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Thoughtful Christians like you are standing up and demanding Biblical doctrine in its most clear fashion, straight-forward tone, with no compromise to the world. If you've ever been to the Texas Hill Country Bible Conference, you have received it in all its God glorifying ways!

Thank you so much for your well done service to the Truth. We were all the beneficiaries. - MM

It's Alliance members like Carla N. and Kay J. (if you've been there, you know them!) that joined the Alliance and called us to the Texas Hill Country to share key doctrines and the full attributes of God with the Church. They saw what the Alliance was doing and wanted to bring it to their region.

I so appreciate all your work in following what I'm sure was the Lord's direction in birthing this conference. I pray it does continue in the years to come. - Carol

We appreciate the wonderful team who's labored for the Lord in this effort since 2012: Trinity Presbyterian Church pastored by Allen Taha; the steering committee including Jane R., Lil R., Cindy M., Brad M., Leo M., Steve C., Carolyn S., Molly L., Gail S., Karen S., Bonnie and Carl F. and Cheryl V; musicians TJ Bazoon, Stephen Carroll and Seth Nelson; and our new venue, St. John Lutheran Church. We appreciate this wonderful partnership!

The conference was awesome!  I learned so much, had so many questions answered, and was challenged to think more deeply about my theology. - Susie


Sanctification: The Long Journey Home 
Texas Hill Country Bible Conference 2015

The Christian life is made up of various twists and turns, ups and downs, struggles and battles. The Bible calls this process "Sanctification." It is the shape of holiness both positively and negatively, highs and lows, encouragements and threats. Through several sessions, speakers Derek Thomas and Greg Gilbert highlighted various aspects of sanctification, reflecting how it ought to be and how it often is. We examined questions such as: What function does the law have in sanctification? Is holiness by faith alone? Can Christians fall into a pattern of repetitive sin? Can we ever be sure that we will make it to the end? Is there any hope for the burdened soul that it might get easier? These questions and many more, were answered at the 2015 Texas Hill Country Bible Conference.

5 MP3 messages on 1 CD: $5
5 messages on 5 CDs: $30



More teaching this month includes:

The Bible Study Hour with Dr. James Boice offers basic Bible truths in an exciting study on the Gospel of Matthew. Don't miss this excellent teaching that thinks on what Jesus accomplished.

Theology on the Go podcast hosts Jonathan Gibson on "Limited Atonement."

Mortification of Spin discusses where our rights come from: God or Government? As Christians, how are we using (or should we say misusing) our American liberties?

Philip Ryken on Every Last Word studies the Gospel of Luke  and asks "Is having faith enough to be saved?"

"Go into the world and sow the seeds of the Gospel" - Dr. Barnhouse & the Bible expounds upon the Gospel of Luke, chapters 15-24.



​Text links:

http://reformedresources.org/thcbc-2015/sanctification-the-long-journey-home-mp3-set/

http://reformedresources.org/friends/sanctification-the-long-journey-home-cd-set/

http://www.alliancenet.org/the-bible-study-hour

http://www.placefortruth.org/placefortruth

http://www.mortificationofspin.org/mos

http://www.alliancenet.org/every-last-word

http://www.alliancenet.org/dr-barnhouse-the-bible

You had me at Nacho Libre

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I'm not quite sure what I'm doing here. I've stayed away from blogging for all the normal reasons: I'm not certain that I have anything to say in 500 words, much less anything to say in an interesting way. Moreover, the internet seems to have a way of drawing out the worst sort of writing: over-earnest soliloquies, bitter tirades, etc.

What has changed? Let's just say that when cornered in a dark alley by everyone's favorite Welsh theologian, one has few options but to cooperate...

Truth be told, though, fear of Welsh giants isn't the only reason I'm here. There's also the promise of a place where sturdy defenses of divine simplicity sit comfortably alongside intelligent references to Nacho Libre. Now that's the kind of intersection between theology and culture I can get excited about!

So here I am. I shall endeavor to avoid being over-earnest and bitter. And if I become too boring, I have a backup plan already in place that involves re-posting Carl's old blogs and paying Fred Sanders to be my ghostwriter.

Since the Garden of Eden and our first parents' "bite of the apple," gender confusion in its various forms has constituted one of the most significant assaults ever leveled upon individuals, the family, and culture. The terrible fallout from such confusion has wreaked havoc on countless lives around the world ever since.

Oconee ARP Church (121 Rochester Hwy, Seneca, SC 29672) is hosting a conference which intends to lay a biblical foundation for understanding many of these gender-related issues. They have invited Rosaria Butterfield, Richard Phillips, and Derek Thomas to examine various aspects of gender confusion alive and well (and increasing) in today's world. They will then also seek to formulate a God-honoring way forward, asking how the church should respond with clarity and grace in the midst of such confusion.

