Sola Scriptura

The Sabbath Complete

THE SABBATH COMPLETE a review by Stuart Brogden The latter half of the 20th century has brought a growing interest in Reformed Theology, in striking contrast to the growing apostasy that has gripped many evangelical denominations. Many of my fellow Baptists aggressively and happily embraced the doctrines of grace and the great theological truths about […]

A Catholic Priest is Biblically Saved

A dear brother in Christ, who I had the pleasure of meeting several years ago, testifies of how the great and mighty Creator God saved his soul, from the pit of being a Roman Catholic Priest.

God’s Moral Law

This post is a quiz! Most Christians acknowledge a moral law at work in all men, seeing this in myriad places in Scripture – most explicitly, perhaps, in Romans 2: For when Gentiles, who do not have the law, by nature do what the law requires, they are a law to themselves, even though they do […]

The Road to Emmaus

The biblical passage in Luke 24 known as the Road to Emmaus is – like many passages – twisted and misused, sometimes innocently, many times intentionally. There is a mystical three-day retreat called The Walk to Emmaus (also known as Chrysalis) that was modeled after the Roman Catholic retreat known as Cursillo, which started in […]

The Holy Spirit and Reformed Theology

Some books are a chore to read – because of content and/or style and/or the author’s competence as an author. Some books are a joy to read – the content is excellent, the style is engaging and the book is well written and organized. This book is such a book – joy unspeakable! Yet about […]

The Trouble with the Tribulation

Making Your Calling and Election Sure

This is a wonderful post by Mike Ratcliff. It is most important for every professing Christian to strive for holiness and not take the grace of Christ for granted. Here’s the introduction, make sure you head over to Mike’s blog to read the whole article. It will convict you if you are a child of […]

God’s Wisdom in Proverbs

Any preacher worth his office will tell you that proper handling of wisdom literature (particularly Ecclesiastes, Song of Solomon, and Proverbs) is most difficult. Even “simple” Hebrew narratives do not always flow in chronological form as does western literature. Wisdom literature adds another twist in that it not only is designed to impart wisdom, it […]

The Kingdom of God

The Kingdom of God by Jeffrey Johnson Although I had been raised in a family that attended various churches, from non-denominational military chapels with no discernible doctrine to Nazarene churches with Arminian theology (later in life I was to wonder why those preachers ever preached anything other then Hebrews chapter 6), I was never with […]

Why God Won’t Go Away

Why God Won’t Go Away by Alister McGrath a review  In his book, Why God Won’t Go Away, Alister McGrath acquaints his reader with “new atheism”, a term apparently coined in 2006. He identifies four well-known atheists (Richard Dawkins, Daniel Dennett, Sam Harris, and Christopher Hitchens) with this philosophy, telling us how it got started, […]

Is the Sabbath a Creation Ordinance?

If you say the Sabbath is a Creation Ordinance, a few guidelines for the discussion and a couple of observations. First, define “Creation Ordinance”; secondly, explain from Scripture how it is determined that Sabbath keeping is a Creation Ordinance. Thirdly, is Sabbath keeping binding on Christians (exegesis of Scripture); fourthly, where is the command to […]

Baptist Covenant Theology

Reformed theology is often referred to as covenant theology – based on the covenants between God and man revealed in Scripture and the view that God deals with us primarily through covenants. One of our old Baptist brothers, C. H. Spurgeon, had this to say about the importance of understanding the covenants of Scripture: “The […]

What’s the Difference –

between Presbyterian and Baptist views on Covenant Theology? Michale Horton and Jeff Johnson discussed this in a panel last fall. You can listen to that message here. In a couple of weeks, I will have a message on this and provide more insight to both views.

The Reformation We Need

None of us, as individuals or as local churches, has arrived. We all have need of continual repentance and reformation, knowing that sin easily entangles us and we all have different blind spot and unexamined presuppositions. This sermon addresses three basic areas where men tend to go astray and exhorts all to repent and follow […]

God’s Wonderful Plan for Your Life!

