The New Reformation Study Bible is Out–and It Looks Great

A brief look at the new Reformation Study Bible

It’s an honor to be a contributor because this new study Bible is packed with wonderful articles and essays from some of the top Reformed thinkers today. Included in this list is a number of professors from Reformed Theological Seminary (past and present): Guy Waters, Roger Nicole, John Currid, Sean Lucas, Mark Futato, Bruce Waltke,... Continue Reading

Complementarian Organizations and Where Women Belong

If a woman speaks and a man learns something, did she teach him?

When we confuse parachurch organizations with the local church, we end up with a muddled mess. We can’t definitively answer a question of “where does a woman belong in a complementarian organization?” because applications about teaching and authority only make sense in context of a community that actually possesses authority. Some would say to simply... Continue Reading

Martin Luther’s Definition of Faith

Faith is a living, bold trust in God’s grace, so certain of God’s favor that it would risk death a thousand times trusting in it.

Because of it, you freely, willingly and joyfully do good to everyone, serve everyone, suffer all kinds of things, love and praise the God who has shown you such grace. Thus, it is just as impossible to separate faith and works as it is to separate heat and light from fire! Therefore, watch out for... Continue Reading

The Ditches of Discipline

What disciplines will saturate our lives with the truth of God’s communing presence, shape our hearts, and develop sound judgement?

The Holy Spirit works in us to will and to do, but it seems his work of both motivating and enabling is deeply related to our earnest efforts to desire and do his will (Col 1:29). Instead of trying to find the starting point of the circle, let us simply remember that what Spirit-prompted flames... Continue Reading

The Sweet Direction of the Law

Some quotes showing how Francis Turretin (d. 1687) discussed the use of the law for the regenerate

“In the first covenant, man was bound to do this in order that he might live (to deserve life); but in this [covenant of grace] he is bound to do the same (not [so] that he may live, but because he lives) to the possession of the life acquired by Christ and the testimony of... Continue Reading

What Should the Church Say to Bruce Jenner?

Is there a word from God to the transgender community?

The hope for Bruce Jenner, and for others like him, is not to alter the body with surgery or to flood their system with hormones. The answer is to realize that all of us are born alienated from what we were created to be. We don’t need to fix what happened in our first birth;... Continue Reading

How Do You Know You’re Repentant?

Here are 12 signs we have a genuinely repentant heart

Repenting people, typically, are zealous about casting off their sin. That’s what God’s Spirit does inside of them. When this happens, one can expect to see a willingness to accept outside counsel. A willingness to inconvenience their schedules. A willingness to confess embarrassing things. A willingness to make financial sacrifices or lose friends or end... Continue Reading

A Love that Sharpens

The watered-down, wishy-washy, sentimentalized version of “love” that is propagated by our self-indulgent, perennially-adolescent culture is not love

To “love” someone, according to our society, is to affirm every decision they make and to applaud them just for being them. In fact, there is nothing more hateful, according to our corrupt culture, than to tell someone they’re wrong, and that they need to change in some considerable way in order to be pleasing to... Continue Reading

Christians Thrown Overboard By Obama

What do you call it when 12 men are drowned at sea for praying to Jesus? Answer: Religious persecution.

Religious persecution of Christians is rampant worldwide, as the Pew Research Center has noted, but nowhere is it more prevalent than in the Middle East and Northern Africa, where followers of Jesus are the targets of religious cleansing. Pope Francis has repeatedly decried the persecution and begged the world for help, but it has had... Continue Reading

My Father Was Gay. Why I Oppose Legalizing Same-Sex Marriage.

In Canada, parents experience state interference when it comes to moral values and teachings about family, parenting and sex education in schools.

When same-sex marriage passed in Canada in July 2005, parenting was immediately redefined, removing parentage from its biological origins. Canada’s gay marriage law, Bill C-38, included a provision to erase the term “natural parent” and replace it across the board with gender-neutral “legal parent” in federal law. Now, all children have “legal parents,” as defined... Continue Reading

Bells, Loneliness and Scripture

Same-sex marriage is one of the most divisive, burning issues in contemporary Western culture. It is important to get it right.

