It appears that, more than ever before, we desperately need to answer the question, "What does Modern Judaizing look like?" The Judaizers were, of course, those false brethren who secretly came into the newly found church to spy out the freedom that Christians had in Christ. We don't have people creeping into our churches insisting that we need Christ plus circumcision to ...Keep Reading
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In recent years, our society has rapidly embraced what has come to be known as the "cancel culture." If someone has said or done something--at any point in his or her life--that cuts across the grain of the suppose moral rectitude of society, he or she is swiftly excoriated to the point of irremediable social ostracization. An immediate sentence is determined by the masses and pronounced on social media in order to ensure its execution. There is no mercy, no call to repentance, and no hope of restoration...The rashness and widespread nature of the execution is, in part, the thing that makes cancel culture so brutal. The bitter and self-righteous speech of those pronouncing judgment gives the unremitting banter a veneer of justice. This is what makes cancel culture such a powerful weapon; yet, I suggest, a weapon to be avoided by Christians. ...
Paul teaches that Jesus Christ is the source of all godliness. There is no godliness apart from Him. His Person and saving work is the singular and exclusive source of that godliness that God requires and provides. Our God gives what He requires of Himself by coming in the Person of Christ. ...
May we not fall into ritualistic, Christless, and imbalanced approaches to the means of grace in our churches. How we minister the means of grace in the context of public worship is more important than simply professing to be “an ordinary means of grace church.” May the ordinary means of grace be more than a Shibboleth to us....
There is a clear pattern in Scripture of the way in which God uses the praises of His people for their future deliverances and the evangelization of the nations. May we enter into His gates with thanksgiving and His courts with praise, knowing that our God is enthroned on the praises of His people. We need His deliverance and the watching nations need His salvation....
By restraining wrong opinions about His person and work...
Thanks to our good friend Jeff Downs, you can now hear the recent Lord's Day sermon by Dr. K. Scott Oliphint which he preached at Second Presbyterian Church in Greenville, SC, as part of Westminster Theological Seminary's Full Confidence conference weekend.Â Dr. Oliphint is professor of apologetics and systematic theology at Westminster and is a powerful and effective p...Keep Reading
The sermon audio from this past Sunday morning service at New Covenant Presbyterian Church is now online. You can listen to it here. The text was Luke 2:22-40, and the title, "The Christ of the Nunc Dimmitis."...Keep Reading
The audio and video from this past Sunday morning service at New Covenant is now online. The text was Luke 2:1-24 and the title, "The Humiliated and Poverty-Stricken Savior." You can listen to the audio here. You can watch the video below: http://vimeo.com/18025427...Keep Reading
One of the burdens of a minister's heart is to bring his people to a place of thinking about the theology of what they are singing, and to sing them with a mind and heart, filled with grace, to the Lord. In 2004, Derek Thomas and Ligon Duncan gave several lectures on various, well-known Christmas hymns, at First Presbyterian Church in Jackson, MS. These lectures are quit...Keep Reading
If you suggested to most evangelicals that Jesus is the second Adam (a fact explicitly stated in Scripture--Romans 5:12-21; 1 Cor. 15:22; 45) you might find that some of them will acknowledge it--and may even appreciate the theological implications; but, if you suggested to the same group of Christians that He is true Israel you would probably get a mixture of facial respo...Keep Reading
Over the past year I have been editing material for a forthcoming Eric Alexander book. I continue to come across sections with which I resonate with regard to thoughts I have had about Scripture or the reality of the Christian's experience. I came across one such section today in a lecture Rev. Alexander gave at a Keswick conference many years ago. Expounding on Paul's phr...Keep Reading
A few years ago RTS began hosting a series of conferences on the theology of the Westminster Confession of Faith. The speakers included such men as Sinclair Ferguson, Derek Thomas, Ligon Duncan, Mark Dever, John Fesko, Phil Ryken, Chad Van Dixhoorn, Carl Trueman, Sean Lucas, Doug Kelly, etc. These messages were given at various PCA General Assemblies, and are now available...Keep Reading
The sermon audio and video from the past Sunday morning at New Covenant is now online. The text was Luke 1:26-38 and the title, "An Unexpected Announcement." You can download the audioÂ here. You can watch the video below: http://vimeo.com/17761609...Keep Reading
Edwards in his sermon entitled The Minister Before the Judgment Seat of Christ (Luke 10:17-18), found in the publication The Salvation of Souls, preached concerning the joy of faithful and successful ministers of the gospel, as they stand before Christ on the last day. He declared that Christ will rejoice in the success of his ministers because those saved are objects of o...Keep Reading
Christian Focus has recently released a new work by Dale Ralph Davis. The Way of the Righteous in the Muck of Life is something of a "Psalm Sampler," covering the first twelve Psalms. The chapters are edited versions of sermons preached on Sunday evenings at Woodland Presbyterian Church, where Dr. Davis is pastor. Many will know that Dr. Davis is one of the PCA's most reco...Keep Reading
T. Desmond (Desi) Alexander is one of my favorite theologians. I have greatly benefited from his books and articles. His most recently released From Eden to the New Jerusalem should be required reading for every ministerial student and pastor. Dr. Alexander's forthcoming bookÂ Discovering Jesus: Why Four Gospels looks like it will be a great help to those who wish to ...Keep Reading