Blog Posts by Rick Phillips

Are Rewards a Valid Motivation for Sanctification?

Article by   November 2014
It seems that every generation of the church sees a struggle to rightly define Christian sanctification.  This happens in part because of the importance of the subject.  Sanctification is the present tense of salvation for those who have believed; it... continue

Homosexuals in the Church: Keep Reading in Ephesians

Article by   November 2014
The progressive wing of evangelicalism seems to be ramping up its demand that Bible-believing churches accept homosexuality as an acceptable lifestyle.  An example is a recent video from Nadia Bolz-Weber titled "I Am the Church."  The video parades young men... continue

Why Abraham Was Right: A Reply to Rachel Held Evans

Article by   October 2014
It is grievous to see how brazen the progressive evangelical movement has become in assailing not merely the inerrantist view of Scripture but now even Scripture itself.  The most recent installment comes from Rachel Held Evans in a post titled,... continue

The Christian Political Conundrum

Article by   October 2014
I was privileged today to have lunch with a Republican US Senator at a small gathering of evangelical pastors.  It was quite enjoyable to interact with a politician who has absolutely no fears of losing his election and therefore is... continue

A Prayer for the Afflicted Saints of Iraq

Article by   August 2014
Our Father in heaven, the sovereign and almighty God, the faithful covenant-keeper and Savior, we plead to you on behalf of our suffering fellow believers in Iraq.  Cast your eye upon them and have mercy to uphold and defend your... continue

The Use and Abuse of Video Church

Article by   July 2014
"I will give thanks to the Lord with my whole heart, in the company of the upright, in the congregation" (Ps. 111:1).One of the more popular features on our church website ( is the live video webcast that allows people... continue

Why the Fourth of July Is a Presbyterian Holiday

Article by   July 2014
While Americans today are roasting hot dogs and setting off fireworks, few will be thinking deeply about the significance of the event we remember, the issuing of The Declaration of Independence by our courageous Founding Fathers.  Christians should realize, however,... continue

Relating Works to Justification

Article by   June 2014
My friend Bill Evans has responded to my earlier post concerning the "efficacy" of good works, and I am grateful for the clarity that he contributes.  In responding to Evans, I hope to clarify what I wrote and perhaps move... continue

Concerns about the "Efficacy" of Works

Article by   May 2014
I continue to hope that the recent debate/controversy over sanctification will lend clarity and light to readers.  For this to happen, we will have to labor hard for biblical depth and balance.  In my opinion, those who are opposing the... continue

Where the Sanctification Controversy Lies

Article by   May 2014
The long-simmering controversy over the doctrine of sanctification has heated up considerably lately, especially with The Gospel Coalition's removal of Tullian Tchividjian's blog from its website.  Tullian has taken to the media and yesterday in an interview made the comment... continue
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