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Mike Riccardi – Suffering Well: Trusting God’s Absolute Sovereignty
Mike Riccardi – Suffering Well: Trusting God’s Absolute Sovereignty

Mike Riccardi – Suffering Well: Trusting God’s Absolute Sovereignty

Several years ago, Justin Taylor linked to a moving and encouraging account of a pastor coming to grips with the fact that his second child, like his first, would be born with spina bifida. Amazingly, this man has found great comfort in rejecting the common notion...

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Daniel Hyde – Predestination: How Does It Reveal the Glory of God?
Daniel Hyde – Predestination: How Does It Reveal the Glory of God?

Daniel Hyde – Predestination: How Does It Reveal the Glory of God?

Christians must talk about predestination, and the Bible provides us with certain ground rules to do so. In addition, we’ve also considered how predestination relates to why some believe in Jesus Christ and some don’t. But how often have you heard from pious and...

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John Hartnett – Where Materialism Logically Leads
John Hartnett – Where Materialism Logically Leads

John Hartnett – Where Materialism Logically Leads

First there was dark matter, then came dark energy, then dark photons and now there is talk of dark stars, dark planets and even dark intelligent life, in a whole dark galaxy within our Milky Way galaxy. In an article musing on such claims,1 where the van Gogh...

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Tony Reinke – Know When to Walk Away: A Twelve-Step Digital Detox
Tony Reinke – Know When to Walk Away: A Twelve-Step Digital Detox

Tony Reinke – Know When to Walk Away: A Twelve-Step Digital Detox

The goal of the web is to engage you, to get you to click, scroll, double tap, laugh, cry, and share, to get you to stay up late online and then wake up in the morning and do it all over again. And I would be dishonest if I said I didn’t want the articles on...

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D. A. Carson – Why Pray to an All-knowing God?
D. A. Carson – Why Pray to an All-knowing God?

D. A. Carson – Why Pray to an All-knowing God?

Prayer changes things. You find plaques promulgating this notion everywhere. You may have one in your home. Countless sermons have been preached, countless prayers prayed, under this assumption: “Prayer changes things.” Or does it? If prayer changes things, how can...

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Nathaniel Jeanson – Which Animals Were On the Ark with Noah?: Stepping Back in Time
Nathaniel Jeanson – Which Animals Were On the Ark with Noah?: Stepping Back in Time

Nathaniel Jeanson – Which Animals Were On the Ark with Noah?: Stepping Back in Time

As we observed in our previous post in this series, for many readers of Genesis 6–9 the account of Noah’s Ark contains deep mystery. Which animals boarded the Ark with Noah? Did any of them fail to make it? Could millions of animals really have squished themselves...

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Sinclair Ferguson – Oh How I Love Your Law!
Sinclair Ferguson – Oh How I Love Your Law!

Sinclair Ferguson – Oh How I Love Your Law!

At a PGA Tour tournament in October 2015, Ben Crane disqualified himself after completing his second round. He did so at considerable financial cost. No matter — Crane believed the personal cost of not doing it would be greater (encouraged by a devotional article...

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Adam McLendon – Teaching Our Children God-Honoring Sexuality
Adam McLendon – Teaching Our Children God-Honoring Sexuality

Adam McLendon – Teaching Our Children God-Honoring Sexuality

Exposure to sexual content is inevitable in today’s society. In addition to this reality, if you have any desire to raise your child in a Christ-honoring way, then it is necessary to deal with the cultural issues that could cause stumbling and result in long-term...

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Ryan McGraw – Wilhelmus à Brakel on Damnation by Faith
Ryan McGraw – Wilhelmus à Brakel on Damnation by Faith

Ryan McGraw – Wilhelmus à Brakel on Damnation by Faith

Can faith damn us? The Dutch “Puritan” theologian Wilhelmus à Brakel (1635-1711) argued that the first sin of Adam and Eve was unbelief. To state this differently, they exchanged faith in the Word of God for faith in the word of the Serpent (The Christian’s...

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Dan Doriani – How Do I Preach Expository Sermons from Proverbs?
Dan Doriani – How Do I Preach Expository Sermons from Proverbs?

Dan Doriani – How Do I Preach Expository Sermons from Proverbs?

The expository preacher aims to preach both single books of Scripture and the canon as a whole. He may turn to Proverbs for the summer because it’s practical, fills a unique slot in the canon, and suits months when people come and go, making self-contained messages...

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Nancy Pearcey – Do Biological Facts No Longer Matter?
Nancy Pearcey – Do Biological Facts No Longer Matter?

Nancy Pearcey – Do Biological Facts No Longer Matter?

The pushback has been swift and strong against Target’s unsafe bathroom policy, along with the Obama administration’s demand that all public schools adopt pro-transgender policies for showers and locker rooms. But for long-term success against these impositions,...

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Charles Spurgeon – Recruits For King Jesus (1 Chronicles 12:16-18)
Charles Spurgeon – Recruits For King Jesus (1 Chronicles 12:16-18)

Charles Spurgeon – Recruits For King Jesus (1 Chronicles 12:16-18)

“And there came of the children of Benjamin and Judah to the hold unto David. And David went out to meet them, and answered and said unto them, If you have come peaceably unto me to help me, my heart shall be knit unto you: but if you have come to betray me to my...

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Stephen Nichols – The Nicene Creed and the Importance of a Single Letter
Stephen Nichols – The Nicene Creed and the Importance of a Single Letter

Stephen Nichols – The Nicene Creed and the Importance of a Single Letter

Time Wasted? We believe...in one Lord Jesus Christ, the only begotten Son of God, begotten of his Father before all worlds, God of God, Light of Light, very God of very God, begotten not made, being of one substance with the Father. —The Nicene Creed You might have...

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Danny Faulkner – Is the Origin of Life a Scientific Question?
Danny Faulkner – Is the Origin of Life a Scientific Question?

Danny Faulkner – Is the Origin of Life a Scientific Question?

The Origin of Life: What Are the Possibilities? The origin of life has been debated for a long time. Basically, there are four possible explanations for the existence of life on earth: Life on earth arose spontaneously. Life on earth has always existed. Life on...

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Scripture is Not a Choose Your Own Adventure Book
Scripture is Not a Choose Your Own Adventure Book

Scripture is Not a Choose Your Own Adventure Book

I remember as a child reading numerous books in the Choose Your Own Adventure Series. This collection of books has a variety of options for the reader. At certain points, there is a choice to be made – choose option one and you get to go to page twenty-three. If...

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Marc Ambler – One Small Step: Link Between Compromises on Origins and Marriage
Marc Ambler – One Small Step: Link Between Compromises on Origins and Marriage

Marc Ambler – One Small Step: Link Between Compromises on Origins and Marriage

After the abolition of apartheid, under the new ‘broom’ African National Congress Government, in 2006 South Africa became one of the first countries in the world to legalize the ‘mirage’ of same sex marriage. As Creator, God has the right to, and has already...

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John Piper – 1 Peter 3:13: Would a Sovereign God Ever Harm Us?
John Piper – 1 Peter 3:13: Would a Sovereign God Ever Harm Us?

John Piper – 1 Peter 3:13: Would a Sovereign God Ever Harm Us?

If you are Christ’s, no one in this world can ultimately harm you. They can only serve God’s good purposes for you and bring you greater blessing. In this lab, John Piper talks through the most difficult line in 1 Peter, explaining the role of pain in the Christian...

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Nathan Busenitz – Speaking the Truth in Love
Nathan Busenitz – Speaking the Truth in Love

Nathan Busenitz – Speaking the Truth in Love

We live in a world where people love to talk. Studies suggest that the average American adult speaks approximately 16,000 words per day. Multiply that by a lifespan of 70 years, for a total of nearly 409 million words, and suddenly Christ’s warning in Matthew 12:36...

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Dominic Statham – Only the Bible Explains the Diversity of Life
Dominic Statham – Only the Bible Explains the Diversity of Life

Dominic Statham – Only the Bible Explains the Diversity of Life

Evolutionists often misrepresent biblical creationists, saying that we claim that one species cannot change into another—that we believe in the ‘fixity of species’. They then present undeniable evidence that species can change and argue that they have shown us to...

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Simon Turpin – How Do Some Among You Say There Is No Adam?
Simon Turpin – How Do Some Among You Say There Is No Adam?

Simon Turpin – How Do Some Among You Say There Is No Adam?

1 Corinthians 15: Adam and the Gospel Introduction: Greek Philosophy and the Rejection of Adam The Apostle Paul often found himself in a cultural context in which he had to deal with many objections to the Christian faith. In 1 Corinthians 15, for example, the...

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Russell Grigg – Morning has Broken … but When?
Russell Grigg – Morning has Broken … but When?

Russell Grigg – Morning has Broken … but When?

The Creation movement has increasingly caused many to face up to the powerful, Biblical arguments for such things as: All living things were created (about 6,000 years ago) in six literal Earth-rotation days. There was no death, bloodshed or suffering before Adam’s...

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Jen Wilkin – 10 Things You Should Know about God’s Incommunicable Attributes
Jen Wilkin – 10 Things You Should Know about God’s Incommunicable Attributes

Jen Wilkin – 10 Things You Should Know about God’s Incommunicable Attributes

1. They describe how God is not like us. His incommunicable attributes belong to him alone. They are true of him and no other. His immeasurability, incomprehensibility, self-existence, self-sufficiency, eternality, immutability, omnipresence, omniscience,...

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Tim Chaffey – Ark Tales: 10 Popular Misconceptions about the Flood
Tim Chaffey – Ark Tales: 10 Popular Misconceptions about the Flood

Tim Chaffey – Ark Tales: 10 Popular Misconceptions about the Flood

The human mind has the uncanny ability to fill in details that simply don’t appear on the page. While this skill helps us digest information quickly and fill in gaps, it has a downside. We can miss important details or see things that aren’t there. That’s why...

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John Piper – Colossians 2:13–14: The Heart of the Christian Faith
John Piper – Colossians 2:13–14: The Heart of the Christian Faith

John Piper – Colossians 2:13–14: The Heart of the Christian Faith

How would you describe the core of the Christian faith? Do you have a place you would turn in the Bible? In this lab, John Piper walks us through two verses that give us the good news, showing us all that God does when he brings us to...

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Leon Morris – The Authority of the Bible Today
Leon Morris – The Authority of the Bible Today

Leon Morris – The Authority of the Bible Today

All Christians agree that their ultimate authority is God. But to the question, “How is this ultimate authority mediated to men?” various answers are given. Broadly speaking, these reduce to three according as most weight is given to the authority seen within the...

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Todd Beall – In the Beginning: Seven Principles for Marriage and Family Relationships from the Book of Genesis
Todd Beall – In the Beginning: Seven Principles for Marriage and Family Relationships from the Book of Genesis

Todd Beall – In the Beginning: Seven Principles for Marriage and Family Relationships from the Book of Genesis

As the book of beginnings, Genesis has much to say about a multitude of topics, many of which revolve around this year's Evangelical Theology Society conference theme of marriage and family. The purpose of this paper is to discuss seven timeless principles for...

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Andrew Sibley – Exploring Intelligent Design language in Genesis 2 and Acts 17: yatsar and poieō
Andrew Sibley – Exploring Intelligent Design language in Genesis 2 and Acts 17: yatsar and poieō

Andrew Sibley – Exploring Intelligent Design language in Genesis 2 and Acts 17: yatsar and poieō

This paper will look at two examples of design language in the Old and New Testaments that speak of God’s creative activity in terms of human craftsmanship. Given the approach of the Intelligent Design movement, which seeks to find evidence of divine intention as...

