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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Thursday, 21 February 2019 11:06

Not Everything Called “Christian” Is

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There has always been a great temptation to append the adjective Christian to whatever one favors in order to justify it. Recently we have seen the phenomenon of so-called “Gay Christians” in an apparent attempt to synthesize homosexuality and Christianity. This attempt . . . Continue...

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Wednesday, 20 February 2019 09:50

The Guy On The Screen Is Not Your Pastor

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At AGR we are passionate in our commitment to the local church. We do not want listeners and readers to substitute AGR for the local, visible church. Unless you are in our congregation we are probably not going to be able to . . . Continue reading →

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Tuesday, 19 February 2019 11:37

Is Christianity For Suckers?

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Someone once said, “There’s a sucker born every minute.” Who first said it is disputed. It has been attributed to P. T. Barnum, to a banker, and to other possible sources. Whoever said it first, it captures the spirit of skepticism perfectly. . . . Continue reading →

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Christians have often been tempted to fall into one of three great errors when it comes to the doctrine of conversion (or regeneration). Historically, the word regeneration has signified two related but distinct ideas: a) Sanctification, i.e., the progressive Spirit-wrought, graciously given . . . C...

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Thursday, 14 February 2019 09:19

Daily Confession

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I am a little late but here is your annual reminder about these valuable sites. The first, DailyConfession.wordpress.com, takes the reader through the Westminster Standards and the Three Forms (Belgic, Heidelberg, and Dort) in one year. The second, DailyWestminster.wordpress.com, takes...

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Thursday, 14 February 2019 01:05

Heidelcast Series: I Am That I Am

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The Categorical Distinction The Categorical Distinction (2) The Categorical Distinction (3) The Trinity (1) The Trinity (2) The Trinity and the Covenant of Redemption The Trinity in the New Testament Against Social Trinitarianism The Heidelcast

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…one of the justifications for Protestants today revising and rejecting the classical theism of Nicaea and subsequent Nicene developments is the assertion that the Reformers did not subject the doctrine of God to the same rigorous examination in light of scripture as . . . Continue reading...

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In part 1 we looked at the what of the problem of evil and at the way Psalm 73 talks about it. Now we want to think about who is talking about the problem of evil in our time. The number of . . . Continue reading →

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Recently, a well-meaning “New Calvinist” (more on this nomenclature in part 2) posted some very blunt language on Twitter about the relationship between divine sovereignty and various ways in which people suffer in this world. He wrote that if you experienced X . . . Continue reading...

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Romans is one of the greatest resources available to the Christian faith and life. Written in the mid-to late AD 50s to the congregation in Rome, Paul sent this pastoral letter to make clear the gospel, that salvation is from the Lord, . . . Continue reading →

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In Acts 21 we read a somewhat startling episode involving a New Testament prophet named Agabus: This is the same Agabus of whom we read earlier in Acts: Now in these days prophets came down from Jerusalem to Antioch. And one of . . . Continue reading →

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Christians have long struggled to affirm the truth that God saves freely, sovereignly, unconditionally and the truth that he uses means to bring his elect to new life and true faith. During the Middle Ages particularly, the church came to think that . . . Continue reading →

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Monday, 04 February 2019 01:46

Office Hours: From Ryrie To Reformed

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There are about 60 million evangelicals in North America. A good percentage of them are part of a nineteenth-century movement known as Dispensationalism, which was founded by the English clergyman John Nelson Darby (1800–82), who was ordained in the Church of Ireland . . . Continue reading...

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Saturday, 02 February 2019 04:28

It Is A Super Lord’s Day Not A Super Bowl Day

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In 2018 an estimated 111 million people watched the Super Bowl. That is about 1/3 of all Americans. In our media-fragmented age, in our cord-cutting age, in our on-demand age, rarely do that many people watch the same thing at the same . . . Continue reading →

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So, why do these babies die? The Guttmacher Institute has looked at the reasons for late-term abortion, and the reasons are chilling. First, the top-line finding is clear: “[D]ata suggest that most women seeking later terminations are not doing so for reasons . . . Continue reading →

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…[M]ost women seeking later terminations are not doing so for reasons of fetal anomaly or life endangerment. Guttmacher Institute, 2103 quoted in Jonah Goldberg, “Abortion Maximalists Claim the Moral Low Ground,” National Review February 1, 2019.

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Romans is one of the greatest resources available to the Christian faith and life. Written in the mid-to late AD 50s to the congregation in Rome, Paul sent this pastoral letter to make clear the gospel, that salvation is from the Lord, . . . Continue reading →

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Years ago I remember hearing a wise elder say to me that if my sermon could be accepted in a Jewish synagogue then it is not a distinctively Christian sermon.  I’ve thought a lot about that over the years. What makes Christian . . . Continue reading →

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For at least 200 years, the doctrine of the spirituality of the church developed without any reference to slavery. To suggest that Southern Presbyterians invented the spirituality of the church to sidestep the issue of slavery is to ignore the presence of . . . Continue reading →

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At the heart of the debates with the Remonstrants, as Gomarus said, between the Reformed and the Remonstrants was the gospel and its efficacy. Does the gospel announce that Christ has made salvation possible for those who do their part or does . . . Continue reading →

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Wednesday, 30 January 2019 00:21

What Legalism Is And Is Not

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What is legalism? The charge of legalism is so carelessly flung around today that people have no idea what the term means. It’s become a catch phrase to write off any teaching of God’s moral law. There are three ways this term . . . Continue reading →

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Sunday, 27 January 2019 07:40

Living In An Ephesians 4:17 Moment

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The flood of bad news easily overwhelms us these days. Some of us are old enough to remember when we did not know who was doing what to whom in Iceland right at the moment but we live in a world when . . . Continue reading →

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Romans is one of the greatest resources available to the Christian faith and life. Written in the mid-to late AD 50s to the congregation in Rome, Paul sent this pastoral letter to make clear the gospel, that salvation is from the Lord, . . . Continue reading →

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This volume appeared last fall but the price point (as the sales people say) was rather high. On 25 January 2019 the e-book will be priced affordably at 9.99 in dollars, pound sterling, and euros. Order here. Here is an interview about the . . . Continue reading →

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