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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Saturday, 22 April 2017 07:33

Political Correctness Crushes The Individual

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I am more convinced than ever that awareness of how propaganda works on us is KEY to helping our society regain sanity and reason. As more and more students at campuses around the country shout down politically incorrect speakers — even to . . . Continue reading →

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Saturday, 22 April 2017 02:19

The Church Of The Holy Elaboration

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One of the highlights  of the Spring semester is the opportunity to read through and discuss the Belgic Confession. Yesterday, as we worked through articles 24–27 a theme emerged. One of the great differences between the Roman communion and the Reformed communions . . . Continue reading...

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Another precedent, already noted, was the confessional embodiment of the sola Scriptura of the Reformers. Insofar as confessional theology offered a primary basis for doctrinal development, the tendency of the Reformed confessions to begin with a doctrine of Scripture bore immediate fruit . . . Cont...

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A correspondent to the HB writes to ask, “According to Paul, who are Abraham’s children?” In one way or another, I get this question frequently. Most American evangelicals have been taught some version of Dispensational theology or are otherwise influenced by it . . . Continue...

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Monday, 17 April 2017 07:15

Talking Covenant Theology With Theology Gals

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Coleen and Ashley host a Reformed theology podcast aimed primarily at other women. In this episode they wanted to talk about covenant theology and related issues (e.g., Dispensationalism, baptism). Here’s the episode (with resources and show notes). Here’s the HB archival version. . . ....

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We live in a time of great, even extraordinary interest in the person and work of the Holy Spirit. In some measure, this is  because we live after the outbreak, in Topeka and in Los Angeles, of neo-Pentecostalism just after the turn . . . Continue reading →

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Sunday, 16 April 2017 05:24

Calvin On The Discovery Of The Empty Tomb

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We now come to the closing scene of our redemption. For the lively assurance of our reconciliation with God arises from Christ having come from hell as the conqueror of death, in order to show that he had the power of a . . . Continue reading →

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Saturday, 15 April 2017 02:22

Meditations On Simon The Cyrene

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Around Good Friday it is fitting that we should think first of all about the Lord of Glory who was crucified for his people (1 Cor 2:8). It is he alone who obeyed on our behalf, as our substitute. He alone is . . . Continue reading →

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Rob is pastor of Keystone Heights Presbyterian Church in, wait for it, Keystone Heights, FL (northeast of Gainesville). He hosts a daily podcast, which is available via the church’s website or sermon audio or on iTunes. Rob is a former student of . . . Continue reading →

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In the medieval Latin translation (Vulgate) of John 13:34 Scripture says, Mandatum novum do vobis, “A new commandment I give to you, that you should love one another as I have loved you, so also should you love one another.” In the . . . Continue reading →

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Thursday, 13 April 2017 01:48

Plato On The Pitfalls Of New Technology

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Socrates: I heard, then, that at Naucratis, in Egypt, was one of the ancient gods of that country, the one whose sacred bird is called the ibis, and the name of the god himself was Theuth. He it was who invented numbers . . . Continue reading →

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Wednesday, 12 April 2017 03:19

Heidelcast 126: I Am That I Am (4)—The Trinity

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Traditionally, at this place in theology, we should address the divine attributes in relation to the divine being/essence. Otto Weber (1902–66) challenged this approach by arguing that because Scripture reveals God first of all as Triune and his attributes in the light . . . Continue reading...

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We believe that those Holy Scriptures fully contain the will of God, and whatsoever man ought to believe unto salvation is sufficiently taught therein. For since the whole manner of worship which God requires of us is written in them at large, . . . Continue reading →

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Thanks to H. H. Fowler’s reincarnation on Twitter for this very clear explanation of the distinction between an adverb and an adjective: Kirk Douglas is right. Badly is an adverb. To “feel badly” means that one’s sense perception is damaged. To “feel . . . Continue...

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Sunday, 09 April 2017 01:14

F. F. Bruce On The Colossian Heresy

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Basically, their teaching seems to have been Jewish. This appears from the part played in it by legal ordinances, circumcision, food regulations, the sabbath, new moon and other prescriptions of the Jewish calendar. But it was not the more straightforward Judaism against . . . Continue reading...

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In short, when persons have once taken upon them to tyrannize over men’s souls, there is no end of new laws being daily added to old ones, and now enactments starting up from time to time. How bright a mirror there is . . . Continue reading →

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Friday, 07 April 2017 07:41

It’s Coming Together

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A few days ago someone, somewhere on social media, in objection to something I wrote, used the arresting expression “biased facts.” I learned from the Dutch Reformed philosophical theologian Cornelius Van Til (1895–1987) that there are no such things as uninterpreted facts . . . Co...

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Tuesday, 04 April 2017 02:12

Logos 7 Basic Is Free

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I am a Logos software user. I still use my older software for some things but for research Logos has become very valuable to me. The wealth of resources now included with Logos, the power of the search functions and the flexibility . . . Continue reading →

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For some Christians, the Psalter, the 150 psalms in God’s Word, is an appendage to the New Testament. For others it is a forgotten book. Today, Christian young people know the lyrics in contemporary worship songs such as “Like A Sloppy Wet . . . Continue reading →

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Saturday, 01 April 2017 07:23

Was Herman Witsius A Federal Visionist?

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One of the distinctive errors of the self-described Federal Vision theology is the doctrine that, in baptism, all the benefits of the covenant of grace are conferred temporarily and conditionally.1 Thus, they claim, there is such a thing as a “covenantal” (temporary, . . . Continue...

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Thursday, 30 March 2017 09:49

Note To HB Supporters Regarding Paypal Changes

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The HB is brought to you daily by donors who pay for equipment, space on servers and the pipe, as it were, by which you and 1,000 other people are able to download articles, listen to the Heidelcast (or other audio), and . . . Continue reading →

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Wednesday, 29 March 2017 09:24

Walter Cronkite In 1972: Coming Ice Age!

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Tuesday, 28 March 2017 09:53

Reformed Piety And Practice

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When Martin Luther (1483–1546) entered the Augustinian convent at Erfurt in 1505, it was a considered decision and the fulfillment of a vow he had made when he cried, “St. Anne, help me! I will become a monk.” So he did. Luther . . . Continue reading →

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