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Louis Berkhof – The Operation of the Holy Spirit in General
Louis Berkhof – The Operation of the Holy Spirit in General

Louis Berkhof – The Operation of the Holy Spirit in General

A. TRANSITION TO THE WORK OF THE HOLY SPIRIT. As already intimated in the preceding, in passing from Christology to Soteriology, we pass from the objective to the subjective, from the work which God accomplished for us in Christ and which is in its sacrificial...

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Douglas Wilson – Surveying the Text: Hebrews
Douglas Wilson – Surveying the Text: Hebrews

Douglas Wilson – Surveying the Text: Hebrews

Introduction: There are seven Old Testament passages quoted in the first chapter of Hebrews alone, and five of those seven passages have to do with the submission of the nations to Christ. That is what the entire book is about—and we are taught this through the...

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John Piper – 2 Timothy 2:8–10, Part 3: Election Gives Evangelism Power
John Piper – 2 Timothy 2:8–10, Part 3: Election Gives Evangelism Power

John Piper – 2 Timothy 2:8–10, Part 3: Election Gives Evangelism Power

If God chooses some for salvation, why do we risk our lives to share the gospel? God’s sovereignty does not replace human effort in ministry; it fills it with power. In this lab, John Piper pulls at the tension and draws several conclusions about our personal...

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John Piper – 2 Timothy 2:8–10, Part 2: The Gospel Triumphs Through Suffering
John Piper – 2 Timothy 2:8–10, Part 2: The Gospel Triumphs Through Suffering

John Piper – 2 Timothy 2:8–10, Part 2: The Gospel Triumphs Through Suffering

When Paul says the word of God is not bound, what does he mean? Can the word work and spread apart from workers willing to suffer for it? In this lab, John Piper talks about the power of the gospel and the power of suffering to spread and confirm the...

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Graeme Goldsworthy – Why Read the Old Testament?
Graeme Goldsworthy – Why Read the Old Testament?

Graeme Goldsworthy – Why Read the Old Testament?

Why Read the Old Testament? Before commencing to build our bridge, we must ask a more basic question: why bother bridging the gap in the first place? For many Christians, the problem is not how to read the Old Testament but why it should be read at all. Why Some...

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Dr. David Menton – Responds to “Proof of Evolution That You Can Find on Your Body”
Dr. David Menton – Responds to “Proof of Evolution That You Can Find on Your Body”

Dr. David Menton – Responds to “Proof of Evolution That You Can Find on Your Body”

Anatomist, biologist, and creation scientist Dr. David Menton responds to popular YouTube video "Proof of Evolution That You Can Find on Your Body" (posted by VOX) from a biblical and scientific worldview. Are certain features like goosebumps, of the human body...

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Nathan Busenitz – Sola Scriptura and the Church Fathers
Nathan Busenitz – Sola Scriptura and the Church Fathers

Nathan Busenitz – Sola Scriptura and the Church Fathers

In his denial of the deity of Christ, Arius was arguably the most notorious heretic of the early church. Though Arius’s heretical views were soundly condemned by the Council of Nicaea (in A.D. 325), the controversy he sparked raged for another fifty years...

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Joel Beeke – Jesus’ Threefold Office as Prophet, Priest, and King
Joel Beeke – Jesus’ Threefold Office as Prophet, Priest, and King

Joel Beeke – Jesus’ Threefold Office as Prophet, Priest, and King

Reformed theology affirms that Scripture and its teaching on grace and faith emphasize that salvation is solus Christus, “by Christ alone”—that is, Christ is the only Savior (Acts 4:12). B.B. Warfield wrote, “The saving power of faith resides thus not in itself,...

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Thomas Boston – The Divine Authority of the Scriptures
Thomas Boston – The Divine Authority of the Scriptures

Thomas Boston – The Divine Authority of the Scriptures

2 Timothy 3:16 - All scripture is given by inspiration of God, and is profitable for doctrine, for reproof for correction, for instruction in righteousness. THE next head which falls to be touched is the holy scripture, the rule which God has given to direct us how...

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Matthew Holst – 12 Things to Know About the Anti-Christ
Matthew Holst – 12 Things to Know About the Anti-Christ

Matthew Holst – 12 Things to Know About the Anti-Christ

One of the Apostle Paul’s great preoccupations in both of his letters to the church at Thessalonica is the second coming of Christ. He was not only concerned with getting the doctrine “right” but also with the great pastoral implications of such teaching. In 1...

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Anthony Hoekema – The Struggle Between Old and New Natures in the Converted Man
Anthony Hoekema – The Struggle Between Old and New Natures in the Converted Man

Anthony Hoekema – The Struggle Between Old and New Natures in the Converted Man

Most of us would indignantly resent the suggestion that we bear any resemblance to the notorious Dr. Jekyll-Mr. Hyde of Stevenson's famous novel - the man who, though a respected and competent physician by day, committed fiendish crimes by night. However much we...

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Lita Cosner – The Creator’s Relationship with Israel and the Church
Lita Cosner – The Creator’s Relationship with Israel and the Church

Lita Cosner – The Creator’s Relationship with Israel and the Church

As we saw in Parts 1 and 2, Israel’s understanding of Yahweh as the Creator of the universe was foundational for their understanding of who He is and fundamental to how they worshipped Him, and this is the case even when explicit creation references are not...

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John Colquhoun – The Establishment of the Law by the Gospel
John Colquhoun – The Establishment of the Law by the Gospel

John Colquhoun – The Establishment of the Law by the Gospel

Although in the preceding chapter I have anticipated some of the thoughts which will be expressed here, yet the subject of this chapter is of such inexpressible importance that I cannot forbear considering it by itself. After the Apostle Paul had, in the third...

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Alfred Edersheim – The Temple: Its Ministry and Service
Alfred Edersheim – The Temple: Its Ministry and Service

Alfred Edersheim – The Temple: Its Ministry and Service

'And when He was come near, He beheld the city, and wept over it.'— Luke 19:41 The Charm of Jerusalem In every age, the memory of Jerusalem has stirred the deepest feelings. Jews, Christians, and Mohammedans turn to it with reverent affection. It almost seems as if...

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Lita Cosner – Praising the Creator in the Psalms
Lita Cosner – Praising the Creator in the Psalms

Lita Cosner – Praising the Creator in the Psalms

When considering how creation is used in the Psalms, it is not enough to only cite the places that are obviously retelling the creation account, because the psalmists use the fact of God as Creator to spur Israel on to worship and trust God in all sorts of other...

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Voddie Baucham – 3 Reasons You Need Expository Apologetics
Voddie Baucham – 3 Reasons You Need Expository Apologetics

Voddie Baucham – 3 Reasons You Need Expository Apologetics

Expository apologetics — the practice of answering objections with the power of God’s Word—is for everyone. First, it’s for unbeliever. This is the person both ignorant of and antagonistic toward the gospel. This audience requires an evangelist. Second, it’s for...

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Thoughts from The Theocratic Kingdom: Proposition 106
Thoughts from The Theocratic Kingdom: Proposition 106

Thoughts from The Theocratic Kingdom: Proposition 106

In Proposition 106, George Peters states: "Our doctrine of the Kingdom sustained by the temptation of Christ." When Jesus was led to the wilderness to be tempted, the enemy purposefully chose his tactics thinking they would trip and trick Jesus into sinful...

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Dustin Messer – The Whole Bible in One Verse
Dustin Messer – The Whole Bible in One Verse

Dustin Messer – The Whole Bible in One Verse

hen asked which verse best summarizes the whole of Scripture, Edmund Clowney famously pointed to Jonah 2:9, “Salvation belongs to the LORD.” I’ve heard Bryan Chapell answer a similar question with the same verse. In terms of one verse standing on its own, I doubt a...

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Thoughts from The Theocratic Kingdom: Proposition 105
Thoughts from The Theocratic Kingdom: Proposition 105

Thoughts from The Theocratic Kingdom: Proposition 105

In Proposition 105, George Peters states: "The Lord's Prayer, is indicative of the fact that the Church is not the covenanted Messianic Kingdom." How many times have we prayed this prayer and overlooked the meaning of "Thy Kingdom come". What is this Kingdom we are...

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Thoughts from The Theocratic Kingdom: Proposition 104
Thoughts from The Theocratic Kingdom: Proposition 104

Thoughts from The Theocratic Kingdom: Proposition 104

In Proposition 104, George Peters states: "The Christian Church is not denoted by the predicted Kingdom of the Prophets." Peters dives a bit further into Scripture by noting the church is not denoted in the prophetic writings as the predicted, covenanted, promised...

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Thoughts from The Theocratic Kingdom: Proposition 103
Thoughts from The Theocratic Kingdom: Proposition 103

Thoughts from The Theocratic Kingdom: Proposition 103

In Proposition 103, George Peters states: "This Kingdom is not a Kingdom in the third heaven." As has been repeatedly demonstrated, the promised Kingdom is a visible earthly kingdom. While there is no doubt our Lord rules from heaven, the covenanted Kingdom is an...

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Dr. William VanDoodewaard – The Quest for the Historical Adam
Dr. William VanDoodewaard – The Quest for the Historical Adam

Dr. William VanDoodewaard – The Quest for the Historical Adam

The traditional literal interpretation of the opening chapters of the book of Genesis is under assault from within and outside the church. In this session, Dr. William VanDoodewaard explains why the “quest for the historical Adam” is essential for understanding...

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John Piper – John 11:1–6, Part 3: God’s Love Allows Pain and Loss
John Piper – John 11:1–6, Part 3: God’s Love Allows Pain and Loss

John Piper – John 11:1–6, Part 3: God’s Love Allows Pain and Loss

If Jesus loved Lazarus enough to let him die, what can we learn from this story about true love? John Piper looks at Jesus’s love and unfolds three important principles for how we should love one...

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Thoughts from The Theocratic Kingdom: Proposition 102
Thoughts from The Theocratic Kingdom: Proposition 102

Thoughts from The Theocratic Kingdom: Proposition 102

In Proposition 102, George Peters states: "Neither the visible nor the invisible church is the covenanted Kingdom." This proposition is really a summation of the preceding few arguments made by Peters. Here, he concludes his thoughts on the visible and invisible...

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Thoughts from The Theocratic Kingdom: Proposition 101
Thoughts from The Theocratic Kingdom: Proposition 101

Thoughts from The Theocratic Kingdom: Proposition 101

In Proposition 101, George Peters states: "The invisible Church is not the covenanted Kingdom of Christ." If the visible Church is not the covenanted Kingdom of Christ, then the question must also be asked if the invisible Church can be construed to be the...

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John Piper – John 11:1–6, Part 2: Why Did Jesus Let Lazarus Die?
John Piper – John 11:1–6, Part 2: Why Did Jesus Let Lazarus Die?

John Piper – John 11:1–6, Part 2: Why Did Jesus Let Lazarus Die?

Jesus loved Lazarus, and Jesus let Lazarus die. Is that possible? In this lab, John Piper applies some basic principles for reading the Bible to the story about Lazarus’s death. In the end, we see that love does not always look like what we...

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Thoughts from The Theocratic Kingdom: Proposition 100
Thoughts from The Theocratic Kingdom: Proposition 100

Thoughts from The Theocratic Kingdom: Proposition 100

In Proposition 100, George Peters states: "The visible church is not the predicted Kingdom of Jesus Christ." If the early church and the pages of Scripture do not teach that the church is the predicted Kingdom of Christ and if that was a later insertion into church...

