ 8:41 AM by Bruce Baugus

Leithart on Griffiths

It's been the design of Reformation 21, of late, to deal with the best books by some of the keenest minds. By trying to stay at the forefront - and, therefore, to bring to our readers books that will set...
Posted September 22, 2015 @ 2:31 AM by Mark McDowell

Why Should We Come to Church?

"And they devoted themselves to the apostles' teaching and the fellowship, to the breaking of bread and the prayers" (Acts 2:42). One of the greatest needs of our dark times is for the Christian church to regain her true identity...
Posted September 18, 2015 @ 10:03 AM by Rick Phillips

Scarcity and Abundance

In recent decades, Western culture has developed what the business analysts might call a 'scarcity mindset'. There are good reasons for this of course. For a long time, we've been behaving like a teenager in a bedroom, consuming non-renewable energy sources,...
Posted September 17, 2015 @ 9:44 AM by Michael P Jensen

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