Blog Posts by Phil Ryken

The Foundation of Sanctification

Article by   November 2007
Writing in Five Views of Sanctification, Sinclair Ferguson explains that in Reformed theology, sanctification is "rooted not in humanity and in their achievement of holiness or sanctification, but in what God has done in Christ, and for us in union... continue

Giving Thanks, Even in the Church

Article by   November 2007
In his masterful little book The Elder and His Work, David Dickson writes: "Let people avoid getting into a grudging, grumbling way about church matters, but rather take a hearty, kindly interest in them. Many things in this world, both... continue

David Brainerd, Part 6

Article by   November 2007
A suitable aspiration for Thanksgiving:"Lord's Day, April 21.--In the morning, calm and composed, with some outgoings of soul after God in secret duties, and longing desires for His presence in the sanctuary and at His table; that His presence might... continue

David Brainerd, Part 5

Article by   November 2007
"Thursday, November 3 -- Spent this day in secret fasting and prayer, from morning till night. Early in the morning, had some assistance in prayer. Afterwards, read the story of Elijah the prophet. My soul was much moved, observing the... continue

Preach the Word

Article by   November 2007
A beautiful festschrift for R. Kent Hughes has just been released by Crossway Books.  The full title reads: Preach the Word: Essays on Expository Preaching: In Honor of R. Kent Hughes.  The editors are Leland Ryken (truth in advertising: Leland... continue

The Gods Must be Crazy

Article by   November 2007
Writing in the October 23 edition of the Los Angeles Times, Wellesley Professor Mary Lefkowitz says, "Prominent secular and atheist commentators have argued lately that religion 'poisons' human life and causes endless violence and suffering. But the poison isn't religion;... continue


Article by   November 2007
It has been a real pleasure to hear Paul Tripp preach on Jonah in recent months.  Two of his more memorable lines have been especially thought provoking:"The anger of God is our only hope."  (because in his implacable opposition to... continue

Dark Matter

Article by   November 2007
Presumably the blogosphere is already abuzz with warnings about The Golden Compass, a New Line Cinema production scheduled to open on December 7.The warnings are justified: the film is based on Philip Pullman's trilogy His Dark Materials, which is nothing... continue

The Sinner's Friend

Article by   November 2007
This is old news by now, but I wanted to share one more highlight from last week's Reformation Hymn Festival.The children's choir sang Martin Luther's "All Glory be to God Alone."  I'm not sure that I have heard this hymn before,... continue

Communion with the Triune God

Article by   October 2007
Kelly Kapic and our own Justin Taylor have just edited John Owen's classic work Communion with the Triune God.  It is everything that one can hope for in theology: Trinitarian, Gospel-centered, passionate, written by a prince among all theologians.  The... continue
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