Jeffrey Stivason
The salient portion of the Obergefell v. Hodges ruling reads, "The Court now holds that same-sex couples may exercise the fundamental right to marry. No longer may this liberty be denied to them" (22-23). In other words, and as you by now know, same sex marriage has become a civil right...Continue reading.
Pierce Hibbs
Perhaps one of the most pervasive spiritual problems in human history is solipsism: extreme preoccupation with one's self. In philosophy, it is the theory that only the self exists. In both cases, the practical implication is that we seem bent on thinking that everything is about us, and if it...Continue reading.
Pierce Hibbs
It's never going to end, you know-the construction on the Pennsylvania Turnpike. Cranes will keep swinging, dump trucks dumping, drills drilling, backhoes clawing. By the time the roads are paved and painted, some other section will be weathered to disrepair, and the PENNDOT orchestra of metal...Continue reading.
Pierce Hibbs
The songbirds always manage to get up before I do, so by the time I start my morning run they have already been carrying on their lyrical dialogues, mostly the robins, but the song sparrows and Carolina wrens fill in the background. Their songs seem to be so thickly spun through the morning air...Continue reading.
Jeffrey Stivason
Matthew 6:19-24 is undoubtedly a difficult text to interpret. Why, you ask? Well, the verses are usually interpreted as if Jesus simply pasted them together. In other words, there is no context for verses 19-21 and the same goes for verses 22-23 and verse 24. They are treated as apothegmatic...Continue reading.
Jeffrey Stivason
I am preaching through Matthew's gospel these days and glad to have the Alliance Column from David Hall, First Truths from the First Gospel for the journey. I am currently in the Sermon on the Mount. Now, this isn't the first time I've laid eyes on this well-known and well-loved...Continue reading.
Pierce Hibbs
I just put down Robert Letham's The Holy Trinity, and while I thoroughly enjoyed it and recommend it as an introduction to the history and development of the doctrine, there is one gripe I can't seem to lay down. Throughout the nearly five hundred pages of discussion, he faults...Continue reading.
Jeffrey Stivason
We love lessons. As parents we wait for and even seek out teaching moments. But even more specifically, we love distilled instruction. We want the ideas boiled down. Give us three easy points and we are happy. You want proof for this mindset? Check out the endless series of books for Dummies...Continue reading.
Sam Renihan
The practice of baptizing professing believers is grounded upon two complementary foundations. The first is an argument from the covenants of Scripture. The second is an argument from the commands of Scripture related to those covenants. Credobaptists and paedobaptists often assume, or argue, that...Continue reading.
Brian Cosby
The two primary arguments against baptizing infants (paedobaptism) are: (1) there is no explicit Bible verse that shows us or teaches us to do so and (2) only true Christians are members of the new covenant and, therefore, infants-or any unbeliever-cannot be a member of the covenant community. Thus...Continue reading.

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