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Douglas Wilson – Surveying the Text: 1 Thessalonians
Douglas Wilson – Surveying the Text: 1 Thessalonians

Douglas Wilson – Surveying the Text: 1 Thessalonians

Introduction Thessalonica was a principal city in Macedonia, the region that was the home of Philip and the great Alexander. This letter was written around 50 A.D. which would make it, with the exception of Galatians, the earliest record of Paul’s writing. While...

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Thoughts from The Theocratic Kingdom: Proposition 99
Thoughts from The Theocratic Kingdom: Proposition 99

Thoughts from The Theocratic Kingdom: Proposition 99

In Proposition 99, George Peters states: "The opinion that the church is the predicted Kingdom of Christ was of later origin than the first and second centuries." If it was not being taught in the NT or in the early church that the Kingdom of God was equated to...

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Thoughts from The Theocratic Kingdom: Proposition 98
Thoughts from The Theocratic Kingdom: Proposition 98

Thoughts from The Theocratic Kingdom: Proposition 98

In Proposition 98, George Peters states: "That the church is not the Kingdom promised to David's Son was the belief of the early church." If it often declared and rightly so that in order to best understand the writings of something, one must understand what was...

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Lessons From the Garden: Existence, Relationships, and Processes – The Tragedy of Sin
Lessons From the Garden: Existence, Relationships, and Processes – The Tragedy of Sin

Lessons From the Garden: Existence, Relationships, and Processes – The Tragedy of Sin

Something happened in Genesis 3 that shifted the course of history and impacted the entire universe. It seemed like such an innocent or unimportant action as after all, what is the big deal with eating something? We all need to eat right? Shouldn’t we as humans be...

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Thoughts from The Theocratic Kingdom: Proposition 97
Thoughts from The Theocratic Kingdom: Proposition 97

Thoughts from The Theocratic Kingdom: Proposition 97

In Proposition 97, George Peters states: "The various forms of Church government indicate that the Church is not the promised Kingdom." One King and one form of government is the construct predicted in the coming Kingdom. We certainly do not see that as the current...

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John Piper – John 11:1–6, Part 1: How Do We Read the Bible’s Stories?
John Piper – John 11:1–6, Part 1: How Do We Read the Bible’s Stories?

John Piper – John 11:1–6, Part 1: How Do We Read the Bible’s Stories?

The New Testament letters are some of most straightforward books in the Bible to interpret and apply. Should we read the other parts of the Bible, like the stories, differently? In this lab, John Piper begins a short series on how to read narrative parts of the...

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Thoughts from The Theocratic Kingdom: Proposition 96
Thoughts from The Theocratic Kingdom: Proposition 96

Thoughts from The Theocratic Kingdom: Proposition 96

In Proposition 96, George Peters states: "The differences visible in the Church are evidences that it is not the predicted Kingdom of the Messiah." Evidence is always an important point to consider when comparing two entities such as in this case the church and the...

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Thoughts from The Theocratic Kingdom: Proposition 95
Thoughts from The Theocratic Kingdom: Proposition 95

Thoughts from The Theocratic Kingdom: Proposition 95

In Proposition 95, George Peters states: "If the church is the Kingdom, then the terms "church" and "kingdom" should be synonymous." This is a simple yet true statement from Peters. In order for the church to be the kingdom and vice versa, then both terms should be...

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Thoughts from The Theocratic Kingdom: Proposition 94
Thoughts from The Theocratic Kingdom: Proposition 94

Thoughts from The Theocratic Kingdom: Proposition 94

In Proposition 94, George Peters states: "The overlooking of the postponement of this Kingdom is a fundamental mistake, and a fruitful source of error in many systems of Theology." I give this proposition a hearty amen and amen. Why? I give it an amen because we...

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Albert Mohler – Everything That is Solid Melts Into Air: The New Secular Worldview
Albert Mohler – Everything That is Solid Melts Into Air: The New Secular Worldview

Albert Mohler – Everything That is Solid Melts Into Air: The New Secular Worldview

Impossible to Believe: The Endgame of Secularism In his important Massey Lectures delivered in 1991, Canadian philosopher Charles Taylor spoke of The Malaise of Modernity. The Modern Age, he argued, is marked by two great intellectual moves. The first intellectual...

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Thoughts from The Theocratic Kingdom: Proposition 93
Thoughts from The Theocratic Kingdom: Proposition 93

Thoughts from The Theocratic Kingdom: Proposition 93

In Proposition 93, George Peters states: "The Covenanted Kingdom is not the Christian Church." If the Jewish Church is not the Kingdom, then it has to be stated (and it has repeatedly thus far by Peters either by Proposition or observation), that the Christian...

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Thoughts from The Theocratic Kingdom: Proposition 92
Thoughts from The Theocratic Kingdom: Proposition 92

Thoughts from The Theocratic Kingdom: Proposition 92

In Proposition 92, George Peters states: "This Kingdom is not what some call "The Gospel Kingdom." The application of the term gospel seems to be one of the latest buzz words in theological circles. Check out your local Christian bookstore and note the number of...

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Thoughts from The Theocratic Kingdom: Proposition 91
Thoughts from The Theocratic Kingdom: Proposition 91

Thoughts from The Theocratic Kingdom: Proposition 91

In Proposition 91, George Peters states: "The Kingdom of God is not the Jewish Church." Just as Peters has made the case that the Kingdom of God is not what is understood as the NT Church, he also makes the proposition that the Kingdom of God is also not the Jewish...

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Christina Fox – What the Bible Says About Suffering
Christina Fox – What the Bible Says About Suffering

Christina Fox – What the Bible Says About Suffering

The Bible has a lot to say about suffering. I think we can all quote or reference any number of passages that speak to the suffering we face in life. We all know the story of Job. We've probably memorized Romans 8.28. We might even have a list of go-to passages...

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Thoughts from The Theocratic Kingdom: Proposition 90
Thoughts from The Theocratic Kingdom: Proposition 90

Thoughts from The Theocratic Kingdom: Proposition 90

In Proposition 90, George Peters states: "Members of the Church, who are faithful, are promised this Kingdom." Faithfulness should be a hallmark of the ekklesia. Faithful to what is the obvious question. If we are in a peculiar and special relationship with Jesus...

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Jordan Standridge – 5 Truths We’re Keeping from Our Youth Groups
Jordan Standridge – 5 Truths We’re Keeping from Our Youth Groups

Jordan Standridge – 5 Truths We’re Keeping from Our Youth Groups

When I do campus evangelism, I often start the conversation this way: “What are two reasons you stopped going to church?” I’ve asked hundreds of students that question, and the most common responses make me think that church youth groups have failed dramatically. I...

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Thoughts from The Theocratic Kingdom: Proposition 89
Thoughts from The Theocratic Kingdom: Proposition 89

Thoughts from The Theocratic Kingdom: Proposition 89

In Proposition 89, George Peters states: "Christ in view of this future Kingdom, sustains a peculiar relationship to the Church." As a peculiar people, it should be understood that our Savior has a special relationship with those who have been called by the Father...

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Troy Lacey – What Makes a Christian Martyr Different from Other Faiths’ Martyrs?
Troy Lacey – What Makes a Christian Martyr Different from Other Faiths’ Martyrs?

Troy Lacey – What Makes a Christian Martyr Different from Other Faiths’ Martyrs?

“He was a martyr for a good cause.” A person may be put to death (often quite brutally) because he refuses to recant his beliefs and teachings when he is demanded to do so by angry opponents. So we have Muslim martyrs, Jewish martyrs, communist martyrs, Christian...

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Thoughts from The Theocratic Kingdom: Proposition 88
Thoughts from The Theocratic Kingdom: Proposition 88

Thoughts from The Theocratic Kingdom: Proposition 88

In Proposition 88, George Peters states: "The Church is then a preparatory stage for this Kingdom." This statement is a natural extension of the previous proposition. It the ekklesia is not the promised Kingdom, it must serve another purpose within the doctrine of...

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Thoughts from The Theocratic Kingdom: Proposition 87
Thoughts from The Theocratic Kingdom: Proposition 87

Thoughts from The Theocratic Kingdom: Proposition 87

In Proposition 87, George Peters states: "The postponement of the Kingdom is the key to the understanding of the meaning of this dispensation." To understand where we presently are in salvation history, it is always vital to look back in time and to the future,...

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Thoughts from The Theocratic Kingdom: Proposition 85
Thoughts from The Theocratic Kingdom: Proposition 85

Thoughts from The Theocratic Kingdom: Proposition 85

In Proposition 85, George Peters states: "Neither Abraham, nor his engrafted seed have as yet inherited the Kingdom; hence the Kingdom must be something different from "piety", "religion", and God's reign in the heart." Peters walks down the through process one...

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Don Batten – How a Biblical Worldview Makes Best Sense of the Evidence, Such that the Unbeliever has ‘No Excuse’
Don Batten – How a Biblical Worldview Makes Best Sense of the Evidence, Such that the Unbeliever has ‘No Excuse’

Don Batten – How a Biblical Worldview Makes Best Sense of the Evidence, Such that the Unbeliever has ‘No Excuse’

‘Prove to me that God created everything!’ Have you had anyone say that to you? Or ‘Prove to me that God exists’? Have you ever tried to do that, but encountered a brick wall of resistance where the challenger dismisses anything you have to offer? Your friend might...

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Scott Oliphant – Persuasion: Beyond the “Burp Effect”
Scott Oliphant – Persuasion: Beyond the “Burp Effect”

Scott Oliphant – Persuasion: Beyond the “Burp Effect”

I am not at all sure exactly when or why the topic of persuasion began to preoccupy my thoughts. I am sure that there must be a number of influences in my past that, cumulatively though somewhat subconsciously, were catalysts in my own thinking. The one event that...

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Thoughts from The Theocratic Kingdom: Proposition 84
Thoughts from The Theocratic Kingdom: Proposition 84

Thoughts from The Theocratic Kingdom: Proposition 84

In Proposition 84, George Peters states: "As this Kingdom is specially given to the Son of Man as the result of his obedience, sufferings, and death, it must be something different from His Divine nature, or from "piety", "religion", "God's reign in the heart",...

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Thoughts from The Theocratic Kingdom: Proposition 83
Thoughts from The Theocratic Kingdom: Proposition 83

Thoughts from The Theocratic Kingdom: Proposition 83

In Proposition 83, George Peters states: "This Kingdom is given to the Son of Man by God, the Father." This is no small statement. The Son of Man will be given the Kingdom by God the Father. This statement, based on the facts previously investigated regarding the...

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Thoughts from The Theocratic Kingdom: Proposition 82
Thoughts from The Theocratic Kingdom: Proposition 82

Thoughts from The Theocratic Kingdom: Proposition 82

In Proposition 82, George Peters states: "This Kingdom is a complete restoration in the person of the Second Adam or Man, or the dominion lost by the First Adam or Man." The gospel in a nutshell - restoration and redemption of what was lost under the First Adam....

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Mitch Stokes – The Problem with Human-Centered Morality
Mitch Stokes – The Problem with Human-Centered Morality

Mitch Stokes – The Problem with Human-Centered Morality

Who's to Say? Let’s say moral value is just whatever we say it is. If this were true, we would have to give up the way we normally think about morality. Say you had a disagreement. Let’s say 50% of the people on the planet thought that lying was OK and 50% thought...

