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PCRT Anthology Giveaway

Since its inauguration in 1974, the Philadelphia Conference of Reformed Theology has hosted some of the most gifted and trustworthy pastors, theologians and speakers from around the world in order to teach God's word and sound doctrine. Among the celebrated speakers at PCRT have been James Boice, R.C. Sproul, John Gerstner, J.I. Packer, Eric Alexander, Elizabeth Elliott, John Stott, Sinclair Ferguson, Robert Godfrey, Michael Horton, Ligon Duncan. Derek Thomas, Kevin DeYoung and Richard Phillips. The PCRT is the nation's oldest, continually operating, reformed conference. This year, we celebrate the 45th Anniversary of this beloved conference; therefore, we are giving away two PCRT Anthology flash drives. To enter the giveaway, sign up here. We will select a winner two weeks from today. 

Here are all of the conferences from 1974-2017--with links to the talks that are include in MP3 format on the flash drive:

1974: The Doctrines of Grace

1975: On Knowing God

1976: Our Sovereign God

1977: Man the Sinner, Man the Saint

1978: The Cross Our Glory: The Nature and Extent of the Atonement

1979: In Praise of Christ: The Biblical Name and Titles

1980: If God Be for Us

1981: How to Grow Your Faith

1982: Come, Change our World!

1983: Predestination

1984: Christ or "Big Brother"?  A Christian Vision for Today's Society

1985: The Church: God's New Society

1986: Our Blessed Hope: The Biblical Doctrine of Last Things

1987: How Great Thou Art

1988: How Firm a Foundation

1989: Whatever Happened to Sin?

1990: Redeemed! Redemption Accomplished

1991: Redeemed! Redemption Applied

1992: Our Wonderful Lord and Savior Jesus Christ

1993: Walking in the Old Paths

1994: Desiring God: A Reformed Perspective on Worship

1995: Two Cities, Two Loves

1996: What the Church Needs Now is Reformation

1997: The Theology of the Cross

1998: Worship God!

1999: Amazing Grace

2000: Our Promise Keeping God

2001: Lord, Have Mercy

2002: The Promised Holy Spirit

2003: Christ and His Church

2004: Forgiven, Forgiving

2005: One Way: The Exclusive Claims of Christianity

2006: The Doctrines of Grace

2007: The Word: Above All Earthly Powers

2008: Precious Blood: The Atoning Work of Christ

2009: Right with God: The Doctrine of Justification

2010: These Last Days

2011: Children of God: Adopted into the Father's Love

2012: The Gospel: What? Why? How?

2013: In the Beginning: God, Adam and You

2014: Profaning the Sacred

2015: Holiness and Honor: A Reformed View of Sex and Marriage

2016: How Firm a Foundation: The Bible's Authority, Sufficiency and Clarity

2017: Reformation: Recovering the Essence of the Gospel

Five Extraordinary Benefits of Pentecost


We are wrapping the 2018 Philadelphia Conference on Reformed Theology this weekend at Proclamation Presbyterian Church outside Philadelphia. Our theme this year is "Spirit of the Age - Age of the Spirit." As we have been celebrating the exalted Christ's outpouring of the Spirit at Pentecost and its implications for our age of history, let me briefly highlight some of the main benefits we now enjoy:

1. By the outpouring of the Spirit at Pentecost, the gospel is unleashed with power from on high. Prior to Pentecost, the gospel was confined to a small cultural and geographical corner of the world. But with the Spirit's coming, the gospel "has gone forth everywhere" (1 Thess. 1:8). Paul could state that the gospel has gone out "in the whole world" and "is bearing fruit and increasing" (Col. 1:5-6). Because of the outpoured Spirit, we who live in lands distant from the original church have heard and believed, and we have a mighty confidence in God for the success of the gospel among those who have still not heard its saving message.

2. At Pentecost, Christ has joined his ministry to the Spirit to advance his saving ministry with great power. Paul makes the stunning statement in 2 Cor. 3:17: "Now the Lord is the Spirit." The point is not an ontological union of the Second and Third Persons of the Godhead but an economical joining in the application of that salvation which Christ has achieved. It was for this reason that Jesus told his disciples, "it is to your advantage that I go away" (Jn. 16:7). Now Christ lives and moves in his people by the indwelling of the Holy Spirit. The Spirit comes "that Christ may dwell in your hearts through faith...that you may be filled with all the fullness of God" (Eph. 3:17-19). What a joyous realization that by his Spirit, Christ lives in us!

