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...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...
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...Keep Reading
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...Keep Reading
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 ...Keep Reading
“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...Keep Reading
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 ...Keep Reading
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...Keep Reading
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....Keep Reading
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...Keep Reading
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...Keep Reading
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...Keep Reading
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 ...Keep Reading