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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Humility Required

To the degree that sin remains within us, we all run to find in the Bible what we want it to say rather than what it actually does say. So, that creates a challenge to humble ourselves before God and to ask him to continue the work of the Holy Spirit in sanctifying us—not...

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Over recent years, there have been many television shows aimed at helping people get properly dressed. Sometimes the premise revolves around experts helping people to pick the right outfit for a wedding. At other times, someone with a woefully poor fashion sense receives a total makeover with the...

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Thursday, 13 June 2019 23:57

Foreword to Christianity Liberalism

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A fitting way for Westminster Theological Seminary to celebrate our 90th anniversary is to hark back to the work that firmly placed our founder, and former Princeton Theological Seminary professor, J. Gresham Machen, on the turbulent path to becoming the leading biblically minded reformer of the...

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In his book Christianity and Liberalism, J. G. Machen repeatedly emphasizes that Christianity cannot float in a vague, ethereal sea of timeless principles. Rather, it is and must always be tethered to the historical events that founded it—namely, the life, death, and resurrection of Jesus.

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“In the sphere of religion, in particular, the present time is a time of conflict; the great redemptive religion which has always been known as Christianity is battling against a totally diverse type of religious belief, which is only the more destructive of the Christian faith because it...

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On July 1, Dr. Todd M. Rester (PhD, Calvin Theological Seminary) will join the faculty of Westminster Theological Seminary as associate professor of Church History. Dr. Rester has taught at Calvin Theological Seminary, Puritan Reformed Theological Seminary, and Kuyper College. He has translated...

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Monday, 03 June 2019 01:39

Finding Your Identity

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“And I will Give him a white stone, with a new name written on the stone” – Revelation 2:17

Finding your identity does not mean getting rid of all your ambitions. Nor does it mean becoming ‘spiritual’ in the wrong way, that is, to be ‘so heavenly minded as to be...

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Wednesday, 22 May 2019 04:28

The Master-Slave Relationship

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How does the above discussion of slaves and masters in my comments on Col. 3:22–4:1 bear upon the question of slavery in general and Paul’s own view of the institution of slavery? First, Paul has qualified the slave-master relationship by saying that both have a Lord in heaven who will...

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How can we faithfully read and understand Genesis 1–3? What are the implications related to divine authorship, historical background, genre and structure, and chronology?

Bible Gateway interviewed Dr. Vern Poythress about his book, Interpreting Eden: A Guide to Faithfully Reading and...

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Wednesday, 15 May 2019 03:20

An Evening Prayer

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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, 13 May 2019 00:03

Two Benefits of Justification

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The two aspects of Jesus’s unified obedience—the passive and active aspects—are both necessary for justification. This logical distinction speaks to two benefits of justification as historically understood, namely, the forgiveness of sins and the right to eternal life. On the one...

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STRATEGY FLOWS FROM AN UNFORGOTTEN MISSION AND VISION

When a leader wrestles with the significance of his organization’s mission—its reason to be, and its vision, how the organization is going to get its job done—he begins to create a strategy. A strategy is a plan of action to...

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Wednesday, 01 May 2019 04:49

The Faithfulness of God in Science

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God’s Rule over All

But miracles are only the beginning of the ways in which we must reckon with God. The Bible indicates that God is intimately involved in the events of the world. He is involved not only in extraordinary, exceptional events, but in the most ordinary events. In his sovereign...

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On Saturday, March 16th, 2019 Drs. Peter Lillback, Harry Reeder, John Currie, and David Garner spoke at First Presbyterian Church in Bonita Springs Florida for Faith in the Public Square: First Things First, Pray. Drawing on the theme of 1 Timothy 2:1-2, this conference highlighted the foundational...

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Friday, 15 March 2019 03:27

10 Things You Should Know about Genesis 1–3

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1. Genesis 1 shows us that God brought the created world into existence and sovereignly governs it according to his personal purposes.

The world we live in is personally governed. It is not a mechanism, not merely atoms randomly in motion, not a chaos with no meaning. Human persons have deep...

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Watch Dr. Jonny Gibson interview Dr. R. Kent Hughes on “Priorities and Pitfalls of Christian Ministry.” This interview was recorded during a special event in honor of Dr. Hughes’s retirement from Westminster Theological Seminary.

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Monday, 11 February 2019 04:45

Textual Criticism: What It Is And Why You Need It

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1. Why Do We Need Textual Criticism?

One of the classes I teach each year covers textual criticism of the New Testament. Even as I write that I know how boring it sounds. When I mention this class to someone as we make small talk, I can almost feel the waft of boredom fill the room. It’s no...

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Tuesday, 05 February 2019 22:21

Do All Three Persons of the Trinity Work Inseparably?

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“The one purpose of God is achieved by the distinctive acts of the three persons of the Trinity.” –Dr. Vern Poythress

Watch Dr. Poythress explain the distinct yet inseparable actions of the Father, Son, and Holy Spirit.

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Monday, 21 January 2019 22:34

Turning to Christ in our Conflict with Sin

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According to how most things work in life, I must first achieve something before I’m declared to be something. For example, I must first actually graduate before I receive a diploma and am declared a graduate. I must complete a course of study, pass my classes,...

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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, 09 January 2019 22:35

Justification Accomplished and Applied

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“When he [Jesus] rose as justified, his resurrection had in view our justification.” –Dr. Lane Tipton

In this episode of Reformed Forum’sChrist the Center: Doctrine for Life,” Dr. Tipton discusses the doctrine of justification and union with Christ.

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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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“As ‘vision’ came in course of time to stand for revelation in general, so ‘prophet’ could be equivalent to ‘instrument of revelation’ without particular regard to the technical sense, distinguishing a prophet from other organs of revelation.”...

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