This is what Scripture is meant to do. It is written for our encouragement (Romans 15:4) and our “instruction” (1 Corinthians 10:11 cp. 2 Timothy 3:15). We ignore what Scripture teaches about God’s intention for human sexuality at our peril. We will end up in the lonely place of an imploded cultural wasteland with only... Continue Reading

Shepherding: The Rest Of The Story

Faithful shepherding will not only produce growing sheep, it will promote going sheep, deployed in service to and to the glory of the Chief Shepherd.

To say the Lord is my shepherd is to say more than the Lord is my guardian. It is to say the Lord is my captain, and He is the captain of others conscripted to serve with me. He leads me not only beside still water and into green pastures, he leads me into battle... Continue Reading

‘OPC Singles’: A Place for Singles in the Orthodox Presbyterian Church to Meet

Looking for that special someone? Committed to marrying in the Lord? If you are part of the Orthodox Presbyterian Church, visit OPC Singles

Many smaller congregations seem to have too many single men or too many single women. But by making the pool of potential spouses a bit larger, Bressler believes that the Internet can increase fellowship with others by providing a godly environment for single adults in the OPC to meet and build God-blessed relationships.   Looking... Continue Reading

Faith No More: How The British Are Losing Their Religion

Counter-cultural religion, Christian or Muslim, is thriving in the UK. But the God that many people still more or less believe in won’t be found in Church of England services

For the past two or three hundred years, at least since the civil war, most British Christianity has been like that. Then, in the last 50 years, it fell off a cliff.. In the last 30 years alone attendance at mainstream churches has just about halved. The way this has happened is also important: adults... Continue Reading

Shaken Family

Josh Burns is one in a long line of parents jailed over shaken baby syndrome, an abuse diagnosis facing new scrutiny, fighting his guilty verdict

During Josh’s civil and criminal trials, a total of five doctors testified in his defense, arguing Naomi’s medical condition was not conclusive for abuse. They pointed to a crucial factor: Naomi’s traumatic birth. Brenda labored for four hours before hospital staff unsuccessfully attempted to extract Naomi with a vacuum device. When the baby finally emerged... Continue Reading

U.S. Military ‘Hostile’ To Christians Under Obama; Morale, Retention Devastated

Christians are leaving the U.S. military or are discouraged from joining in the first place because of a “hostile work environment” that doesn’t let them express their beliefs openly

Mr.  Berry said he thinks the “hostile work environment” that is forcing the most religious persons out of the military is only getting worse, and that while in the past problems were mainly in the Air Force, religious liberty issues have spread throughout all the services. “The problem is getting worse, not better, despite our efforts,”... Continue Reading

Update on R.C. Sproul’s Health, Now Home

Dr. Sproul is home from the hospital

Nathan Bingham of Ligonier Ministries sent this update on Dr. Sproul’s health. Dr. Sproul is home from the hospital. As many of you know, he suffered a stroke, which required an extended hospital stay. We give thanks to God that there has been no paralysis and he remains his same jovial self. But there are... Continue Reading

Al-Shabab, Christian Persecution, and Psalm 23

Persecution of African (and Middle-Eastern) Christians continues to increase

“Today, I remember the Good Shepherd in light of the persecuted church. As I write, headlines tell of the murder of some 147 students in Kenya. At 5:30 AM on Thursday, April 2, students attending Garissa University College—a school seated near the Kenyan/Somali border—were battered by gunfire.”   Persecution of African (and Middle-Eastern) Christians continues... Continue Reading

Christological Ultrasounds

How could Christ be preached centuries before His coming?

“The Old Testament is filled with “ultrasounds” of the Lord Jesus Christ. Yes, I believe–as our own David Murray has said–“on every page”, we will find our Savior, if we only have the eyes to see Him. He does however, appear in the rough and sometimes two-dimensional form that ultrasounds present our children in the... Continue Reading

Dangerous Calling – A Review

The book looks to expose the danger of hypocrisy in the life of the Pastor

“Paul Tripp, in his book Dangerous Calling, takes a look at Christian ministry from another angle. His contention is that there is something desperately wrong with ministers and ministry culture. The book is really trying to expose the danger of hypocrisy in the life of the Pastor. Many have found this book hugely helpful and... Continue Reading

Why Is Sola Fide So Important?

