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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Wednesday, 09 October 2019 06:27

Young, Restless, And Augustinian?

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Scholars tell us that there are at about 60 million evangelicals in North America. It is an ongoing debate among them, however, as to how to define “evangelical.” In the 16th century it meant something like this: “One who agrees with the . . . Continue reading →

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In anticipation of the upcoming conference, So You Say You Want A Reformation? Mike Abendroth and I discuss some of the topics we will be considering this Friday and Saturday: law, gospel, and the confusion of the two, the Lordship Salvation controversy, . . . Continue reading →

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Tuesday, 08 October 2019 10:19

When the Good News Becomes Bad

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Introduction The word “Gospel” is so familiar and frequently used that it is possible to lose sight of its genuine meaning, “good news.” This question is vital as we face a series of movements within our churches which seek to redefine the . . . Continue reading →

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Tuesday, 08 October 2019 09:29

Luther On What Makes A Real Theologian

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Therefore whoever knows well how to distinguish the Gospel from the Law should give thanks to God and know that he is a real theologian. I admit that in the time of temptation I myself do not know how to do this . . . Continue reading →

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Monday, 07 October 2019 02:38

Office Hours: From The Pasture To The Pastorate

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Office Hours kicks off its 11th season (247 episodes so far) with an interview with our newest faculty member, Dr Craig Troxel. Craig comes to Escondido from Bethel Presbyterian Church (OPC), Wheaton, IL. Prior to that he was pastor Glenside OPC, in . . . Continue reading →

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Recently Mike Abendroth and I got together to discuss the importance of the Reformation, how it applies to Evangelicals, the imputation of active obedience and more. We also talked about the upcoming conference in West Boylston, MA. Lord permitting I am to . . . Continue reading →

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AGR Reader Jason writes to ask: From a Christian perspective, how do we know that God is three persons (and not four or more)? Is it possible, from a Christian perspective, that God has only chosen to reveal three persons (but that . . . Continue reading →

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In the October, 2019 issue of Ordained Servant is an introduction to the Canons of Dort, “The Synod of Dort: Keeping Venom From the Lips.” It is also available in print. Here’s just a bit with a link to the rest. Continue reading →

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Now, such were the innovations of the late hierarchists. In worship, their paintings, crossings, crucifixes, bowings, cringings, altars, tapers, wafers, organs, anthems, litany, rails, images, copes, vestments,—what were they but Roman varnish, an Italian dress for our devotion, to draw on...

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Tuesday, 01 October 2019 01:09

The Banality Of Theological Liberalism

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A recent tweet from Union Theological Seminary in New York City indicates that the institution, which once boasted luminaries of the intellectual stature of Reinhold Niebuhr and Paul Tillich, is now encouraging an innovative penitential practice: confessing sins to plants. To quote . . . Continue...

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Tuesday, 01 October 2019 00:11

What Is Wrong With The Theology Of Glory (2)

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The theologian of glory will be popular in this life. This is easy to prove. When the Israelites chose a king, they did not choose a man known for wisdom, piety, or faith. They chose the biggest guy they could find (1 . . . Continue reading →

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Chris and I have been working on the book of Romans for a while. We took a hiatus for the summer but we are back at it. We recorded two episodes today finishing Romans 7 and moving into chapter 8. They will . . . Continue reading →

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Carson King is a 23-year old Des Moines man who held up a sign at a televised college football game announcing, “Busch Lite supply needs replenished.” It was a joke but people began sending him money via the Venmo appl. When he . . . Continue reading →

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The Reformation Still Matters Sometimes when we talk about the Reformation we give or receive the impression that it was purely a historical event with no continuing relevance or even that Reformation is one thing and mission is another. Here is an . . . Continue reading →

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Friday, 20 September 2019 02:19

What’s Wrong With A Theology Of Glory? (1)

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At the 1518 Heidelberg Disputation (academic presentation), Martin Luther (1483–1546), the father of the Protestant Reformation, as he was coming to his Protestant convictions, argued: “One is not worthy to be called a theologian who looks upon the ‘invisible things of God’...

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Saints and Sinners is a podcast led by Pastor Ken Jones, a voice familiar  to long-time listeners of the White Horse Inn.  S&S features Pastors David Menendez, Jose Prado, and Aldo Leon, each of whom serves a congregation in the Miami metro. In . . . Continue reading →

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The late Reformation era slogan semper Reformanda has been often abused. It is often taken to mean that we need to get rid of basic Reformation convictions, e.g., sola Scriptura, the doctrine that Holy Scripture is sufficient for Christian faith and practice. What it . . . Continue...

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Tuesday, 17 September 2019 01:50

Good News! The Dividing Wall Is Gone

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Like a lot of American evangelicals, the faith I was taught as a teen-aged convert was a sort of Dispensationalism. There were no charts that I recall but I did learn that Jews are God’s earthly people and that the church is . . . Continue reading →

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Saints and Sinners is a podcast led by Pastor Ken Jones, a voice familiar  to long-time listeners of the White Horse Inn.  S&S features Pastors David Menendez, Jose Prado, and Aldo Leon, each of whom serves a congregation in the Miami metro. In . . . Continue reading →

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We are in the midst of a large and important discussion, in the confessional Presbyterian and Reformed world, about nature, grace, sin, human sexuality, the doctrine of humanity (theological anthropology). The presenting issue, as the physicians say, is the claim that there . . . Continue reading...

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Saturday, 07 September 2019 02:25

Resources On Union With Christ

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The doctrine of union with Christ is an essential part of the Reformed doctrine of the application of salvation to the elect by the Holy Spirit (ordo salutis). In the Westminster Shorter Catechism, Presbyterian Churches say: Q. 30. How doth the Spirit . . . Continue reading →

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Wednesday, 04 September 2019 03:54

By Nature We Are Not Ill But Dead

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One of the first and greatest differences between the Augustinian understanding of Paul and what became the dominant understanding of Paul. By the 7th century and for most of a millennium following, the parable of the Good Samaritan (Mark 10:29–37) became the . . . Continue reading →

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Recently I talked with Matthew and Onnig of the Back to the Reformation podcast about the value of the Reformation for contemporary evangelical churches, about what biblicism is (hint: it does not mean “to be biblical”), about American religious history and the . . . Continue reading...

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It is being argued by some prominent evangelicals, who identify themselves as Reformed, that salvation is in two stages. They say that the first stage of salvation is justification by grace alone, through faith alone on the basis of Christ’s righteousness imputed. . . . Continue reading →...

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What if I told you that there is an entire library of orthodox, careful, influential, important, Reformed books, that formed and shaped our entire history—books on Reformed theology, piety, and practice, biblical interpretation, biblical theology, covenant theology, commentaries on Scripture,...

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