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Frequently Asked Symbolics Questions: Passions

Tuesday, March 31st, 2009

I am occasionally asked about a statement in 2LCF 2:1, which teaches us that God is ‘without body, parts or passions.’ This is a statement about the simplicity and immutability of God, important, even essential doctrines in classic theism.

Frequently Asked Symbolics Questions: Private Spirits

Monday, March 30th, 2009

Over the years, I have taught Symbolics in many places. Without fail, my students are bright and interested and ask me very useful and thought provoking questions. For the next few days, I want to explore some of those questions here. Let’s begin with Chapter 1.

Do You Know What Your People are Reading?

Wednesday, March 25th, 2009

Recently, I obtained a copy of Crawford Gribben’s new book Writing the Rapture: Prophecy Fiction in Evangelical America (Oxford: OUP, 2009). It is one of the most important books I have read in a while, and is definitely worth buying and digesting carefully.

Obedience flows out of union with Christ

Tuesday, March 24th, 2009

I received this in an email. It is a quote from Michael Horton. “Doing what Jesus did is different from bearing the fruit of Christ’s righteous life. In fact, the most important things that Jesus did cannot be duplicated.

The Gospel Goes to the Gentiles

Friday, March 20th, 2009

How great is the goodness of God! The borders of grace are enlarged to the Gentiles, and not hid under the skirts of the Jews. He that was so long the God of the Jews, is now also manifest to be the God of the Gentiles: the gospel is now made known to all nations, [...]

The Concord of Law and Gospel

Thursday, March 19th, 2009

From Joseph Hall’s Contemplations: Ο marvellous accordance betwixt the two testaments! In the very time of their delivery, there is the same agreement which is in the substance. The ancient Jews kept our feasts, and we still keep theirs. The feast of the passover is the time of Christ’s resurrection; then did he pass from [...]

What’s happening with preaching? Who said this?

Tuesday, March 17th, 2009

In a sermon titled “The Last Judgment” a well-known preacher begins with these words: “IT is the case that the pulpit appears sometimes in our days degraded almost to the level of an actor’s stage, and the sermon to an object of mere sentimental amusement.

Obscurity in Preaching? Unusual Advice from Richard Baxter

Friday, March 13th, 2009

In 2002, a series of essays entitled The Rise of the Laity in Evangelical Protestantism ed. Deryck Lovegrove (London: Routledge, 2002) was published. The lead article, was written by Carl Trueman and called “Reformers, Puritans and Evangelicals: The Lay Connection.”

Calvin’s 500th to be Observed in Italy

Thursday, March 12th, 2009

IRBS Fellows Drs. Leonardo De Chirico and Pietro Bolognesi will be participating in 3 important events commemorating the 500th anniversary of the birth of the great Genevan Reformer John Calvin.

A High and Proper View of the Pastoral Ministry

Wednesday, March 11th, 2009

We live in a day when the distinctions between pastors and people have largely broken down. Loud voices cry out, calling for a mobilization of every member of the church, as if all had the same call and responsibilities from the Lord. While this may be the dominant view today, it is really an historical [...]

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