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Poythress, Understanding Dispensationalists

Literal Interpretation

Have you ever discussed Biblical prophecy or eschatology with a dispensationalist who insists upon a “literal” interpretation? If so, I couldn’t recommend any higher the eighth chapter of Vern Poythress’s Understanding Dispensationalists. This book was tremendously helpful for me while I was a nascent…
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A Sermon Is Not a Listicle

You’ve seen them. They’ve taken over your Facebook timelines and Twitter feeds. They get forwarded to you on chat or through email. They’re called “listicles.” The unfortunately-named listicle is at heart a list that gets filled out with enough text…
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Bavinck on the Image of God

In our treatment of the doctrine of the image of God, then, we must highlight, in accordance with Scripture and the Reformed confession, the idea that a human being does not bear or have the image of God but that…
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Taking the Psalter in Portions

I regularly preach lectio continua. When we start a new series at my church, we open to verse one of that book and work through it week by week, passage by passage, verse by verse until we complete the book. I…
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Presbyterians of the Past Has Moved

For close to two years, we have been privileged to have Barry Waugh writing short biographies on various Presbyterians in church history. Some have been well-known, others have been forgotten. In any case, the biographies have been a welcome reminder of…

Muller on Natural Theology

The development, in rationalist systems of the eighteenth century, of a truly foundational natural theology represents a basic alteration of perspective and a loss, not an outgrowth or further refinement, of the orthodox system. We must object strenuously, therefore, to…
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Why the SCOTUS Decision on Marriage May Be Good for the Church

Tertullian is famous for saying, “The blood of the martyrs is the seed of the church” (Apologeticus, Chapter 50). The persecution of Christians isn’t an objectively good thing, yet in God’s providence, he can and does use evil for good (Gen 50:19–20).…
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On Scheduling Time for the Work of an Ecclesial Theologian

You’ll get no sympathy here, however, if you watch Netflix ten hours a week but complain you have no time to be an ecclesial theologian. At the end of the day, we make time for what is important, and if…
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The Resurrection as Somatic Transformation

Now, if there be a somatic resurrection, we can not otherwise conceive of it than as a somatic transformation. There is not a simple return of what was lost in death; the organism returned is returned endowed and equipped with…
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Gaffin Speaks about Translating Vos’ Reformed Dogmatics

Dr. Richard B. Gaffin, Jr. recently sat down with FaithLife, makers of Logos Bible Software, to speak about the efforts to translate Geerhardus Vos’s Reformed Dogmatics. Watch the video at FaithLife.
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