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John Owen: still not a Baptist

Well, if I thought it was bad when I exposed a few less-well-known things about John Wesley, that's nothing compared to what happens when you touch the sacred shibboleths of Owenian Baptists!There was a bit of a social media frenzy...
Posted January 30, 2015 @ 12:03 PM by Lee Gatiss

Don't Blame Perry Noble

The internet world exploded earlier this month when South Carolina mega-pastor Perry Noble informed his attendees that the Ten Commandments are not commandments after all but promises.  Noble gleaned this insight not from a careful study of the Scriptures -...
Posted January 29, 2015 @ 3:03 PM by Rick Phillips
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Two Ways to Build a Tower: Calvin on Gen. 11.1-8

The details of the story are fairly well known: Noah's descendants, still within Noah's lifetime (by Calvin's reckoning), pooled their various talents and employed their common tongue towards the end of building a really big tower. God, unimpressed by their...
Posted January 29, 2015 @ 2:37 PM by Aaron Denlinger

My Final Post At Reformation 21: Another Deterrent to Evangelism

How many baptisms upon profession of faith have you administered or seen? I asked my church, as well as fellow pastors and ruling elders in the PCA, the same question. Overall, the answer was, 'very few.' Now, one of the...
Posted January 29, 2015 @ 10:19 AM by Leon Brown

Special Announcement . . .

In conjunction with our annual Southern New England Reformation Conference which will be held this year on May 29th and 30th our guest speaker Dr. Steve Lawson will also be doing a one day seminar at our building in North Providence,...
Posted January 29, 2015 @ 8:36 AM by Rob Ventura
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Breaking: New Archeological Discoveries Reveal Early, Earthy Kind of Christian

Swedish archeologists working near Gadol Eshed Nahar in Midwestern Palestine have discovered what seems to be conclusive textual evidence of the existence of Q. Scholars of early Christianity have long regarded Q--an abbreviation for "Quelle" (a German term which means...
Posted January 28, 2015 @ 3:53 PM by Robin Graves
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John Owen was never a Baptist

I remember once telling a friend at church that I was going to go do a PhD on John Owen. They replied, "Oh yes, I know him. He's that great Baptist theologian." Somewhat startled, I thought I'd since made this point...
Posted January 28, 2015 @ 3:32 PM by Lee Gatiss

Critiquing Westminster Shorter Catechism #1

The Westminster Shorter Catechism on Q. & A. is wrong-headed, in my view. Almost everyone in Reformed circles knows the following question and answer by heart:Q. 1. What is the chief end of man?A. Man's chief end is to glorify...
Posted January 28, 2015 @ 12:43 PM by Mark Jones

Follow the Blood

Do you remember the story of Hansel and Gretel?  Two young children are taken out into the forest one day and then abandoned by their father, who can't afford to look after them anymore. (Perhaps it was during the credit...
Posted January 27, 2015 @ 2:26 PM by Lee Gatiss

Joy Beyond Agony: Embracing the Cross of Christ

Mrs. Jane Roach is on the steering committee of the Alliance's partnered event, the Texas Hill Country Bible Conference. Jane has been active also in Bible Study Fellowship and the Rafiki Foundation (with our much beloved Rosemary Jensen) for years....
Posted January 26, 2015 @ 6:13 PM by Robert Brady

The privilege of dangerous seasons

You will doubtless have heard on a number of occasions those who bewail the present day. I admit to having limited sympathy with those who argue that we are living in the absolute worst of times. I read of the...
Posted January 26, 2015 @ 6:30 AM by Jeremy Walker

Christians Watching the Super Bowl?

This is not a post that will gain me much popularity, with accusations of legalism bound to happen. If there's one thing I know from attending a Big Ten school to play soccer, it is this: don't mess with Americans...
Posted January 25, 2015 @ 7:49 PM by Mark Jones

Zwingli, divine impassibility, and the gospel

Wesley Hill's two recent articles at First Things on divine impassibility (see here and here) have caused a bit of a stir among the theologically minded denizens of social media. The traditional doctrine of divine impassibility states that God does...
Posted January 23, 2015 @ 4:52 PM by Scott Swain

Not quite Charlie Hebdo

It is not particularly surprising but it is disappointing. Furthermore, it is dangerous. It is in some respects the typical kneejerk reaction to current events (by which I mean events over the last few months, even years, rather than merely...
Posted January 23, 2015 @ 7:08 AM by Jeremy Walker

21st Century Challenges Not Allowing Ourselves to be Defined by Sexuality

21st Century Challenges Not Allowing Ourselves to be Defined by SexualityBy Mark Johnston from Place for TruthIt may seem more than a little strange to include this issue as one of the major challenges facing the church in the 21st...
Posted January 22, 2015 @ 3:28 PM by Robert Brady

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