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May 11, 2007

Christless Christianity

After a lengthy blogging hiatus I bring you two paragraphs from Michael Horton’s article, Christless Christianity:No matter what we say we believe about Christ's person and work, if we aren't constantly bathed in it, the end result will lead to H. Richard Niebuhr's description of Protestant liberalism: "A God without...
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July 24, 2006

God is Independent

In a recent interview Baroness Warnock answered the question, “Is there a God?”.Q: Is there a God? A: There have always been gods, either as objects of fear or of aspiration. Our ideas of God change with our understanding, both of ourselves and of the rest of nature. I doubt...
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April 14, 2006

Remembering the Work of Jesus on Good Friday

Isaiah 53:4 Surely he took up our infirmities and carried our sorrows, yet we considered him stricken by God, smitten by him, and afflicted. 5 But he was pierced for our transgressions, he was crushed for our iniquities; the punishment that brought us peace was upon him, and by his...
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December 21, 2004

Christmas - Good News of Great Joy

Luke 2:8 In the same region there were [some] shepherds staying out in the fields and keeping watch over their flock by night. 9 And an angel of the Lord suddenly stood before them, and the glory of the Lord shone around them; and they were terribly frightened. 10 But...
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September 26, 2004

A.W. Pink on Justification by Faith

How are we justified by faith? Not by faith as a joint cause with works (Romanists), not by faith as an act of grace in us (Arminians), not by faith as it receives the Spirit's witness (Antinomians).......
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September 19, 2004

Stewardship of God's Grace

Be hospitable to one another without complaint. As each one has received a special gift, employ it is serving one another, as good stewards of the manifold grace of God. – 1Peter 4:8-9 Grace, the undeserved favor of God (blessing and good that is given to those who deserve the...
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August 30, 2004

Centrality of God's Law in the Life of Men

Living in an "age of grace", many are under the misconception that the law of God has somehow been removed or nullified. If this is the case, one wonders what law or whose law now defines ones duty and what constitutes acceptable behavior and conduct. Certainly the problem of sin...
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August 29, 2004

Sola Gratia - Amazing Grace by John Newton

Amazing Grace, how sweet the sound That saved a wretch like me! I once was lost, but now am found, Was blind, but now I see....
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August 1, 2004

Justification Summarized by Westminster Seminary California

Justification occurs when one comes to true faith, giving peace of conscience and assurance of eternal life in the present. God's final judgment is not the justification of his own, but their vindication and perfection. (Justification and Final Judgement - Click here for the full document)....
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June 24, 2004

Controversies, Conflict and Division in the Reformed Community

John Frame recently wrote an article on J. Gesham Machen which concluded, among other things, that I have enumerated twenty-two areas of conflict occurring in American conservative Reformed circles from 1936 to the present. Under some of those headings I have mentioned subdivisions, subcontroversies. Most of these controversies have led...
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May 31, 2004

Catholic Gay Activists Denied Communion in Chicago

Priests denied Holy Communion on Sunday to a group of rainbow sash-wearing gay activists who showed up to protest a directive from Chicago's prelate that they violated church teachings by advertising their homosexuality. There is a lot that can be learned by studying the long-term ramifications of this stand by...
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May 21, 2004

Communion, Salvation, Abortion and Sin

Remarkable statements were made by Colorado Springs Bishop Michael Sheridan (quoted by Lifenews): "Any Catholic politicians who advocate for abortion, for illicit stem cell research or for any form of euthanasia ipso facto place themselves outside full communion with the Church and so jeopardize their salvation," Colorado Springs Bishop Michael...
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May 20, 2004

Who are Your Spiritual Heroes?

Thanks to Don Whitney for the following from his book, Simplify Your Spiritual Life. My spiritual heroes surround me when I'm writing. They sit on the bookcases on either side of the woodstove. The faces of some of them smile at me from various places on the walls or from...
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April 22, 2004

Eschatology and Hyper-Preterism

Acts 1:9-1 and the Hyper-Preterism Debate, by Keith Mathison, is an excellent summary of refutation of a heresy which denies a future Second Advent. Those supporting this view hold that all New Testament prophecy, such as the second coming and final judgement, was fulfilled in the first century....
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April 21, 2004

Suffering and Ease

How many times do Christian testimonies suggest that becoming a Christian has made life easier? It seems that many describe the benefits of Christianity in terms of a quality of life that would be desireable even apart from God. However, the apostle Paul takes exception to this in 1 Corinthians...
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April 7, 2004

The Gospel from the Canons of Dordt

Article 1: God's Right to Condemn All People Since all people have sinned in Adam and have come under the sentence of the curse and eternal death, God would have done no one an injustice if it had been his will to leave the entire human race in sin and...
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March 17, 2004

Westminster Shorter Catechism

If the Westminster Assembly had done nothing more than produce the Shorter Catechism they would be entitled to the everlasting gratitude of the Christian church ... next to the Bible, it was probably the best book in the world.

Richard Baxter (1681)

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March 1, 2004

Interpreting World Design

In the book, Through New Eyes by James Jordan, the author describes the language of visual appearance in Gen. 1 which "serves to establish a visual grid, a worldview. There is no reason to be surprised at the notion that the world and its creatures have a symbolic dimension. Romans...
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February 28, 2004

Thoughts on Worship

All of creation praises God by virtue of its being and according to the Creator's design. Habakkuk 2:14 "For the earth will be {A} filled With the knowledge of the glory {b} of the LORD, As the waters cover the sea. Psalms 66:4 All the earth shall worship thee, and...
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