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'Who do I say that I am?'

"Be holy, for I am holy" ~ 1 Peter 1:16One of the most difficult things to do is tell the truth...about ourselves. The church prides itself on being a bastion of truth in a world of lies, yet her members...
Posted November 26, 2014 @ 10:13 AM by Blair Smith

#FergusonDecision: 3 Don'ts of Ethnic/Cultural Dialogue

Various social media websites and the news outlets are still ablaze after the #FergusonDecision. While I am concerned about how the world is reacting, both positively and negatively, I am also concerned about how the Church is responding. As I...
Posted November 26, 2014 @ 8:49 AM by Leon Brown

#FergusonDecision and the Lord's Supper: A Plea to African-Americans

According to some sources, Officer Darren Wilson could have been indicted with one of several crimes (e.g., first degree murder, second degree murder, voluntary manslaughter, or others) for killing an unarmed African-American young man. Many around the world were quite...
Posted November 25, 2014 @ 8:48 AM by Leon Brown

Blow-out Price for a (Hardcover) Book on John Owen

Alright folks, here is a great Christmas present to get someone who likes John Owen, the Puritans, or Reformed theology: The Ashgate Research Companion to John Owen's Theology, edited by Kelly Kapic and Mark Jones.The price has been dramatically reduced...
Posted November 25, 2014 @ 3:12 AM by Mark Jones

Ant Farm 101

Sitting in the Heathrow airport en route to Johannesburg to lecture Seminary students, I thought it might be good to disclose my vision for a course at Seminary that, I believe, is nowhere offered at any major Reformed seminary in...
Posted November 24, 2014 @ 10:24 AM by Mark Jones

Origen on Scripture

I've been doing a little reading in Origen's On First Principles today (written sometime before 225). It's a scandalous work on several counts, but is likely the first attempt at a systematic exposition of the faith in the post-apostolic era and...
Posted November 21, 2014 @ 9:21 PM by Bruce Baugus
TOPICS: Origen, Scripture

Semper reformanda, numquam reformata

This month's edition of Tabletalk magazine features an impressive lineup of church historians (namely, Bob Godfrey, Carl Trueman, and Scott Clark) discussing the historical origins -- as well as popular uses and abuses -- of the slogan "reformed, [and] always...
Posted November 21, 2014 @ 1:24 PM by Aaron Denlinger

Weak on Holiness

A recent post on Reformation21 was removed by the author. But thanks be to the Aquila "Report" (quotes mine), republication is truly well and alive. The author on the Aquila "Report" takes issue with a certain Ref21 blogger for undermining good...
Posted November 21, 2014 @ 11:04 AM by Mark Jones

A Minister and His Flock

In my mind, the only person fully equipped to be a mega-church pastor is Christ, who knows all of his sheep by name. He alone, by his Spirit, can minister to each of his sheep. He alone, by his Spirit,...
Posted November 20, 2014 @ 2:29 PM by Mark Jones

The Bible is the 17th best Christian book published in 2014

And so it begins - websites with their books of the year. I expect Ref 21 will get on the bandwagon soon enough, however it seems Monergism are first out of the traps with their top 50 and you'll be...
Posted November 20, 2014 @ 9:25 AM by Paul Levy

Are Rewards a Valid Motivation for Sanctification?

It seems that every generation of the church sees a struggle to rightly define Christian sanctification.  This happens in part because of the importance of the subject.  Sanctification is the present tense of salvation for those who have believed; it...
Posted November 19, 2014 @ 3:52 PM by Rick Phillips

Working Together - Alliance via ExtraordinaryGive

On November 21st, you can support the Alliance of Confessing Evangelicals with the Extraordinary Give program. Any donation made online at ExtraGive will be stretched by up to $250,000 from the Lancaster County Community Foundation and their presenting sponsors. Plus,...
Posted November 19, 2014 @ 2:21 PM by Robert Brady

Fred Zaspel interviews Rob Ventura

Alliance friend and speaker Fred Zaspel of Books at a Glance interviews Rob Ventura & Brian Borgman, authors of Spiritual Warfare: A Biblical & Balanced Perspective.      Pastors Brian Borgman (Grace Community Church in Minden, NV) and Rob Ventura (Grace...
Posted November 18, 2014 @ 8:58 PM by Robert Brady

A Tired Church or Tired Christians?

Which ministry-related programs are available at your church? Generally, whether reformed or not, many churches have Sunday school, a men's and women's group, perhaps a mid-week Bible study or small group, VBS during the summer, nursery, youth group, music ministry,...
Posted November 18, 2014 @ 8:40 AM by Leon Brown

Theology on the Go on iTunes

We're very grateful for the feedback we've already received about Theology on the Go podcast at Place for Truth.  And as an update, I'm pleased to report that you can listen and subscribe to the podcast via itunes or just go...
Posted November 17, 2014 @ 4:00 PM by Robert Brady

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