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Ryken on Darwin

Due to recent discussion on evolution and Darwin's intentions, I want to draw attention to a post that Phil Ryken wrote at Reformation 21 a while back. Ryken points out the significance of the title of Darwin’s magnum opus The Origin of the Species in light of it's subtitle. The subtitle? The Preservation of Favored Races in the Struggle for Life. Dr. Ryken shows t...

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Vos On Never-Failing Enjoyment In God

Commenting on the book of Hosea, Vos wrote: Jehovah strengthened Israel's arms and taught her to walk [7.15]; although the Giver of all nature-blessings, of corn, wine, oil, silver, gold, wool, flax, Jehovah is distinguished from the Baals, in that He has something more and finer to given than these:  loving-kindness, mercy and faithfulness [2.19]; in reality He gives,...

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Martyn Lloyd-Jones on the Honesty of Scripture

In his sermon on Acts 4:33-5:3, "The Unseen Reality," Martyn Lloyd-Jones makes an interesting point about the honesty with which the historical narratives of Scripture are written. He observed: You find the same honesty with the Old Testament. Of course, the modern critic is so confused that he contradicts himself. On the one hand he tries to tell us that the Bible is a co...

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Ground Shaking Prayer (Acts 4:23-31)

Here is the video from the Sunday Morning Worship service at New Covenant Presbyterian Church in Richmond Hill, Ga. The Text was Acts 4:23-31 and the title was "Ground Shaking Prayer." We apologize about the quality of the video. The camera was set on cinema mode and makes the video too dark. Keep Reading

The Alien Righteousness of Christ

James McGoldrick, Professor of Church History at Greenville Presbyterian Theological Seminary, has written a helpful article on mankind's need for the imputed righteousness of Jesus Christ. You can read it here....

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Pride: The Pastor's Worst Enemy

Dr. David Murray has a post, over at the Gospel Coalition Blog, in which he considers the numerous ways that pastors (especially gifted, younger ministers) are liable to fall into the trap of ministerial pride. Dr. Murray notes the particular causes, pastoral consequences, and personal cures with regard to ministerial pride. When he comes to consider the causes Murray sugg...

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L'Abri Library Audio

James Grant points out that audio from L'Abri is now available online. You can read about it here. You can find the audio here....

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John Knox's Theology of Prayer

Brian Najapfour, a Ph.D. student at Southern Baptist Theological Seminary, has posted a paper he had written on John Knox's theology of prayer. These studies are rich in history, theology and practical emphasis. John Knox’s Theology of Prayer (outline) John Knox’s Theology of Prayer - Part 1 John Knox’s Theology of Prayer - Part 2 John Knox’s T...

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Samuel Miller on Engaging in Theological Debate

Here is a very helpful post on Samuel Miller's advise to those who wish to engage in controversial debates. Jim O'Brien has done a great service by writing this post. I was certainly convicted and instructed by it....

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Waltke, Bavinck and Evolution

Tony Reinke, has a post over at Miscellanies, in which he considers Bruce Waltke's recent statements concerning evolution, in light of what Herman Bavinck had to say about macroevolution and microevolution. Reinke concludes, contra Waltke, that the rejection of macroevolution will not inevitably  "marginalize the Church into a cult," rather it will "free the Church to b...

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Q & A on Israel and the Church

Since it has somehow become uncool to use the word catechism, and cool to call it Q A, I will direct you to Ryan McGraw's Q A on Israel and the church. This is a very helpful way to understand the Bible's teaching on this difficult, but important subject. By the way, Q A times are great ways to teach your kids about Christ. You can find it here....

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Sinclair Ferguson den Dulk Lectures

The audio for Westminster Seminary California's den Dulk lectures is now available online. Dr. Sinclair Ferguson gave three lectures under the title “Not ourselves, but Jesus Christ . . . with ourselves: The Heartbeat of Gospel Ministry.†You can listen to or download them below: The Pastor and His Heart The Pastor and His Type The Pastor and His Preaching...

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Sean Lucas on the Importance of Protestant Confessionalism

Sean Lucas has a post over at Reformation 21 in which he explains the importance of embracing "biblical authority and its necessary hand-maiden, confessionalism."...

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Jeff Waddington on Daniel's Model Prayer

Here is a recent sermon Jeff Waddington preached at Calvary OPC in Ringoes, NJ. The text was Daniel 9:1-19 and the title was "Daniel's Model Prayer."...

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Christ the Center Discusses the Historicity of Adam

The panel of Christ the Center recently picked up the discussion, begun on Feeding on Christ, about the historicity of Adam. You can listen here....

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Jesus, Joy Of Man's Desiring

I never knew the song by Bach many people play at weddings is about Christ! He is the joy of man's desiring. Every joy in all of man's desiring points to the greatest Joy and the Giver of both all joys and all joy-producing gifts:  Christ! Keep Reading

Can This Be Wright?

