Blog Posts by Rick Phillips

PCRT Q/A: Dating a Non-Virgin

Article by   March 2015
Since the PCRT theme this year was Holiness and Honor: A Reformed View of Sex and Marriage, most of the Q & A was devoted to this theme.  Here is another question we did not get to, but which I... continue

PCRT Q&A: Why So Many Singles?

Article by   March 2015
Here is a second of the questions from the PCRT Q&A that we did not get to during the conference: Why so many singles?  Why does it seem that God withholds marriage for so many when he clearly upholds it, encourages... continue

PCRT Q/A: Biblical Grounds for Divorce

Article by   March 2015
We are having a great PCRT in Grand Rapids this weekend.  Our speakers Iain Duguid, David Garner, and David Murray have been terrific on our theme of Holiness and Honor: A Reformed View of Marriage and Sex.  We also had... continue

The Bible and Homosexuality: Wrong and Right Lessons

Article by   March 2015
The news broke this week that City Church San Francisco has reversed its prohibition against practicing homosexuals being admitted into church membership (see here).  Previously, only celibate homosexuals were accepted as biblically faithful Christians.  Senior Pastor Fred Harrell explained the... continue

The Alliance's Unwavering Opposition to ECT

Article by   March 2015
In light of the Timothy George article commending ECT that was posted on this website today, it seems necessary to assure our readers that this ministry has not changed its historic stance in opposition to the Evangelicals and Catholics Together... continue

The Ten Commandments as God's Moral Law

Article by   February 2015
Many Christian commenters today are expressing concern about antinomian tendencies in the church.  We are especially seeing attempts to downplay the role of God's law as a guide to Christian living (the so-called third use of the law).  One question... continue

Brian Williams and the Tragedy of the Male Ego

Article by   February 2015
Like most Americans, I was astonished by the brazen and inept lies told by NBC anchorman Brian Williams about his faux exploits while covering the war in Iraq.  Moreover, I find his precipitous fall (which surely is accelerating even as... continue

Should Christians Praise Snipers?

Article by   January 2015
I have decided to go see the movie American Sniper because by all accounts it thoughtfully delves into the moral contours of warfare and killing.  Whether we prefer to acknowledge it or not, our society has been at war for... continue

Don't Blame Perry Noble

Article by   January 2015
The internet world exploded earlier this month when South Carolina mega-pastor Perry Noble informed his attendees that the Ten Commandments are not commandments after all but promises.  Noble gleaned this insight not from a careful study of the Scriptures -... continue

But Galileo!

Article by   January 2015
I am working on the second installment of my series on the Bible and evolution (see the first here), but in the meantime it would be good to address one of the most frequent arguments in criticism of those who... continue
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