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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

"Respect the Authorities": Specific Counsels 1 and 2

Introduction Scriptural framework A proper subjection The prayers of the saints A godly life Respond prayerfully Our heavenly hope Summary thoughtsAlmost nothing agitates Christians as much as discussion of the relationship of the church to the state. Some seem to...
Posted July 11, 2015 @ 7:20 AM by Jeremy Walker

Theses on natural theology

Introduction   Recent Reformed theology has not held natural theology in high esteem, and that for understandable reasons. Enlightenment thinkers (Catholic, Protestant, and secular) often treated natural theology as a pre-dogmatic discipline, i.e., as a discipline that could and should...
Posted July 10, 2015 @ 10:45 AM by Scott Swain

Doubt vs. Incredulity: Calvin on Gen. 15.1-21

Given the controversies surrounding justification in his day, it's no surprise that Calvin camps out on Gen. 15.6 ("[Abraham] believed the Lord, and he counted it to him as righteousness") for a significant space of time in his commentary on...
Posted July 8, 2015 @ 6:39 PM by Aaron Denlinger

The Rising of the Beast in America?

One of the most regrettable legacies of 20th century evangelicalism is the marginalizing of the book of Revelation as a guide to spiritual warfare during the church age.  Animated by the literalism of Dispensational theology, Revelation's visions have been misapplied...
Posted July 8, 2015 @ 11:41 AM by Rick Phillips

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