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The PCA And The Right Against Self-Incrimination [part 1]

Today and tomorrow we will be looking at Scott Seaton's article. This will be of particular interest for those preparing to attend the PCA General Assembly in a few weeks ~ EditorThe accused party may be allowed, but shall not...
Posted May 22, 2015 @ 6:55 AM by Rev. Scott Seaton
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Why Do We Struggle With Grace?

If grace is preached in our biblically-sound churches, then why does it seem like such a hard concept to grasp? Why do we feel like we still need to work towards God's favor? Why do we sometimes feel like He...
Posted May 21, 2015 @ 6:55 PM by Robert Brady

Christ-Centered Summer Reading

It is a good practice for Christians to plan ahead for some rich reading experiences during  the leisure time that summer often affords.  To this end, I would like to recommend some wonderful books that have the especially high virtue...
Posted May 21, 2015 @ 10:33 AM by Rick Phillips
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Can we lose our justification?

Can justification ever be revoked if someone is justified? There are many reasons why this is impossible. I want to offer two (and perhaps some others in a future post). First, because we are justified by faith alone. Second, because...
Posted May 20, 2015 @ 7:17 PM by Mark Jones

The Way of Cruciform Friendship

Like many, I have appreciated both letters from my friends, Bryan Chapell and Rick Phillips, about our common denomination, the Presbyterian Church in America. The wisdom that both have shared from their particular locations makes me thankful to belong to...
Posted May 19, 2015 @ 11:41 AM by Sean Lucas

Do you attend a perfect Church?

You're in a faithful church, but someone complains about this, that, and the other, and so wants to leave. What do you say? #1 I agree this church isn't perfect...#2 This is a perfect church, why would you leave a perfect...
Posted May 18, 2015 @ 5:51 PM by Mark Jones

More on the Trinity and divine action

In previous entries in what is becoming an impromptu antiphonal blog series on the Trinity, Fred Sanders and I have focused on the nature and relevance of the doctrine of inseparable operations (see here, here, and here). To this point,...
Posted May 16, 2015 @ 12:12 PM by Scott Swain

Is Your Spiritual Life a Battle?

Do you ever feel like life doesn't get any easier? The world is throwing you punches and all you can do is duck and dodge? Do you feel like just living day-to-day is like a climb uphill?
Your spiritual life should...
Posted May 16, 2015 @ 9:23 AM by Robert Brady

A Response to Mark Jones and Gert van den Brink

We're grateful Oliver Crisp has offered his response to the two reviews of Deviant Calvinism which were published this week. Oliver's contribution serves to extend an important conversation over the character and sources of Reformed theology ~ Editor I wish to...
Posted May 15, 2015 @ 10:32 PM by Oliver D. Crisp

Personal Reflections on "Deviant Calvinism"

How wide or narrow is the Reformed faith? In his recent book, Deviant Calvinism: Broadening Reformed Theology, Fuller Seminary Professor, Oliver Crisp, uses the tools of historical theology and analytic theology to address various questions, such as the broadness of...
Posted May 14, 2015 @ 7:15 PM by Mark Jones

Dear Bryan: Replying to "The State of the PCA"

This week a letter titled The State of the PCA was published by Bryan Chapell in By Faith, the denominational magazine of the PCA.  This public letter is another of the many takes in recent years on our denomination from...
Posted May 14, 2015 @ 10:33 AM by Rick Phillips
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An Analysis of "Deviant Calvinism" (Part 1)

The question of how diverse the Reformed tradition is is an important topic of consideration. I have co-edited a volume on Reformed diversity in the seventeenth century, and later this year I have another co-edited volume coming out on Reformed...
Posted May 12, 2015 @ 5:16 PM by Mark Jones

Gratitude for Government: Calvin contra Contempt for Civil Authority

In Calvin's estimation, the Christian life is properly one of constant gratitude. Gratitude bears fruit in holiness -- we can and should say "thank you" to God with our lives as well as our lips. The root of gratitude is...
Posted May 12, 2015 @ 2:12 PM by Aaron Denlinger

New Alliance Resources...

Alliance members are always looking to add excellent Gospel-centric resources to their library! Here are two resources full of rich teaching from several Alliance renowned pastor-scholars.God, Adam, and You: Biblical Creation Defined and AppliedRight from the 2014 Philadelphia Conference on...
Posted May 12, 2015 @ 9:00 AM by Robert Brady
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The death of prayer meetings

People do what they want to do. Regrettably, when it comes to Christians, they seem to not want to pray together at prayer meetings. As a pastor, I'm concerned how many Christians have such energy for the things of the world...
Posted May 11, 2015 @ 7:19 PM by Mark Jones

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