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Thoughts from The Theocratic Kingdom: Proposition 81
Thoughts from The Theocratic Kingdom: Proposition 81

Thoughts from The Theocratic Kingdom: Proposition 81

In Proposition 81, George Peters states: "This Kingdom, thus covenanted, belongs to Jesus as "the Son of Man." The title of Son of Man is a fascinating study that all should embark upon and understand. The covenanted Kingdom is promised to the seed of David. Jesus,...

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Thoughts from The Theocratic Kingdom: Proposition 80
Thoughts from The Theocratic Kingdom: Proposition 80

Thoughts from The Theocratic Kingdom: Proposition 80

In Proposition 76, George Peters states: "This Kingdom of covenant promise and prediction, is to be distinguished from the Sovereignty which Jesus exercises by virtue of His Divine nature." Just as there is a need to differentiate between the universal sovereignty...

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Trevin Wax – Can We “Agree to Disagree” on Sexuality and Marriage
Trevin Wax – Can We “Agree to Disagree” on Sexuality and Marriage

Trevin Wax – Can We “Agree to Disagree” on Sexuality and Marriage

The biggest issue confronting evangelicalism today is not over homosexuality and marriage, but whether or not these are “agree-to-disagree” issues. The question takes various forms: Can progressive evangelicals who advocate same-sex marriage share a measure of...

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Thoughts from The Theocratic Kingdom: Proposition 79
Thoughts from The Theocratic Kingdom: Proposition 79

Thoughts from The Theocratic Kingdom: Proposition 79

In Proposition 79, George Peters states: "The Kingdom of God, promised by covenant and prophets, is to be distinguished from the general and universal Sovereignty of God." God is Sovereign and His Kingdom is eternal. These are basic theological facts that cannot be...

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Thoughts from The Theocratic Kingdom: Proposition 78
Thoughts from The Theocratic Kingdom: Proposition 78

Thoughts from The Theocratic Kingdom: Proposition 78

In Proposition 76, George Peters states: "The early church doctrine was revived after the Reformation." We should be thankful for the individuals who recognized what was taking place and who bravely rejected the mandates presented by the Papacy in favor of getting...

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Thoughts from The Theocratic Kingdom: Proposition 77
Thoughts from The Theocratic Kingdom: Proposition 77

Thoughts from The Theocratic Kingdom: Proposition 77

In Proposition 77, George Peters states: "The doctrine of the Kingdom, as held by the early church, was finally almost exterminated under the teaching and power of the Papacy." I am not the most astute student of church history. With that said, it can rightly be...

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David Schrock – Theology is Not Just for Theologians
David Schrock – Theology is Not Just for Theologians

David Schrock – Theology is Not Just for Theologians

In other words, Theology is practical: especially now. In the old days, when there was less education and discussion, perhaps it was possible to get on with a very few simple ideas about God. But it is not so now. Everyone reads, everyone hears things discussed....

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Thoughts from The Theocratic Kingdom: Proposition 76
Thoughts from The Theocratic Kingdom: Proposition 76

Thoughts from The Theocratic Kingdom: Proposition 76

In Proposition 76, George Peters states: "The doctrine of the Kingdom was changed under the Gnostic and Alexandrian influence." This is a huge and important statement that I hope Peters digs into deeper as the propositions go along. If you are not familiar with...

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Thoughts from The Theocratic Kingdom: Proposition 75
Thoughts from The Theocratic Kingdom: Proposition 75

Thoughts from The Theocratic Kingdom: Proposition 75

In Proposition 75, George Peters states: "The doctrine of the Kingdom, as held by the churches established by the Apostles, was perpetuated." When it comes to discussing the perpetuation of a doctrine within church history, it is not enough to simply trace back a...

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Thoughts from The Theocratic Kingdom: Proposition 73
Thoughts from The Theocratic Kingdom: Proposition 73

Thoughts from The Theocratic Kingdom: Proposition 73

In Proposition 73, George Peters states: "The doctrine of the Kingdom preached by the Apostles and Elders, raised up no controversy with the Jews." Peters continues to make note of the acceptance of the doctrine of the Kingdom by the Jews as promulgated by the...

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Thoughts from The Theocratic Kingdom: Proposition 72
Thoughts from The Theocratic Kingdom: Proposition 72

Thoughts from The Theocratic Kingdom: Proposition 72

In Proposition 72, George Peters states: "The doctrine of the Kingdom, as preached by the apostles, was received by the early churches." This is a simply yet important proposition. Since it has been established on a recurring and ever expanding basis by Peters that...

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Thoughts from The Theocratic Kingdom: Proposition 71
Thoughts from The Theocratic Kingdom: Proposition 71

Thoughts from The Theocratic Kingdom: Proposition 71

In Proposition 71, George Peters states: "The language of the Apostles confirmed the Jews in their Messianic hopes of the Kingdom." Given that we can clearly affirm the Apostles did not teach anything different than what had been declared for centuries in the Old...

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Barton Gingerich – The Millennial Generation’s Acceptable Sin
Barton Gingerich – The Millennial Generation’s Acceptable Sin

Barton Gingerich – The Millennial Generation’s Acceptable Sin

Every human institution and society has its own list of sins and virtues that contradict the law of God. With the rise of the Millennial generation in evangelical churches, a vice is creeping up into the realms of acceptance, indifference, or at least resignation:...

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John Piper – Should Christians Tolerate False Religious Beliefs?
John Piper – Should Christians Tolerate False Religious Beliefs?

John Piper – Should Christians Tolerate False Religious Beliefs?

First, let’s distinguish between the old tolerance and the new tolerance, which is a form of intolerance. And I am going to point people to Don Carson’s book on tolerance, on the new form of intolerance. But the old tolerance is the kind I want to defend. The...

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Thoughts from The Theocratic Kingdom: Proposition 70
Thoughts from The Theocratic Kingdom: Proposition 70

Thoughts from The Theocratic Kingdom: Proposition 70

In Proposition 70, George Peters states: "The apostles, after Christ's ascension, did not preach, either to Jews or Gentiles, that the Kingdom was established." This is an easy enough proposition to confirm given all one has to do is investigate the book of Acts,...

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Thoughts from The Theocratic Kingdom: Proposition 69
Thoughts from The Theocratic Kingdom: Proposition 69

Thoughts from The Theocratic Kingdom: Proposition 69

In Proposition 69, George Peters states: "The death of Jesus did not remove the notion entertained by the disciples and apostles concerning the Kingdom." The death of Jesus certainly impacted the psyche of the disciples and apostles. The Messiah had just been...

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Thoughts from The Theocratic Kingdom: Proposition 68
Thoughts from The Theocratic Kingdom: Proposition 68

Thoughts from The Theocratic Kingdom: Proposition 68

In Proposition 68, George Peters states: "This Kingdom is then essentially a Jewish Kingdom." This goes without saying based on all the evidence presented by Peters thus far from Scripture. The covenant promises were made by God to the Jewish people and by the...

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John Frame – Presuppositional Apologetics: An Introduction (Part 2)
John Frame – Presuppositional Apologetics: An Introduction (Part 2)

John Frame – Presuppositional Apologetics: An Introduction (Part 2)

A. Sin, Grace, and Knowledge The Bible teaches that we are not only God’s creatures, but also sinners (Rom. 3:23). Sin distorts all areas of human life (Gen. 6:5; Rom. 3:10-18); therefore it affects our knowledge of God in important ways. We have already discussed...

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Thoughts from The Theocratic Kingdom: Proposition 67
Thoughts from The Theocratic Kingdom: Proposition 67

Thoughts from The Theocratic Kingdom: Proposition 67

In Proposition 67, George Peters states: "The Kingdom could not therefore have been set up at that time, viz.: at the First Advent." Peters has noted this proposition before, but as with many statements, this bears repeating at this juncture in his argument. There...

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John Frame – Presuppositional Apologetics: An Introduction (Part 1)
John Frame – Presuppositional Apologetics: An Introduction (Part 1)

John Frame – Presuppositional Apologetics: An Introduction (Part 1)

In defending the Christian faith, the most important question before us is “What sort of defense will best glorify our God (cf. 1 Cor. 10:31)?” God forbid that in seeking to defend the faith before others we should in that very act compromise it. The so-called...

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Lessons From the Garden: Existence, Relationships, and Processes – State of Perfection in the Original Creation
Lessons From the Garden: Existence, Relationships, and Processes – State of Perfection in the Original Creation

Lessons From the Garden: Existence, Relationships, and Processes – State of Perfection in the Original Creation

In the book of Genesis, we find God as Creator. The first two chapters of Genesis outline God’s creative activity, most notably His description of that activity as being good with the conclusion by God that everything He had created was very good. It is vital to...

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John Piper – 1 Peter 2:21–25, Part 2: By His Wounds You Have Been Healed
John Piper – 1 Peter 2:21–25, Part 2: By His Wounds You Have Been Healed

John Piper – 1 Peter 2:21–25, Part 2: By His Wounds You Have Been Healed

The Bible says that when Jesus went to the cross, he bore our condemnation and purchased our healing. What does his sacrifice mean tangibly for a life now lived for the glory of God? In this lab, John Piper explains what kind of healing and transformation we...

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Thoughts from The Theocratic Kingdom: Proposition 66
Thoughts from The Theocratic Kingdom: Proposition 66

Thoughts from The Theocratic Kingdom: Proposition 66

In Proposition 66, George Peters states: "The Kingdom that was nigh at one time (viz.: at the First Advent) to the Jewish nation, is now removed to the close of its tribulation, and of "the times of the Gentiles." It is quite clear (just look at the world around us...

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Alvin Reid – The Advantages of Informal Mentoring
Alvin Reid – The Advantages of Informal Mentoring

Alvin Reid – The Advantages of Informal Mentoring

Jimmy arrived at my house promptly at 8 a.m. to take me to the airport. He has often done this for me. Jimmy and his wife, Natalie, head overseas later this year as missionaries. He has been in a small group that I lead; he and Natalie also lead a small group at...

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Albert Mohler – Secularization and the Sexual Revolution: Evangelical Theology and the Cultural Crisis (Part 1)
Albert Mohler – Secularization and the Sexual Revolution: Evangelical Theology and the Cultural Crisis (Part 1)

Albert Mohler – Secularization and the Sexual Revolution: Evangelical Theology and the Cultural Crisis (Part 1)

In the face of the sexual revolution the Christian church in the West now faces a set of challenges that exceeds anything it has experienced, of a similar magnitude, in the past. This is a revolution of ideas—one that is transforming the entire moral structure of...

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Thoughts from The Theocratic Kingdom: Proposition 65
Thoughts from The Theocratic Kingdom: Proposition 65

Thoughts from The Theocratic Kingdom: Proposition 65

In Proposition 65, George Peters states: "Before this Kingdom can be given to this elect people, they must first be gathered out." The cart cannot come before the horse. The very definition of being elect or the ekklesia is being called out from among the nations....

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Thoughts from The Theocratic Kingdom: Proposition 64
Thoughts from The Theocratic Kingdom: Proposition 64

Thoughts from The Theocratic Kingdom: Proposition 64

In Proposition 64, George Peters states: "The Kingdom being given to the elect only, any adoption into that elect portion must be revealed by express Divine Revelation." An inheritance is simply not given to anyone without the permission of the father. In the case...

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Thoughts from The Theocratic Kingdom: Proposition 63
Thoughts from The Theocratic Kingdom: Proposition 63

Thoughts from The Theocratic Kingdom: Proposition 63

In Proposition 63, George Peters states: "The present elect, to whom the Kingdom will be given, is the continuation of the previous election, chiefly in another engrafted people." If there is any question as to whom the present elect are, it consists of all...

