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The Prophets and the Prophet

In Miscellanies 1044, Jonathan Edwards made the following profound observation about the contrast between the mediated authority with which the Old Testament prophets spoke the word of God and the immediate authority with which Christ spoke the word of God: "The ancient prophets, when they uttered their predictions, were wont to introduce them after this manner, “Hear y...

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Criticizing Our Camp

As we make our way through the Gospel records, we find that Jesus frequently warned and criticized both his opponents and his disciples. This is a point of no small significance for those of us who live in a time when, at every level of society, men tend to focus exclusively on the error of their categorical opponents rather than on the errors of those with whom they are a...

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Doctrine, Denominations and Division

The 20th Century will be likely be remembered as the Century of ecclesiastical ecumenism. The 21st Century is shaping up to follow suit--not simply because of a widespread desire for co-belligerency, but on account of a doctrinal reductionism that seeks to dilute Christianity down to the most basic creedal statements of the early church. One of the driving forces behind th...

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The Last Cry of Dereliction

Many believers throughout the history of the church have experienced the ups and downs of the experiential assurance of salvation. There have been times when I have been overwhelmed by the nearness of God--when there were sweet "times of refreshing from the presence of the Lord" (Acts 3:19-20) and there have been quite a number of times when I have felt far from God--whe...

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