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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Monday, 14 January 2019 22:04

Longing for Heaven, Longing for God

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C. S. Lewis wrote, “If I find in myself desires which nothing in this world can satisfy, the only logical explanation is that I was made for another world.” Augustine wrote, “O God, you made us for yourself and our hearts are restless until they find their rest in you.”

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Wednesday, 02 January 2019 21:44

Advice for Preachers

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If a hundred preachers could agree on advice to be given to other ministers, it would probably be worth weighing their wisdom on the subject. This is just what the Westminster Assembly offered in a “sub-directory” on preaching within the body’s larger Directory for Worship. It is...

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Monday, 31 December 2018 06:22

The Human Side of John Calvin

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In this interview with Banner of Truth, Dr. Chad Van Dixhoorn explores how the Letters of John Calvindismantle the caricature of Calvin as a cold and clinical theologian.

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Monday, 31 December 2018 06:19

The Eternal Priest

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Psalm 110 has the distinction of being the Old Testament text most frequently cited in the New Testament. Written by King David, Psalm 110 is a royal psalm that prophesies the ascension and rule of a future messianic king. This king, David says, will come in the power of the Lord (v. 2) and will...

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Monday, 24 December 2018 07:32

One Thing Jesus Didn’t Know

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God knows everything (1 John 3:20). God knows himself and all things exhaustively, eternally, and unchangeably. He knows his own perfections, plans, actions, and goals (Ps. 147:5; Isa. 46:10; Acts 15:18). He knows the billions of angels in light (Dan. 7:10), every corner of hell (Prov. 15:11), all...

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Monday, 24 December 2018 07:29

Why Read Calvin’s Letters Today?

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In this interview with Banner of Truth, Dr. Chad Van Dixhoorn discusses the importance of the Letters of John Calvin for the church today.

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Monday, 24 December 2018 07:17

Of the Virgin’s Womb

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The virgin birth of Jesus is an important part of the Christmas message. “Late in time behold him come, offspring of a virgin’s womb.” This doctrine is often related to the prophecy of Isaiah 7:14. But this passage can be difficult to understand. What did it mean originally? How...

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Wednesday, 19 December 2018 22:39

Fides Quaerens Intellectum: What Is Presuppositionalism?

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After a considerable time of hibernation, partly due to living in a fearful world, partly due to Karl Barth’s skepticism about defending the faith, apologetics is enjoying a comeback. But which of the many schools is the most biblical and the most useful to the task of persuasion? We find...

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Wednesday, 19 December 2018 22:37

A Pastor’s Guide to Celebrating Christmas as a Church

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The Why

When the Passover was instituted, the Lord specified to Moses, “This day shall be for you a memorial day, and you shall keep it as a feast to the Lord” (Ex. 12:14). That same day, when Moses concluded his instructions for observing the first Passover, he said: “And when you...

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“The Greek prophetes does not stand in the same direct relation to the deity as the Hebrew nabhi does. In reality, he is the interpreter of the oracular, dark utterances of the Phythia, or some other inspired person, whom from the depth underneath the godhead of the shrine...

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“It [prophetic revelation] marks the religion of the Old Testament as a religion of conscious intercourse between Jehovah and Israel, a religion of revelation, of authority, a religion in which God dominates, and in which man is put into the listening, submissive attitude.”...

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Wednesday, 05 December 2018 00:54

The Reformation and Education

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The Reformation has been an extraordinary force for global education. The Middle Ages gave birth to the first European universities that trained a select cadre of scholars. But in the Protestant Reformation, the quest for universal education was unleashed. Martin Luther, a professor at the...

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Thursday, 29 November 2018 21:47

Why Must Christ Obey the Law?

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“Passive obedience refers to suffering the effects due to sin that Christ suffered as mediator. Active obedience refers to the positive accomplishment of righteousness.” –Dr. Brandon Crowe

Hear Dr. Crowe discuss in this interview with Matthew Barrett the implications of...

