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, 06 November 2019 00:50

A Brief History of the Apocrypha

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Jesus and the New Testament authors never directly quote the Apocrypha. Neither do they introduce it with labels that would suggest inspiration, such as “as it is written” or “as the Scripture says.” Many echoes and allusions have been detected in the New Testament, but no...

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Thursday, 31 October 2019 02:14

The Wonderful Works of God

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This new publication of Herman Bavinck’s Magnalia Dei, helpfully retitled as The Wonderful Works of God, testifies to the relevance and value of great theology. Few theologians have plumbed the depths, probed the richness, and proclaimed the scope of Scripture, of history and redemption, of...

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Wednesday, 30 October 2019 02:08

In the Word, On the Go: 10/30/2019

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“The message of the book of Jonah is that self-righteous prophets need Christ’s hesed–his steadfast, forgiving love–every bit as much as the pagan outsiders do.” –Dr. Iain Duguid

Listen to Dr. Duguid discuss Jonah 2:9 with Champ Thornton on the In the Word on the...

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Tuesday, 29 October 2019 23:39

Matters of Religious Freedom

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“One of the most important things I think we all need to do is rediscover the importance of the ten commandments as an expression of God’s grace for us.” –Dr. Peter A. Lillback

Listen to Dr. Lillback talk about Westminster’s experience with religious liberty with host...

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Sunday, 27 October 2019 02:02

Reclamation Worship: 10/27/2019

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“All of us need to be prepared… and we need to have those truths ready, that God is good even when you can’t see it.” –Dr. Jonathan Gibson

Listen to Dr. Gibson discuss his recent book, The Moon is Always Round, with Jason Allen on the Reclamation Worship podcast.

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Monday, 21 October 2019 02:18

Paul’s Theology of Friendship

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A comparison between Paul and Aristotle on friendship may seem futile, at first glance. Paul doesn’t use the words “friend” or “friendship” in his writings. He only describes friendship conceptually. But even then, he lacks the philosophical precision of Aristotle. It...

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Wednesday, 16 October 2019 01:07

Is God Always Good?

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“In and ourselves Jackie and I couldn’t testify that God was always good. It was the Spirit at work in us sustaining our faith, giving us belief in these passages and in verses like Psalm 100:5.” –Dr. Jonathan Gibson

Listen to Dr. Gibson discuss the comfort found in Psalm...

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“Mastricht really is a gazetteer of what’s going on in Reformed thought. Mastricht says some Reformed say this, some Reformed say that, here’s where I think the safer path is… He kind of gives you the theological topography of what’s going on in roughly 1700.”...

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Monday, 07 October 2019 03:49

How to Read 1–2 Peter Theologically

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Textbooks and commentaries on 1–2 Peter must address a variety of issues. Often, questions of sources, traditions, authorship, and “problem passages” occupy a disproportionate amount of space. Did Peter write both 1 Peter and 2 Peter? Did he write neither? Does 2 Peter present a...

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Thursday, 26 September 2019 01:27

Teaching 2 Timothy

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“This message of do not be ashamed is particularly relevant. It’s not just don’t be afraid. It’s don’t give in to the shame and shun-based culture because you’re standing for a sound doctrine or you’re standing for godly behavior. I think it’s...

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Wednesday, 25 September 2019 00:50

Why We Need a Children’s Book about Death

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This is a guest post by Jackie Gibson. Jackie is married to Dr. Jonathan Gibson. They have three children—Benjamin, Leila, and “Baby Gib.” She serves alongside her husband at Westminster Theological Seminary.

 

“No one will ever read this book!” I said to my...

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Tuesday, 24 September 2019 00:28

Rethinking Biblical Theology

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“But in fact if history points and is designed to point to later parts then this coming out of Egypt on Israel’s part was a pointer to Christ coming out of Egypt at that point.” – Dr. Greg Beale

Listen to Dr. Greg Beale discuss the nature of biblical theology and hermeneutics...

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Wednesday, 11 September 2019 04:13

How to Find Help in Dark Times

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“Believe it or not, it was actually Genesis chapter one that brought me a lot of comfort. Particularly this verse…I had to go back to the very fundamentals of my faith and ask myself ‘Who is in control here?'”

Listen to Dr. Gibson explain how the first words of the Bible...

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Monday, 09 September 2019 01:22

Don’t Disconnect These 3 Vital Facets of Scripture

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Who God Is

Genesis 1–3 is an account of things that happened in time and space—so it’s a reality of what we might call nonfiction or historical. But it’s actual things, not made-up things, that God did that you could have seen if you were around. But, we weren’t around....

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Tuesday, 03 September 2019 01:42

What is Science?

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The discussion of the relationship between science and faith rests, among other things, on proper definitions of “science” and “faith”. Is “science” simply a term that explains what scientists actually do (descriptive)? Or is the definition of science a statement...

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Monday, 02 September 2019 01:28

Could Jesus Have Sinned?

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How one answers the question of whether Christ could have sinned does not determine one’s salvation, but the theological realities that inform our answer — Christ’s divine personhood and genuine humanity — are critical to the gospel. And together, they help us to see how...

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Tuesday, 20 August 2019 06:28

Gospel Boots

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In our culture, shoes are a fashion statement. People enjoy them as a way to express their individuality, not merely to cover their feet. It wasn’t that way in ancient times. Most didn’t have any shoes; they went barefoot. As a result, travel was slow and difficult, especially if the...

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Monday, 12 August 2019 00:32

Why Use Confessions in the Church Today?

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“The age of the text is a benefit, rather than a liability. There is no need to apologize for something that’s been around and proved itself to be useful...

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Thursday, 01 August 2019 03:51

Ministry Style Matters

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Ministry style matters. First Corinthians 2:4 tells us that Paul decided on a manner for his entire ministry that was harmonious with his message. Paul’s message was Christ, in His cross and resurrection (1 Cor. 15:1–4), so his manner likewise had to be cross-shaped, rather than...

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Thursday, 25 July 2019 23:11

Machen and Scholarship

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Machen’s life was remarkably busy. Along with his regular labors at Westminster Theological Seminary and in the church, he accepted many invitations to speak and teach. One such invitation came to him from the Bible League of Great Britain, where he spoke on multiple occasions. First, in...

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Sunday, 14 July 2019 23:25

One Day Your War Will End

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Nearly all Christians are familiar with the armor of God in Ephesians 6:10–20. But fewer are aware that the armor Paul describes traces its roots back to the Old Testament. In fact, the armor given to the Christian for his fight against the forces of sin and darkness is quite literally...

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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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