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Calvin contra Rome on Scripture (Part 3)

"Thirdly," Calvin writes in description of Rome's teaching on Scripture, "repudiating all other versions [of Scripture] whatsoever, they retain the Vulgate only, and order it to be authentic." Thus Calvin summarizes the following words from the Council of Trent: [This]...
Posted March 25, 2015 @ 2:13 PM by Aaron Denlinger

Standing Firm...

Standing Firm on Controversial Subjects" ...The wrong lessons of history are being advanced while the right lessons are being ignored." Reformation 21 contributor Rick Phillips discusses the recent allowance of homosexuals being admitted to church membership in his article The...
Posted March 25, 2015 @ 1:45 PM by Robert Brady

PCRT Q/A: Dating a Non-Virgin

Since the PCRT theme this year was Holiness and Honor: A Reformed View of Sex and Marriage, most of the Q & A was devoted to this theme.  Here is another question we did not get to, but which I...
Posted March 25, 2015 @ 9:38 AM by Rick Phillips
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Digging in!

We live in a West London suburb. We're about 20 -30 mins into the centre of town. Crossrail, which is going to link West to East London, will change the area in which we are dramatically. You'll be able to get right into...
Posted March 24, 2015 @ 5:26 AM by Paul Levy
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Does the Gospel Threaten?

Does a Christian have any reason to be afraid of God? Does the gospel make any threats to God's people or does the gospel simply promise and comfort? There is no doubt that the gospel promises and comforts. That is...
Posted March 23, 2015 @ 6:26 PM by Mark Jones

PCRT Q&A: Why So Many Singles?

Here is a second of the questions from the PCRT Q&A that we did not get to during the conference: Why so many singles?  Why does it seem that God withholds marriage for so many when he clearly upholds it, encourages...
Posted March 23, 2015 @ 9:51 AM by Rick Phillips
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Money, money, money!

Suppose an extremely wealthy person was willing to make a sizeable donation to your church or to your para-church organization. By sizeable, I mean 1 or 2 million U.S. dollars. Now, what if you told that person that you are unwilling...
Posted March 22, 2015 @ 3:50 AM by Mark Jones
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PCRT Q/A: Biblical Grounds for Divorce

We are having a great PCRT in Grand Rapids this weekend.  Our speakers Iain Duguid, David Garner, and David Murray have been terrific on our theme of Holiness and Honor: A Reformed View of Marriage and Sex.  We also had...
Posted March 21, 2015 @ 3:56 PM by Rick Phillips
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Missional Presbyterianism Makes its Mark in Northeast Florida

Amidst a week of controversy for Presbyterian Christians in the United States, the elders of Town Center Church in Keystone Heights, Florida, released a pastoral letter outlining their new policy regarding the admission of those who listen to the music...
Posted March 20, 2015 @ 2:31 PM by Robin Graves
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Progressive Christianity

"Presbyterians Approve Gay Marriage in Church Constitution." That was the headline under which The Wall Street Journal ran the St. Patrick's Day AP article. According to the PCUSA's revised order, "marriage involves a unique commitment between two people, traditionally a man and...
Posted March 20, 2015 @ 2:21 PM by Bruce Baugus
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Something for the weekend

Jose Da Sagovia has written a helpful and thought provoking piece on the American Dream and how it relates to Arthur Miller, this isn't for the faint hearted!!There's been a few posts about Phillip Jensen and I wouldn't want readers...
Posted March 20, 2015 @ 9:55 AM by Paul Levy
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No one is turning in their grave

Over the last while I've had a number of people talk to me about different situations and then invoke some Reformed Christian guru saying ''Such and such would be turning in his grave if he knew''. It's become a kind of...
Posted March 19, 2015 @ 6:40 PM by Paul Levy
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In China....

I'm currently in China, where I do not have access to Gmail, Facebook, or Twitter. I suppose this is an enforced Lent for me. But I do have access to Reformation21 for some reason. I guess we are not quite...
Posted March 19, 2015 @ 6:23 PM by Mark Jones
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Everyone has a system

At the risk of a sledgehammer crushing a nut, my good friend Matthew Roberts who's the minister of Trinity Church, York has written the following regarding the video of Phillip Jensen. See previous posts here and here. I should say...
Posted March 18, 2015 @ 5:09 AM by Paul Levy
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The Bible and Homosexuality: Wrong and Right Lessons

The news broke this week that City Church San Francisco has reversed its prohibition against practicing homosexuals being admitted into church membership (see here).  Previously, only celibate homosexuals were accepted as biblically faithful Christians.  Senior Pastor Fred Harrell explained the...
Posted March 17, 2015 @ 12:24 PM by Rick Phillips
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