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 Good news is the message that Jesus Christ is God the Son incarnate, who obeyed in the place of his people, suffered for them, was crucified, dead, and buried for them, was raised for their justification, and is coming again. We . . . Continue reading →

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Wednesday, 23 August 2017 00:34

Machen: Christianity Is A Doctrine

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Christianity they will tell us is a life and not a doctrine. Now that seems to be a devout and pious utterance, but it is radically false all the same, and to see that it is false you do not need even . . . Continue reading →

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Tuesday, 22 August 2017 06:02

The Addiction To Self-Righteousness

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One of the several reasons that it is difficult to have a reasoned discussion about the events that transpired in Charlottesville is that the groups like neo-Nazis and the Klan provide such an almost irresistible opportunity for self-righteousness. The history of these . . . Continue reading →

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Monday, 21 August 2017 13:55

The Spiritual Crisis In Forgotten America

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The twentieth (and now twenty-first) century had a devastating eff’ect on the regions of Appalachia in the East, the farms of the Midwest, and the fishing and forestry areas along the coastlines. Mechanization and industrialization have motivated a rural exodus, leaving depleted . . . Continue...

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In its 36-year history, Westminster Seminary California has had three presents: Bob Strimple, Bob den Dulk, and Bob Godfrey. This month WSC welcomes its fourth president, the Rev. Mr. Joel E. Kim, ThM. He has taught at WSC since 2005. He is . . . Continue reading →

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Sunday, 20 August 2017 03:29

Jesus Has Won

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Then I heard a loud voice in heaven, saying, “Now the salvation, and the power, and the kingdom of our God and the authority of His Christ have come, for the accuser of our brethren has been thrown down, he who accuses . . . Continue reading →

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The history of modern German theology is dominated by two figures, Friedrich Schleiermacher (1768–1834) and G. F. W. Hegel (1770–1831) but there is more to the story. If Schleiermacher and Hegel formed the skeleton, a series of lesser-known figures and institutions formed . . . Continue...

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Friday, 18 August 2017 02:06

Bavinck: The Image Is Not In Man But Is Man

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Now this splendid view of the image of God and of original righteousness has come more clearly into its own in the Reformed church and Reformed theology than in the Lutheran. In Lutheran theology the image of God is restricted to original . . . Continue reading →

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some of One neglected aspect of the story of Modernity has been the loss of a Christian anthropology. Along with its exile of God, Modernity has also been busily re-defining humanity with unhappy consequences. Through two world wars, abortion, genocides, “eugenics,” Communist . . . Conti...

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Thursday, 17 August 2017 01:39

Caspar Olevianus: Saved For Ministry

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On his 23rd birthday, 10 August 1559, Caspar Olevianus had a chance to preach his first sermon in German in a lecture hall at Trier, Germany (his birthplace). He had been waiting long for this moment. His love for the gospel had . . . Continue reading →

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Westminster Confession of Faith chapter 3 says: 1. God, from all eternity, did, by the most wise and holy counsel of his own will, freely, and unchangeably ordain whatsoever comes to pass: yet so, as thereby neither is God the author of . . . Continue reading →

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Tuesday, 15 August 2017 01:41

Death For Success

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This morning I saw what I thought was a promising headline: “Confessions of a Former ‘It’ Church Pastor” (HT: Aquila Report). My first thought: “Great! This will be an account of a pastor who woke up one day and realized that the . . . Continue reading →

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Monday, 14 August 2017 04:27

The Happy Trap

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“We hold these truths to be self-evident, that all men are created equal, that they are endowed by their Creator with certain unalienable Rights, that among these are Life, Liberty and the pursuit of Happiness.” So begins the second paragraph of the . . . Continue reading →

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Monday, 14 August 2017 02:39

Good News In And From Missoula

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Pastor Jared Beaird from Covenant Reformed Church (URCNA) in Missoula, MT sends some encouraging news from the congregation: They have a new family by transfer from the PCA. This year we have seen an increase in visitors and stayers. None of them . . . Continue reading →

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The problem with much Christian worship in the contemporary world, Catholic and Protestant alike, is not that it is too entertaining but that it is not entertaining enough. Worship characterized by upbeat rock music, stand-up comedy, beautiful people taking center stage, and . . . Continue reading...

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Thursday, 10 August 2017 03:16

Why Should We Plant Reformed Churches?

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As true churches of Jesus Christ, the URCNA are obligated to fulfill our Lord’s Great Commission to make disciples: “All authority in heaven and on earth has been given to me. Go therefore and make disciples of all nations, baptizing them in . . . Continue reading →

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Wednesday, 09 August 2017 01:07

Calvin: Paul Distinguishes Between Law And Gospel

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Hence, also, we see the error of those who, in comparing the Law with the Gospel, represent it merely as a comparison between the merit of works, and the gratuitous imputation of righteousness. This is indeed a contrast not at all to . . . Continue reading →

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Wednesday, 09 August 2017 00:21

CALVINIST Trailer #2

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Tuesday, 08 August 2017 01:54

Of Creeds, Cults, And Google

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The culture of intolerance at Google is hardly unique. It exists at most large companies and other elite institutions. Folks are sick of it. — Robert P. George (@McCormickProf) August 8, 2017 This is unquestionably true. And it’s not just a coastal . . . Continue reading →

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Monday, 07 August 2017 04:29

Office Hours: Where Are They Now? Zach Keele

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At Westminster Seminary California our primary mission is to prepare men for pastoral ministry. This is has been our primary mission since 1980. We have graduated more than eleven hundred About 70% of our graduates go on to pastoral ministry. Indeed, some . . . Continue reading →

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HB reader Keith asks, Succinctly, what is covenant theology on the following: Predestination Security of the believer? Hi Keith, The short answer is that the covenant theology that we confess does not fundamentally change our doctrine of predestination, which says that all . . . Continue reading...

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Wednesday, 02 August 2017 03:48

On Marrying Canaanites (2 Cor 6:14–7:1)

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One of the great temptations faced by the Israelites as the entered the land of Canaan would be to absorb the Canaanite religion and thereby either to apostatize by becoming pagans or to attempt to synthesize Canaanite paganism with the biblical religion. . . . Continue reading →

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Tuesday, 01 August 2017 03:27

Worship: A Dialogue Not A Checklist

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Most of the debate over the so-called “worship wars” for the last 30 years has focused on the disagreement between those who favor a progressive/contemporary style of worship and those who favor a more “traditional” style of worship. One of the reasons . . . Continue reading...

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Our preacher this morning read from Philippians 2. As we read along with him I was struck by the way the ESV (2001, 2016) translates Philippians 2:5. Struck, because I have been reading Philippians in Greek since 1984 and it had never . . . Continue reading →

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Thursday, 27 July 2017 23:37

If It Was True Then, How Much More Now?

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…it should, I think, be made much harder than it now is to enter the Church: the confession of faith that is required should be a credible confession; and if it becomes evident upon examination that a candidate has no notion of . . . Continue reading →

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