Blog Posts by Rick Phillips

Fifty Years?

Article by   October 2006
Our editor has not gotten much response on his querry for our list of the most influential books of the last fifty years.  Perhaps he forgot that only he is qualified to speak on the subject with personal authenticity...However, Sharon... continue

Incarnational Ministry

Article by   October 2006
Thanks, Phil, for passing on those comments about the incarnation and impassibility, and Derek for those excellent quotes.  Too often, impassibility is taken to mean that God feels nothing -- those quotes were quite the antidote.In support of Phil's comments, it... continue

Getting Ready to Bear the Cross

Article by   October 2006
In answer to the question about how we should prepare for the coming years, with the mounting onslaught against Judeo-Christian values, I think the bottom line is that we need to get ready for persecution.  And I do not mean... continue

Boice on Romans: Where My List Starts

Article by   October 2006
If I am going to think about the books that have most influenced my life as a Christian, the starting place has to be James Montgomery Boice's 4 volume Romans commentary.  I was converted at Tenth while Dr. Boice was... continue

Pietism and Her Children

Article by   October 2006
As Phil has commented, the Christianity Today list of the 50 most important Christian books of the last fifty years shows a decided tilt towards Christian experience over Christian truth.  In other words, it depicts a pietistic era spanning a half-century... continue

A Hateful Calvinism

Article by   October 2006
Having been nurtured in the warmth of the doctrines of grace for my entire Christian life, I am often dismayed at charges that are leveled against Calvinism, especially those that would depict the Reformed faith as legalistic and harsh.  Unfortunately,... continue

James Boice and Germanic Vocabulary

Article by   September 2006
The rules from C.S. Lewis are both compelling and challenging.  It reminds of one of Dr. James Boice's maxims: speak from the Germanic and not the Latin side of the English vocabulary.  He meant that preachers should cultivate plain and... continue

Reflections from a Lost Red Sox Season

Article by   September 2006
My beloved Boston Red Sox have been officially out of the major league baseball playoffs for a few days, but actually out of it for over a month. This has been a real bummer to my son, Matthew, and me.... continue

Faithfulness Rewarded

Article by   September 2006
As Phil has noted, we enjoyed a particularly satisfying ordination service this past Sunday evening at our church, as the Rev. Andrew DiNardo was entered into the gospel ministry as a teaching elder in the PCA.  It is always fun... continue

Reflections from Fort Bragg

Article by   September 2006
My visit to Covenant PCA in Fayetteville, NC to speak at the "Bearing the Sword" conference provided some quite edifying conversations and incidents.  A high proportion of the church members are active duty soldiers stationed at nearby Ft. Bragg, many... continue
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