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, 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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Monday, 14 May 2018 00:14

The Witness of Scripture to Itself

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Herman Bavinck’s magnum opus, his four-volume Reformed Dogmatics, offers a stunning synthesis of reflection upon the teaching of Scripture. It is arguably the finest multivolume Reformed systematic theology available in the English language. His theological formulations and biblical...

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Tuesday, 08 May 2018 23:06

Interview with Books at a Glance

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Fred Zaspel, editor at Books at a Glance interviews Dr. Brandon Crowe on his latest book, The Last Adam: A Theology of the Obedient Life of Jesus in the Gospels.

Zaspel: Adam Christology is not new, but our guest today wants you to know that it’s not just a Pauline doctrine. I’m...

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Tuesday, 08 May 2018 23:06

The Altar of Incense

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Many of the furnishings of the tabernacle had a functional purpose. The lampstand gave light in an otherwise dark enclosure, while the table provided a place on which to put the showbread. Meanwhile, the incense altar served the practical purpose of pleasantly scenting the air. These items...

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Dr. Stephen Nichols, host of the 5 Minutes in Church History podcast, interviews Dr. Jonathan Gibson and Mark Earngey on their new book, Reformation Worship: Liturgies from the Past for the Present. More information about Reformation Worship including the full list of liturgies,...

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Tuesday, 01 May 2018 21:39

Church Discipline and the Reformation

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The Reformers gave great impetus toward the recovery of church discipline. For them, church discipline became a matter of great importance. While there is dispute as to whether they deemed discipline a mark of a true church, all the Reformers saw discipline, if not a mark of the essence (esse) of a...

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Dr. Stephen Nichols, host of the 5 Minutes in Church History podcast, interviews Dr. Jonathan Gibson and Mark Earngey on their new book, Reformation Worship: Liturgies from the Past for the Present. More information about Reformation Worship including the full list of liturgies,...

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Tuesday, 24 April 2018 00:26

Excursus: Reformed Dogmatics (Vos Group #45)

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“Included in God’s idea of creation and in God’s will to create is that one thing follow the other, and therefore in passive creation there is a sequence of time corresponding to this logical order in God. In other words, time and differences of time are products of creation, not...

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Credo Magazine interviews Dr. Jonathan Gibson and Mark Earngey on their new book, Reformation Worship: Liturgies from the Past for the Present. More information about Reformation Worship including the full list of liturgies, endorsements, and access to the book’s preface and...

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Credo Magazine interviews Dr. Jonathan Gibson and Mark Earngey on their new book, Reformation Worship: Liturgies from the Past for the Present. More information about Reformation Worship including the full list of liturgies, endorsements, and access to the book’s preface and...

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Monday, 16 April 2018 23:43

The Trinity and Perspectival Knowledge

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Perspectives in the Trinity

We know that there are three distinct persons in the Trinity. Do these persons have distinct “perspectives”? It is wise to begin by putting the word perspectivesin quotation marks. The quotation marks should remind us that our own thinking, including...

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Wednesday, 11 April 2018 04:55

Interview with Christian Heritage

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In this interview with Christian Heritage, Dr. William Edgar discusses a number of topics including his experiences as a university and seminary student, theological influences, and early interactions with Francis Schaeffer.

This interview is part of Christian Heritage’s podcast series that...

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Thursday, 05 April 2018 01:45

The Sweet Simplicity of the Gospel

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Watch Dr. Garner discuss the simplicity of the gospel and its application for the church and its pastors. This interview was recorded at the 45th General Assembly of the Presbyterian Church in America on June 2017 and published in the PCA online magazine, byFaith.

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Thursday, 05 April 2018 01:45

Responding in Repentance

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“Thus says the Lord of hosts: ‘These people say the time has not yet come to rebuild the house of the Lord.’ Then the word of the Lord came by the hand of Haggai the prophet, ‘Is it a time for you yourselves to dwell in your paneled houses, while this house lies in...

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Friday, 30 March 2018 21:52

Totemism (Vos Group #44)

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“Totemism is a form of superstition in which savage tribes and families derive their origin from some animal or plant or some inanimate object, to all the specimens of which they pay religious reverence, after which they name themselves, and which they abstain from killing and eating.”...

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Friday, 23 March 2018 01:20

Liturgy in the Garden of Eden

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Worship in Eden

The beginning of creation was the beginning of worship in heaven and on earth—by the created order, and by the first couple of mankind. However, in the unfolding revelation of God in history, the first explicit call to worship was made to Adam. Created from the dust of the art...

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Friday, 23 March 2018 01:19

Uncleanness and Purification (Vos Group #42)

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“Clean means qualified worship of Jehovah in the tabernacle, unclean the opposite. Cleanness is the prerequisite for holiness.”

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

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Friday, 23 March 2018 01:19

Principles of Primeval Revelation

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In the marvelous collection of notes which became Biblical Theology,Vos stresses the importance of four great principles at work in the pre-redemptive “primeval revelation.” The first he called “the principle of life in its highest potency,” which he says is sacramentally...

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I once asked a college class to give me the definition of “the perfect woman.” Immediately, one of the girls blurted out, “a cute, chaste, cooking, cleaning, childbearing Christian who is clever (but not too clever).” And then she added, “Not that I’m bitter, of...

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Monday, 12 March 2018 23:24

Chariots of the Lord

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A clear instance of God appearing with chariots is found in Isaiah 66:15–16:

“For behold, the Lord will come in fire, and his chariots like the whirlwind, to render his anger in fury, and his rebuke with flames of fire. For by fire will the Lord enter into judgment, and by...

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Wednesday, 07 March 2018 22:14

A Book for the Broken

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“The book of Judges shows us that God is sovereign and at work when things are not going well. God is still fulfilling his purposes to demonstrate who he is: a God of mercy and compassion as he describes himself in Exodus 34:6–7.”

Hear Dr. Duguid describe how the book of Judges can...

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Sunday, 04 March 2018 22:18

Our Daily Bread

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Give us this day our daily bread.

With the fourth petition we come to the turning point in the Lord’s Prayer. Whereas the first three petitions were given in the second person (“your”), in the fourth petition we find the first of the “we” petitions. To begin, we should...

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Sunday, 04 March 2018 22:16

Biblical Teaching about the Tithe

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Tithes were an ancient tradition in the Bible (and more broadly in the ancient Near East). In the Book of Genesis, Abraham gave to the priest-king Melchizedek a tithe of the spoils of his war against the four kings (Gen. 14:20), while Jacob committed himself to give a tithe to the Lord of...

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