Blog Posts by Rick Phillips

Christ-Centered Summer Reading

Article by   May 2015
It is a good practice for Christians to plan ahead for some rich reading experiences during  the leisure time that summer often affords.  To this end, I would like to recommend some wonderful books that have the especially high virtue... continue

Dear Bryan: Replying to "The State of the PCA"

Article by   May 2015
This week a letter titled The State of the PCA was published by Bryan Chapell in By Faith, the denominational magazine of the PCA.  This public letter is another of the many takes in recent years on our denomination from... continue

Will the American Church Be a New Smyrna?

Article by   April 2015
As the Supreme Court deliberates on the question of homosexual marriage, American Christians are bracing for a level of government persecution yet unknown to us.  The fear is that with homosexuality declared a constitutional right, opposition will officially be akin... continue

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
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