Apparently Redeemer Presbyterian Church's Center for Faith and Work is hosting N.T. Wright, on April 20th, to speak about his latest release, After You Believe: Why Christian Character Matters. How is this not a tacit approval of Wright?...

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In Battle Array

The video from the Sunday morning service at New Covenant Presbyterian Church is now online. The text was Acts 4:1-22 and the title was "In Battle Array." You can listen to or download the audio here. You can watch the video below: Keep Reading

The Supreme Foolishness of the Message Preached

Roger Wagner, in his outstanding work Tongues Aflame: Learning to Preach Like the Apostles, explains the nature of the heightened opposition that ministers of the Gospel should expect, regardless of how many degrees they have. Wagner writes: When you enter the ‘marketplace of ideas’ expect to be mocked. Even if you have spent thousands of dollars and years of...

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Alfred Poirier Sermons

You can listen to a sermon series on Marriage by Alfred Poirier here. If you have never heard of Rev. Poirier you must read his outstanding booklet The Cross and Criticism....

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The Battle of Battles

Genesis 3:15  is the sum and substance of the Biblical meta-narrative. If you want to understand the Scriptures you must come to terms with what this verse teaches about the war that God establishes between the Kingdom of darkness and the Kingdom of the Son of His love. It is interesting to see how, in the unfolding of Redemptive-history, Genesis 3:15 finds its ultimate...

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Will the Real First Adam Please Stand Up?

Seems like all the concerns about Pete Enns were not in vain. Enns has recently denied that Adam was a historical being. You can read the article here.  Camden Bucey has a helpful post, in which he considers the relationship between Enns' theology and his apparent affirmation of the teaching of the Westminster Standards. You can read that post here. The question that mu...

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Performance Driven vs Gospel Driven Churches

Scott Thomas posted the following charts over at the Acts 29 website. Churches may seem to mirror one another as far as growth, finance and activity are concerned, but if they are not driven by the word of God and the Gospel the inevitable outcome--though it may be somewhat postponed--will be disastrous at every level. ...

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Death and Resurrection in John's Gospel

There is an interesting, predictive structure in John chapter 10 and 11. John 10 contains the Good Shepherd discourse. It is the first time, since John 3 that Jesus explicitly explains His death. He has certainly mention His death in His interactions with the Jews who do not believe, but He did so under the veiled language of "going away."  He was going away by means of...

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Philadelphia Conference on Reformed Theology in Greenville, SC

If you are anywhere near Greenville, SC, I want to encourage you to consider going to the Philadelphia Conference on Reformed Theology (PCRT) at Second Presbyterian Church on April 16-18. My good friend Gabe Fluhrer has written some very persuasive arguments why you should attend. You can read them here....

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Why Are You So Repetitive?

Some people complain about ministers being too repetitive. This may be a real problem in some cases, but we cannot forget that the Scriptures frequently use repetition. Jim O'Brien has a post on the Puritan John Arrowsmith's explanation of the Bible's use of repetition. You can read it here....

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Jonathan Edwards on the Covenant of Works

Jonathan Edwards has frequently been noted for saying, "there is perhaps no part of divinity attended with so much intricacy, and wherein orthodox divines do so much differ as stating the precise agreement and difference between the two dispensations of Moses and Christ.†It should be no surprise then to find a great deal of material in Edwards on the relationship b...

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Tim Keller on the Proverbs as a Mini-Guide to Life

Here is the link to a rich post by Tim Keller on reading Proverbs chapter 3 as a guide to life.  I have personally benefited from Proverbs chapter 3 more than almost any other chapter in the book....

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Should Ministers Preach Christ in Every Sermon?

Should a minister preach Christ and the Gospel in every sermon? Or the question may be asked, "Does God expect a minister to preach Christ from every text of scripture? The first question can be answered quite easily: If we want people to be saved we should! The second needs to be more carefully addressed. I have recently heard several ministers express that it is sufficie...

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The Puritan Exegesis Project: William Fenner on Lam. 3:57

Walter Brueggemann once said, “When we pray we participate in the ultimate act of humanness as we yield to a power greater than ourselves.” There is a faint echo of Brueggemann’s statement in William Fenner’s (1600 – 1640) treatise on prayer: The Sacrifice of the Faithful … shewing the nature property, and efficacy of Zealous Prayer: ...

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Richard Gaffin Perspectives on Pentecost Interview

We recently had the great privilege of interviewing Dr. Richard Gaffin with regard to his teaching on the theology of Luke Acts. The content of the interview was essentially a digestion of what is taught in Perspectives on Pentecost. I read this work many years ago, and, sadly, did not benefit from it then as I have now that I am presently preaching through the book of Ac...

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The Restoration

Here is the most recent sermon preached at New Covenant Presbyterian Church. The text was Acts 3:1-26 and the title, "The Restoration."...

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How to Degospelise the Gospel

Charles Spurgeon in his sermon "Apostolic Exhortation," explained the necessity of preaching Christ. Note especially what he says about the time when Peter preached Christ: It is noteworthy that Peter, in addressing this crowd, came at once to the very essence and bowels of his message. He did not beat the bush; he did not shoot his arrow far afield, but he hit the very ce...

