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The Importance of Thanksgiving Day

Thursday, November 27th, 2008

From the Second London Confession, Chapter 22: 3. Prayer with thanksgiving, being one special part of natural worship, is by God required of all men.

Thanksgiving in the Church

Wednesday, November 26th, 2008

From the Directory for Public Worship Concerning the Observation of Days of Publick Thanksgiving. WHEN any such day is to be kept, let notice be given of it, and of the occasion thereof, some convenient time before,

Pactum Salutis, Historia Salutis, Ordo Salutis and the Ministry

Tuesday, November 25th, 2008

I would like to place the ministry within a theological context.  I am convinced that we must view all of life theologically, and must seek to bring all of our thoughts captive to Christ and his word.  Our tasks as ministers of the New Covenant are very specific, and come to us in a very [...]

How important is Christian Liberty?

Monday, November 24th, 2008

Some material from my lectures on Chapter 21, ‘Of Christian Liberty’ in the Second London Confession: It may be difficult for us to understand just how important this chapter is, both in terms of the Confession itself, and of the theology expressed in the Confession. 

More on the Limits of Authority

Friday, November 21st, 2008

It is sad that we must think about the limits of pastoral authority. Yet it is true that abusive pastors have done much harm to the cause of Christ. As I have tried to work through the Scripture’s teaching about the subject, two lengthy passages have made a profound impact on my thinking.

The Limits of Pastoral Authority

Thursday, November 20th, 2008

What are the limits of pastoral authority? This is a pressing question with very significant practical implications. We have posted several essays or thoughts on this topic over the months, and have noticed that perhaps the most frequent web search that brings people to this site is some variation on the theme.

Final Fayetteville Extension Classes

Wednesday, November 19th, 2008

On Friday and Saturday of this week, we will hold the final weekend of our Fayetteville, Georgia extension classes. This will be the third of three weekends, the earlier dates having been in September and October.

Orthodoxy, Orthopraxy and Orthopathy

Monday, November 17th, 2008

Yesterday, we began a new series in our adult Sunday School–a study of Louis Berkhof’s Summary of Christian Doctrine. The teacher for the day was one of our first year students, Jason Walter.

Rescued from Obscurity

Friday, November 14th, 2008

Recently, I was able to obtain a copy of a book I have been seeking for years. Published in 1934 and authored by A.C. Matthews, it is titled Calamy Revised.

A Very Important Project

Thursday, November 13th, 2008

The growing number of reprints available today is really wonderful. Major works of the past, so useful to saints for generations, are again accessible for us. What a blessing. Now, another new project has begun, and this one is slightly different.

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