3. After Pentecost, the Spirit is at work convicting sinners and regenerating their hearts to believe. Jesus taught of the Spirit: "when he comes, he will convict the world concerning sin and righteousness and judgment" (Jn. 16:8). Now, the most hardened sinner can be saved through the witness of the gospel, by the Spirit's power to convict of sin and bring to saving faith.

4. Because of the Spirit's coming, believers can and will be transformed into the glorious image of Christ. Whereas Moses would depart from the Lord's presence with a radiant face - only to have that divine imprint fade over time - Christians "beholding the glory of the Lord, are being transformed into the same image from one degree of glory to another" (2 Cor. 3:18). Now, genuine Christ-likeness is not only our goal but the experience every Christian is able to know in growing measure. To be like Jesus! Yes, because of Pentecost.

5. By the sending of the Holy Spirit at Pentecost, Christ has glorified himself in the world. Jesus told the disciples, "When the Spirit of truth comes,...He will glorify me, for he will take what is mine and declare it to you" (Jn. 16:13-14). Through God's Word, believers in Christ behold the glory of Jesus, seeing in the gospel "the light of the knowledge of the glory of God in the face of Jesus Christ" (2 Cor. 4:6). Even the unbelieving world - which would never have known or cared a crucified Jew named Jesus - has had his glory revealed in the lives and witness of Christ's Spirit-indwelt people. What a thrilling thought! And what a glory-strewn purpose for our lives as people of the Holy Spirit in this world!

We are living in the Age of the Spirit, and thus able to speak of God's truth and grace to the spirit of the age. I hope you are able to join us for this year's PCRT. And I pray that you rejoice at the glorious thing Christ has done in sending the Holy Spirit to be the conquering power of our age.


PCRT Reading Recommendations


This weekend we kickoff the 2018 Philadelphia Conference on Reformed Theology, meeting April 13-15 in Grand Rapids, Michigan. Our theme this year is The Spirit of the Age: The Age of the Spirit. I am excited to welcome Conrad Mbewe and Danny Akin and looking forward to exploring the mighty work of the Holy Spirit in the age of the gospel. Especially exciting is our privilege to hear the teaching of Richard B. Gaffin, Jr., whose teaching on the resurrection Spirit literally changed my life when I sat under his seminary teaching. Friday will be a priceless opportunity to hear Dr. Gaffin lecture on Pentecost and the Work of the Spirit Today.

Now, for some book suggestions related to this important theme.

First, I can turn to no other than Dr. Gaffin himself. For a more academic version of his essential work, Perspectives on Pentecost, will open up his teaching on the difference that Christ's sending of the Spirit has really made.

For a less academic, but mind-expanding work on the gospel, Gaffin's By Faith, Not By Sight: Paul and the Order of Salvation is an classic that I cannot recommend too highly.

Other books that will inform the topic of our time as the Age of the Spirit are Geerhardus Vos' classic, The Pauline Eschatology and Anthony Hoekema's The Bible and the Future. One of our previous PCRT conferences tackled this theme in book form, These Last Days, edited by me and Gabriel Fluhrer.

I have no doubt that conference attenders will be delighted to hear Conrad Mbewe, and readers will be blessed to consider his book, Pastoral Preaching: Building a People for God.

When we think of the work of the Spirit in our age, we inevitable turn to the Spirit's power in the inspired Word of God. If you have not read Kevin DeYoung's Taking God at His Word, you will be soundly instructed in this brief commendation of the Bible.

Kevin has also authored a meaty booklet on The Holy Spirit, that is an ideal introduction to this theme.

Finally, some years ago we held a memorable conference on The Promised Holy Spirit, the audio recordings of which are available in our Reformed Resources.

I look forward to seeing you in Grand Rapids, or in Bryn Mawr, Pennsylvania on April 27-29!

Free R.C. Sproul Downloads

Until the end of the month, the Alliance of Confessing Evangelicals is giving our readers the opportunity to download audio from a variety of Conferences at which R.C. spoke over a 30 year period. If you visit Reformed Resources, you will find audio from the Philadelphia Conference on Reformed Theology to the National Pastor's Conference. Please enjoy these as a token of our appreciation for R.C.'s faithful ministry. 
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You know the importance of sound doctrine preached. Yet in many churches God's Word is no longer preached. Congregations no longer bear fruit.

Secularism seeps into churches, maybe even your church.

Alliance members like you look to the Philadelphia Conference on Reformed Theology for sound doctrine preached! Maybe you are fortunate to be in a church with confessional doctrine, but you see the need for others to have access to the same fruit-bearing teaching.