Join them on Friday, Feb 14 through Sunday, Feb 16, 2014. You can register online through the Alliance at http://www.alliancenet.org/CC_Content_Page/0,,PTID307086_CHID810294,00-sen.html

Start the Weekend with Derek Thomas

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A fascinating and well-done interview with our own Derek Thomas. Enjoy!
Acts (part of the Reformed Expository Commentary series) by Derek W. H. Thomas has been selected as a finalist for the 2012 Christian Book Awards. The Evangelical Christian Publishers Association (ECPA), sponsor of the annual awards, notes that the winners represent "Christian publishing's finest books and Bibles of the year." A total of forty finalists in seven categories from sixteen publishing companies are included among the finalists. 

In his exposition of Acts, Thomas points to evidence of the continuing ministry of Jesus Christ through the Holy Spirit. He applies biblical truth in contemporary context as he presents lessons for missions, church growth, and Christians' engagement with postmodernity. 

Derek W. H. Thomas, Ph.D., is Minister of Preaching and Teaching at First Presbyterian Church, Columbia, South Carolina, and Distinguished Visiting Professor of Systematic and Historical Theology at Reformed Theological Seminary. Dr. Thomas is the editorial director for the Alliance of Confessing Evangelicals and is the editor of its online magazine, reformation21.org. He is author of numerous books, including Give Praise to God and What is Providence. He and his wife, Rosemary, have two adult children. 

With strong support from leading theologians, the Reformed Expository Commentary (REC) series now includes 15 volumes. Rev. Richard Phillips and Rev. Dr. Philip Ryken serve as series editors. All volumes in the REC series, they explain, are written by pastor-scholars, and the content is scholarly but not academic. An extensive editorial process ensures that the content is "sufficiently conversant with up-to-date scholarship and is faithful and accurate in its exposition of the text." It is also carefully reviewed for quality--including "excellence of writing, soundness of teaching, and usefulness in application." 

Commenting on Thomas's Acts volume, Stephen J. Nichols, Research Professor of Christianity and Culture at Lancaster Bible College, says, "Dr. Thomas writes with a theologian's acuity, a pastor's heart, and a fellow disciple's humility."

Follow the Texas Conference Live

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Our good friend Rev. Andrew Moody will be live blogging the Texas Hill Country Bible conference here. Click to follow along as Derek Thomas, Steve Lawson, and Paul Jones unfold God's truth in Texas!

Children of God: Adopted into the Father's Love


This years Philadelphia Conference on Reformed Theology is now available on MP3 as well as CDs. You can also download individual MP3 messages.

 

The speakers include David Wells, Steven Lawson, Joel Beeke, Richard Phillips, Derek Thomas, and Al Martin.

 

From this year's program, Rev. Richard Phillips writes:

 

"If the love of a father will not make a child delight in him, what will?" John Owen Reformed Christians are thoroughly conversant with the language of justification and sanctification, but adoption seems to have fallen out of our vocabulary. This would be a shocking situation to Christians of prior generations. A lack of awareness of our adoption in Christ only paralyzes a Christian's experience of divine grace. As Paul saw it, our adoption is integral to the good news of the gospel: "You are no longer a slave, but a son, and if a son, then an heir through God" (Gal. 4:7).

 

It is a Christian's adoption in Christ that holds together the categories of justification and sanctification. All who believe are made sons of God and partakers of the divine nature. No wonder John exclaimed: "See what kind of love the Father has given to us, that we should be called children of God; and so we are" (1 Jn. 3:1). Adoption is what a Christian is saved to through faith in Christ, a personal, family bond of love, life, blessing, and calling. As children of God we have family privileges and family obligations: to know and embrace these is to enter into the fullness of vital Christian living. Indeed, so central is the idea of adoption to God's saving plan that the final glorification of the entire cosmos is bound up with our entering into the family inheritance: "the creation waits with eager longing for the revealing of the sons of God" (Rom. 8:19). Given the awesome biblical teaching on adoption, we are not wrong in stating that at the very heart of Christianity is the gathering of the children of God into the Father's love though the saving achievement of God's Son. What great truths for us to know and embrace!

 

We studied the distinctive approaches of Paul and John in teaching divine sonship and plumb its significance for living as believers in Christ. How does our adoption change our attitude towards history and towards the Church? What does the Bible teach me to expect of God as my Father if I am now His beloved child? In our seminars, we expanded the focus to consider the place of children in the Church, the place of God as Father in our preaching of the gospel, and biblical distinctives on gender in the life of the Church.