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Greg Gilbert – Debunking Silly Statements About the Bible
Greg Gilbert – Debunking Silly Statements About the Bible

Greg Gilbert – Debunking Silly Statements About the Bible

One American tabloid recently said this about the Bible: No television preacher has ever read the Bible. Neither has any evangelical politician. Neither has the pope. Neither have I. And neither have you. At best, we’ve all read a bad translation—a translation of...

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Thoughts from The Theocratic Kingdom: Proposition 62
Thoughts from The Theocratic Kingdom: Proposition 62

Thoughts from The Theocratic Kingdom: Proposition 62

In Proposition 62, George Peters states: "This people, to whom the Kingdom is to be given, gathered out of the nations, becomes the elect nation." Peters again notes the reality of the gathering out of many nations of a people into one nation with the engrafting...

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Thoughts from The Theocratic Kingdom: Proposition 61
Thoughts from The Theocratic Kingdom: Proposition 61

Thoughts from The Theocratic Kingdom: Proposition 61

In Proposition 61, George Peters states: "The Kingdom which by promise exclusively belonged to the Jewish nation, the rightful seed of Abraham, was now to be given to an engrafted people." Again, this does not mean a complete and thorough rejection of the Jewish...

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Thoughts from The Theocratic Kingdom: Proposition 60
Thoughts from The Theocratic Kingdom: Proposition 60

Thoughts from The Theocratic Kingdom: Proposition 60

In Proposition 60, George Peters states: "This Kingdom of God is given, not to nations, but to one nation." This is a very important point. We are the people of God, a holy called nation. From out of many nations into one nation. This is after all what the word...

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John Piper – Proverb 22:17–19, Part 3: God’s Bigger Purpose for Proverbs
John Piper – Proverb 22:17–19, Part 3: God’s Bigger Purpose for Proverbs

John Piper – Proverb 22:17–19, Part 3: God’s Bigger Purpose for Proverbs

You probably know the book of Proverbs as a collection of practical advice for God’s people. Proverbs itself, though, defines its purpose in a deeper, more significant way. In this lab, John Piper looks at the purpose and lays it onto several proverbs to see how...

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Archibald Alexander – Thoughts for Young People
Archibald Alexander – Thoughts for Young People

Archibald Alexander – Thoughts for Young People

It is a matter of serious regret that young people are commonly so little disposed to listen to the advice of the aged…But it is greatly to be desired that the lessons of wisdom taught by the experience of one set of men should be made available for the instruction...

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Thoughts from The Theocratic Kingdom: Proposition 59
Thoughts from The Theocratic Kingdom: Proposition 59

Thoughts from The Theocratic Kingdom: Proposition 59

In Proposition 59, George Peters states: "This Kingdom of God, offered to the Jewish nation, lest the purpose of God fail, is to be given to others who are adopted." If God stopped with no longer offering the Kingdom per His covenant promise, we would have a huge...

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Thoughts from The Theocratic Kingdom: Proposition 58
Thoughts from The Theocratic Kingdom: Proposition 58

Thoughts from The Theocratic Kingdom: Proposition 58

In Proposition 58, George Peters states: "Jesus, toward the close of His ministry, preached that the Kingdom was not nigh." Peters notes that at the end of the ministry of Jesus, in particular right before the events that led to his death, the message regarding the...

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Scott Redd – The Reformation: A Bible Movement (Part 3)
Scott Redd – The Reformation: A Bible Movement (Part 3)

Scott Redd – The Reformation: A Bible Movement (Part 3)

In the first two posts in this series, we considered the way in which the Reformers viewed the Scriptures as to its authority and clarity. In this final installment, we turn our attention to the need for clarity in the propagation of Scripture for reformation...

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John Piper – Proverb 22:17–19, Part 2: Fix Your Eyes and Heart on the Bible
John Piper – Proverb 22:17–19, Part 2: Fix Your Eyes and Heart on the Bible

John Piper – Proverb 22:17–19, Part 2: Fix Your Eyes and Heart on the Bible

Our Bible reading is about much more than reading. Proverbs calls us to incline our ears and apply our hearts. In this lab, John Piper highlights these two major principles for getting the most out of your time in God’s...

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Thoughts from The Theocratic Kingdom: Proposition 57
Thoughts from The Theocratic Kingdom: Proposition 57

Thoughts from The Theocratic Kingdom: Proposition 57

In Proposition 57, George Peters states: "This Kingdom was offered to the Jewish nation, but the nation rejected it." From the larger perspective, when we look at the nation during the time of Jesus, it is clear the leadership and many of the people rejected the...

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Thoughts from The Theocratic Kingdom: Proposition 56
Thoughts from The Theocratic Kingdom: Proposition 56

Thoughts from The Theocratic Kingdom: Proposition 56

In Proposition 56, George Peters states: "The Kingdom was not established during the ministry of Christ." Peters noted earlier that the Kingdom was not established during the ministry of John the Baptist even though John declared the Kingdom was at hand. The...

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William VanDoodewaard – The Lost Word, and the Lost World
William VanDoodewaard – The Lost Word, and the Lost World

William VanDoodewaard – The Lost Word, and the Lost World

In 2009, John Walton, professor of Old Testament at Wheaton College, challenged the evangelical world with the publication of his The Lost World of Genesis One. He argued that contrary to a traditional, literal reading of Genesis, essential clues to understanding...

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Thoughts from The Theocratic Kingdom: Proposition 55
Thoughts from The Theocratic Kingdom: Proposition 55

Thoughts from The Theocratic Kingdom: Proposition 55

In Proposition 55, George Peters states: "It was necessary that Jesus and His disciples should at first preach the Kingdom as night to the Jewish nation." We covered this proposition to large degree in the previous post. It makes perfect sense and thus it was...

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Thoughts from The Theocratic Kingdom: Proposition 54
Thoughts from The Theocratic Kingdom: Proposition 54

Thoughts from The Theocratic Kingdom: Proposition 54

In Proposition 54, George Peters states: "The preaching of the Kingdom by John, Jesus, and the disciples, was confined to the Jewish nation." With this type of statement, some will be tempted to go down the road to declare the message of the Kingdom was solely for...

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Thoughts from The Theocratic Kingdom: Proposition 53
Thoughts from The Theocratic Kingdom: Proposition 53

Thoughts from The Theocratic Kingdom: Proposition 53

In Proposition 53, George Peters states: "The genealogies of our Lord form an important link in the comprehension of this Kingdom." Ahh...those genealogies. Raise your hand if you skip past those sections of Scripture. I admit my hand is raised (at least after I...

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John Piper – 2 Timothy 2:11–13: If We Are Faithless, He Remains Faithful?
John Piper – 2 Timothy 2:11–13: If We Are Faithless, He Remains Faithful?

John Piper – 2 Timothy 2:11–13: If We Are Faithless, He Remains Faithful?

“If we are faithless, he remains faithful.” In this lab, John Piper asks whether this popular phrase was written to be a comfort or warning. He believes that many misunderstand these words because they have taken them out of context and made them something they do...

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Thoughts from The Theocratic Kingdom: Proposition 52
Thoughts from The Theocratic Kingdom: Proposition 52

Thoughts from The Theocratic Kingdom: Proposition 52

In Proposition 52, George Peters states: "The promises pertaining to the Kingdom, as given in the covenants, will be strictly fulfilled." Covenants follow very strict rules and requirements on the part of both parties. The covenants made by God, in particular the...

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Thoughts from The Theocratic Kingdom: Proposition 51
Thoughts from The Theocratic Kingdom: Proposition 51

Thoughts from The Theocratic Kingdom: Proposition 51

In Proposition 51, George Peters states: "The relation that the Kingdom sustains to "the covenants of promise," enables us to appreciate the prophecies pertaining to the Kingdom." If the doctrine of the Kingdom hinges on the covenants of promise in their totality,...

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Michael Kruger – Was the Divinity of Jesus a Late Invention of the Council of Nicea?
Michael Kruger – Was the Divinity of Jesus a Late Invention of the Council of Nicea?

Michael Kruger – Was the Divinity of Jesus a Late Invention of the Council of Nicea?

One of the most common objections to Christianity is that the divinity of Jesus was “created” by later Christians long after the first century. No one in primitive Christianity believed Jesus was divine, we are told. He was just a man and it was later believers, at...

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Thoughts from The Theocratic Kingdom: Proposition 50
Thoughts from The Theocratic Kingdom: Proposition 50

Thoughts from The Theocratic Kingdom: Proposition 50

In Proposition 50, George Peters states: "The Kingdom will be the outgrowth of the renewed Abrahamic covenant, under which renewal we now live." Peters already established the reality that the Kingdom, when fully implemented, will be a renewal of the Abrahamic...

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Joseph Franks – The Nurture and Admonition of Lucifer
Joseph Franks – The Nurture and Admonition of Lucifer

Joseph Franks – The Nurture and Admonition of Lucifer

It is highly offensive and dangerous for one to complacently and rebelliously live in sin before the Holy God. According to the Bible, God is angry with such wicked individuals each and every day. His condemnation is promised; it will be severe when poured out by...

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Thoughts from The Theocratic Kingdom: Proposition 49
Thoughts from The Theocratic Kingdom: Proposition 49

Thoughts from The Theocratic Kingdom: Proposition 49

In Proposition 49, George Peters states: "The covenants being in Revelation, the foundation of the Kingdom, must first be received and appreciated." Now by the word "Revelation", Peters is not referring to the Revelation of John found at the conclusion of...

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Joel Beeke – 7 Ways to Grow in the Art of Communication
Joel Beeke – 7 Ways to Grow in the Art of Communication

Joel Beeke – 7 Ways to Grow in the Art of Communication

We need to understand that communication is an art that we all must learn better. It does not come naturally. Here are seven principles to help you to grow in this art, that you might teach your children: 1. We should draw out the thoughts of others. Communication...

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Donald Whitney – Husbands, It’s Time to Start Leading Family Worship
Donald Whitney – Husbands, It’s Time to Start Leading Family Worship

Donald Whitney – Husbands, It’s Time to Start Leading Family Worship

8 Reasons to Start The worthiness of God to receive your family’s worship each day is reason enough to start practicing family worship today. But in addition to that, consider these other good motivations: 1. What better way to speak the gospel into your children’s...

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John Piper – 1 Peter 2:18–20, Part 3: God Will Reward Every Wrong Endured
John Piper – 1 Peter 2:18–20, Part 3: God Will Reward Every Wrong Endured

John Piper – 1 Peter 2:18–20, Part 3: God Will Reward Every Wrong Endured

Jesus says that those who follow him will suffer, and many of you will suffer for doing good. In this lab, John Piper reminds us of God’s love for us in every trial, and uncovers the promise that one day he will make every wrong...

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Thoughts from The Theocratic Kingdom: Proposition 48
Thoughts from The Theocratic Kingdom: Proposition 48

Thoughts from The Theocratic Kingdom: Proposition 48

In Proposition 48, George Peters states: "The Kingdom being based on the covenants, the covenants must be carefully examined, and (Prop. 4) the literal language of the same must be maintained." Seems simple enough right, yet so many fail to recognize the important...

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Albert Mohler – The Scandal of Biblical Illiteracy: It’s Our Problem
Albert Mohler – The Scandal of Biblical Illiteracy: It’s Our Problem

Albert Mohler – The Scandal of Biblical Illiteracy: It’s Our Problem

While America’s evangelical Christians are rightly concerned about the secular worldview’s rejection of biblical Christianity, we ought to give some urgent attention to a problem much closer to home – biblical illiteracy in the church. This scandalous problem is...

