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Derek Thomas Called as Associate Minister of First Presbyterian Church in Columbia, SC.

In light of First Presbyterian Church's recent decision to call Dr. Derek Thomas to be their Associate Minister, I want to encourage you to listen to the message that Dr. Thomas preached at the installation of Dr. Ferguson there 6 years ago. It is one of the most masterful installation messages, and all the more fitting as Derek goes to minister the Gospel in that historic...

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Rare Antiquarian Theological Book Sale

I just started relisting antiquarian theological works on Ebay today. I have put some of the nicer works I am selling on first. I plan on listing many other rare Puritan, Reformed, Presbyterian, Baptist and Conregational works in the days/weeks ahead. Among the finest books I have listed is a beautifully bound 1778 edition of Jonathan Edwards' History of the Work of Redemp...

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Christ Our Creator and Redeemer

John Calvin rightly pointed out that we know God as both creator and redeemer in his magnum opus, The Institutes of the Christian Religion.  But how often do we realize that the second person of the Trinity, the Son, is our creator and redeemer?  Of course this is also true of the Holy Spirit.  But it is an amazing thing that the Son of God is the divine agent of both c...

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David, Goliath and Representative Warfare

It never ceases to amaze me how the various accounts of David's life stand in a typical relationship to that of Christ, the Son of David--and the greater David. While the Bible explicitly draws out some of the ways that David typified Jesus (e.g. Matt. 12:3), the details of the life of David unfolded in covenantal history reveal it magnificently. One such account is the ...

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A Sinless Life

“And being found in appearance as a man, He humbled Himself and became obedient to the point of death, even the death of the cross.” (Phil. 2:8)* I have long wished that, in Heaven, I might get to see the entire history of Christ’s earthly life, from His birth to His ascension—viewing each and every act of obedience. The reason is simple. Jesus lived a representa...

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Marriage Matters

Winston Smith of CCEF has produced a helpful and practical book about working through marital problems in a God-honoring, Christ-exalting, Spirit-empowered way entitled Marriage Matters:  Extraordinary Change Through Ordinary Moments.  It can be obtained here.  A few weeks ago the Christ the Center program at Reformed Forum interviewed Smith about this book here.  The ...

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We Need Christ All Along the Way

One of the statements I find myself returning to frequently these days as I have the privilege to preach God's Word is that no matter how far along the pathway of the Christian pilgrimage one has trod, one will always need Christ.  Whether you have been a Christian for decades or have only recently come to faith, you will always need Christ.  Tullian Tchividjian has a wo...

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GPTS Conference Live Webcast

GPTS begins its Spring Theology Conference on the Person and Work of the Holy Spirit today. You can live stream Ian Hamilton's message on Regeneration and Conversion tonight at 7 pm EST. You can listen to the other messages throughout the days ahead....

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Mercy Triumphs Through Judgment

Mercy Triumphs Through Judgment* “Therefore say to the children of Israel: ‘I am the LORD; I will bring you out from under the burdens of the Egyptians, I will rescue you from their bondage, and I will redeem you with an outstretched arm and with great judgments.” (Exodus 6:6) Jonathan Edwards, in his six part sermon series The Wisdom of God Displayed in the Way of...

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Rowland Ward on the Covenant of Works

There are certain theologians that I especially look forward to interviewing on Christ the Center. One such figure is Dr. Rowland Ward. The panel invited Dr. Ward to speak about his outstanding book God and Adam. You can read the details of the episode here. You can download the interview here. This is a great introduction to his book and a discussion of the Covenant of Wo...

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The Blood of Jesus Shed for Angels?

It might appear self-evident that the Scriptures do not teach that Christ died for angels; after all, Hebrews 2:16 explicitly declares that Jesus took upon Himself flesh and blood so that He might help the “seed of Abraham,” and not angels: “For surely it is not angels that he helps, but he helps the offspring of Abraham.” But it is possible to look at the subj...

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A New Critical Biography of Charles Hodge

Until very recently, some of our Old Princeton heroes had failed to garner much of any biographical or systematic analysis.  Thankfully this is beginning to change.  For instance, Benjamin B. Warfield is now graced with Fred Zaspel's helpful treatment of his theology here.  Gary Johnson's fine edited volume on Warfield, obtainable here, also adds to our appreciation of ...

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