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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imageChristopher R. J. Holmes, The Holy Spirit, New Studies in Dogmatics (Grand Rapids, MI: Zondervan, 2015). 219pp. Paperback.

Reviewed by Dr. Ryan McGraw

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By Ian HamiltonWhat is a Christian? This is a question the Bible addresses with a number of related answers. A Christian is a "new creation" (2 Cor.5:17), someone born of the Spirit of God (Jn. 3:3-5), a believer in the Lord Jesus Christ (Acts 16:31), a lover of the brethren (Jn. 13:35), someone...

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Editor's Note: The following was originally published in thePuritan Reformed Journal, 8, 2, 2016

By Zachary Groff
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The increasing use of electronic devices in modern societies presents an old, spiritual problem in a new, more technologically advanced form. Laptops and smartphones have emerged as...

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By Richard HolstThe Westminster Assembly, according to Chad Van Dixhoorn, “in a rare display of initiative determined that preaching was important enough” and bad preaching common enough that some directives were necessary.[i]
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It could be a comment about almost any period of church...

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Franciscus Gomarus on Roman Catholic Baptism

By Dr. Ryan McGraw (fromThe Confessional Presbyterian)

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Franciscus Gomarus (1563–1641) was one of the leading Dutch Reformed theologians of the period of Reformed orthodoxy. He was one of the primary theological opponents...

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Rebecca Van Doodewaard, Your Future ‘Other Half:’ It Matters Who You Marry. Geanies House, UK: Christian Focus Publications, 2014. 96 pp. Paperback. $8.99.
Reviewed by Dr. Ryan McGraw
We tend easily to be imbalanced. The subject of marriage is no exception. Some people postpone marriage...

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Michael F. Bird, Craig A. Evans, Simon J. Gathercole, Charles E. Hill, and Chris Tilling, eds., How God Became Jesus: The Real Origins of Belief in Divine Nature. Grand Rapids: Zondervan, 2014. 236pp. Paperback.
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For the last two hundred years, Biblical scholarship has...

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This article is the second in a series on the Puritan perspective on preaching. The first may be found here.
By Richard Holst
“Your conscience must judge of your willingness and the church of your ability.” — William Perkins,The Calling of The Ministry, 181)
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The Westminster...

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Friday, 04 September 2015 07:39

Silence?

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“If I profess with loudest voice and clearest exposition every portion of the truth of God except that little point which the world and the devil are at that moment attacking, I am not confessing Christ, however boldly I may be professing Christ. Where the battle rages,...

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Monday, 24 August 2015 11:11

Learning Luther

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This article is the first in a series on the Puritan perspective on preaching. It is a brief contextual sketch in which to set a consideration of what the Directory says about preachers and preaching.By Richard Holst1. The Westminster Directory for the Public Worship of GodAmong the documents...

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