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In Memory of Marburg, In Defense of Moderation

Before we bid October 2014 adieu, and partly in recognition of today being "Reformation day," let me draw attention to the fact that this month marks the 485th anniversary of the Colloquy of Marburg -- that famous event in 1529 where...
Posted October 31, 2014 @ 10:48 AM by Aaron Denlinger

Book Briefs

Okay, readers, listen to me, listen to Ignacio:Banner of Truth, the publisher that makes the most beautiful books in the (Reformed) world, have a great sale on. Don't forget to buy Chad van Dixhoorn's really good work on the Wesminster...
Posted October 30, 2014 @ 12:45 AM by Mark Jones
TOPICS: Book briefs

For the Lord is good

"Oh, taste and see that the Lord is good!" (Ps 34.8)The goodness of God is a topic that repays careful contemplation. Vast tracts of biblical teaching are devoted to this theme (Exod 33.19; Pss 34.8; 100.5; etc.), and the singular...
Posted October 29, 2014 @ 3:57 PM by Scott Swain
TOPICS: God, goodness

Is Jesus the Pattern for our Faith?

Now the great design of all believers is to be like Jesus Christ, in all grace, and all the exercise of it. He is in all things their pattern and example. Wherefore, when they have a view of the glory...
Posted October 29, 2014 @ 1:35 AM by Mark Jones

Our Church Plant Welcome Video

After 8 months of attempting to plant a church in Richmond, Virginia, by God's grace, we had our first service on October 26, 2014. Crown and Joy Presbyterian Church meets each Sunday at 2pm.Here is our welcome video....
Posted October 28, 2014 @ 6:20 AM by Leon Brown

Logos 6 arrives

The friends at Faithlife were kind enough to send me an advance copy of Logos 6 to play around with. Current users of Logos will already have a pretty good notion of what they are dealing with. New or prospective...
Posted October 27, 2014 @ 2:48 PM by Jeremy Walker
TOPICS: Logos, Logos 6, review

Receiving Criticism

As a Pastor, I get some really encouraging emails from my congregation:"Pastor Mark, thanks for the message today. I never leave Faith encouraged, convicted, and prompted to keep going on in the faith. Take care, ___" I'm sure my anti-pietistic friends...
Posted October 27, 2014 @ 2:13 PM by Mark Jones

Christ's Temptation: Would he live by faith?

The life he lived, he lived by faith in God who loved him and gave the Holy Spirit to him.The temptation of Jesus in the wilderness furnishes us with clear evidence that the life he lived he lived by faith...
Posted October 25, 2014 @ 8:44 PM by Mark Jones

The First Baptist Theologian: Tertullian of Carthage (c.160 - c.225)

A Baptist preacher I know once informed me that while Presbyterians trace their lineage to the 16th century reformer John Calvin, Baptists trace theirs to the first century prophet John the Baptist. Though most Baptists I know aren't hugely invested...
Posted October 24, 2014 @ 12:39 PM by Aaron Denlinger

Winner, Winner, Chicken Dinner!

The Alliance wishes to resource the Church in as many ways possible. We do this daily through our broadcasts, podcasts, web sites, events, and many physical resources. But sometimes we are able to directly resource our members and today is...
Posted October 23, 2014 @ 5:08 PM by Robert Brady

Reformed tradition taking root in China

China may be emerging as another global center of Reformed faith and practice. If so, East Asia would seem to be well on its way to becoming the heartland of the Reformed tradition in this century. True, outside South Korea,...
Posted October 23, 2014 @ 2:07 PM by Bruce Baugus

An Anglican amongst serious Baptists

This week I've been enjoying the warm and friendly hospitality of THE Southern Baptist Theological Seminary in Louisville, Kentucky. It's the biggest seminary in the world ever, with thousands of students. And it's well known that some of my best...
Posted October 23, 2014 @ 8:22 AM by Lee Gatiss

Unrelated but Note-worthy

1. Since I have been vocal when I disagree with him, let me commend Mark Jones' most recent blog post here at Ref21 as good medicine.  I'll resume the merciless beatings of P&R theology at some point in the future;...
Posted October 22, 2014 @ 7:44 AM by Frank Turk

Are you Evil and Pernicious?

Posted October 21, 2014 @ 8:32 PM by Mark Jones

Why Abraham Was Right: A Reply to Rachel Held Evans

It is grievous to see how brazen the progressive evangelical movement has become in assailing not merely the inerrantist view of Scripture but now even Scripture itself.  The most recent installment comes from Rachel Held Evans in a post titled,...
Posted October 21, 2014 @ 1:15 PM by Rick Phillips

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