Blog Posts by Phil Ryken

Thomas Boston, the Marrow and the Gospel

Article by   April 2019
Thomas Boston is one of my favorite authors. Through his sermons, memoirs, and other writings, the prolific theologian and humble pastor of a small rural church in the Scottish border country has become one of the pastors of my... continue

Of Mary's Virginity and Humility

Article by   December 2017
A seasonal quotation from Sermons of St. Bernard on Advent and Christmas:"Who is this Virgin so reverently saluted by the angel? and so lowly as to be espoused to a carpenter? Beautiful commingling of virginity with humility! That soul is... continue

A Plan for the Problem of Pornography

Article by   May 2016
Before I had my own email address (remember the good old days?), I warned in one of my Windows on the World that the internet would make pornography pervasive. Now we are living a depraved new world, in which sexually... continue

To the Glory of God

Article by   May 2010
To the Glory of God is the title of a new 40-day devotional through the Book of Romans, featuring daily readings from the Bible and from James Boice's masterful four-volume commentary. Published by Baker, the devotional was put together ingeniously... continue

Workshops on Biblical Exposition

Article by   January 2010
Each year Tenth Presbyterian Church is pleased to host one of the Simeon Trust's Workshops on Biblical Exposition (also sponsored by the Alliance of Confessing Evangelicals).  The workshop is a profitable time not just because of the teaching during the... continue

Seeing God in the Little Things

Article by   January 2010
Our friend Mike Milton (now president of Reformed Theological Seminary in Charlotte, North Carolina) has just published a book called Small Things, Big Things: Inspiring Stories of Everyday Grace (P&R).  Dr. Milton has a keen eye for seeing God at work... continue

Verses for the Church in America

Article by   January 2010
A passage from this morning's devotions struck home as a verse for the American church, which today seems so prone to be fearful of various politicians and political movements, and of forces are conspiring against the church.  The prophet Isaiah reminds... continue

A Prayer for Pastors, Part 10

Article by   January 2010
"From self-conceit and vanity and boasting, from delight in supposed success and superiority, raise us to the modesty and humility of true sense and taste and reality; and from all the harms and hindrances of offensive manners and self-assertion; Save... continue

A Prayer for Pastors, Part 9

Article by   January 2010
After a brief hiatus -- okay, it has been eight months -- I return to Dr. Ridding's litany for pastors: "From weariness in continuing struggles, from despondency in failure and disappointment, from over-burdened sense of unworthiness, from morbid fancies of... continue

Christmas Carols

Article by   December 2009
As always, I was deeply blessed by special services of worship celebrating the birth (and life and death and resurrection) of Jesus the Christ.  Of particular joy and comfort this year were the following verse from Paul Gerhardt (one of the... continue
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