Blog Posts by Rick Phillips

The Gospel + All Things

Article by   November 2015
I recently attended a college ministry event in which a number of students gave testimonies about how their lives have been impacted.  As is so often the case, it was enormously encouraging and spoke of great saving fruit arising from... continue

Did Jesus Have a "Gospel-Centered" Ministry?

Article by   October 2015
We often read today of a "gospel-centered"TM ministry as opposed to a legalistic or otherwise sub-Christian approach to salvation.  When used in this trade-marked sense, "gospel-centered" usually means that we must exclusively present God's forgiveness for sinners through faith alone in... continue

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
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