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Reading the Gospels in Light of the Gospel

Last year I wrote a post titled "Preaching Christ from the Gospels," in which I sought to introduce and address the issue of the our need to set all of the teaching of the Gospels in the context of the Person and saving work of Christ. With the rise of biblical theology and its application to the OT narrative, the importance of  BT to the Gospels has often been overlooked...

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Sermon Preparation Resources

While it is not characteristic for me to post an unfinshed blog post, I thought that I would do a post-in-progress for those who are interested in finding very specific resources for sermon preparation. I generally read every Reformed sermon I can find in church history, and listen to every sermon I can find by Sinclair Ferguson, Eric Alexander, Derek Thomas and Ian Hamilt...

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Sermon Preparation Resources

Sermon Indexes Nicholas T. Batzig Library Index PCA Historical Center Reformed Sermon Index Jonathan Edwards Yale University Sermon Index _______________________________________________ Resources by Book of the Bible Genesis Gospel of John Acts of the Apostles Colossians Hebrews Revelation _______________________________________________ Audio Resources Sinclair ...

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How to Handle Criticism

One area of Christian living that has received little to no attention (outside of the book of Proverbs) is that of how to receive and give criticism. With the exception of a few chapters written here or there, there is a surprising absence of material on this important subject. A few years ago Joel Beeke gave a PCRT lecture on how ministers ought to approach criticism. I h...

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Sinclair Ferguson Lectures on Marriage and Parenting

In 2006, Sinclair Ferguson gave two lectures in Greenville, SC on the subject of parenting. I happened to be in attendance with my wife. We were expecting our first child at the time and I found the lectures to be challenging and thought-provoking. They set the tone for a biblical approach to marriage and parenting. In each, Dr. Ferguson seeks to stir up our confidence in ...

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The Marrow of Modern of Divinity

I've come to believe that one of the  most significant theological controversies the modern church must acquaint itself with is the controversy surrounding the Marrow of Modern Divinity. The issues concerning Law and Gospel, legal and evangelical repentance, and the free offer of the Gospel to the unconverted are all bound up with the Marrow Controversy. Thomas Boston, an...

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The Most Jesus-centered Devotional in Church History!

I was exceedingly blessed to have grown up in a home where family worship was practiced. My father faithfully read God's word to my sister and I nearly every day. We most frequently used Samuel Bagster's Daily Light on the Daily Path as a devotional. This devotional is unique in that it strings together a series of verses without any explicit human commentary. Samuel Bagst...

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The Peril of Wandering (November 2011 Tabletalk Article)

The summer after graduating high school, I headed out with a friend to cruise the Okefenokee Swamp of Southeast Georgia. We had a map—outlining all the places we should expect to find alligators—and a very small amount of water—to keep us hydrated in the agonizing heat and humidity. When we rented our boat (which sat frightfully low on the murky brown, alligator-infe...

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