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Suffering, Chastisement and the Fatherly Love of God

I was blessed to have grown up in a home in which I had a father who both taught me about, and who modeled, loving discipline. He faithfully taught me God's word and trained me in the nurture of the Lord. When I was rebelling, he would use appropriate measures of chastening. Of course, if I'm honest, it's not something that I was particularly fond of as a boy (and certainl...

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Baptism in the Reformed Tradition (Resources)

A few weeks ago our Presbytery hosted our first ever Minister's Conference. The title of the Conference was “Today’s Elders and Deacons—Ancient Offices for Today’s Church," and was held at Trinity Presbyterian Church in Statesboro, GA. Dr. Derek Thomas was the keynote speaker. Dr. Thomas gave two lectures: “Shepherd or CEO: Which Model Are We to Employ for Eld...

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A Biblical Theology of Darkness and Light

An interesting series of biblical-theological allusions to light and darkness emerge in the Gospel of John. In the first 14 verses of chapter 1, the apostle John takes his readers from the preexistence of Christ through the creation of the world by Christ to the incarnation of Christ. In between declaring that "all things were made through Him, and without Him nothing was ...

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A Faith That Triumphs And Suffers

There is a fascinating observation, made at the end of Hebrews 11, regarding the outcome of saving faith in the "here and now" of the life of believers. The writer, having gone through redemptive-history in order to present his readers with a great Hall of Faith, now brings this section of his letter to a conclusion by reminding his readers that faith sometimes triumphs a...

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The Apostolic "We" Passages

One of the marked features of the ministry of the Apostles was that they modeled what it means for ministry to be about Christ and not about us. When the apostle Paul declared,  "we do not preach ourselves, but Christ Jesus the Lord, and ourselves your bondservants for Jesus’ sake," he was speaking on behalf of the other apostles--and was summing up what the apos...

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A Biblical Theology of Exile/Restoration in the OT Prophets

Just as Adam was exiled from Eden and promised restoration through the redemptive work of the promised Messiah (Gen. 3:15), so Israel served to typify judgment and salvation in their experience of exile and restoration from Babylon. What Israel experienced in the exile is nothing short of "covenant reversal." God had called Abraham out of Ur of the Chaldeans. In the exil...

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C.S. Lewis on the Right of Private Judgment

In his Preface to Paradise Lost, C.S.Lewis masterfully challenged T.S. Eliot's position that "the best contemporary practicing poets are the only 'jury of judgment' whose verdict on his own views of Paradise Lost he will accept." Lewis pulled on Eliot's thread of logical fallacy in what is one of his most beautiful polemics. One of the fascinating thin...

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No Greeting From the Holy Spirit?

I've always been intrigued by the way in which God greets His church in so many of the Epistles. Whether it is Paul, Peter, James, John or Jude, there is a standard format by which the church receives introductory blessing from God. One of the remarkable features of these greetings is that they uniformly come from two of the three Persons of the Godhead. This forces us to ...

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