Blog Posts by Rick Phillips

A Biblical Model for Corporate Confession

Article by   August 2015
The pressing matter coming out of this year's General Assembly of the Presbyterian Church in America (PCA) was the Personal Resolution on Civil Rights Remembrance.  The assembly decided to postpone this resolution to the coming year in order to allow reflection... continue

The Value of Reading Expository Commentaries

Article by   August 2015
One of my tasks this month is editing Derek Thomas' forthcoming commentary on Ezra-Nehemiah for the Reformed Expository Commentary series.  I am learning so much and benefiting from its extraordinary value!  This reminds me of the great value in regularly... continue

Romans 7 and the Psychikos Man of 1 Corinthians 15:44

Article by   August 2015
This past Lord's Day my evening sermon was preached on a passage that includes 1 Corinthians 15:44, where Paul writes that the body "is sown a natural body; it is raised a spiritual body."  (Those interested in the sermon can... continue

Should the Church Divorce from the State in Marriage?

Article by   August 2015
In light of the recent Supreme Court decision granting civil rights for homosexual marriages, a question is raised: should the church divorce from its marriage-partnership with the state?  In other words, should I refuse to declare, "By the authority vested... continue

The Rising of the Beast in America?

Article by   July 2015
One of the most regrettable legacies of 20th century evangelicalism is the marginalizing of the book of Revelation as a guide to spiritual warfare during the church age.  Animated by the literalism of Dispensational theology, Revelation's visions have been misapplied... continue

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
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