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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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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Sunday, 26 August 2018 23:11

How to Avoid the Folly of the Pharisees

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You’ve probably heard someone say at some point “Don’t be such a Pharisee.” Typically these words are uttered when someone is being overly scrupulous in “rule keeping” in the Christian life. If there’s one type of person in the New Testament that you...

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Sunday, 26 August 2018 23:03

A God Thing

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Exuberant over an experience, an oh-so-sweet manifestation of divine providence, you delightedly seek to give God praise in telling your story. “It was such a ‘God thing’,” you proclaim. As you see it, God wove together an otherwise inexplicable combination of events to...

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Sunday, 26 August 2018 22:58

Vos, True Religion, and General Assembly

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Geerhardus Vos has been called the “father of Reformed biblical theology.” As many readers are aware, he is known for investigating and displaying the organically integrated and historically unfolded character of biblical revelation. In fact, the Bible was, for him, best understood as...

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“Jehovah’s approach to Israel is eminently the approach of speech; God gives himself in the word of his mouth.” –Geerhardus Vos

In this episode of Vos Group, Dr. Lane Tipton continues through Vos’s Biblical Theology: Old and New Testaments, to explore the...

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The best in Psalm 23, as in life, is reserved for the end. Here, the classic metaphor of shepherd and sheep is insufficient to describe the richness of the relationship between the Lord and his people, so the metaphor shifts to that of host and guest. More precisely—since this picture is not...

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John Calvin’s Institutes of the Christian Religion is the classic Reformation handbook for understanding the theology and key teachings of Scripture. After nearly five centuries since its first appearance in 1536, it has withstood the test of time and remains a must-have resource for pastoral...

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“The prophets were guardians of the unfolding theocracy, and the guardianship was exercised at its centre, the kingdom. The purpose was to keep it a true representation of the kingdom of Jehovah.” –Geerhardus Vos

In this episode of Vos Group, Dr. Lane Tipton continues through...

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“From the writings of the Westminster Divines, it is evident that they really believed the whole of Scripture, every legitimate pericope, preaches Christ.” –Dr. Chad Van Dixhoorn

Hear Dr. Van Dixhoorn interview with Christ the Center on his book, God’s Ambassadors: The...

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Thursday, 12 July 2018 22:05

Justification: A Fundamental Human Need

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“If you have justification, you are not only free from moral guilt but although you die, you are free from the sting of death and will be found with him [Christ] in heaven forever in fellowship with him.” –Dr. William Edgar.

Watch Dr. Edgar describe the fundamental human need for...

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The word “confessing,” I confess, is a little bit vague. We use the word when we are admitting that we could have done better, or when owning that we’ve actually done wrong. In places where a life dedicated to Christ is unappreciated or even illegal, confessing to Christianity...

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Tuesday, 10 July 2018 01:28

Faithful Waiting

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The joy and optimism surrounding Israel’s release from captivity soon fades as the disappointing realities of postexilic life settle in. Israel has passed through the crucible of God’s judgment and returned to the Promised Land, but now they are only a tiny remnant of...

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“Though you have a Catholic past in France, with the French Revolution the ideals changed radically to something much more secular, and there is a much more total separation of church and state than there is in many countries.” –Dr. William Edgar

Watch Dr. Edgar explain the diverse...

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“The first thing the law does is to give the whole distinction a religious aspect, no matter whether this inhered in it from the beginning or not. When the law undertakes to regulate a thing, it obtains from that very fact religious significance.” –Geerhardus Vos

In this episode of...

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Someone in the Jerusalem Chamber had asked if it was a pastor’s duty to read the Scriptures publicly in the weekly worship services of the church. It was November 1643, and the Westminster Assembly was trying to build a biblical system of church government from the ground up. In the summer...

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Post-Exilic Struggles

The Israelites in Zechariah’s time regarded their day as a “day of small things” (Zech 4:10). It is tempting for us to view the post-exilic period of Israel’s history in much the same way. After all, Israel’s glory days of conquest, kingship, and...

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Sunday, 01 July 2018 23:22

Seven Marks of a Puritan Pulpit Ministry

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In its reform of the pulpit ministry of England, assembly members agreed on the rough outlines of a sketch of preachers and preaching. This final study summarizes seven points of a mainstream puritan vision for the pulpit as articulated by the Westminster assembly and its members.

God’s...

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Tuesday, 26 June 2018 03:00

Have You Become What You Worship?

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Does idolatry relate to the modern world? Why is it that we become whatever we worship? Is idolatry ultimately about our conception of who God is and who he is not?

Matthew Barrett, executive editor of Credo Magazine, talks with Greg Beale about the nature of idolatry and why it...

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Monday, 18 June 2018 04:55

Context, Context, Context

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“When you look at the whole Old Testament, we see see a God who is not only unbelievably powerful, but one who stoops down and brings people into relationship with him.” –Professor Elizabeth Groves

Hear Professor Groves explain the importance of reading Scripture within the larger...

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Monday, 11 June 2018 01:09

The Visible Church and Theological Stewardship

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Since the church is the “domain within which the Holy Scripture prevails and operates,” making God’s Word truly a “family Bible,” theological development must be rightly restored to Mother Church in her visible and confessional stewardship.

Theological reflection is...

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Monday, 21 May 2018 23:21

How the Reformation Changed Sunday Gatherings

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“When the Reformers recovered the gospel, they were also interested in recovering the true and pure worship of God.” –Dr. Gibson

Hear Mark Dever and Jonathan Leeman interview Dr. Jonathan Gibson on the impact of the Reformation on church worship. This interview was produced by the&n...

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Monday, 21 May 2018 23:19

Horror and Hope

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“You can’t make sense out of the cross without the holiness of God and the utter offensiveness of sin. Ezekiel shows us the necessity of the cross; the culmination of the horror and beauty of the cross.” –Dr. Iain Duguid

Hear Dr. Duguid describe principles for interpreting...

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Monday, 21 May 2018 23:19

Vos’s Reformed Dogmatics

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Richard B. Gaffin Jr.’s editorial oversight of the translation of Geerhardus Vos’s Gereformeerde Dogmatiek has brought to light yet another theological treasure from perhaps the finest Reformed theologian since Calvin. The sustained depth of penetration of the traditional loci of...

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