Blog Posts by Phil Ryken

The Apotheosis of the Study Bible

Article by   June 2008
Over the past week I have had the opportunity to review advance proofs of the ESV Study Bible that is planned for publication in October of 2008.  Although I have not participated in this project, I have watched it unfold... continue

Three Faithful Preachers

Article by   May 2008
I am also reading The Faithful Preacher this week, a book by Thabiti Anyabwile that presents selections from Lemuel Haynes, Daniel Payne, and Francis Grimke, three African-American pastors from the Reformed tradition.  The African American church generally is not associated... continue

The Jesus Gospel

Article by   May 2008
With a road trip this week, I have finally had the opportunity to read The Jesus Gospel by my friend Liam Goligher, who preaches at the historical Duke Street Richmond Church in London.  Liam wrote this book out of a... continue

Inoffensive Evangelism

Article by   May 2008
James MacDonald (Harvest Bible Chapel, Rolling Meadows, IL) gave us this zinger at The Gospel Coalition this week: "Sometimes our presentation of the gospel is so watered down that even the non-elect can't reject it."... continue

Twice-Poisoned

Article by   May 2008
Like Ligon, I am spending most of the week at the Pastor's Colloquium sponsored by The Gospel Coalition -- 40+ pastors from across the country who are committed to evangelical essentials and who gather once a year to encourage one... continue

Ezra According to the Gospel

Article by   May 2008
I'm grateful for Ligon's reminder of Ezra 7:10 as providing an ABC for basic discipleship (study, live, teach) -- especially since this is one of my life verses for ministry.  To take the thought one step farther, it is only the grace... continue

Still in the PCA

Article by   May 2008
Recent rumors to the contrary, Ligon Duncan is still a member in good standing of the Presbyterian Church in America.  I can vouch for him, having recently heard him referred to in the Philadelphia Presbytery as one of the "modern-day... continue

Hold on Loosely

Article by   May 2008
The body of my friend Tim Eimer is weakened by what may be a fatal cancer.  His spirit is finding strength in the gospel.  Recently he wrote this practical exhortation: "In recent years, God has taught me not to hold... continue

Buddhist Monks Turn to Christ

Article by   April 2008
In a March 18 report, Christian Aid reports that nearly 5000 Buddhist monks (location undisclosed) have recently turned to Christ.  A worker reports: "It appears that the Holy Spirit had urged these monks and nuns to call our evangelists to... continue

My Kind of Book

Article by   April 2008
"That the scriptures are brim full of hustlers, murderers, cowards, adulterers and mercenaries used to shock me; now it is a source of great comfort" (U2's Bono, in his introduction to Selections from the Book of Psalms [New York: Grove... continue
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