Blog Posts by Rick Phillips

Regarding Context and Confession

Article by   April 2015
Let me express my appreciation to Mark Jones for his gracious reply to my concerns regarding his previous two posts.  Mark and I are covering ground that is familiar to us both and to others who have read more than... continue

Grace, the Two Covenants, and Merit

Article by   April 2015
Mark Jones' posts (here and here) regarding grace as pertains to the covenants of works and grace raise some perennial questions in covenant theology.  As I read Mark, a number of concerns come to my mind, which I offer in... continue

PCRT Q/A: How Can Churches Support Homosexuality?

Article by   April 2015
I have been traveling and have not posted in a bit, so let me bring up another question that came from the Grand Rapids PCRT: "What is the root issue that would allow "Christian" denominations to ordain homosexuals and perform homosexual... continue

More PCRT Q/A: Does Christian Marriage Require a Civil License?

Article by   April 2015
Here is another question that did not get answered in the Grand Rapids PCRT: "A recent conversation with a family member centered around whether we still need to have a civil license of marriage since the government of states are redefining... continue

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
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