 

MP3 set on CD: http://www.reformedresources.org/philadelphia-conference-on-reformed-theology/children-of-god-adopted-into-the-fathers-love-mp3s/

 

All messages: http://www.reformedresources.org/search-results/?page=1&search_type=&search_term=pcrt%202011

Applauded Reformed Commentary Series
Expands with New Volumes

Phillipsburg, NJ--With strong support from leading Reformed theologians, the Reformed Expository Commentary (REC) series continues with the introduction of two new volumes, bringing the series to cover 15 biblical books. P&R Publishing announces the release of 1 Kings by Philip Graham Ryken and Acts by Derek W.H. Thomas.

Bryan Chapell, President, Covenant Theological Seminary, calls Ryken's 1Kings commentary "A sermon preparation tool of exceptional value."

Commenting on Thomas' Acts volume, Stephen J. Nichols, Research Professor of Christianity and Culture, Lancaster Bible College, says, "Dr. Thomas writes with a theologian's acuity, a pastor's heart and a fellow disciple's humility..."

Rev. Richard Phillips and Rev. Dr. Philip Ryken serve as series editors. All volumes in the REC series are written by pastor-scholars, they explain, and the content is scholarly, but not academic. An extensive editorial process ensures that the content is "sufficiently conversant with up-to-date scholarship and is faithful and accurate in its exposition of the text." It is also carefully reviewed for overall quality--including "excellence of writing, soundness of teaching, and usefulness in application."

Books in the series have drawn broad affirmation from leading theologians including J. I. Packer, Ligon Duncan, Sinclair Ferguson, Al Mohler, Michael Horton, Mark Dever, C. J. Mahaney, Jerry Bridges, John Frame, Tullian Tchividjian, Michael Duduit, Steven Lawson, Paul House, Burk Parsons, Carl Trueman, Liam Goligher and many others--who have each written endorsements for one or more volumes in the series.

Previous books in the REC series include both Old Testament and New Testament books such as Daniel (Iain Duguid), Jonah and Michael (Richard Phillips) and Matthew (Daniel Doriani). Future books already scheduled for 2012 include The Gospel of John (Richard Phillips), and Philippians (Dennis E. Johnson).

In his exposition of 1 Kings, Ryken follows the story of Israel's God "who never fails to love his people or to keep them under his kingly care, even when they choose to follow the pathways of folly and idolatry." He identifies timeless lessons of money, sex, power, idolatry, and the power of prayer.

In his exposition of Acts, Thomas points to evidence of the continuing ministry of Jesus Christ through the Holy Spirit. He applies biblical truth in contemporary context as he presents lessons for missions, church growth and Christians' engagement with postmodernity.

Philip Graham Ryken (D.Phil., Oxford University) is president of Wheaton College, and he previously served for ten years as senior minister at the historic Tenth Presbyterian Church, Philadelphia. He is Bible teacher for the Alliance of Confessing Evangelicals, speaking nationally on the radio program "Every Last Word." He has written or edited more than thirty books, including the writing of three volumes in the Reformed Expository Commentary Series: Galatians, 1 Timothy, and Luke. He and his wife, Lisa, have five children.

Derek W.H. Thomas is Associate Minister at First Presbyterian Church, Columbia South, Carolina, and Distinguished Visiting Professor of Systematic and Historical Theology at Reformed Theological Seminary. He also serves as editor for the Alliance of Confessing Evangelicals. He is author of numerous books including Give Praise to God and What is Providence, both from P&R Publishing. He and his wife, Rosemary, have two adult children.

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1 Kings (REC) • ISBN: 978-1-59638-208-4 • jacketed hardcover • $34.99 • 636 pages

Acts (REC) • ISBN: 978-1-59638-048-6 • jacketed hardcover • $39.99 • 736 pages

www.prpbooks.com

Calvin For Today

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Calvin For Today, is a new volume including essays by Ligon Duncan, Derek Thomas, and others. It is a compilation of the addresses given at the Puritan Reformed Theological Seminary's annual conference in August 2009. The book contains a wealth of information and practical applications about how to use Calvin's thought in our challenging day. Topics include Calvin on preaching Christ from the Old Testament, missions, the church, Scripture, the Spirit's work, redemption, ethics, believers' benefits, the early church, reprobation, marriage, and reforming the church.

A highlight is Ligon Duncan's chapter on "The Resurgence of Calvinism in America." The book concludes with a summary chapter by the editor, Joel Beeke, who expounds twelve reasons Calvin is important for us today. Additional writers include Jerry Bilkes, Michael Haykin, Nelson Kloosterman, David Murray, Joseph Pipa, Neil Pronk, Donald Sinnema, Derek Thomas, and Cornel Venema. Written at the lay person's level, and retaining a flavor of the spoken style, it is informative, stimulating, and practical.

Available through the Alliance of Confessing Evangelicals at ReformedResources.org.

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Is Wales really that culturally challenged?  You'll find early footage of Derek singing, Wagner-style, at a Cwmbran Tent Revival meeting here.