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Theology for Beggars (Part 1)

On February 19th the "scrawny shrimp," as he was affectionately called, stood startled, as his lecture on Romans was interrupted by news no one wanted to hear. Hardly able to gather himself, Philip Melanchthon tearfully announced to his students...
Posted February 18, 2017 @ 11:23 AM by David Owen Filson

A Just Silence

We've all felt the pressure to speak out about things that we know little to nothing about. The increasingly prevalent sentiment is that if Christians-and especially Christian leaders-don't speak up on the hot button issues of the day, then they...
Posted February 17, 2017 @ 8:11 AM by Adam Parker

Why You Don't Read Your Bible

According to Søren Kierkegaard's analysis of spiritual despair in Sickness unto Death, in terms of faith (see the first post in this series) and consciousness (part 2 and part 3), despair is the universal condition of being without God...
Posted February 14, 2017 @ 8:11 AM by Bruce Baugus

An Intro to the Institutes

The opening sentence of John Calvin's The Institutes of the Christian Religion alone is worth a lifetime's contemplation: 'Nearly all the wisdom we possess, that is to say, true and sound wisdom, consists of two parts: the knowledge of God...
Posted February 10, 2017 @ 7:37 AM by Derek Thomas

Praying Through the Scriptures: Joshua 24; Acts 4

Over the years it has been my practice, learned from others, to offer up praises and petitions framed by a passage of Scripture. Some of these passages were read in preparation for preaching, others offered material for meditation in daily...
Posted February 9, 2017 @ 8:40 AM by Chad Van Dixhoorn
TOPICS: Prayer, Scripture

The Public Reading of Scripture--Presbyterian-Style

In 2011, the session of the church that I pastor sought to educate and assist the members of the church regarding proposed changes that we had decided to make to an important aspect of our corporate worship services. Prior to...
Posted February 6, 2017 @ 12:31 PM by Brian Tallman

Luther on History and National Identity

I've been preparing a talk on Luther and education for a conference this summer, and so have been reviewing Luther's 1524 "To the Councilmen of All Cities in Germany, That They Establish and Maintain Christian Schools." In examining this work,...
Posted February 2, 2017 @ 6:17 AM by Aaron Denlinger

To Be A Diaper Changer

I recently happened across a picture online, in which a group of young adults were linking arms at a well attended Christian Conference. The person who had posted the picture wrote a caption underneath it that said something along the...
Posted February 1, 2017 @ 7:32 AM by Nick Batzig

Subordination in Scripture: Indivisible Divine Authority in Mutually Defining Relations

In the previous post in this series, I made some remarks upon the meaning of the term κεφαλή, especially in the context of 1 Corinthians 11:3. Challenging the supposed meaning of this term among certain advocates of the eternal subordination...
Posted January 30, 2017 @ 8:26 AM by Alastair Roberts

Remembering Dr. Iain D. Campbell

It is with a heavy heart that I am writing to inform our readers that Dr. Iain D. Campbell went to be with the Lord early this morning. Dr. Campbell was one of of the foremost pastor/theologians in Scotland in...
Posted January 28, 2017 @ 7:00 AM by Nick Batzig

On Board with Waterboarding?

With the inauguration of President Donald J. Trump, the issue of government sanctioned torture has been revived. From 2002-2006, military and intelligence interrogators made use of waterboarding, a form of simulated drowning, in their "enhanced interrogations." Since then, torture...
Posted January 27, 2017 @ 8:50 AM by Richard D. Phillips

Creation Calls For Wonder

"The work of creation is, God's making all things of nothing, by the word of his power, in the space of six days, and all very good." Thus the Westminster Shorter Catechism summarizes the Christian doctrine of creation (WSC...
Posted January 26, 2017 @ 5:54 AM by Aaron Denlinger

Words Matter: Recovering Godly Speech in a Culture of Profanity

A few years ago, while on sabbatical, I attended an Edinburgh Hearts F.C. soccer match at Tynecastle Stadium with my seven year old son, Hans. We were excited to watch a live Scottish First Division fixture, and to cheer...
Posted January 23, 2017 @ 7:41 AM by Jon D. Payne

Trying Not to Remember

I've been thinking a lot about self-deception and the lies we tell ourselves. Sometimes we lie to others so that we can advance ourselves. Sometimes we lie to others so that we can gain a foothold to a place...
Posted January 17, 2017 @ 11:23 AM by Adam Parker

Praying Through the Scriptures: Joshua 23

Over the years it has been my practice, learned from others, to offer up praises and petitions framed by a passage of Scripture. Some of these passages were read in preparation for preaching, others offered material for meditation in daily...
Posted January 16, 2017 @ 8:17 AM by Chad Van Dixhoorn
TOPICS: Prayer, Scripture

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