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Sobriety and the Gospel

In my previous post, I discussed how patience (along with the closely-related virtues of endurance and perseverance) is one of the most valuable Christian virtues in connection to Christian maturity. However, there is another virtue of the Christian life which,...
Posted October 18, 2019 @ 4:20 PM by Gabriel Williams

Listening to His Law

Editor's Note: This is the final post in this series. Part 1 [available here] introduced the connection between a biblical understanding of education and that of fatherhood. Part 2 [available here] explored the storytelling aspect of education. Now the author...
Posted October 17, 2019 @ 11:18 AM by Bret Saunders

Is Middle Knowledge Biblical? An Evaluation

  In part one of this series, the doctrine of middle knowledge was set forth and explained on its own terms. Its principal concern is to reconcile the sovereignty of divine agency and the liberty of human agency by inserting...
Posted October 14, 2019 @ 2:16 PM by Charles Rennie

A Heavenly Appetizer

Many Christians today hold to the misconception that the Lord's Supper is nothing other than a memorial meal, a time where we "look back" and reflect upon the death of Christ. This is generally the view of mainstream evangelicalism, though...
Posted October 7, 2019 @ 9:29 PM by Jonathan Cruse

A Biblical View of Race(s)

The topics of racism, social justice, and racial reconciliation have been hotly debated topics within the Church and on social media for some time now. One of the questions that I have routinely encountered from Christians in these debates...
Posted October 4, 2019 @ 11:53 AM by Guy Richard

Soul Food and Spiritual Drink

Humans are complex creatures, consisting of body and soul. God formed us out of the dust of the ground (Gen. 2:7a). He gave us bodies, making us physical creatures. And He nourishes our bodies with physical things. The Lord provides...
Posted October 2, 2019 @ 9:17 AM by Ken Golden

Is Middle Knowledge Biblical? An Explanation

Middle knowledge, otherwise known as Molinism, derives its name from a 16th century Jesuit named Luis de Molina (1535-1600). There is evidence that within a decade of Molina's death, his view of middle knowledge had a profound influence upon the...
Posted September 30, 2019 @ 11:08 AM by Charles Rennie

My Kind of Hero

It took me a while to remember who Joshua Harris was when he "kissed Christianity goodbye." The news didn't really rattle me; he's so far from the mainstream of my life that I missed whatever it was he was selling....
Posted September 27, 2019 @ 7:57 AM by John Bugay

Patience and Maturity

Over the past several months, I've taken a break from regular writing and blogging because I've been pondering the importance of Christian maturity. The apostle Paul himself stated that one of the central goals of his ministry was to...
Posted September 25, 2019 @ 8:27 AM by Gabriel Williams

Reciting the Creed

Why do we recite the historic creeds of the church in our worship services? There are a few ways to answer this question. First, we believe these creeds are really just recitations of the content of Scripture. All we are...
Posted September 23, 2019 @ 9:15 AM by Adam Parker

Salvation by Ideas? God Forbid!

Recently, I've had three conversations that all circle around one significant topic: Christianity as a mere intellectual exercise. In the first, a seminary student told me of a conversation with his son: "Dad, I believe in the Christian faith....
Posted September 18, 2019 @ 10:57 AM by Bruce Lowe

Origins of the Creed

If you were a Christian living in the great port city of Alexandria, Egypt in the year 320, your life would likely be full of excitement. Less than 10 years before, the great Emperor Constantine had defeated his enemies, ended...
Posted September 16, 2019 @ 12:02 PM by James Renihan

Worship That Smells: Calvin on Genesis 8

Noah's first deed upon exiting the ark -- at least as recorded in Scripture -- was to build an altar and offer unto God sacrifices. He did this from the "clean" animals and birds which had accompanied him and his...
Posted September 12, 2019 @ 10:30 PM by Aaron Denlinger

Known by His Works

Editor's Note: This is the second part in a series on the relationship between education and fatherhood. Read part one here, and watch for more in the weeks ahead! As mentioned in my last post, education means shaping and filling,...
Posted September 10, 2019 @ 11:05 PM by Bret Saunders

The Cost of Discipleship

How much are you willing to give to God? Your time? Your money? What about everything? This month, the Alliance is proud to feature The Cost of Discipleship by James Boice. We hope it will serve as a helpful reminder to those...
Posted September 9, 2019 @ 2:24 PM by Robert Brady

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