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Cornelius Van Til and Classic Reformed Theism

Cornelius Van Til, former professor of Christian apologetics at Westminster Theological Seminary in Philadelphia, PA, professed to have stood on the shoulders of classic Reformed theological giants such as Abraham Kuyper, Benjamin B. Warfield, and Herman Bavinck.1 While not...
Posted April 26, 2018 @ 11:53 AM by Jeff Waddington

Private and Personal or Public and Ecclesial?

God calls His people to be truth-loving and truth-speaking people--which is why it's disheartening to see many self-professed Calvinistic and Reformed ministers downplay doctrinal teaching, preaching and transparency. Many years ago, a pastor of an Evangelical and Reformed Presbyterian Church...
Posted April 24, 2018 @ 9:52 AM by Nick Batzig

The Philadelphia Conference on Reformed Theology can't be stopped!

While PCRT was in Grand Rapids, Sunday morning arose to a thick glaze of ice covering cars and making travel hazardous. Sadly but safely, the session of First Christian Reformed Church (of Byron Center) made the hard call to...
Posted April 19, 2018 @ 7:21 PM by Robert Brady

When Your Child Sins, Good News!

Too often, parents respond to their child's sin by focusing on how our child is letting them down. They make it clear that the child is failing to live up to the family standard of righteousness. Such an approach...
Posted April 18, 2018 @ 7:52 AM by David Prince

A Time to Listen, A Time to Speak

In recent days, social media has been inundated with podcasts, articles, and videos in which individuals have sought to speak to the issues surrounding ethnic tensions and relations. While there has been much controversy, there has also been growing...
Posted April 17, 2018 @ 6:27 AM by Gabriel Williams

The Mechanics of Neo-Apollinarian Christology

I have been, and in many respects always will be, a fan and student of William Lane Craig. Any kid who was into apologetics and contemporary philosophy of religion had to be. That said, like others, I've recently had...
Posted April 12, 2018 @ 7:44 PM by Derek Rishmawy

PCRT Reading Recommendations

This weekend we kickoff the 2018 Philadelphia Conference on Reformed Theology, meeting April 13-15 in Grand Rapids, Michigan. Our theme this year is The Spirit of the Age: The Age of the Spirit. I am excited to welcome Conrad...
Posted April 11, 2018 @ 1:50 PM by Richard D. Phillips

Unorthodox Christology

Recently, it has come to light that William Lane Craig, professor of philosophy at Talbot School of Theology, propagates an unorthodox view of Christology. Craig has explicitly stated that "the soul of the human nature of Christ is the second...
Posted April 10, 2018 @ 2:44 PM by Nick Batzig

Easy Like a Midweek Small Group

Consistent throughout Scripture is the idea that the impossibility of perfection does not loosen its claim on us. God's vision of the bride of Christ, as of a people without spot or blemish, translates to an annoying shortage of...
Posted April 10, 2018 @ 8:22 AM by Justin Poythress

Insider Language and the Mission of God

Through much of middle and high school, I woke up every morning and had my quiet time watching Craig Kilborn on ESPN's Sportscenter. I could tell you every stat about every baseball, basketball and football player. I knew the language...
Posted April 7, 2018 @ 6:10 AM by Nick Batzig

Always Preach Christ?

It is one thing to have a sound theory of preaching; it is another thing to stand behind a pulpit twice a week. Theory can easily fall apart when we meet instances in which we are not sure how...
Posted April 6, 2018 @ 7:43 AM by Ryan McGraw

Considering Exceptions: Covenant or Testament?

In the intro to this short series of posts, we began to look at a few common differences with the Westminster Confession of Faith and Catechisms stated by some of the elders in the PCA. The purpose of these...
Posted April 4, 2018 @ 7:34 AM by Steve Tipton

Formulating Doctrine

"It pleased God the Father, Son, and Holy Ghost, for the manifestation of the glory of his eternal power, wisdom, and goodness, in the beginning, to create, or make of nothing, the world, and all things therein, whether visible...
Posted April 2, 2018 @ 7:45 AM by Richard C. Barcellos

Defending the Resurrection

Though age would be rapidly catching up with him, some people believe that Elvis Presley is still alive. Despite certified death certificates, a very public, photographed funeral, and no verified appearances after the date of his death, fans insist:...
Posted March 31, 2018 @ 4:09 PM by William Boekestein.

The Father and his Flock

Husbands and fathers are called to be pastors in their homes. "What the preacher is in the pulpit," Lewis Bayly declared, "the same the Christian householder is in his house." The idea of fathers as the pastors of their...
Posted March 28, 2018 @ 8:45 AM by David Prince

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