PCRT brings sound doctrine preached to thousands faithfully.

Pastor Rick Phillips, chair of PCRT, reminds us:

"I can remember my first PCRT and the palpable excitement that attended God's Word.

The packed, hot sanctuary shook as we sang Martin Luther's great hymn, "A Mighty Fortress." In the center, was a beaming, singing, Jim Boice. Dr. Boice was the founder, guiding PCRT to be a cornerstone of the Alliance.

Over that weekend, I was exposed to condensed, clear, "black-coffee" Reformed theology. The result was not merely the persuasion of my mind but the enflaming of my heart with a passion for the truths of God's Word. "

Maybe you have your own PCRT story to tell, a story of hearing God's Word in a meaningful and new way. A story of being changed by the working of the Spirit through the teaching at PCRT. We hear from many people - even people who have attended church all their lives - who discover at PCRT the truths fought for centuries ago.

But it's larger than just PCRT; farther than just Philadelphia!

Alliance members sponsor events throughout the year, bringing proclamatory, expository teaching to more people across the continent.

Even if you are unable attend this year, your support enables pastors and college students to attend at reduced rates. Events can't continue by registration fees alone but require the support of Alliance members like you. Your gifts allow registration rates to remain low and means more people hear God's Word.

We don't labor alone and for that we are grateful. Thank you for standing with us.

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Holiness and Honor: A Biblical View of Sex and Marriage

It is important to note that these two themes - sex and marriage - are joined together in our conference. This is because they are inseparably joined in God's creation design. As Genesis 2 records God's gift of human relations, marriage is found at the very center. So also is marriage vitally important to the godliness of our churches and the vitality of our witness. With this in mind, the conference will begin with a treatment of the goodness of God's design for marriage. What is the purpose? What is the pattern? Why does it matter so vitally that Christians pursue biblical marriages? We will also address related themes such as gender, which is integral to mankind's bearing of God's image. How vital it is that Christians have a truly biblical view of gender in our confused times! We will explore the beauty and blessing of sexuality and the significance of holiness through sexual purity. The conference will conclude with an exploration of the relationship between the love union of marriage and the love-bond of salvation between the church and its Savior, Jesus Christ. We anticipate a highly informative, edifying, and biblically inspiring conference on this most relevant of themes today.

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Philadelphia Conference on Reformed Theology

It remains the most potent of all such conferences, lacking the air of a convention but instead cultivating an intense combination of worship and Word. While PCRT is grateful to have inspired many imitators, it remains the original and authentic reformed conference. We purposefully hold our conference in churches to encourage a worshipful and intimate setting where attendees can fellowship with one another and the speakers. PCRT is the nation's oldest, continually operating, reformed conference.

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As a thank you for filling out this survey, the Alliance will send you a free digital download from this year's Philadelphia Conference on Reformed Theology in Grand Rapids. The message by David Garner, is titled "Gender and the Image of God." David is a contributor at, the Alliance blog that provides thoughtful, yet accessible articles on theology. In order to receive this gift be sure to supply your email address in the survey.

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Alliance member church Proclamation Presbyterian Church will be host Matthew Smith & Indelible Grace on October 19th at 6 pm. While it's not the Alliance's practice to promote every activity of every member church, with the recent success of the Philadelphia Conference on Reformed Theology there, with Place for Truth contributor David Garner pastoring there, we are sure those close in will want to know about, will pray for, and might enjoy attending!

Proclamation is located at 278 Bryn Mawr Avenue, Bryn Mawr PA 19010 or Registration is happening at and a freewill offering will be collected. This is not an Alliance event so be sure to consult the contacts above for more information.
Pastor Mark Johnston leads us in a three-part series on the historical veracity of Adam. This work was done with the cooperation and encouragement of the Session of Proclaimation Presbyterian Church in Bryn Mawr PA, home of this years Philadelphia Conference on Reformed Theology. Who, just last year, addressed this same topic In the Beginning: God, Adam and You.

Must We Believe in an Historical Adam
by Mark Johnston

There is nothing new about the question of how science relates to the Bible - it is as old as the Copernican Revolution of the 16th Century and older. There is, however, real urgency to the question in our present age when science is being increasingly exalted to an almost supreme status as the arbiter of what we can know and are to believe.

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There is a perennial need of God's people to protect God's holy things from worldly corruption. The need is particularly great today when so many professing Christians and churches are adopting the ways of the world to do the work of God. There are men in the role of ministers of the Gospel not just failing to shepherd, but failing to hold basic morals while claiming to doing God's work.

