Blog Posts by Phil Ryken

Sharing Christ's Sufferings

Article by   April 2008
The newest volume in Crossway's Preaching the Word commentary series is David Helm's 1 & 2 Peter and Jude.  I expect most preachers will know this series of expositional commentaries, which is edited by Kent Hughes.  David Helm is one... continue

The Fear of Man

Article by   April 2008
For staff devotions this week, my colleague Marion Clark shared the following proverb, which is good counsel for every Christian, but especially for anyone in ministry: "The fear of man lays a snare, but whoever trusts in the Lord is... continue

The Islamization of Europe

Article by   April 2008
Writing in the April 3 edition of the Jerusalem Post, Daniel Pipes asks, "Will Europe Resist Islamization?"  According to conventional wisdom, the answer is "no."  But Pipes counters this argument by pointing to the dramatic conversion of the prominent Muslim... continue

Remember, You Heard it Here First

Article by   March 2008
For those who are keeping score, Tim Keller's book The Reason for God has climbed to number 7 on the bestseller list for non-fiction.  Of course, if the New York Times included Bible sales, Keller's book would drop to 8th... continue

A Word to Pastors . . .

Article by   March 2008
. . . from church father Columbanus:"Let us all hasten to approach to perfect manhood, to the measure of the completed growth of the fulness of Jesus Christ, in Whom let us love one another, praise one another, correct one... continue

A Real Mission Field

Article by   March 2008
The church planting committee at Philadelphia's Tenth Presbyterian Church was recently given some statistics that clarify the need for gospel work in our own United States.  With almost 200 million unchurched people, America is one of the world's ten largest... continue

Hip Hop Atonement

Article by   March 2008
I'm not sure if Shai Linne was trying to capitalize on this year's PCRT theme or not, but his new, Bible-based, Reformed, John Piper-approved hip-hop CD is entitled "The Atonement."  Listeners should be prepared for a heavy dose of Romans. ... continue

Less than the Least

Article by   February 2008
As of yesterday, David Skeel and Bill Stuntz have begun writing a new blog called "Less than the Least."  Law professors at UPenn and Harvard, respectively, David and Bill are close friends who share a faith commitment as well as... continue

E.M. Bounds on the Preacher's Personal Holiness

Article by   February 2008
The gospel of Christ does not move by popular waves. It has no self-propagating power. It moves as the men who have charge of it move. The preacher must impersonate the gospel. Its divine, most distinctive features must be embodied... continue

Richard Allen's Birthday

Article by   February 2008
A nice piece in today's Philadelphia Inquirer laments that the February birthday of Richard Allen -- once a major event in our city's black community -- receives so little notice.  Born a slave, Richard Allen was a leading voice for... continue
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