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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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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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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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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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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