Does God love you and have a wonderful plan for your life? Have you heard preachers declare this and then leave you  wondering how on Earth are you supposed to determine what that wonderful plan is? Does the almighty creator and ruler of all things have one person you are to fall in love with […]

Scripture: Authority and Clarity

Why is it important for us to study the authority and clarity of Scripture – anyone have any ideas? Does The Fall reveal anything of the importance of these two issues? Let’s take a look at Genesis, but bear in mind the nature of Scripture – the Word of God. Now the serpent was more […]

ABSOLUTE Predestination

ABSOLUTE Predestination I just finished reading Jerome Zanchius’ book that a dear brother was so kind to give me. Wow! I wept and rejoiced and thanked the Lord for faithful men who have gone before. Thanks be unto God for the dear brother who worked to bring this book back to life. Absolute Predestination is […]

Personal Insights into Counseling

Sadly, we live in an age where counseling features little in pastoral ministry. The reasons for this are many, but I want to point out just a few. First, we live in a litigious society. Counseling is a two-edged sword that can produce good results or it can result in a person suing the counselor […]

The Primacy of the Abrahamic Covenant

Why does it matter how one views the covenant with Abraham? Are there actually different views on it? My experience leads me to believe that most folks don’t really think too much about such things. Yet this singular item is, in fact, the biggest wedge between Reformed Baptists and our Presbyterian brothers. As pointed out […]

Is the Pretribulation Rapture Biblical?

Is the Pretribulation Rapture Biblical? Brian M. Schwertley One of the most popular teachings today in Evangelical and Charismatic churches is the doctrine of the pretribulation rapture. The pretribulation rapture teaching is that there are two separate comings of Christ. The first coming is secret and occurs before the future seven year tribulation. At this […]

Responsibility of Elders

My church held a conference on church membership last fall. We had several well known speakers, including Michael Horton, our own Voddie Baucham, Ken Jones, and Thabiti Anyabwile from Grand Cayman. Here is Thabiti’s most excellent message on the responsibilities of those who serve the local church as elders: Responsiblity of elders

THE POWER OF THE CHURCH

He is the radiance of the glory of God and the exact imprint of his nature, and he upholds the universe by the word of his power. (Hebrews 1:3)  The true power of the church lies in Christ personally. You may have all the stars that ever made bright the Milky Way with their combined sheen, […]

Made Sufficient: A Theology of Preaching

Made Sufficient: A Theology of Preaching INTRODUCTION Life in our culture today has one very common personal philosophy that will be heard anywhere you go: “You can be anything you set your mind to.” Our school systems, parental urgings, and media culture all cheer us on with shouts of “be all we can be, “just […]

Civil Disobedience and the Christian

The concept of civil disobedience is not new. Neither is the question of how far a government can go before the Christian is permitted to disobey. This concept of civil disobedience is/ought to be an escalation from the peaceful petition that ought to be the Christian’s first response to objectionable laws. Was Rosa Parks right […]

Unity in Truth

A dear friend and brother in Christ, who used to host a Christian talk show on radio many years ago handed this me during the growing conflict I was experiencing in the seeker sensitive church we were in at the time. While it is likely this counsel could be improved upon (as is the case […]

Thinking About Free Will

Self-elevated little popes!

A gem from A. W. Pink: Self-elevated little popes! (Arthur Pink, “Private Judgment” 1950) “But you are not to be called ‘Rabbi,’ for you have only one Master and you are all brothers.” Matthew 23:8 In every generation, there are those of an officious spirit who aspire to leadership, demanding deference from their fellows. Such […]

BE STILL: CONTEMPLATIVE OR LISTENING PRAYER 7 PSALM 46:10

By Larry DeBruyn. Bible Interpretation 101 teaches that every text without a context is pretext. Extracting Psalm 46:10 to be an endorsement of meditative-listening prayer is just such a pretext. Here’s why. After reading Ephesians 1:15-23 (lectio divina, i.e. Latin for reading sacred things) at the Passion 2012 conference, and while standing on stage with the other keynote […]

Worldly Culture

A marketing executive from a Fortune 50 company was presenting his firm’s plan for success in the world’s market place. He laid out three key points that he lifted from various sources that are essential to his plan: Corporate marketing says: #1 “To reach the wallet, hit the heart.” How many commercials for expensive items […]

Why I Love Jesus But Reject Islam

I ran across this while reading on James White’s web site. I pray it is encouraging to you, my brother or sister in Christ; and that it might provoke a lost sheep to consider the God-Man, Jesus – Who is the Christ. In response to Kamal Saleh’s video found here: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=YNGqrzkFp_4 James White of Alpha […]