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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

Blindness, Loneliness, and the Abundant Christian Life

My wife and I had been married for nearly a week.  Getting home from work, we decided to order a pizza that night for supper.  About a half hour later, we heard a knock at the door and asked, "Who...
Posted August 20, 2014 @ 2:56 PM by Guest blogger
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More Resources on Depression

As a follow up to Todd's post on resources on depression, I wanted to share a few items that the Alliance keeps around on the topic. These and more can be found at ReformedResources.org. And as a reminder, if you...
Posted August 20, 2014 @ 9:42 AM by Robert Brady

Jurassic Spin

This week, as you can see below, the Mad Woman in the Attic sent the team all the way to a small karaoke bar in the Parc Iwyrassoch area of Cardiff, South Wales, to allow Aimee do her famous rendition...
Posted August 20, 2014 @ 6:56 AM by Carl Trueman
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Masturbation: The Unforgivable Sin?

At an OPC youth camp over a year ago I had the privilege of addressing young men and women on the topic of masturbation, among other topics (e.g., Machen, Machen, and more Machen). As some of you may know, the...
Posted August 19, 2014 @ 1:46 PM by Mark Jones

"Great kindness; great mercy": Augustine on adoption

Augustine's second homily on the Gospel of John offers one of the richest commentaries on John 1.12 that I have read. His explanation of what it means for God to give us "the right to become children of God" is...
Posted August 18, 2014 @ 8:22 AM by Scott Swain

A Little Black Boy's Question

I recently heard a story that both grieves my heart and provides a glimmer of hope. The story was conveyed to me by a retired public school principal. For the sake of this post, let's call him, Jack. Jack is...
Posted August 16, 2014 @ 7:54 PM by Leon Brown

"Men were created to employ themselves": Calvin on Gen. 2.15

We tend towards one of two extremes in our attitudes towards work--either we make too little of it, or we make too much of it. We make too little of work when we regard it with contempt, when we treat...
Posted August 16, 2014 @ 7:00 AM by Aaron Denlinger

Let Us Draw Near by Jonathan Master

There are many model prayers in the Bible.  The most famous is The Lord's Prayer, recorded for us in Matthew and Luke; but there are others besides.  Recently, Mark Johnston has turned our attention to the prayer of Daniel, or,...
Posted August 15, 2014 @ 7:01 AM by Robert Brady

To Date Or Not To Date?

Should we allow our kids to date or not allow them to date? If so, what age will they be allowed? These are the questions my husband and I are up against now that our daughters are reaching that mysterious...
Posted August 14, 2014 @ 11:51 AM by Aimee Byrd

Mike Brown: We're Still Divided

Are you watching the news? Are you reading blogs and news reports about the recent death of 18-year old Michael Brown? Have you watched the protests that have and will continue to occur? Are you, in any sense, moved to...
Posted August 14, 2014 @ 10:38 AM by Leon Brown

Excellent resources on depression

Depression is a very real problem for many within the body of Christ. There are varied causes behind depression. Sometimes it the result of very poor choices. Sometimes there are physiological explanations. But often times the causes of depression are...
Posted August 13, 2014 @ 7:20 PM by Todd Pruitt
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Robin Williams, Sentimentalism, and Blunt Truth (updated)

The death of Robin Williams has sparked a lot conversations about depression and suicide. It has also generated no small amount of sentimental nonsense from the world of broad evangelicalism. Wishes of "Rest In Peace," "Genie, you are free," "Now...
Posted August 13, 2014 @ 2:28 PM by Todd Pruitt
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Fifty Shades of Spin

Anyone involved in pastoral ministry at the local level knows that the use of pornography by congregants is one of the most common issues they will face.  While this problem has often been seen as a male preserve, the last...
Posted August 13, 2014 @ 7:00 AM by Carl Trueman
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Celebrity and credibility

In exposing and critiquing the shallow culture of Western celebrity that too easily infiltrates the church of Jesus Christ, we must be careful not to allow that to become an equally crass dismissiveness of legitimately-earned reputation. Empty pomposity and unfounded...
Posted August 12, 2014 @ 4:17 PM by Jeremy Walker

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