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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Sunday, 29 October 2017 14:32

A Fresh Look At the Five Solas

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imageOver the last five Sundays in a sermon series at King’s Church, we have been taking a fresh look at the Five Solas of the Reformation. In that time, we have drunk deeply at the well of salvation and seen the Lord Jesus Christ and His power to save in new and fresh ways. It has been a joy! I...

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Sunday, 29 October 2017 14:11

A Mighty Fortress: The German Edition

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imageArticle by David Mathis (at this link)

The Reformers didn’t just protest; they sang. The Protestant Reformation, which began in earnest 500 years ago this week, didn’t just give birth to preaching and writing, but it inspired music and unleashed song.

That God declares us rebels fully...

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Saturday, 28 October 2017 12:57

What is Lordship Salvation?

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imageArticle by John Hendryx (original source here)

I have read some critical remarks of Lordship salvation which have some validity. These criticisms have indeed been true with some erroneous presentations of Lordship that appear to be nothing more than a works-based based gospel which give the...

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Saturday, 28 October 2017 08:02

Was Martin Luther Insane?

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imageArticle: Was Luther Insane? by Dr. R. C. Sproul (original source here)

With the advent of modern psychoanalysis, it’s become popular to evaluate the psyches of famous historical figures: people like Alexander the Great, Moses, Nero, and others. One of the favorite targets of study is Martin...

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Thursday, 26 October 2017 12:06

Who are the 144,000?

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imageArticle by Dr. Sam Storms entitled “10 THINGS YOU SHOULD KNOW ABOUT THE 144,000 IN THE BOOK OF REVELATION” (original source here)

Will the debate ever end about the identity of the 144,000 servants in Revelation 7? Perhaps not, but I hope these ten truths will contribute something to our...

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Wednesday, 25 October 2017 15:47

Why Did Adam Choose To Sin?

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imageR. C. Sproul: Excerpt from this source.

But what about man’s will with respect to the sovereignty of God? Perhaps the oldest dilemma of the Christian faith is the apparent contradiction between the sovereignty of God and the freedom of man. If we define human freedom as autonomy (meaning that...

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Wednesday, 25 October 2017 08:31

Can Roman Catholicism be Considered Christianity?

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imageArticle: Reformation 500: Can Roman Catholicism be Considered Christianity? by Eric Davis (original source here)

It’s that time of year again when we remember the Protestant Reformation. But this year, it’s really something special: 500 years have passed since the greatest movement of...

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Tuesday, 24 October 2017 13:32

Reformation T-Shirts

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imageA FRIEND OF MINE, STEVEN BANCARZ HAS PRODUCED SOME GREAT (non-cheesy conversation starters) T-SHIRTS TO COMMEMORATE THE PROTESTANT REFORMATION:

25% of any profits go to Corpus Christi Food Bank helping with relief from hurricane Harvey in Texas.

“For I am not ashamed of the gospel, for it is...

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Tuesday, 24 October 2017 11:45

A Word from the KJV Translators

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imageArticle: THE EMBARRASSING PREFACE TO THE KING JAMES VERSION Posted By Bill Combs (original source here)

When the King James Version of the Bible came off the press of Robert Barker in 1611, it contained an eleven-page preface titled “The Translators to the Reader.” This preface is...

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Tuesday, 24 October 2017 03:02

Preaching is not Magical

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imageArticle by Dan Phillips: Original source here.

Christian worship is a supernatural event – but it is not a magic show.

In pagan worship, forms and rituals are thought to be inherently effective. The Latin phrase is ex opere operato, “from the work worked.” It is the idea that we...

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Monday, 23 October 2017 14:33

Why the Reformation Still Matters

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imageDr. Michael Reeves is president and professor of theology at Union School of Theology. He is author of many books, including Delighting in the Trinity. In an article in Tabletalk magazine (available here) he writes:

Last year, on October 31, Pope Francis announced that after five hundred years,...

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Monday, 23 October 2017 07:12

Justification According to Rome

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imageThis excerpt is adapted from Are We Together? A Protestant Analyzes Roman Catholicism by R.C. Sproul.

The gospel of Jesus Christ is always at risk of distortion. It became distorted in the centuries leading up to the Protestant Reformation of the sixteenth century. It became distorted at...

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Monday, 23 October 2017 06:53

What Is the Unpardonable Sin?

