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How not to apply reprobation

In my former article on The darker side of predestination, I spoke about how Article 17 of The Thirty-nine Articles is not entirely limited to talking about the positive aspects of that doctrine. It does indeed mention "the sentence of...
Posted July 31, 2015 @ 8:01 AM by Lee Gatiss

The darker side of predestination

I was interested to see that TGC have launched in Australia. I hope and pray it will be a great support and encouragement to gospel-minded people down under.On their shiney new website, there is an article posted two days ago on the great...
Posted July 30, 2015 @ 7:21 AM by Lee Gatiss

Cecil the Lion

There is a moment towards the end of the film, Calvary, where the priest - a good, innocent priest -- is kneeling on the beach with a parishioner (a victim of some other priest's abuse) pointing a gun at his...
Posted July 29, 2015 @ 9:53 AM by Carl Trueman

After Outrage, What?: From Outrage to Outreach

Recent effects of despotic decisions by the Supreme Court have properly produced outrage. But outrage can subside, and it can become all too easy for us to slide back to our everyday routines. In the midst of our outrage, then,...
Posted July 29, 2015 @ 8:49 AM by Scott Oliphint

The Loss of Infants: What is their Destiny?

What comfort can we offer to parents whose infant dies in infancy? And what is the real tragedy of abortion? Reformed Confessions have spoken to this issue, Charles Spurgeon has addressed the question, B.B. Warfield has as well, and many of...
Posted July 28, 2015 @ 5:58 PM by Mark Jones

Irenaeus on Reading and Understanding Scripture

The second-century Church Father Irenaeus's most famous work, Against Heresies, was principally directed at the contemporary heresy of Gnosticism, especially as that movement found expression in the thought of a teacher named Valentinus in Rome. One can discern in Valentinus's...
Posted July 27, 2015 @ 8:00 PM by Aaron Denlinger

Historicity of Adam: Read and Listen at Place for Truth

Place for Truth provides thoughtful yet accessible articles ranging over biblical theology, systematic theology, church history, and practical theology emphasizing the continual need for the church to maintain the gains of the Protestant Reformation. Our hope is that you...
Posted July 25, 2015 @ 2:22 PM by Robert Brady

Justification and Ariel's Grotto

Systematic theology must make sure that each doctrine it teaches is biblical. It must also make sure that each doctrine it teaches reflects an appropriate proportion and order in relationship to other doctrines. This proportion and order is determined by...
Posted July 24, 2015 @ 12:55 PM by Scott Swain

"Respect the Authorities": Specific Counsels 3 and 4

Introduction Scriptural framework A proper subjection The prayers of the saints A godly life Respond prayerfully Our heavenly hope Summary thoughts Specific counsels Remember the distinction and recognize the appointment   Appreciate the protection and use the freedoms Then...
Posted July 24, 2015 @ 9:02 AM by Jeremy Walker

Rewarding our Children for Obedience?

When it comes to parenting, I think there are some general principles that we can draw from the way God the Father treats his children. That is why I am not, in principle, opposed to various types of punishments for...
Posted July 21, 2015 @ 2:17 PM by Mark Jones

Where Are You Anchored When Storms Come?

When storms come (and they will), where are you anchored? Do you toss to and fro by the waves, or does your anchor hold? Salvation is anchored in grace, rooted in God's favor toward us in his Son, the Lord...
Posted July 20, 2015 @ 4:44 PM by Robert Brady

Defending Tullian Tchividjian

As most of our readers know, Tullian Tchividjian resigned from his ministry in a PCA church because he committed the sin of adultery. Many were quick to comment, either defending him or attacking him. Based on my own pastoral experience...
Posted July 20, 2015 @ 4:34 PM by Mark Jones

True Freedom vs. Unrestrained Choices (to Marry)

According to President Barack Obama, "we are all more free" as a result of the Supreme Court's decision to legalize same-sex marriage last month -- a claim that disturbed me slightly more than images of the White House bathed in...
Posted July 15, 2015 @ 10:11 AM by Aaron Denlinger

Congratulating Planned Parenthood

The release of a video showing Dr. Deborah Nucatola, Senior Director of Planned Parenthood's Medical Services Department, allegedly speaking of how to extract the body part of aborted children for commercial purposes is shocking but should not shock. Indeed, if...
Posted July 14, 2015 @ 2:08 PM by Carl Trueman

For Paedobaptist Parents

Infant baptism strikes the fear of God into me.Baptism really establishes - in a public, visible manner - a covenant relationship. A love relationship, involving promises and responsibilities, blessings and curses, is begun by a gracious God, who must always...
Posted July 13, 2015 @ 1:02 AM by Mark Jones

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