God calls Christians and churches, and yes, pastors to be holy. This means that we must not allow His holy things to be profaned. This raises important questions for us to answer: how does a zeal for evangelism often mask the importing of worldly influences? What constitutes genuinely holy worship? Does zeal for holiness involve legalism or is it a true mark of God's grace?

This years PCRT was titled "Profaning the Sacred: Beauty and Holiness of the Bride of Christ." We were hosted in both Byron Center (Grand Rapids, MI) at Byron Center First Christian Reformed Church and Bryn Mawr (Philadelphia PA) at Proclamation Presbyterian Church with both gracious hosts and wonderful friends. 

Order the audio and consider the holiness of the Church, together with its worship, ministry and life. Messages include:
"Profaning the Sanctity of Worship" by Derek Thomas
"The Uncorrupted Gospel" by Michael Horton
"The Holy Christian Life" by Greg Gilbert 
"Evangelism & the Holiness of God" by Michael Horton
"The Holy Prayers of Righteous People" by Phillip Johnson
"The Holy Bride of Christ" by Richard Phillips

And mark your calendars on March 20-22 for Grand Rapids, April 10-12 now in Nashville, and April 24-26 in Philadelphia where we will be exploring Holiness and Honor: A Reformed View of Sex and Marriage with Iain Duguid teaching the pre-conference on the the Song of Songs.

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For almost 40 years the Philadelphia Conference on Reformed Theology (PCRT) has been synonymous with Tenth Presbyterian Church in center city Philadelphia. It was started there in 1974 by James Montgomery Boice, and as it grew and flourished, it was taken to many other venues throughout America over the years. Now, as it prepares for its 40th anniversary celebration, it is on the move.

Recent years have seen some significant developments in the life and organization of PCRT's parent body, the Alliance of Confessing Evangelicals, not least the decision to relocate its headquarters from downtown Philadelphia to Lancaster, PA. This move occurred largely for logistical reasons, and it has proved worthwhile in many ways. It has also led to a number of other changes in the Alliance's larger frame of operation.

It was in this context that the future of the PCRT conference came under review, especially in terms of its venue. After lengthy discussions with the leadership at Tenth, the Alliance felt that, after a long and happy relationship between their respective bodies, there would be merit in moving the conference to a new location. 

With the desire to keep the conference in the greater Philadelphia area, the Alliance approached the leadership of Proclamation Presbyterian Church in Bryn Mawr in the western suburbs of the city to explore the possibility of its hosting the conference. Proclamation and Tenth have long enjoyed a close relationship and have strongly supported the work of both the Alliance and PCRT through the years. 

Proclamation counted it a privilege to have been asked to host the conference and was glad to accept the invitation to do so, knowing full well that Tenth has set the highest standards for what it entails. Its elders, staff, and members are looking forward to taking on this responsibility for the 2014 event.

Tenth's elders and senior minister Dr. Liam Goligher remain enthusiastically committed to the work of the Alliance and to the ministry of PCRT and join the elder body of Proclamation and their senior minister Rev. Mark Johnston in supporting the conference and seeking God's richest blessing on its ongoing work. 

The shared prayer of the Alliance and these two churches is that the ministry of PCRT will continue to bless the church at large and continue to spread the rich and vital heritage of Reformation theology through the USA and to the wider world for many years to come. 

Watch Joel Beeke describe his address at Philadelphia Conference on Reformed Theology 2013 where he argues the case for a real, historical, biblical Adam who was the federal head of the whole human race.

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Sinclair Ferguson Interview

The Alliance of Confessing Evangelicals, host of the Philadelphia Conference on Reformed Theology has partnered with Philadelphia Biblical University to bring world class Reformed pastor theologians to campus.

Jonathan Master, Dean of their School of Bible and Ministry, Director of the Center for University Studies there, and Chair of the Alliance's Princeton regional Conference on Reformed Theology was the primary motivator of this partnership. Working with Dr. Todd Williams, President, to introduce not just the students, but the faculty, as well as future pastors to new Gospel ministers.

This year they invited Sinclair Ferguson, during PCRT week, to visit campus. There, he spoke at chapel, dined with students, met with professors, and even took questions in an apologetics class. Also as a part of his visit, Ferguson was interviewed by Master, which can be viewed here:
Pastors, elders, deacons, and church leaders -- Free Lunch! ...I thought that would get your attention. Read on, it's in here.

It is my pleasure to invite you to learn more about the Philadelphia Conference on Reformed Theology which is coming to Grand Rapids for its eighth year.

