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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In this series we have considered briefly the importance of the church as the Christ-confessing covenant community and the importance of Abraham in the Bible’s own account of the covenant of grace. In this installment we are to consider some of the . . . Continue reading →

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18. Thus under the old testament, when God would take the posterity of Abraham into a new, peculiar church-state, he did it by a solemn covenant. Herein, as he prescribed all the duties of his worship to them, and made them many . . . Continue reading →

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So far we have looked at one  aspect of Reformed covenant theology (as distinct from other kinds of covenant theology), which distinguishes it from those varieties of popular evangelical theology, piety, and practice. Many are excited about the “doctrines of grace” but . . . Continu...

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It is exciting to discover what are sometimes called “the doctrines of grace,” i.e., the teaching that even though by nature we are dead in sins and trespasses, we came to faith because God loved us in Christ from all eternity and . . . Continue reading →

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The Ancient Christian church did not use musical instruments in public worship. They did not enter public worship in the West until the middle of the 8th century, i.e., well into the early medieval period. Further, that was one isolated instance, in . . . Continue reading →

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The musical instruments he mentions were peculiar to this infancy of the Church, nor should we foolishly imitate a practice which was intended only for God’s ancient people. But the Psalmist confirms what has been already mentioned, that their religious assemblies which . . . Continue reading...

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The Presenting Problem For most Americans this past week has been very sad. For those in directly affected in El Paso and Dayton, it has been a horrible week that has changed their lives permanently. Loved ones and friends have been murdered . . . Continue reading →

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On July 26, 2019 AGR and the Escondido United Reformed Church were pleased to co-host the first-ever Abounding Grace Radio conference. Our speaker this year was Dr Rosaria Butterfield. She is a former tenured professor of English and women’s studies at Syracuse . . . Continue reading →

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On July 26, 2019 AGR and the Escondido United Reformed Church were pleased to co-host the first-ever Abounding Grace Radio conference. Our speaker this year was Dr Rosaria Butterfield. She is a former tenured professor of English and women’s studies at Syracuse . . . Continue reading →

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For many American evangelicals, faithfulness to the Bible means believing in a view of end times (eschatology) that teaches that says something like this: The book of the Revelation is to be read literally (including chapter 20) The formation of the nation . . . 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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Friday, 02 August 2019 05:22

Deconversion And Covenant Theology

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In the wake of Josh Harris’ announcement of his apostasya group of leaders in the so-called Young, Restless, and Reformed movement (YRR) or New Calvinism has writtenof his “reconversion.” If one searches the history of Christianity one will probably not find the . . . Continue...

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As evangelicals become dissatisfied with the emphasis on personalities, annoying trendiness, and the shallowness of Modern evangelical theology, piety, and practice they begin to look around for an alternative. One challenge they face right away is that, in many cases, their religious . . . Continue...

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Thursday, 01 August 2019 02:59

Josh Harris Kisses Christianity Goodbye

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On July 20, 2019 I wrote about Josh Harris, “he has grave doubts about the truth of Christianity and he is intent on starting a podcast to share those doubts with the world.” Some of his defenders, ignoring the point of the . . . Continue reading →

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Given the recent news stories about some of the founders of the so-called Young, Restless, and Reformed movement it seems as if we may be at the tail end of the “Reformed Resurgence” or at least a period of transition. Still, through . . . Continue reading →

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Before last night’s conference, Rosaria Butterfield sat with Chris for an AGR interview about her life, the sexual-social revolution (especially after the 2015 Obergefell decision), and how Christians should respond. The audio and video from the conference were recorded and will be . . . Conti...

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For many American evangelicals, faithfulness to the Bible means believing in a view of end times (eschatology) that teaches that says something like this: The book of the Revelation is to be read literally (including chapter 20) The formation of the nation . . . Continue reading →

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Saturday, 20 July 2019 09:40

Time To Kiss New Calvinism Goodbye

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Yet another evangelical personality has announced that not only are he and his wife separating—this after he wrote a widely-read book on dating and courtship—but he has grave doubts about the truth of Christianity and he is intent on starting a podcast . . . Continue reading →

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Within the last twenty four hours, the rainbow has appeared everywhere. I’ve seen pictures of the White House painted with the colors of a rainbow. Silicon Valley companies are implementing all sorts of creative ways to use the rainbow as a sign of victory for the decision. Facebook has...

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Since he published his “Federal Vision No Mas” post in January, 2017 several correspondents have written to ask whether he is still a Federal Visionist or to assert that he is not. This is the intended effect of his post: to create . . . Continue reading →

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Saturday, 13 July 2019 01:34

Therapy, Sin, and Shame

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For most of world history, until quite recently, most of the world thought about the most basic questions in life categories of right and wrong or in legal categories. God was thought to be what he is thus we humans need to . . . Continue reading →

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In fact, what stands out about [Praise and Worship approaches to public worship] is the aura of teenage piety. Anyone who has endured a week at one of the evangelical summer youth camps that dot the landscape will be struck by the . . . Continue reading →

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This documentary was premiered in 2004 and appeared on YouTube a little more than a decade ago. After some years it disappeared and then reappeared on moscowid.net. I do not necessarily share the film maker’s social, philosophical, or theological views but the . . . Continue reading →

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I think everybody’s view of God is a rejection or projection of their earthly father…Atheism says, ‘I have no Dad.’ Agnosticism says, ‘I never met him and I’m not looking for him. Deism says, ‘he used to be here but he went . . . Continue reading →

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Thursday, 11 July 2019 01:47

For Whom Is Christ Mediating?

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If you are an adult you know about   mediators. It is not uncommon now, when one signs a contract, to agree to “binding arbitration” or to “mediation” either in lieuof going to court or before going to court. A mediator, then, . . . Continue reading →

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