Blog Posts by Rick Phillips

Bannerman on the Church vs. the State

Article by   June 2015
The recent publication of James Bannerman's The Church of Christ has been a boon to Christians simply because of the great value of his material on this important topic.  But given the prospect of increasing conflicts between the federal government... continue

Reflections from an AME Prayer Vigil

Article by   June 2015
Last evening I was greatly blessed, together with many members of the congregation I serve, to participate in a prayer vigil for the nine victims of the racist attack on Emmanuel AME in Charleston.  The service was held at Allen... continue

Pray for African American Christian Leaders

Article by   June 2015
Like so many Christians, I thought of the terrible atrocity in Charleston during my time of prayer this morning.  I asked the Lord for the grace needed by so many to bear the pain of such loss, and for mercy... continue

Have I Committed the Unpardonable Sin?

Article by   June 2015
Many Christians live under the affliction of fearing that they have committed a special sin that places them in an unpardonable category.  Despite their faith in Jesus, they have been led to believe that a certain prior action in their... continue

Remembering James Montgomery Boice

Article by   June 2015
Today marks the fifteenth anniversary of the death of James Montgomery Boice, pastor for 32 years of Tenth Presbyterian Church in Philadelphia.  For those of us whose lives were so deeply marked by the life and ministry of Dr. Boice,... continue

Keller's Critique of the Gay Christian Argument

Article by   June 2015
We are indebted to Tim Keller for what should amount to a definitive Bible-believing Christian response to the "Gay Christian" argument. No one can accuse Keller of extreme conservatism or personal animus in this matter. His commitment to the authority... continue

Should We Equate Homosexual and Heterosexual Sin?

Article by   June 2015
I am grateful to Sean Lucas for pointing out via facebook an excellent article by David Prince, answering the question, "Will I Be Fully Accepted at Your Church as a Gay Man?"  He answered by saying that a gay man... continue

Christ-Centered Summer Reading

Article by   May 2015
It is a good practice for Christians to plan ahead for some rich reading experiences during  the leisure time that summer often affords.  To this end, I would like to recommend some wonderful books that have the especially high virtue... continue

Dear Bryan: Replying to "The State of the PCA"

Article by   May 2015
This week a letter titled The State of the PCA was published by Bryan Chapell in By Faith, the denominational magazine of the PCA.  This public letter is another of the many takes in recent years on our denomination from... continue

Will the American Church Be a New Smyrna?

Article by   April 2015
As the Supreme Court deliberates on the question of homosexual marriage, American Christians are bracing for a level of government persecution yet unknown to us.  The fear is that with homosexuality declared a constitutional right, opposition will officially be akin... continue
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