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Protestantism, Scripture and the Judgment of the Church

A few weeks ago, I participated in a conference which explored the promise that careful attention to Protestantism's past holds for Protestantism's future. It was exciting to see scholars, students, and interested laypersons gathered around a common concern for the...
Posted March 28, 2017 @ 9:09 AM by Aaron Denlinger

What Hath Amsterdam to do with Princeton?

In 1898 B.B. Warfield invited the Dutch Reformed theologian Abraham Kuyper to deliver six lectures at Princeton Seminary for the inaugural Stone Lectures. These lectures were eventually bound and printed as Kuyper's Lectures on Calvinism. In these lectures, Kuyper...
Posted March 23, 2017 @ 5:21 PM by Donny Friederichsen

Jesus and the Federal Budget?

One of the interesting aspects of Scripture is that it doesn't tell us the precise way in which moral principles should be implemented in the civil sphere--even while it contains ironclad moral commands and lasting principles for the lives...
Posted March 22, 2017 @ 3:42 PM by Adam Parker

A Pastoral Letter to Myself (In the Case that I Fall)

Dear Self, You're much weaker than you think. Remember that Scripture says, "Let anyone who thinks that he stands take heed lest he fall" (1 Corinthians 10:12). It's easy to look at men who have fallen in ministry with...
Posted March 17, 2017 @ 8:15 AM by Nick Kennicott

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Posted March 15, 2017 @ 4:56 PM by Robert Brady

Preaching Christology or Preaching Christ: What is Preaching?

Good teaching begins with definitions. Effective schoolteachers tell their students what they are doing and why in order help students learn well. This often means defining terms specific to each subject. Math students need to learn what a hypotenuse...
Posted March 13, 2017 @ 9:21 AM by Ryan McGraw

Wise Technological Parenting

It is the apex of foolishness for parents to allow their children to have free and unaccountable access to technology-- smart phones, tablets, iPods, computers, etc. Before I explain the reasons why I believe this, I want to make clear,...
Posted March 9, 2017 @ 12:18 PM by Jon D. Payne

Ecclesiastical Eclipse: Evangelicalism and the Reformation

The Reformation's heritage--a topic of intensifying reflection as this quincentenary year rolls on--will be the theme of the Evangelical Theological Society's annual meeting in Providence, RI. This is a good thing; however, my expectations are limited because the broadly...
Posted March 7, 2017 @ 8:20 AM by Bruce Baugus

The Ecclesiastical Pendulum Swing

I was baptized in the Reformed Episcopal church, spent time in Reformed Presbyterian Churches (mainly PCA and OPC) as a boy, was extremely rebellious and dechurched for over a decade, came to Christ in repentance and faith in my 20's...
Posted March 3, 2017 @ 8:27 AM by Nick Batzig

Redemptive History, Union with Christ and the Liturgical Calendar

The word "liturgy" continues to be a trendy--yet often indeterminate--buzzword among young(er-ish) Christians. This is especially so with regard to those who have recently made the shift away from broad evangelicalism and toward historic worship practices of Christendom. Alongside this...
Posted February 28, 2017 @ 5:56 PM by Nick Batzig

Evangelism, Baptism and Evaluating Church Health

If I've heard it once I have heard it a thousand times: Christians who are members in Reformed Churches tripping over themselves to apologize about how poorly the Reformed Church does evangelism. Related to this is the tried and true...
Posted February 27, 2017 @ 1:06 PM by Brian Tallman

Imitatio Sanctorum

"The things related in Scripture are not always proper to be imitated." So notes Calvin midway through his commentary on the story of Isaac and Rebekah's engagement and marriage--a story that, rather unpromisingly to modern ears, begins not with...
Posted February 23, 2017 @ 8:27 PM by Aaron Denlinger

Jesus and the Victim Card

All men share in the common experience of being image bearers of God, in having descended from the same first parents, of being fallen in the same federal representative and in needing the same salvation in Christ. However, no two people...
Posted February 21, 2017 @ 9:34 PM by Nick Batzig
TOPICS: Ministry

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

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