Blog Posts by Rick Phillips

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

Still Dissenting to the Descent

Article by   January 2015
I have greatly appreciated the interaction on this blog regarding the descent clause in the Apostles' Creed: "he descended into hell."  For the sake of late comers, this began with my post explaining how the church I serve omits this... continue

"Interstellar" -- Christopher Nolan's Ode to Love

Article by   January 2015
I finally got out to view the movie "Interstellar," which my sons and I had been wanting to see all season.  We are all fans of Christopher Nolan, particularly because of the way he uses his art to make important... continue

Vos on the Descent of Christ into Hell

Article by   January 2015
Kudos to Nick Batzig for making us aware of Geerhardus Vos' lucid treatment of the line, "he descended into hell," in the Apostles' Creed.  When I came to my present church, I found that they had abandoned this line in... continue

A Psalm 90 New Year's Meditation

Article by   January 2015
One of my private rituals has to do with Psalm 90 and the changing of each year.  In the church that I serve, I begin the first worship service of a new year by reading its opening lines and the... continue

Jesus and Isaiah

Article by   December 2014
Here is the final installment of my Christmas devotionals based on the pre-incarnate appearances of Jesus in the Old Testament.  May the Lord bless you all, especially as the gospel promises of Christ are celebrated in our churches and homes!Jesus... continue
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