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Thoughts from The Theocratic Kingdom: Proposition 47
Thoughts from The Theocratic Kingdom: Proposition 47

Thoughts from The Theocratic Kingdom: Proposition 47

In Proposition 47, George Peters states: "The Jews had the strongest possible assurance given to them that the Kingdom based on those covenants would be realized." Their assurance was rooted in the fact that God keeps His covenant promises. An oath was a serious...

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Thoughts from The Theocratic Kingdom: Proposition 46
Thoughts from The Theocratic Kingdom: Proposition 46

Thoughts from The Theocratic Kingdom: Proposition 46

In Proposition 46, George Peters states: "The Kingdom anticipated by the Jews at the First Advent is based on the Abrahamic and Davidic Covenants." This proposition is somewhat of another restatement by Peters and again a necessary one given he is now interacting...

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Thoughts from The Theocratic Kingdom: Proposition 45
Thoughts from The Theocratic Kingdom: Proposition 45

Thoughts from The Theocratic Kingdom: Proposition 45

In Proposition 45, George Peters states: "The phrases 'Kingdom of heaven,' 'Kingdom of God,' 'Kingdom of Christ', etc., denote the same Kingdom." This proposition is a restatement of earlier propositions from Peters. It seems necessary at this juncture in his...

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Thoughts from The Theocratic Kingdom: Proposition 44
Thoughts from The Theocratic Kingdom: Proposition 44

Thoughts from The Theocratic Kingdom: Proposition 44

In Proposition 44, George Peters states: "The preaching of the Kingdom, being in accordance with that of the predicted Kingdom, raised no controversy between the Jews and Jesus, or between the Jews and His disciples and apostles." We typically think of the message...

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Thomas Schreiner – Romans 7 Does Not Describe Your Christian Experience
Thomas Schreiner – Romans 7 Does Not Describe Your Christian Experience

Thomas Schreiner – Romans 7 Does Not Describe Your Christian Experience

Romans 7:13–25 is one of the most disputed and controversial passages in the Bible. Augustine changed his mind about its meaning, so we have precedent for swinging back and forth in our own interpretation. I recognize that I can hardly give the last word on a text...

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John Piper – Romans 7 Does Describe Your Christian Experience
John Piper – Romans 7 Does Describe Your Christian Experience

John Piper – Romans 7 Does Describe Your Christian Experience

When I teach on Romans 7, I expect there may be pushback to my argument that Romans 7:14–25 refers to Paul’s—and thus to our—Christian experience. Good friends, like Tom Schreiner, think that when Paul says “I delight in the law of God, in my inner being (esō...

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Thoughts from The Theocratic Kingdom: Proposition 43
Thoughts from The Theocratic Kingdom: Proposition 43

Thoughts from The Theocratic Kingdom: Proposition 43

In Proposition 43, George Peters states: "The disciples sent forth by Jesus to preach this Kingdom were not ignorant of the meaning to be attached to the Kingdom." This proposition is a logical extension of a previous one made by Peters regarding John the Baptist....

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Thoughts from The Theocratic Kingdom: Proposition 42
Thoughts from The Theocratic Kingdom: Proposition 42

Thoughts from The Theocratic Kingdom: Proposition 42

In Proposition 42, George Peters states: "Jesus Christ, in His early ministry, preached that the Kingdom of God was nigh at hand." This particular observation is rooted in passages such as Matthew 4:17 where Jesus declared, "From that time on Jesus began to preach,...

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Kevin DeYoung – Answering the Abortion Question that is Sure to Come
Kevin DeYoung – Answering the Abortion Question that is Sure to Come

Kevin DeYoung – Answering the Abortion Question that is Sure to Come

You are a staunch opponent of abortion rights. Many have argued, even members of your own party, that your position is too extreme for most Americans and could hurt your chances in the General Election. Would you really tell a rape victim that she must carry to...

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Thoughts from The Theocratic Kingdom: Proposition 41
Thoughts from The Theocratic Kingdom: Proposition 41

Thoughts from The Theocratic Kingdom: Proposition 41

In Proposition 41, George Peters states: "The Kingdom was not established under John's ministry." As we look at the message declared by John the Baptist as well as the period of his ministry, it is readily apparent the Kingdom, in particular the fullness of it, has...

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Thoughts from The Theocratic Kingdom: Proposition 40
Thoughts from The Theocratic Kingdom: Proposition 40

Thoughts from The Theocratic Kingdom: Proposition 40

In Proposition 40, George Peters states: "The hearers of John believed that he preached to them the Kingdom predicted by the Prophets, and in the sense held by themselves." Peters, in this proposition, is hearkening back to early propositions while using the...

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Thoughts from The Theocratic Kingdom: Proposition 39
Thoughts from The Theocratic Kingdom: Proposition 39

Thoughts from The Theocratic Kingdom: Proposition 39

In Proposition 39, George Peters states: "John the Baptist was not ignorant of the Kingdom that he preached." This seems like a rather obvious proposition to make; however, it is apparent that some believe John the Baptist preached something and urgent people to...

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Thoughts from The Theocratic Kingdom: Proposition 38
Thoughts from The Theocratic Kingdom: Proposition 38

Thoughts from The Theocratic Kingdom: Proposition 38

In Proposition 38, George Peters states: "John the Baptist preached that this Kingdom, predicted by the Prophets, was "nigh at hand." Being the forerunner of the Messiah, John the Baptist was the one called by God to prepare the way for the Messiah. The message was...

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John Piper – 1 Peter 2:18–20, Part 1: Slaves, Obey Your Masters
John Piper – 1 Peter 2:18–20, Part 1: Slaves, Obey Your Masters

John Piper – 1 Peter 2:18–20, Part 1: Slaves, Obey Your Masters

Slavery is a sensitive topic with a horrific history. So what does the Bible say for slaves? Or does the Bible say “so little”? In this lab, John Piper explores one place where freedom is found, looking at a couple key passages that address the tragedy of human...

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Thoughts from The Theocratic Kingdom: Proposition 37
Thoughts from The Theocratic Kingdom: Proposition 37

Thoughts from The Theocratic Kingdom: Proposition 37

In Proposition 37, George Peters states: "The Kingdom, thus predicted and promised, was not in existence when the Forerunner of Jesus appeared." What Peters is proposing here is that the church did not replace Israel or take the place of the Davidic Kingdom. He is...

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Thoughts from The Theocratic Kingdom: Proposition 36
Thoughts from The Theocratic Kingdom: Proposition 36

Thoughts from The Theocratic Kingdom: Proposition 36

In Proposition 36, George Peters states: "The Prophets, with one voice, describe this one Kingdom, thus restored, in terms expressive of the most glorious additions." In the promise of the return to the Garden outlined in Scripture, it is clear that the kingdom...

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Thoughts from The Theocratic Kingdom: Proposition 35
Thoughts from The Theocratic Kingdom: Proposition 35

Thoughts from The Theocratic Kingdom: Proposition 35

In Proposition 35, George Peters states: "The Prophets describe but one Kingdom." Peters builds on his previous proposition, more specifically stating here that there is but a single Kingdom, the Theocracy. While the Davidic Kingdom was certainly in existence and...

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Denny Burk – Seven Reasons Why You Shouldn’t Read 1 Timothy 6:1-2 as an Endorsement of Slavery
Denny Burk – Seven Reasons Why You Shouldn’t Read 1 Timothy 6:1-2 as an Endorsement of Slavery

Denny Burk – Seven Reasons Why You Shouldn’t Read 1 Timothy 6:1-2 as an Endorsement of Slavery

Have you ever faced a skeptic—maybe a family member or a friend at work—who threw slavery at you as evidence that the Bible can’t be trusted? They argue that if you are using the Bible as your authority on what is right and wrong, then you are basing your deeply...

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Calling Evil Good: A Lesson From the 2016 Super Bowl Halftime Performance
Calling Evil Good: A Lesson From the 2016 Super Bowl Halftime Performance

Calling Evil Good: A Lesson From the 2016 Super Bowl Halftime Performance

Another Super Bowl has come and gone. All the hype over the actual game and all the excitement over what company produced the most entertaining commercial will soon be a distant memory. What might remain somewhat vivid in our memories is the halftime show which...

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Thoughts from The Theocratic Kingdom: Proposition 34
Thoughts from The Theocratic Kingdom: Proposition 34

Thoughts from The Theocratic Kingdom: Proposition 34

In Proposition 34, George Peters states: "The Prophets describe this restored Kingdom, its extension, glory, etc., without distinguishing between the First and Second Advents." This proposition is an interesting one and a statement I honestly had to think about for...

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Thoughts from The Theocratic Kingdom: Proposition 33
Thoughts from The Theocratic Kingdom: Proposition 33

Thoughts from The Theocratic Kingdom: Proposition 33

In Proposition 33, George Peters states: "The Prophets, some even before the Captivity, foreseeing the overthrow of the Kingdom, both foretell its downfall and its final restoration." As Peters has noted in this proposition, God, through His prophets, not only...

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Thoughts from The Theocratic Kingdom: Proposition 32
Thoughts from The Theocratic Kingdom: Proposition 32

Thoughts from The Theocratic Kingdom: Proposition 32

In Proposition 32, George Peters states: "This Theocratic Kingdom, thus incorporated with the Davidic, is removed when the Davidic Kingdom is overthrown." Upon the exile of Israel and Judah into captivity, the Davidic kingdom had been overthrown. Thus, the...

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William Tyndale – A Pathway Into the Holy Scripture
William Tyndale – A Pathway Into the Holy Scripture

William Tyndale – A Pathway Into the Holy Scripture

I marvel greatly, dearly beloved in Christ, that any man would ever contend or speak against having the scripture available in every language, for every man. For I would have thought no one so blind as to ask why light [the light of the word of God] should be shown...

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Thoughts from The Theocratic Kingdom: Proposition 31
Thoughts from The Theocratic Kingdom: Proposition 31

Thoughts from The Theocratic Kingdom: Proposition 31

In Proposition 31, George Peters states: "This Theocracy or Kingdom was identified with the Davidic Kingdom." This is another undeniable fact. God made a covenant with David and the Messiah was stated to come from the line of David. Peters notes the Davidic and...

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Thoughts from The Theocratic Kingdom: Proposition 30
Thoughts from The Theocratic Kingdom: Proposition 30

Thoughts from The Theocratic Kingdom: Proposition 30

In Proposition 30, George Peters states: "The Prophets, however, without specifying the manner of introduction, predict that the Gentiles shall participate in the blessings of this Theocracy or Kingdom." This is something for which we should continually thank God....

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Thoughts from The Theocratic Kingdom: Proposition 29
Thoughts from The Theocratic Kingdom: Proposition 29

Thoughts from The Theocratic Kingdom: Proposition 29

In Proposition 29, George Peters states: "This Theocracy or Kingdom is exclusively given to the natural descendants of Abraham, in their corporate capacity." Peters reiterates in this proposition points he had been driving home already, namely that the people of...

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Thoughts from The Theocratic Kingdom: Proposition 28
Thoughts from The Theocratic Kingdom: Proposition 28

Thoughts from The Theocratic Kingdom: Proposition 28

In Proposition 28, George Peters states: "God makes the Jewish King subordinate to His own Theocracy." Despite the yearning by Israel for a human ruler like that of the other nations and God within His divine plan making that request happen, God is still the King....