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Thursday, 29 November 2018 02:59

Seminary on Saturday Q A: October 2018

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Hear Drs. David Garner, Carlton Wynne, and David Filson (PhD, Westminster Theological Seminary) answer questions at Westminster Theological Seminary’s October 2018 Seminary on Saturday event hosted by Covenant Presbyterian Church in Nashville, TN. The theme for this event was “Holiness:...

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Wednesday, 21 November 2018 01:31

Praying Through the Scriptures: Deuteronomy 3

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Over the years it has been my practice, learned from others, to offer up praises and petitions framed by a passage of Scripture. Some of these passages were read in preparation for preaching, others offered material for meditation in daily devotion; still others were plundered specifically for the...

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Monday, 19 November 2018 23:45

The Reformers and the Bible

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“[God is] interested in grammatical syntactical details because they are the foundation for rich theological truths that God’s people need to hear.” –Dr. Jonathan Gibson

Dr. Stephen Nichols, host of the 5 Minutes in Church History podcast, interviews Dr. Jonathan Gibson on...

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Thursday, 01 November 2018 08:04

Into the Mystic

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The fourteenth century saw the blossoming of mysticism, a movement that has influenced the church to this day. Mysticism asserts the earthly possibility of a personal, immediate union of the soul with the being of God himself. It offers direct knowledge of God by extraordinary experiences and...

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Thursday, 18 October 2018 00:27

Praying through the Scriptures: Genesis 2

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Over the years it has been my practice, learned from others, to offer up praises and petitions framed by a passage of Scripture. Some of these passages were read in preparation for preaching, others offered material for meditation in daily devotion; still others were plundered specifically for the...

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Friday, 05 October 2018 02:54

Interview with byFaith: William Edgar

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Westminster Seminary professor William Edgar explains that his new book, Created and Creating: A Biblical Theology of Culture, has been years in the making. “I have been thinking about culture and the biblical approach to culture for some 50 years,” Edgar writes. “Whether in the...

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Thursday, 04 October 2018 00:19

Praying through the Scriptures: Genesis 1

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Over the years it has been my practice, learned from others, to offer up praises and petitions framed by a passage of Scripture. Some of these passages were read in preparation for preaching, others offered material for meditation in daily devotion; still others were plundered specifically for the...

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Worship at the Dawn of Time

Since the beginning of time, there has been worship—in heaven and on earth. In heaven above, seraphim flew before God in the heavens, singing, “Holy, holy, holy is the Lord God of hosts; the whole earth is full of his glory!” (Isa. 6:3); angelic...

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Tuesday, 25 September 2018 01:46

Interview with Books at a Glance: Vern Poythress

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Fred Zaspel, editor at Books at a Glance interviews Dr. Vern Poythress on his latest book, Theophany: A Biblical Theology of God’s Appearing.

Zaspel: What is a theophany? And what is your book all about? What is the contribution you hope to make?

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Wednesday, 19 September 2018 01:09

10 Things You Should Know About Theophanies

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1. The word theophany is a combination of two Greek words, meaning God and appearance.

A theophany is an appearance of God. More precisely, it is a visible display to human beings that expresses the presence and character of God. Examples include the thunderous display at the top of Mount Sinai (Ex....

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Tuesday, 18 September 2018 00:48

Grief and the Christian

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We worship a big God. He is sovereign and powerful. We are in his hands, and nothing happens to us by chance. That’s good news. But in grief, if that is all we remember about God, it might actually make the pain worse, rather than better. It might leave us thinking, like Mary and Martha (John...

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Thursday, 06 September 2018 01:24

Most of Us Disagree with Jesus

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Writing now from the Sea of Galilee only a short distance from where Jesus preached the Sermon on the Mount, I am reminded how earthy the gospel is. Just as Jesus walked the real turf of Nazareth, he healed really sick people and raised really dead ones. He addressed people of real faith and people...

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