Since its inauguration in 1974, PCRT has attracted overflow audiences to its biblical-expository approach to Christian doctrine. PCRT remains a leading institution in the promotion of the great, majestic, and stirring themes of the Protestant Reformation. Just as when Dr. James Boice founded the conference, we continue to live in a time when the foundations need to be restored and our conference rallies motivated Christians from across the nation to raise a standard of truth in our generation. Indeed, this conference has taken its place among those ministries that have fostered renewal in the church.

Please join us at a free lunch to be held at Byron Center First Christian Reformed Church on January 24, 2012 at 11:30 a.m. This will be an excellent time of fellowship with other pastors in your area, and I will share how this year's conference may benefit you and your congregation.

This year's PCRT will be March 23-25, 2012. It will be hosted by Byron Center First Christian Reformed Church. The 2012 theme is The Gospel: What? Why? How? with a pre-conference titled Preaching the Gospel. Speakers at the Grand Rapids conference this year will be Ligon Duncan, Sinclair Ferguson, Robert Godfrey, Richard Phillips, and Harry Reeder.

What makes the Gospel a source of such abounding joy? What is the bad news, to which the Gospel is the remedy? What is the power with which the Gospel brings salvation? How is the cross the very center of the Gospel? What was the distinct Gospel message that Jesus preached, and how do we preach it today? How do pastors and churches take up the Gospel ministry of reconciliation, of which we read in the Bible? These are subjects we will consider in our exploration of the Gospel during PCRT. In our seminars, we will bring our gospel focus upon the contemporary church scene to consider our situation, our challenges, and our opportunities in sending forth the good news of great joy in Jesus Christ.

For those who are not familiar with PCRT, there is a pre-conference on Friday titled Preaching the Gospel. The pre-conference focus demonstrates and defines the man, the message, and the method required for an effective Gospel ministry. Using three Pauline texts, we will explore in height and depth what the Gospel does to the man who preaches, how it permeates and penetrates the expositional message he preaches, and the manner and method of his preaching.

For more information on this year's schedule visit the Alliance of Confessing Evangelicals' website at

To join us for this lunch please R.S.V.P. online at on or before January 19, 2012. You may also reserve your seat by contacting our customer service team by phone (215-546-3696) or by e-mail (

If you are not able to attend this lunch but would like to receive more information, please contact us at the above phone number, email, or visit our website and we will send you additional information regarding PCRT 2012.

Christ the Center on These Last Days

Our good friends over at Reformed Forum kindly interviewed Rick Phillips and me about our new book These Last Days. If you're not familiar with Christ the Center, stop by and take a listen! In addition to our recent chat, the guys do a great job interviewing some of our favorite theologians on a weekly basis. Enjoy!

Get These Last Days for 50% Off

Reformed Resources is offering These Last Days at 50% off! Pick up a copy of this book, which contains all the substance of last year's PCRT addresses, including chapters by Ligon Duncan, Michael Horton, Sinclair Ferguson and Paul David Tripp. And, while you're at it, don't forget to register for PCRT Philadelphia!

PCRT Grand Rapids

After a great time in Portland, PCRT heads to Grand Rapids this weekend (March 18-20). Be on the lookout for some postings here about all things PCRT! You can always register online here for any location.
Rev. Eric Alexander, Alliance Council member and long time speaker at the Philadelphia Conference on Reformed Theology, has just released "Our Great God and Saviour" with The Banner of Truth Trust. While Rev. Alexander always told me he was no writer, this volume stands as an indication we need more of his teaching published.

Next week I will share a few excerpts from the book. But the Alliance is ready to fulfill orders today. Dr. Sinclair Ferguson offers a glowing forward to the volume, while The Banner describes it as:

Eric Alexander's great concern in this series of studies is that Christians should know how rich they are in their gracious God and Saviour, and in His perfect work of salvation. Each study brings out a fresh aspect of this theme, as we contemplate in turn the character of God, the salvation of God, and the Church of God. In words which Rev. Alexander quotes from the works of the puritan Stephen Charnock: "If rich men delight to sum up their vast revenues, to read over their rentals, to look upon their hoards, how much more should the people of God please themselves in seeing how rich they are in having an immensely full and all-sufficient God as their inheritance." These warm and pastorally-directed studies will provide satisfying food for the hearts and minds of Christian readers everywhere.

Thank you Rev. Alexander for this volume and for a lifetime of preaching God's Word, ministering to God's Church, and honoring God in all you do.

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