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Thoughts from The Theocratic Kingdom: Proposition 27
Thoughts from The Theocratic Kingdom: Proposition 27

Thoughts from The Theocratic Kingdom: Proposition 27

In Proposition 27, George Peters states: "The demand of the nation for an earthly king was a virtual abandonment of this Theocratic Kingdom by the nation." If you recall, Israel had been led by God from the calling of Abraham as the father of the nation, through...

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Thoughts from The Theocratic Kingdom: Proposition 26
Thoughts from The Theocratic Kingdom: Proposition 26

Thoughts from The Theocratic Kingdom: Proposition 26

In Proposition 26, George Peters states: "The Theocracy thus instituted would have been permanently established, if the people, in their national capacity, had been faithful in obedience." The covenant promises made by God to Israel were intimately connected to...

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Thoughts from The Theocratic Kingdom: Proposition 25
Thoughts from The Theocratic Kingdom: Proposition 25

Thoughts from The Theocratic Kingdom: Proposition 25

In Proposition 25, George Peters states: "The Theocracy was an earnest, introductory, or initiatory form of this Kingdom." What Peters means by the "Theocracy" is the nation of Israel to include the various legal regulations of that time. These included the...

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Thoughts from The Theocratic Kingdom: Proposition 24
Thoughts from The Theocratic Kingdom: Proposition 24

Thoughts from The Theocratic Kingdom: Proposition 24

In Proposition 24, George Peters states: "The Kingdom is offered to an elect nation, viz.: The Jewish nation." There can be no argument against this Proposition; however, its application regarding the doctrine of the kingdom is quite profound. If we are to lay...

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Vern Poythress – 3 Reasons Jesus’ Miracles Still Matter Today
Vern Poythress – 3 Reasons Jesus’ Miracles Still Matter Today

Vern Poythress – 3 Reasons Jesus’ Miracles Still Matter Today

Relevant for Today The miracles of Jesus were relevant to the people back then. But what about now? The Gospels record the miracles in order to indicate what happened, but they also have a religious purpose. Through understanding who Jesus is and what he did, we...

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David Robertson – Atheism Preys on Fear and Prejudice
David Robertson – Atheism Preys on Fear and Prejudice

David Robertson – Atheism Preys on Fear and Prejudice

If God died in the 1960’s, then someone forgot to tell the English publishing industry. Books about God have been surprising bestsellers for the past decade. Richard Dawkin’s The God Delusion which has sold over a million has been joined in the best seller lists by...

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Thoughts from The Theocratic Kingdom: Proposition 23
Thoughts from The Theocratic Kingdom: Proposition 23

Thoughts from The Theocratic Kingdom: Proposition 23

In Proposition 23, George Peters states: "There must be some substantial reason why the phrases "Kingdom of God", etc., were thus adopted." This is certainly a valid proposition as after all, words in Scripture matter. God did not just randomly select a phrase or...

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Thoughts from The Theocratic Kingdom: Proposition 22
Thoughts from The Theocratic Kingdom: Proposition 22

Thoughts from The Theocratic Kingdom: Proposition 22

In Proposition 22, George Peters states: "John the Baptist, Jesus, and the disciples, employed the phrases "Kingdom of heaven," "Kingdom of God," etc., in accordance with the usage of the Jews." Peters continues to build on the necessary foundation of how we are to...

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Scott Redd – The Reformation: A Bible Movement (Part 2)
Scott Redd – The Reformation: A Bible Movement (Part 2)

Scott Redd – The Reformation: A Bible Movement (Part 2)

In the first post in this series we briefly considered the way in whiich the Reformers viewed the Scriptures--as they are in truth, the authoritative written word of God. But God’s Word is not only uniquely authoritative; it is also uniquely clear, or perspicuous....

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Lessons From the Garden: Why Did Cain and Abel Offer a Sacrifice to God?
Lessons From the Garden: Why Did Cain and Abel Offer a Sacrifice to God?

Lessons From the Garden: Why Did Cain and Abel Offer a Sacrifice to God?

While not an event that took place in the Garden of Eden, the offering of a sacrifice to God by Cain and Abel has nevertheless been a topic of interest to me for some time. Given its potential connection to the Garden of Eden, exploring the possible reason why Cain...

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Timothy Adkins – Two Roses from the Garden of Grace: Whosoever Will and Sovereign Election
Timothy Adkins – Two Roses from the Garden of Grace: Whosoever Will and Sovereign Election

Timothy Adkins – Two Roses from the Garden of Grace: Whosoever Will and Sovereign Election

‘Which is true, whosoever will or sovereign election?’ Like many questions this one demands a false answer. The Bible does not teach one or the other, it teaches both. Considered together the concepts may seem profound and difficult, but they are neither...

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Thoughts from The Theocratic Kingdom: Proposition 21
Thoughts from The Theocratic Kingdom: Proposition 21

Thoughts from The Theocratic Kingdom: Proposition 21

In Proposition 21, George Peters states: "The Prophecies of the Kingdom, interpreted literally, sustain the expectations and hopes of the pious Jews." Place yourself in the shoes (or sandals in this case) of the Jewish people while they were in exile. They had been...

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Charles Hodge – The Protestant Rule of Faith
Charles Hodge – The Protestant Rule of Faith

Charles Hodge – The Protestant Rule of Faith

1. Statement of the Doctrine. All Protestants agree in teaching that "the word of God, ascontained in the Scriptures of the Old and New Testaments, is the only infallible rule of faith and practice." In the Smalcald Articles, the Lutheran Church says "Ex patrum --...

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Thoughts from The Theocratic Kingdom: Proposition 20
Thoughts from The Theocratic Kingdom: Proposition 20

Thoughts from The Theocratic Kingdom: Proposition 20

In Proposition 20, George Peters states: "To comprehend the subject of the kingdom, it is necessary to notice the belief and the expectations of the more pious portion of the Jews." What Peters is noting here is the need to note the differences in expectation of...

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Thoughts from The Theocratic Kingdom: Proposition 19
Thoughts from The Theocratic Kingdom: Proposition 19

Thoughts from The Theocratic Kingdom: Proposition 19

In Proposition 19, George Peters states: "The New Testament begins the announcement of the kingdom in terms expressive of its being previously well known." Arguably, this is a proposition many might not have thought about. There is no explanation of the kingdom or...

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Thoughts from The Theocratic Kingdom: Proposition 18
Thoughts from The Theocratic Kingdom: Proposition 18

Thoughts from The Theocratic Kingdom: Proposition 18

In Proposition 18, George Peters states: "The prophecies relating to the establishment of the Kingdom of God are both conditioned and unconditioned." This may seem like somewhat of a contradictory or confusing proposition at first, but let's think about this one...

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Josh Squires – Christian Conflict: Five Ways to Fight It
Josh Squires – Christian Conflict: Five Ways to Fight It

Josh Squires – Christian Conflict: Five Ways to Fight It

I wish I never had to deal with conflict. I am a card-carrying conflict avoider. Whatever the reason (character, context, sin, etc.) I would rather run away from conflict than take it head on. It wasn’t until I began my training as a counselor at nearly...

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Lessons from the Garden: God’s Covering of our Nakedness
Lessons from the Garden: God’s Covering of our Nakedness

Lessons from the Garden: God’s Covering of our Nakedness

Over the past couple of weeks at a Bible Study I have been attending, we have been exploring some fundamental aspects of Scripture and theology in general. As a starting point, a necessary one I might add, the discussion has centered on Genesis 1-4 for it is in...

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Thoughts from The Theocratic Kingdom: Proposition 17
Thoughts from The Theocratic Kingdom: Proposition 17

Thoughts from The Theocratic Kingdom: Proposition 17

In Proposition 17, George Peters states: "Without study of the prophecies, no adequate idea can be obtained of the kingdom." This is an important point Peters is proposing. He has previously noted the connection between the Old and New Testaments, some issues...

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Thoughts from The Theocratic Kingdom: Proposition 16
Thoughts from The Theocratic Kingdom: Proposition 16

Thoughts from The Theocratic Kingdom: Proposition 16

In Proposition 16, George Peters states: "This kingdom cannot be properly comprehended without acknowledging an intimate and internal connection existing between the Old and New Testaments." This is a truly important proposition. Far too many view the front and...

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Dave Dunham – Studies in Leviticus: You Shall Be Holy (Chapters 19 & 20)
Dave Dunham – Studies in Leviticus: You Shall Be Holy (Chapters 19 & 20)

Dave Dunham – Studies in Leviticus: You Shall Be Holy (Chapters 19 & 20)

If Leviticus has stressed anything for the reader it is the essential nature of holiness in the life of the people of God. This holiness is necessary because it is reflective of the God with whom we are in relationship. See how often the phrase “I am the Lord” is...

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Thoughts from The Theocratic Kingdom: Proposition 15
Thoughts from The Theocratic Kingdom: Proposition 15

Thoughts from The Theocratic Kingdom: Proposition 15

In Proposition 15, George Peters states: "The doctrine of the kingdom can become better understood and appreciated." This is truly one of the reasons Peters wrote his treatise. There is a great need, both in his day and continuing to the current time, to grasp this...

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Albert Mohler – Do Christians and Muslims Worship the Same God?
Albert Mohler – Do Christians and Muslims Worship the Same God?

Albert Mohler – Do Christians and Muslims Worship the Same God?

A statement made by a professor at a leading evangelical college has become a flashpoint in a controversy that really matters. In explaining why she intended to wear a traditional Muslim hijab over the holiday season in order to symbolize solidarity with her Muslim...

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Thoughts from The Theocratic Kingdom: Proposition 14
Thoughts from The Theocratic Kingdom: Proposition 14

Thoughts from The Theocratic Kingdom: Proposition 14

In Proposition 14, George Peters states: "Some things pertaining to the kingdom not so easily comprehended as many suppose." Once again it seems somethings just never change. Apparently back in 1884, Peters noted something that still happens today, namely the...

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Lessons from the Garden: Talking Snake or Anointed Covering Cherub?
Lessons from the Garden: Talking Snake or Anointed Covering Cherub?

Lessons from the Garden: Talking Snake or Anointed Covering Cherub?

There is one specific element of Genesis 3 that has recently fascinated me and that is the question as to why Eve is not portrayed as being surprised when the “Serpent” spoke to her. One of the traditional views can be found in the artwork that is often used to...

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Thoughts from The Theocratic Kingdom: Proposition 13
Thoughts from The Theocratic Kingdom: Proposition 13

Thoughts from The Theocratic Kingdom: Proposition 13

In Proposition 13, George Peters states: "Some things pertaining to the kingdom, intentionally revealed somewhat obscurely." Peters again builds on what he has been stating over the past couple of propositions, here noting that not all things have been revealed...

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Rick Segal – Staying Godly in a Godless Workplace
Rick Segal – Staying Godly in a Godless Workplace

Rick Segal – Staying Godly in a Godless Workplace

Very few, if any, awake one morning and decide all of a sudden, “Today is the day I’m going rogue. Enough with all that honesty stuff. From now on, I’m all about corruption.” It typically begins as an indiscernible leak of integrity, at least in terms of...

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Melissa Kruger – Fruitful Vines: 7 Reasons to Read the Bible in a Year
Melissa Kruger – Fruitful Vines: 7 Reasons to Read the Bible in a Year

Melissa Kruger – Fruitful Vines: 7 Reasons to Read the Bible in a Year

I spent last week cleaning up the remains of tomato vines from my garden. It’s easy work because once vines are dead, they lose all strength and break apart with little effort. While the remains of a tree can be made into a range of items from paper products to...

