God’s Story

God’s Story   A review by Stuart Brogden   This book is subtitled, A Student’s Guide to Church History. As one who has greatly benefited from studying church history, I was most eager to read this book as I think all Christians would learn much that is helpful by such a study. In the introduction, […]

Unity in the Trinity

This came to me while I was working on a sermon from Hebrews 1:1 – 4, on a point focusing on the identity of the Son of God.  Consider this parallel – when God the Father completed His creation work, He rested from that work. He continued to guide redemptive history and the Scriptures show His […]

Baptist – What does it mean and why is it important?

It was my privilege to preach at a small country Baptist church this past Sunday. My sermon for that evening  was to help them better understand why being a Baptist church matters. The outline for the sermon is this: Baptists – where did the name come from? Four Distinctives: 1) Baptism: Mode, Candidates, Significance 2) […]

The Holiness of God

This is a very good sermon from a dear brother in Christ, emphasizing the holiness of the Lord  Jesus Christ. You will be brought low and built up, as brother Randall exalts Christ from the Scriptures!  Listen here.

Who Does the saving in the Salvation of Sinners?

Does Faith Save? Stuart Brogden The Foundation Several authors have described salvation with a vivid word picture that warrants scrutiny. I’ve added a bit to it as I reflected on several things recently. Let’s begin with a baseline on a couple of issues with scripture. These aren’t the only verses that address these issues, maybe […]

This is Discipleship

  This is Discipleship  Many techniques, programs and systems in the modern church are mistaken as discipleship. While those techniques may contain elements of discipleship, they are not the authentic thing. (See Part 1: “This is not Discipleship.”) This obviously begs the question: what is discipleship and what did Jesus mean when He gave us […]

Should a Christian Tithe?

Should a Christian Tithe?   I.  The Command to Tithe Deuteronomy 14:22 “You shall tithe all the yield of your seed that comes from the field year by year. 23 And before the Lord your God, in the place that he will choose, to make his name dwell there, you shall eat the tithe of your grain, […]

Active Spirituality

Active Spirituality   A review by Stuart Brogden This is an uncommon book – the format is that of personal letters from the author, intended to provide pastoral guidance to the issue of sanctification. I was reminded of a couple of books I read in high school that were letters from a father, one to […]

Practical Wisdom For Calvinists

Practical & Theological Guidelines for Those Who Embrace the “Doctrines of Grace” The following practical and theological items, although they apply to every believer regardless of their particular theological tradition, are especially directed to those who adhere to Reformed/Calvinistic theology. I. Recognize that Salvation is Broader than the Calvinist Camp. 1. All of us, at […]

The Roman Catholic Eucharist

Why the Catholic (and Emerging Church) “Eucharist” Does Not Line Up With Scripture By Roger Oakland     The Catholic Church teaches that once a Catholic priest has consecrated the wafer of bread during Communion, the wafer turns into the literal and real body, blood, soul, and divinity of Jesus Christ.1 Therefore, the Communion Host […]

The Golden Rules of Biblical Interpretation

The Golden Rules of Biblical Interpretation  14 Straightforward Rules to Help Keep New Students of the Bible On Course   1. Come to the Scriptures prayerfully. Most of the great Bible interpreters were guided by prayer in their studies. The necessity of the involvement of the Holy Spirit is vital! 2. In my own case, […]

Professing Christians, Awake!

Professing Christians, Awake!  by ASAHEL NETTLETON And that knowing the time, that now it is high time to awake out of sleep (Romans 13:11). The text is addressed to Christians. The language is borrowed from natural sleep in which a person is in a great measure insensible to the objects, and to what is passing […]

The Defect of Preachers Reproved

  “The Defects of Preachers Reproved” by Solomon Stoddard “The Scribes and the Pharisees sit in Moses’ seat.  All therefore whatsoever they bid you observe, that observe and do.” Matthew 23:2–3 In these words is a direction given by Christ unto the people, where we have: First, the foundation of the rule: “the Scribes and […]

The Decalogue

The Decalogue Reformers see the Mosaic Law revealed in Scripture in three categories: civil, ceremonial, and moral. We see the moral law as eternal and universal, as shown 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 […]

Solid Food for God’s Children

Bible Revival A review by Stuart Brogden There are so many bad Christian books on the market these days that there is a good reason to shout PRAISE THE LORD! when one comes across a good Christian book. Such is the case with Kenneth Berding’s very good book, Bible Revival. This is a small book, […]

Whatever My God Ordains is Right!

