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The Eternal Subordination of the Son Debate: Concluding Reflections (Part 2)

In this final part of my series on the debate concerning the eternal subordination of the Son (ESS), I will identify a few more of the issues that the debate has brought to the surface. The Quest for a...
Posted June 26, 2017 @ 2:50 PM by Alastair Roberts

The Cost of Leadership

In the business world, there's regular talk of building the right team and how to woo the right people in order to steer the ship when current commitments seem to be hindering production. With the right relationships and the...
Posted June 22, 2017 @ 6:49 AM by Nick Kennicott

Particular Baptists and the Need for Revival

In the seventeenth century one of the most spiritually alive denominations in the British Isles were the Particular or Calvinistic Baptists.1 From the establishment in 1638 of their first congregation in London, they grew to the point, where, by...
Posted June 20, 2017 @ 8:56 AM by Michael Haykin

Echoes of Scripture in the Gospels

One does not have to preach, teach, or even read the New Testament for long in order to discover how steeped its authors are in the Old Testament. The OT surfaces on virtually every page of the NT. It...
Posted June 19, 2017 @ 9:05 AM by Guy Waters

Don't Leave Those Kids Alone

Because of the obsession of what has been called "youth culture," it has been said that 1 Timothy 4:12 ("Let no one despite you for your youth...") may be the most incomprehensible passage in our modern American culture. A...
Posted June 15, 2017 @ 7:02 AM by Gabriel Williams

A Year After Orlando

As is true of September 11, June 12 is a date in American history that elicits a miasma of emotions. Just one year ago today, one the most tragic mass shootings on American soil took place. The target was clear--the "LGBT" community. It...
Posted June 12, 2017 @ 9:55 AM by Michael Aitcheson

Visit the Alliance booth at PCA General Assembly

Are you planning on attending the PCA General Assembly June 12-16 in Greensboro, NC? Stop by the Alliance booth (#3605) to say hello, find out what's new, and to receive free audio from Liam Goligher, Bible teacher on the Alliance's...
Posted June 8, 2017 @ 4:22 PM by Robert Brady

Self-Care or Sabbath?

A recent NPR article profiled what it called "the millennial obsession with self-care."1 Apparently, the millennial generation is engaging in the practice of self-care with a surprising frequency and intensity that a multi-billion dollar industry has been built up around it....
Posted June 6, 2017 @ 8:00 AM by Brian Mesimer

Sexual Identity Conference

Our friends at Independent Presbyterian Church in Savannah, GA are hosting a conference with Rosaria Butterfield this Friday night. The theme of the conference is "Sexual Identity and Union with Christ." There will be a Q&A time after her talk. On...
Posted June 5, 2017 @ 8:22 AM by Nick Batzig

Justifying a Non-Repeatable Justification

As there has been no small debate in recent decades over the doctrine of justification, I was delighted to come across a treatment of the once-for-all nature of justification in Geerhardus Vos' Reformed Dogmatics. Having introduced the subject by explaining...
Posted June 3, 2017 @ 7:52 AM by Nick Batzig

Cruciform Suffering

The fact that the incarnate Son of God "learned obedience" (Heb. 5:8) is an essential aspect of Jesus' human nature and so is indispensable to sound Christology and soteriology. Apart from the cross itself, the clearest example we have of...
Posted May 30, 2017 @ 7:57 AM by Daniel Timmer

A Christian in the Secular Academy

When many individuals think of the life of a college professor, the general perception they have formed (fueled by articles such as this) is that we only work for a few days a week and have the entire summer...
Posted May 26, 2017 @ 7:49 AM by Gabriel Williams

In Defense of the Sabbatical

Pastoral ministry often feels like a 24/7 calling. A pastor can't leave the care of the people of God at the door of the office when the clock strikes 5 PM. While pastoring in the First World requires considerably less...
Posted May 24, 2017 @ 12:27 PM by Nick Batzig

These Present Sufferings

As I write, the United Kingdom is still reeling from the latest terrorist atrocity to be unleashed in one of our major cities. It was particularly horrific in that it was deliberately targeted at children and teenagers attending a...
Posted May 24, 2017 @ 7:45 AM by Mark Johnston

How Then Should We Preach?

However well constructed and attractive, a car is useless without fuel. On the flip side, a motor may have fuel without being a vehicle. Likewise, preaching is a vehicle that requires fuel. God designed preaching to bring us to...
Posted May 22, 2017 @ 8:39 AM by Ryan McGraw

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