Blog Posts by Rick Phillips

James Is, You Know, in the Bible

Article by   September 2015
A couple of years ago, a friend of mine was discussing the necessity of works to salvation when a fellow Reformed minister accused him of legalism.  This pastor, noted for promoting a radical version of Lutheran soteriology, cut him down... continue

Why Should We Come to Church?

Article by   September 2015
"And they devoted themselves to the apostles' teaching and the fellowship, to the breaking of bread and the prayers" (Acts 2:42). One of the greatest needs of our dark times is for the Christian church to regain her true identity... continue

Four Reasons Christians Should Support Kim Davis

Article by   September 2015
Most Americans have by now learned the name of Kim Davis, who as clerk of Rowan County, Kentucky has refused to issue marriage licenses to homosexual couples.  Having been directed by a federal judge to issue such licenses on the... continue

Church Discipline, Contemporary Grace Style

Article by   September 2015
I have so far refrained from public comment on the resignation of Tullian Tchividjian in light of his confessed sexual sin, limiting myself to praying for him and his family.  As one who has strongly criticized his theology, I wanted... continue

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
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