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Pushback on the pushback

Over at First Things Peter Leithart recently posted some comments on Gijsbert van den Brink's article in the July issue of the International Journal of Systematic Theology. Therein, van den Brink addresses recent lack of enthusiasm in academic theology for "social...
Posted August 28, 2014 @ 5:10 PM by Scott Swain

A good reason to go to Charleston

On December 5-7 Christ Church Presbyterian in Charleston, SC will be hosting their annual Charleston Christmas Conference on Reformed Theology. The theme is "The Nativity and the Cross." This year's speakers are Drs. Carl Trueman and Harry Reeder.  God has...
Posted August 28, 2014 @ 8:20 AM by Todd Pruitt

Banner of Truth kindling

The Banner of Truth is entering the sphere of the digital reader! A first ten volumes have been released as ebooks, combining a mix of classics with more modern treatments. Among the ancients you will find Bunyan, Owen, Spurgeon and...
Posted August 28, 2014 @ 6:33 AM by Jeremy Walker

On Archie Rice (and our own Annie Oakley)

This week's Spin is up and in this episode the team tackle a number of closely related issues: the power of high profile pastors, the psychology of loyal commitment to a big name long after all credibility has really vanished,...
Posted August 27, 2014 @ 2:00 AM by Carl Trueman

Cape Cod Reformed Conference

My friend Pastor James La Belle recently e-mailed me letting me know that the Presbyterian Church of Cape Cod is once again hosting its annual Cape Cod Reformed Conference in West Barnstable, Massachusetts on November 7-9, 2014. The keynote speaker...
Posted August 26, 2014 @ 9:52 AM by Rob Ventura

Singing God's Words or Man's Words?

Years ago I was asked the following question by someone who holds to exclusive Psalmody: "Do you think it is better to sing God's words or man's words?" My answer: we should never sing man's words. But I say this...
Posted August 26, 2014 @ 12:12 AM by Mark Jones

Logic and Logos

NYU profs Michael Shenefelt and Heidi White open their history of logic, If A, then B: How the World Discovered Logic, with this: "The world is logical, according to some. Others call it absurd. We have never been sure who...
Posted August 25, 2014 @ 11:36 PM by Bruce Baugus

Evangelistic Unbelief

It seems that unbelief is all the rage among some who identify themselves as Christian. Specifically, asserting that the Bible is filled with errors to the extent that Christianity needs redefining is, among some, a mark of a truly mature...
Posted August 25, 2014 @ 4:55 PM by Todd Pruitt

I forgive you, but please don't call it 'giving grace'

What should I do when my husband forgets to buy milk on the way home from work? When my kids leave their new bikes out in the rain? When fellow church members are curt or critical on Sunday mornings? Increasingly, I...
Posted August 25, 2014 @ 10:17 AM by Megan Hill

Round and About...

I am currently preaching through Job and previously posted links to the commentaries/resources that have been most helpful to me. I have also been helped by a number of books on the theme of suffering. Here are the ones I...
Posted August 25, 2014 @ 8:43 AM by Todd Pruitt

A Strangled Baby & A Gold Cup

Why do good things happen to bad people and why do bad things happen to good people? Strictly speaking, there has only ever been one good person who has had bad things happen to him, and he volunteered! But the...
Posted August 22, 2014 @ 5:39 PM by Mark Jones

Change Everything and Same Old, Same Old

I've been on holiday and camp but have returned to find out that nothing has changed in the world of reformed evangelicals and everything has changed. First of all seeing Mark Jones drop the M bomb at Ref 21; we've all...
Posted August 22, 2014 @ 2:04 PM by Paul Levy

Now we know what Carl is doing in Europe

Allow me to interrupt all this substance for something really important. It has come to my attention that our own Carl Trueman has an avocation of which he seems quite passionate. I do not know if this presents any problem...
Posted August 22, 2014 @ 10:13 AM by Todd Pruitt

"Man revolted from his maker": Calvin on Gen. 3.1-7

The curious decision of Adam and Eve, having been the recipients of such goodness from God, to defect from their Maker, thus spoiling the "native excellence" of both themselves and "the whole world which had been created for them," raises...
Posted August 22, 2014 @ 9:18 AM by Aaron Denlinger

Effectual Calling and Trinitarian Balance with Mark Johnston

When the Banner of Truth Trust published the second volume of his Collected Writings in 1977, John Murray's views on effectual calling sparked off animated debate in Reformed circles at that time. He challenged the formulation found in the Westminster...
Posted August 21, 2014 @ 9:34 AM by Robert Brady

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