But even if you should suffer for the sake of righteousness, you are blessed. And do not fear their intimidation, and do not be troubled, but sanctify Christ as Lord in your hearts, always being ready to make a defense to everyone who asks you to give an account for the hope that is in you yet with gentleness and reverence; and keep a good conscience so that in the thing in which you are slandered, those who revile your good behavior in Christ will be put to shame.  1 Peter 3: 14-16

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The Eighth in a Series of Sermons on Colossians

Nothing feels better after working out or finishing a grimy project than to take a shower and escape out of our sweaty or dirty clothes.  This image is not far from what Paul has in mind in Colossians 3:10, when he speaks of the Christian life as...

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Here's the audio from this morning sermon on the Minor Prophets from the Book of Haggai: 

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Recovering Reid’s Common Sense Epistemology–the Implications for Doing Apologetics

I hope that the points which follow will serve to place Reid, and by implication, Old Princeton, in a more objective and favorable light, and as a consequence, help Reformed Christians recover...

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The Seventh in a Series of Sermons on Colossians

A new church had been established in the village of Colossae–a small, backwater town in the Lycus Valley in Asia Minor.  The church was doing well, but was facing a group of false teachers advocating what is known today as the...

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Sunday, 02 September 2018 07:54

"The Vision of Obadiah" -- Obadiah 1:1-21

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There's the audio from this morning's sermon on the Minor Prophets from the Book of Obadiah: 

 

Authors: Kim Riddlebarger...

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Tuesday, 28 August 2018 07:23

Reformed Critics of Reid (Part Seven)

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The Resurgence of Reid and Common Sense

Reformed Critics of Reid -- Reid and Warfield v. Kant and Van Til (Round Two)

When I mention Thomas Reid in the course of teaching apologetics, or in connection with the philosophical influences of SCSR upon Old Princeton (and the principal theologians who...

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The Sixth in a Series of Sermons on Colossians

Paul’s letters usually contain two parts.  Generally speaking, the first half of his letters deal with the gospel as grounded in the doing and dying of Jesus, the benefits of which become ours only through faith in Jesus’s person (as...

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Here's the audio from this morning's sermon on those Minor Prophets who write after the exile.  Click Here

Authors: Kim Riddlebarger...

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Wednesday, 22 August 2018 06:12

The Resurgence of Thomas Reid and "Common Sense"

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The Decline of Scottish Common Sense Realism

Reid’s On-Going Influence and Resurgence

Reid and SCSR may have been relegated to the philosophical backwater by Kant’s Critique, but Reid’s influence never entirely abated, especially in America, where Reid was widely read and greatly...

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Thomas Reid's tombstone

Reid on Perception

The Decline of SCSRAlthough more influential during his lifetime than was Hume, one question lurking throughout this discussion is why did Reid and SCSR fall into such relative obscurity so quickly if common sense is self-evident?  The obvious...

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Tuesday, 14 August 2018 04:07

Reid on Perception (Part Four)

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Reid on "Common Sense"

Reid on “Perception” -- Reid v. Kant and Van Til (Round One)

 Kant argued that what we perceive with our senses is not “the thing in itself,” since sense data must be mediated through our a priori categories.  We all may see the same object...

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Thursday, 09 August 2018 05:30

Thomas Reid on "Common Sense" (Part Three)

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Reid on “Common Sense
For Reid, first principles and common sense are closely related.  In Essays on the Intellectual Powers of Man, Reid writes, “first principles, principles of common sense, common notions, [or] self-evident truths” are “no sooner...

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Saturday, 04 August 2018 03:56

Forty Years Ago Today . . .

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Micki and I were married forty years ago today.  It takes a truly remarkable woman to put up with me for all these years!

God has blessed us with good health, a happy marriage, a good life, many joys and few sorrows, and with two wonderful sons, Dave and Mark.  Our most recent family photo...

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Saturday, 04 August 2018 00:51

Thomas Reid on "First Principles" (Part Two)

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Reid on "First Principles"

        The great conundrum faced by philosophers since time immemorial is the question “how do we know what we know?”  This question falls under the sub-category of philosophy...

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  Reid's Official PortraitThomas Reid (April 10, 1710 – October 7, 1796) is best known as the founder and principal philosopher of “common sense,” or more properly, “Scottish Common Sense Realism” (SCSR).  Reid was highly respected and quite...

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Paul’s “Proclamation-Defense” in ActsFirst, when we analyze these apologetic speeches in Acts, it is clear that Paul sought to be all things to all men for the sake of gospel, as evidenced in the fact that throughout these encounters with various forms of unbelief,...

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Paul in the Synagogue

Throughout the first and second missionary journeys of Acts, Paul begins his efforts in each new city by finding the local synagogue, and then immediately making it the base of his operations (See for example, Acts 13:5, 14 ff; Acts 14:1 ff., Acts 17:2, 10, 17; 18:4, 19...

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Friday, 13 July 2018 03:25

Luther on Galatians -- A New Translation

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Our Lutheran friends over at 1517 have just released Haraldo Camacho's new translation of Martin Luther's 1535 Commentary on Galatians.  This is a fantastic read and truly captures Luther's passion for the gospel. 

In the forward, Michael Horton exhorts the reader, "please read this new...

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I am willing to acknowledge that the contemporary debate over apologetic methodology between “evidentialists” and “presuppositionalists,” however unpleasant, can be a vital and healthy exercise.  I think it important to have a biblically based and carefully honed...

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There were many important items addressed at the 2018 URCNA Synod in Wheaton, Ill.  It was a tremendous blessing and most profitable to attend a concurrent URCNA Synod/OPC General Assembly.  Our two churches have much in common and no doubt this will encourage more joint efforts...

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Sunday, 10 June 2018 08:39

Off To Synod

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I'll be at Wheaton College for the URCNA 2018 Synod this coming week, and upon return home, Lord willing, I'll begin my annual summer sabbatical/vacation. 

Our Synod will be held concurrently with the OPC, which is holding its 85th General Assembly.  This will be a historic occasion for...

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Sunday, 10 June 2018 08:28

"Against Jerusalem" -- 2 Kings 25:1-22

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Here's the audio from this morning's sermon on the Minor Prophets--the Fate of Judah and Jerusalem

 

Authors: Kim Riddlebarger...

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Here's the audio from our Wednesday night Bible Study:  Common Ground and the Role of Presuppositions

Previous lectures in this series can be found here (scroll down): Apologetics in a Post Christian Age

Authors: Kim Riddlebarger...

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On June 6, 1944--seventy four years ago today--the allies sucessfully landed on five beaches in Normandy.  Many celebrations of this world-changing event (known simply as D-Day) have come and gone.  Few are left alive who fought this day to breach Hitler's supposedly impenetrable Atlantic...

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Tuesday, 05 June 2018 03:37

"In Him" -- Colossians 2:6-15

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The Fifth in a Series of Sermons on Colossians

One of the unique emphases of Reformed theology is the doctrine of “union with Christ,” which arises from reflection upon the letters of Paul.  Union with Christ is the answer to one of the theological problems created by the death,...

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