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The Puritan Exegesis Project: Thomas Manton on Daniel 7:13, ‘The Son of Man’

Rudolph Bultmann famously asked, “Is exegesis without presuppositions possible?” Many Biblical scholars since have made clean distinctions between exegesis and eisegesis, sometimes for good reason. Aichele and Phillips (Semenia vols. 69-70) contrast Bultmann’s statement with the discipline of intertextuality: they maintain that the distinction between ex...

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Understanding the Law and its Uses

There continues to be confusion about the precise relationship between the Law and the Gospel, the Law and the Covenant people, and the Law and the Mosaic Covenant. This is the case because there is confusion over the different uses of the Law, as taught in Scripture. There have been a plethora of views, even within the writings of Reformed theologians from the Reformation...

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The Progressive Aloneness of Jesus

There is a striking progression in the life and ministry of our Lord Jesus, in which He is shown to be the One who alone can bear the wrath of God on behalf of His people. At the beginning of the Gospels He has multitudes surrounding Him. Then He narrows it down to the seventy. From that group He chooses twelve. Then He takes eleven into the Garden and pulls three aside wi...

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The Value of a Sheep, a Coin and a Son

There is an interesting development in the account of the lost and found parables of Luke 15. There are 1 out of 100 sheep, 1 out of 10 coins, and 1 out of two sons. Sinclair Ferguson notes: Luke 15 contains three parables. In some ways, they are three parts of one larger parable--a single message about lost things being found, each episode told in a context of increased ...

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Vos on the Covenant of Works and Sinai

In the midst of current debates over the precise relationship between the pre-lapsarian Covenant of Works and the Mosaic Covenant, it would do us good to remember that many of the Reformed theologians of the 17th, 18th, and 19th Centuries understood that the Law given at Sinai, with its promise of blessing and cursing in accord with its subsequent demand for perfect obedie...

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Herman Bavinck’s Reformed Dogmatics: Herman of Damascus

The inability to know God’s essence is not a puzzle to be solved. It is instead the motive of worship and adoration. Bavinck saw the best minds of his generation destroyed by madness attempting to find God without the aid of sense-mediated signs and signifiers. For them the result was agnosticism steeped in a rejection of all metaphysical inquiry. So how does a dogm...

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John Piper on Abortion and Eugenics

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Thoughts on Sermon Preparation

I have frequently heard men express reservations about listening to other men's sermons on a particular passage upon which they are preparing to preach. While I understand the desire to do one's own work and to wrestle with the text before God, I find it hard to believe that the same individuals would not read commentaries or written sermons on the passage they will preach...

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The Growing and Living Church

Here is the audio from the last Sunday morning worship service at New Covenant Presbyterian Church. The text was Acts 2:40-47 and the title was "The Growing and Living Church."...

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Everyone In Christ Will Be Married Forever!

If you are in Christ Jesus, by grace through faith, you will be married forever. And Jesus will be married too. He will not remain single forever. Jonathan Edwards wrote: The end [goal] of the creation of God was to provide a spouse for His Son Jesus Christ that might enjoy Him and on whom He might pour forth His love. And the end of all things in providence are to mak...

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Crushing Idols, the Brook Kidron and the Cross of Christ

There is an interesting and important representation that runs through the Old Testament, concerning the process by which idols were removed from God's people. Israel's history was marked with idolatry. From the moment they were redeemed out of Egypt, Israel worshiped other gods. Standing at the foot of Mount Sinai, where they were to wait for God's Law, Israel made a gold...

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Herman Bavinck’s Reformed Dogmatics: Where There’s a Will

Last week Bavinck led us onto the negative path to knowing God. Even in the modern age, John Lloyd has humorously noted that we can’t see anything that matters. We know little about the world and we know even less about God. In Bavinck’s day the doctrine of God’s incomprehensibility tended to agnosticism (Hegel) or a theology equal to anthropology (Fi...

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Thomas Sowell and the Intellectuals

I really like Thomas Sowell. He is not a Christian. I wish he was. He does not use the Bible as the basis for his logically consistent ethical argument; but he has a great mind and a great sense of the inconsistency of the liberal worldview. He is a prolific writer and outstanding economist. His book Marxism: Philosophy and Economics is extremely helpful, as is his Quest f...

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New Book on the Atonement

My good friend Gabriel Fluhrer has recently finished editing a series of lectures given by J.I. Packer, James Boice, R.C. Sproul, John Gerstner, Sinclair Ferguson, John R. Dewitt and Alistair Begg on the atonement. You can order a copy here. I am sure this will be a very beneficial volume for anyone wanting to grow deeper in their knowledge of the Gospel....

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Hear These Words (Acts 2:14-39)

Below is the video from the Sunday Morning worship service at New Covenant Presbyterian Church. The text was Acts 2:14-39 and the title is "Hear These Words." Keep Reading