The Reformation was a return to the Word of God unencumbered by rationalist, a priori assumptions

“In the medieval and later Romanist program, God was said to recognize as just those who are completely sanctified. The Protestants rejected that scheme as contrary to the biblical teaching that sinners are justified by divine favor alone (sola gratia), through faith alone (sola fide) which rests and trusts in Christ alone as the Righteous One.”... Continue Reading

Calvin the Exegete

Calvin maintained a high view of the text and a mind for theological application

“When passages of Scripture are taken up at random, and no attention is paid to the context, we need not wonder that mistakes of this frequently arise.  Yet it was an instance of very gross ignorance, to imagine that Lucifer was the king of devils, and that the Prophet gave him this name.  But as... Continue Reading

Using Your Tongue for God’s Glory

These practices will help us use our tongues in positive ways and teach our children to do the same

“We can counter the effect of a bad tongue by modeling a good tongue. We should speak honestly but lovingly. Also, we should speak kind words to others and go out of our way to compliment people who deserve it. How many times have we complimented our children this past week? How often did we... Continue Reading

Don’t Be Scared off From Reading the Puritans

Reading the Puritans is good for the mind, heart, and soul

“I have been leading my small group through one of these works, The Bruised Reed by Richard Sibbes. It is a Christian classic for a reason. If you haven’t read it, buy a copy and reward your soul.”   Many are scared off from reading the Puritans thinking they are too difficult to read. Others... Continue Reading

The Seed of Divorce

The world, the flesh, and the devil are all committed to the destruction of marriage

“It may be that in your marriage, you have allowed the seed of divorce to grow. Perhaps it has already put down roots and is digging in. Maybe it has already poked its head through the soil and begun to grow to full bloom. Do not despair. There is still hope for your marriage. A... Continue Reading

The Creedal Imperative

A review of Carl Trueman's book on the need for creeds and confessions

Thus, my response to the biblicist pastor would simply be this: do not precipitately abandon creedal formulations which have been tried and tested over centuries by churches all over the world in favor of your own ideas. On the whole, those who reinvent the wheel invest a lot of time either to come up with... Continue Reading

Grace, the Two Covenants, and Merit

Mark Jones' posts regarding grace as pertains to the covenants of works and grace raise some perennial questions in covenant theology.

This is why the clear commitment in our confessional tradition to the two-covenant scheme, in which the covenants of works and grace are categorically distinguished and contrasted is so important to theological discussions of merit and grace.  The two covenant scheme of the Westminster Standards has been absolutely essential in combating the Neonomianism of both Norman Shepherd and... Continue Reading

Truth in Beauty: Cinderella and Frozen

Sacrificial love. Redemption. Forgiveness. In Disney movies? Yes!

Movies have power. It’s refreshing to see that power used to portray truth with such stirring beauty and artistry. I’m glad these are my daughter’s favorite movies. They’re teaching her to have courage, to be kind, to forgive and to put others ahead of herself. Not bad for Disney!     This past Friday night,... Continue Reading

Perspective is Key

Seven thoughts on perspective that will help us stay the course in ministry and to learn contentment

We are being sanctified through our suffering. One of the chief ways that God grows His people is through suffering. The writer of Hebrews ties together the suffering that the Hebrew Christians are enduring with the loving chastening of God (Heb. 12:3-11). They were tempted to turn back to a ritualistic religion that avoided suffering, but... Continue Reading

Why Following Your Heart Is a Really Bad Idea

There’s a difference between following your heart and being led by God

This is the method that God has given us in making decisions when asking those all-important questions: What should I do? When should I stay, or when should I go? When do I speak up, and when do I listen? Jesus has given us His Spirit. The Spirit (our Helper) that now dwells inside of... Continue Reading