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Thoughts from The Theocratic Kingdom: Proposition 12
Thoughts from The Theocratic Kingdom: Proposition 12

Thoughts from The Theocratic Kingdom: Proposition 12

In Proposition 12, George Peters states: "There is some mystery yet connected with the things of the kingdom." This proposition was alluded to in our discussion of proposition 11. It is a fact that not all things in God's divine plan have taken place. Thus, there...

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Chris Brauns – 7 Benefits of Systematic Long-Term Scripture Memorization
Chris Brauns – 7 Benefits of Systematic Long-Term Scripture Memorization

Chris Brauns – 7 Benefits of Systematic Long-Term Scripture Memorization

Andy Naselli recently wrote two pieces that encourage and equip believers to memorize whole books of the Bible. At the same time that I noticed his articles, I celebrated 25 years of systematic long-term Scripture memorization (SLTSM). Together, those events...

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Thoughts from The Theocratic Kingdom: Proposition 11
Thoughts from The Theocratic Kingdom: Proposition 11

Thoughts from The Theocratic Kingdom: Proposition 11

In Proposition 11, George Peters states: "The mysteries of the kingdom were given to the apostles." Peters avers that such a proposition is derived from passages such as Mark 4:11 and Matthew 13:11 which state "To you has been given the secret of the kingdom of...

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Thoughts from The Theocratic Kingdom: Proposition 10
Thoughts from The Theocratic Kingdom: Proposition 10

Thoughts from The Theocratic Kingdom: Proposition 10

In Proposition 10, George Peters states: "This kingdom should be studied in the light of the Holy Scriptures, and not merely in that of creeds, confessions, formulas of doctrine, etc." This is giant pet peeve of mine as there is a great tendency, most notably among...

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Thoughts from The Theocratic Kingdom: Proposition 9
Thoughts from The Theocratic Kingdom: Proposition 9

Thoughts from The Theocratic Kingdom: Proposition 9

In Proposition 9, George Peters states: "The nature of, and the things pertaining to the kingdom, can only be ascertained within the limits of Scripture." This proposition is intimately connected with proposition 5 in which Peters declared that the doctrine of the...

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Lessons from the Garden: The Theological Importance of No Animal Death Before Sin
Lessons from the Garden: The Theological Importance of No Animal Death Before Sin

Lessons from the Garden: The Theological Importance of No Animal Death Before Sin

Other than the discussion over the issue of how long the days of Genesis 1 are, arguably one of the most heated debates among evangelicals on the issue of origins is whether there was any death and more specifically, whether the is a biblical case for animal death...

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Joseph Franks – High Law … High Grace … High Worship
Joseph Franks – High Law … High Grace … High Worship

Joseph Franks – High Law … High Grace … High Worship

  The Law comes from our good God. The Law comes as a good gift from our good God. The Law is a good presentation of God’s standard of goodness. It tell us that which is really good in the sight of God. The Law is a good magnifier of our non-goodness. It does...

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Thoughts from The Theocratic Kingdom: Proposition 7
Thoughts from The Theocratic Kingdom: Proposition 7

Thoughts from The Theocratic Kingdom: Proposition 7

In Proposition 7, George Peters states: "The kingdom being a manifestation of the supernatural, miracles are connected with it." I am enjoying the flow of Peters' argument thus far as he is building slowly but surely on his propositions, establishing a theological...

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John Piper – 1 Peter 2:11–12, Part 1: Your Old Passions War Against You
John Piper – 1 Peter 2:11–12, Part 1: Your Old Passions War Against You

John Piper – 1 Peter 2:11–12, Part 1: Your Old Passions War Against You

There are desires inside of you that want to destroy you. They will try and lure you to anything and everything except God and His glory. In this lab, John Piper teaches us to fight remaining sin in our own hearts. He end by giving two strategies for abstaining...

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Thoughts from The Theocratic Kingdom: Proposition 6
Thoughts from The Theocratic Kingdom: Proposition 6

Thoughts from The Theocratic Kingdom: Proposition 6

In Proposition 6, George Peters states: "The kingdom of heaven is intimately connected with the supernatural." This is yet another simple yet profoundly important statement. While the kingdom as previously noted by Peters has as its location earth, it is also...

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Gavin Ortlund – 5 Strategies for Daily Bible Reading
Gavin Ortlund – 5 Strategies for Daily Bible Reading

Gavin Ortlund – 5 Strategies for Daily Bible Reading

I’ve always been amazed by Jesus’ response to Satan’s first temptation: “if you are the Son of God, command these stones to become loaves of bread” (Matthew 4:3). I picture Jesus there, looking at the stones. His ribs are poking out, and his body is worn away after...

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John Piper – 1 Peter 2:9–10, Part 2: Why You Exist in the World
John Piper – 1 Peter 2:9–10, Part 2: Why You Exist in the World

John Piper – 1 Peter 2:9–10, Part 2: Why You Exist in the World

Can you explain why you exist in the world? When God created you, and then saved you and made you new, why did he do it? The Bible gives us unbelievable clarity. In this lab, John Piper explains the purpose of your life. We exist not to call attention to ourselves,...

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Thoughts from The Theocratic Kingdom: Proposition 5
Thoughts from The Theocratic Kingdom: Proposition 5

Thoughts from The Theocratic Kingdom: Proposition 5

In Proposition 5, George Peters states: "The doctrine of the kingdom is based on the inspiration of the Word of God." This is a short yet important statement to make. After all, Peters has declared the importance of this doctrine and how it is rooted in Scripture....

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Thoughts from The Theocratic Kingdom: Proposition 4
Thoughts from The Theocratic Kingdom: Proposition 4

Thoughts from The Theocratic Kingdom: Proposition 4

In Proposition 4, George Peters states: "The literal, grammatical interpretation of the Scriptures must (connected with the figurative, tropical, or rhetorical) be observed in order to obtain a correct understanding of this kingdom." With this proposition, Peters...

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Justin Taylor – A Crash Course on the Muslim Worldview and Islamic Theology
Justin Taylor – A Crash Course on the Muslim Worldview and Islamic Theology

Justin Taylor – A Crash Course on the Muslim Worldview and Islamic Theology

Adam Francisco (who has a Ph.D. in Islamic-Christian relations from Oxford University) is professor of history at Concordia University in Irvine, California. His work on the history of Islam is nuanced and informed. As one online bio notes, “He has a unique ability...

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Thoughts from The Theocratic Kingdom: Proposition 3
Thoughts from The Theocratic Kingdom: Proposition 3

Thoughts from The Theocratic Kingdom: Proposition 3

In Proposition 3, George Peters states: "The meanings usually given to this kingdom indicate that the most vague, indefinite notions exist concerning it." I find this true regarding a number of theological terms, perhaps most notably the recent focus on naming...

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Albert Mohler – Relativity, Moral Relativism, and the Modern Age
Albert Mohler – Relativity, Moral Relativism, and the Modern Age

Albert Mohler – Relativity, Moral Relativism, and the Modern Age

This intellectual revolution began with four lectures in late 1915 presented to the Prussian Academy of Sciences. The lectures were given by Albert Einstein, and before the end of the year Einstein would publish his argument for a “General Theory of Relativity.”...

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John Piper – 1 Peter 2:9–10, Part 1: God Treasures You, But Not Because of You
John Piper – 1 Peter 2:9–10, Part 1: God Treasures You, But Not Because of You

John Piper – 1 Peter 2:9–10, Part 1: God Treasures You, But Not Because of You

When a person becomes a Christian, they take on an entirely different identity, the pinnacle of which is being God’s prized possession. In this lab, John Piper looks at two of the most explicit and most profound verses on Christian identity. What we learn should...

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Avery Foley – Did Adam Step on an Ant Before the Fall?
Avery Foley – Did Adam Step on an Ant Before the Fall?

Avery Foley – Did Adam Step on an Ant Before the Fall?

Often Christians, pastors, and theologians who try to fit millions of years into Genesis 1 object to a literal, recent six-day creation by arguing, “So Adam never stepped on an ant in the Garden of Eden? That can’t be true. There had to be death before sin.” But is...

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Aaron Armstrong – False Humility, Logical Fallacies and Being Bored with Certainty
Aaron Armstrong – False Humility, Logical Fallacies and Being Bored with Certainty

Aaron Armstrong – False Humility, Logical Fallacies and Being Bored with Certainty

There are some areas of life and the Christian faith where the smartest thing you can do is to hold your position with a certain… latitude. It tends to go wrong when you dig your heels in and you won’t recognize that there are other valid points of view. One that...

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John Piper – James 5:19–20, Part 2: Five Truths About Eternal Security
John Piper – James 5:19–20, Part 2: Five Truths About Eternal Security

John Piper – James 5:19–20, Part 2: Five Truths About Eternal Security

If we’re called to bring believers back from their wandering, does that mean true believers can lose their faith? In this lab, John Piper deals with the security of every believer, and draws in lots of texts to explain how God keeps his children from falling away....

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David Casas and Russell Fuller – God’s Image: The Difference Maker
David Casas and Russell Fuller – God’s Image: The Difference Maker

David Casas and Russell Fuller – God’s Image: The Difference Maker

Are we just another animal? We can argue about DNA, brain size, and upright stature, but Genesis 1 emphasizes an infinitely greater privilege that sets mankind apart. Atheism views man as simply a material being like all other animals. In many ways, this is the...

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John Piper – James 5:19–20, Part 1: Bringing Back a Wandering Believer
John Piper – James 5:19–20, Part 1: Bringing Back a Wandering Believer

John Piper – James 5:19–20, Part 1: Bringing Back a Wandering Believer

Some of the most heartbreaking moments in a Christian’s life are watching other believers wander away from the truth. In this lab, John Piper tackles a couple verses that help us understand a Christian’s identity and give us great hope in pursuing a wandering...

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Francis Turretin – 21 Questions on The Doctrine of Scripture
Francis Turretin – 21 Questions on The Doctrine of Scripture

Francis Turretin – 21 Questions on The Doctrine of Scripture

The Necessity of Verbal Revelation QUESTION 1: Was revelation by the word necessary? Affirmative. I. Since the word of God is the unique foundation (principium) of theology, its necessity is properly investigated at the very beginning: was it necessary for God to...

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Tony Reinke – Lecrae Confesses Abortion, Invites Others into the Light

Tony Reinke – Lecrae Confesses Abortion, Invites Others into the Light

As the forty-second anniversary of Roe v. Wade draws near, we are reminded of how large and formidable the abortion industry has become in the United States. Planned Parenthood survives with a heavy dose of government funding, even as overall abortion numbers are...

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Robert Gagnon – The Closing of Discussion in the Public Square: Bowing to the New Social Orthodoxy

Robert Gagnon – The Closing of Discussion in the Public Square: Bowing to the New Social Orthodoxy

Sadly, most Christians in the United States, when it comes to recognizing the dangers to their civil and religious liberties, sleep the sleep of ignorance that the disciples slept at Gethsemane before the arrest of Jesus. It ought to be obvious by now how “sexual...

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Book Review: Answering Mormons’ Questions: Ready Responses for Inquiring Latter-day Saints

Book Review: Answering Mormons’ Questions: Ready Responses for Inquiring Latter-day Saints

The last Presidential election cycle saw a huge increase in discussion about Mormonism with Mitt Romney running for President of the United States. For some this conversation is new, but for many like me who live, work and minister around Mormons, Mormonism is...

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