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imageExcerpt adapted from R.C. Sproul’s Mark, the fifth volume in the St. Andrew’s Expositional Commentary series.

“Assuredly, I say to you, all sins will be forgiven the sons of men, and whatever blasphemies they may utter; but he who blasphemes against the Holy Spirit never has...

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Sunday, 22 October 2017 10:30

Federal Headship – Adam and Christ

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Text: 1 Corinthians 15:22; Romans 5:12-21

God’s dealing with humanity takes place on the basis of “Federal Headship”. There are two Federal Heads: Adam and The Lord Jesus Christ. All in Adam die; all in Christ are made alive. Understanding this concept is key to understanding the...

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Sunday, 22 October 2017 09:49

Covenant Theology Is Not Replacement Theology

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imageArticle: Covenant Theology Is Not Replacement Theology by R. Scott Clark (original source here)

Recently I had a question asking whether “covenant theology” is so-called “replacement theology.” Those dispensational critics of Reformed covenant theology who accuse it of...

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Friday, 20 October 2017 21:22

Embyos and Five Year Olds – Who Do We Rescue?

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image“Excellent rebuttal to the pro-abortion “unanswerable argument”. Having said that , the pro-life twitter responses are mostly pathetic and do not address the challenge. This article stays with the question and does so logically. Ben Shapiro does so too in a more popular fashion on...

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Friday, 20 October 2017 07:07

Calvin on Justification, Faith and Works

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imageArticle: Justification, Faith and Works: Calvin on Ezekiel 18:17 by R. B. Gaffin, Jr., Professor of Biblical and Systematic Theology, Emeritus at Westminster Theological Seminary (original source here).

A passage from Calvin’s commentary on Ezekiel 18:14-17 has the distinction of being among...

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Sunday, 15 October 2017 02:26

The Five Solas: Now in E-Book and AudioBook

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imageAs the Bible came to be read in the common language of the people, the great central truths the Bible proclaimed were recovered, often at great cost to those who came to embrace them.

The Reformation recovered and highlighted glorious Scriptural truths which have been expressed in five memorable...

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Saturday, 14 October 2017 01:12

About the Church

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imageArticle: Dr. Sam Storms – 10 Things You should Know About the Church (original source here).

It’s both amazing and deeply distressing that I continue to hear of people who are supposedly “in love with Jesus” but not with the church. “We like you, Jesus, but we...

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Thursday, 12 October 2017 19:43

Luther was a flawed man

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God has only ever had one Person He used who had no flaws, namely the Lord Jesus Christ.

We celebrate the Protestant Reformation. We admire and respect the men (and women) God used in what was the greatest move of God in Church history, outside of the book of Acts. And yet, even while we do so, we...

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Wednesday, 11 October 2017 15:52

Getting the Most From God’s Word

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Andy Naselli shares the messages from a recent conference featuring John Piper and others on how to approach God’s word at this link.

Authors: John Samson...

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Wednesday, 11 October 2017 15:47

Understanding Deuteronomy 22 and the Virginity Test

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Question: “How accurate was the virginity test mentioned in Deuteronomy 22?” (Original source here)

Answer: Part of the Old Testament Law dealt with the matter of a husband who accused his new wife of not being a virgin when he married her. If such a charge was leveled, “then the...

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Wednesday, 11 October 2017 04:15

Berkhof On Salvation And Good Works

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3. THE NECESSITY OF GOOD WORKS.

There can be no doubt about the necessity of good works properly understood. They cannot be regarded as necessary to merit salvation, nor as a means to retain a hold on salvation, nor even as the only way along which to proceed to eternal glory, for children enter...

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Wednesday, 11 October 2017 04:13

Apostolic Miracles?

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Article: I Have Not Seen Miracles Here: Between Pentecost And The Parousia by R. Scott Clark (original source here)

And suddenly there came from heaven a sound like a mighty rushing wind, and it filled the entire house where they were sitting. And divided tongues as of fire appeared to them and...

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Tuesday, 10 October 2017 23:28

15 Answers to Evolutionist Misconceptions

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imageBy Dr. Jason Lisle (original source here)

Recently, someone sent me a link to an article appearing in Scientific American – a popular science magazine. The article is entitled “15 Answers to Creationist Nonsense.”[1] The article was extremely revealing, but not in the way the...

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