Whatever My God Ordains Is Right from Hiding Place by Matthew Smith Listen to this song here: Buy the Full Digital Album lyrics What e’re my God ordains is right, holy His will abideth I will be still what e’re He does and follow where He guideth He is my God, though dark my road, He holds me […]

Did the Lord’s Churches Baptize by Immersion Before the 17th Century?

Did the Lord’s Churches Baptize by Immersion Before the 17th Century? By Thomas Williamson All correspondence concerning this article should be directed to Thomas Williamson, 3131 S. Archer Avenue, Chicago, Illinois 60608. The owner of the copyright on this article hereby waives all copyright protections for all English and Spanish articles posted on this […]

Redemptive Historical Perspective

From Dispensationalism Today, Yesterday, and Tomorrow by Grover Gunn  In Reformed interpretation, the unifying theme that is the key to understanding the development of redemptive history is the saving work of Jesus Christ. God created Adam and gave him the earth to rule and to subdue. Because of Adam’s fall into sin, the earth was […]

Blasphemy in Song

For those who know the background or meaning of the Battle Hymn of the Republic, the following is a public service announcement. Blasphemy in Song by Laurence M. Vance by Laurence M. Vance This past weekend, since it was the closest weekend to the Fourth of July holiday that we observe today, churches all across America […]

Is the Mosaic law tripartite?

Is the Mosaic law tripartite? By Maël Introduction During my last semester at SEBTS, I took a Christian Ethics class. It seems customary, when studying Christian ethics, to assume that the Mosaic law is tripartite, which means that the Old Testament law is assumed to be divided into three parts: moral, ceremonial, and civil/judicial. Following […]

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 […]

Who is This Man Who says he is God?

Luke 4:31-44   And he went down to Capernaum, a city of Galilee. And he was teaching them on the Sabbath, and they were astonished at his teaching, for his word possessed authority. And in the synagogue there was a man who had the spirit of an unclean demon, and he cried out with a […]

Jesus is our Hiding Place

Matthew Smith is a young musician who takes lyrics from old folk songs and hymns, modifies them if need be, and puts them to his music. Here is a wonderful hymn from a Baptist hymnal printed in 1776. Listen to this song, free, here. Then buy lots of his work. Hiding Place Against the God […]

Futureville – A Bridge Too Far

Futureville – A Bridge Too Far A review by Stuart Brogden The premise behind Skye Jethani’s book, Futureville, is a good one – “What we think about tomorrow matters because our vision of the future is what determines how we understand the present.” (page 3) Chapters 3 and 4 serve to provide common, but flawed, […]

A True Believer in Christ – Part 3

Comes now the final chapter in this short series. I pray you have been convicted, encouraged, edified, reproofed, and drawn closer to the Lord who shed His blood to redeem those the Father chose before time as His. As I noted in my remarks on part 2, when one is healed from spiritual death by […]

A True Believer in Christ – Part 2

With so many professing Christians who, by their lives, deny the truth of the gospel, these messages are good for all! While no human is without sin until he dies or Christ returns, there is no basis for comforting a soul as being in Christ if there is NO mark of being a new creature in […]

A True Believer in Christ – Part 1

Here is another short series from Igor Shafhid, a dear brother in Christ from Russia. It is my prayer that each of us examine himself to see if we be in the faith, as the Apostle Paul exhorts to do. Brother Igor is arm-in-arm with the Apostle. Part 1 is here

Noah’s Ark

NOAHS ARK By Edward Griffin (1770—1837) Edward Griffin AUDIO gems With all the hoopla about the movie (which I recommend you don’t spent time or money on), this article could not be timed better. “By faith Noah, when warned about things not yet seen, in holy fear built an ark to save his family. By his […]

Love and the Inhumanity of Same-Sex Marriage

This article from The Gospel Coalition is a timely message that every true believer should understand in regards to current legal morass surrounding same-sex marriage. Sadly, the number of those following all of Scripture and those following just the parts they like is quickly becoming skewed in the direction of the world. Further, and even […]

False Prophets in the Church – Part 2

Here is the second message in this two-part series. I hope this has informed and encouraged you to stand for truth, not take anything for granted, and serve well our Lord and His people. Part 2 is here.