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Why Did Jesus Need the Holy Spirit?

As we make our way through the Gospel records, we quickly discover that Jesus needed the Holy Spirit at every step and in every stage of His life and ministry. While the human nature of Jesus was inseparably united to the Divine...
Posted July 18, 2017 @ 7:58 AM by Nick Batzig

As Jesus Sees It

One of the benefits of having young children while being a pastor is that it affords you the opportunity to get plugged into the local school system. When we first met with someone who worked at the school, we...
Posted July 17, 2017 @ 6:32 AM by Adam Parker

Wisdom Christology in the Gospel of John: The Prologue

Having grown up in traditional Black churches, I have learned that being Reformed is more than simply assenting to a number of important doctrines (e.g. the doctrine of grace, the regulative principle of worship, covenant theology, etc.). By sitting under...
Posted July 13, 2017 @ 6:16 AM by Gabriel Williams

The Christ-Haunted Song

The Scriptures declare that the Lord fills the heavens and the earth (Jer. 23:24); and, that He who made the vast expanses of the starry sky gives to all men "life and breath and all things" (Acts 17:25). Since...
Posted July 10, 2017 @ 9:56 PM by Nick Batzig

Laboring to No Purpose

I was speaking with some ministerial colleagues recently about a conference one had just attended. The conference had been great, but to his surprise, after one of the sessions, a friend next to him put his head in his hands...
Posted July 9, 2017 @ 7:38 PM by Mark Johnston

The Intricacies of Interracial Marriage (Part 2)

In light of current discussions regarding racial reconciliation, we thought that it might be a benefit to our readers to run a series of videos from a longtime contributor, Rob Ventura, and his wife, Vanessa, concerning a variety of subjects...
Posted July 4, 2017 @ 5:44 PM by Editors

Military Cases of Conscience

There is almost nothing worse than contending with someone who is so lenient that it seems as though he or she has no personal convictions about anything in life except the conviction about not having strong convictions--unless you are contending with...
Posted July 1, 2017 @ 9:43 AM by Nick Batzig

Aiming to Preach with Aims

We need to hear Christ in order to believe in him for salvation (Rom. 10:14). Ordinarily we hear his voice through his ordained ambassadors as they preach the gospel in demonstration of the Spirit's power (Rom. 10:15; 2 Cor....
Posted June 28, 2017 @ 5:03 PM by Ryan McGraw

The Eternal Subordination of the Son Debate: Concluding Reflections (Part 2)

In this final part of my series on the debate concerning the eternal subordination of the Son (ESS), I will identify a few more of the issues that the debate has brought to the surface. The Quest for a...
Posted June 26, 2017 @ 2:50 PM by Alastair Roberts

The Cost of Leadership

In the business world, there's regular talk of building the right team and how to woo the right people in order to steer the ship when current commitments seem to be hindering production. With the right relationships and the...
Posted June 22, 2017 @ 6:49 AM by Nick Kennicott

Particular Baptists and the Need for Revival

In the seventeenth century one of the most spiritually alive denominations in the British Isles were the Particular or Calvinistic Baptists.1 From the establishment in 1638 of their first congregation in London, they grew to the point, where, by...
Posted June 20, 2017 @ 8:56 AM by Michael Haykin

Echoes of Scripture in the Gospels

One does not have to preach, teach, or even read the New Testament for long in order to discover how steeped its authors are in the Old Testament. The OT surfaces on virtually every page of the NT. It...
Posted June 19, 2017 @ 9:05 AM by Guy Waters

Don't Leave Those Kids Alone

Because of the obsession of what has been called "youth culture," it has been said that 1 Timothy 4:12 ("Let no one despite you for your youth...") may be the most incomprehensible passage in our modern American culture. A...
Posted June 15, 2017 @ 7:02 AM by Gabriel Williams

A Year After Orlando

As is true of September 11, June 12 is a date in American history that elicits a miasma of emotions. Just one year ago today, one the most tragic mass shootings on American soil took place. The target was clear--the "LGBT" community. It...
Posted June 12, 2017 @ 9:55 AM by Michael Aitcheson

Visit the Alliance booth at PCA General Assembly

Are you planning on attending the PCA General Assembly June 12-16 in Greensboro, NC? Stop by the Alliance booth (#3605) to say hello, find out what's new, and to receive free audio from Liam Goligher, Bible teacher on the Alliance's...
Posted June 8, 2017 @ 4:22 PM by Robert Brady

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