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On this episode of Theology on the Go, Jonathan Master is joined by Dr. Richard B. Gaffin, Emeritus Professor of Biblical and Systematic Theology at Westminster Theological Seminary in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. Dr. Gaffin is the author of many books, including By Faith, Not By Sight: Paul and the...
This week on Theology on the Go, Dr. Jonathan Master is joined by Dr. Jonathan Gibson, co-editor of a recent scholarly work on definite atonement, From Heaven He Came and Sought Her: Definite Atonement in Historical, Biblical, Theological, and Pastoral Perspective . Listen in as they discuss the...
On this episode of Theology on the Go, Jonathan Master is joined by Dr. Sean Lucas, senior minster of the historic First Presbyterian Church in Hattiesburg, Mississippi and Associate Professor of Church History at Reformed Theological Seminary in Jackson, Mississippi. Dr. Lucas is the author of...
On this episode of Theology on the Go, Dr. Richard Gamble, Professor of Systematic Theology at Reformed Presbyterian Theological Seminary, takes some time to talk with Jonathan Master about Biblical Theology. Dr. Gamble has contributed to more than 75 publications, including The Whole Counsel of...
People often ask me why I am committed to expositional preaching. Sometimes I answer by testifying to the great influence such preaching has had on my own life. I can point to lessons I’ve learned and growth I’ve experienced personally. Indeed, under God, my spiritual growth has been most...
This week on Theology on the Go, Dr. Jonathan Master is joined by Rev. David Helm, lead pastor of the Hyde Park congregation of Holy Trinity Church in Chicago. He is author of and contributor to books, many related to expository preaching. It is on this topic that Jonathan interviews David. Listen...
A word to our listeners: We started Theology on the Go about six months ago. We’re grateful that its reach and influence have been steadily increasing. But we’ve experienced some growing pains lately on the site, so in order to insure that the interviews and follow-up articles are consistent and...
Join Theology on the Go host Jonathan Master as he talks with Jonty Rhodes about biblical covenants. Jonty is Minister of Christ Church Derby (International Presbyterian Church) in the United Kingdom. Pastor Rhodes is the author of a new book published with P...
On this episode of Theology on the Go, Jonathan Master is joined by Dr. Carl Trueman, Paul Woolley Professor of Church History at Westminster Theological Seminary and pastor of Conerstone Presbyterian Church. Dr. Trueman is the author of many books, the most recent of which is called Luther on the...
This week’s Theology on the Go interview is with Bruce Gordon . Dr. Gordon holds a chair in Ecclesiastical History at Yale. He is an eminent historian with many interesting insights and experiences. The topic of our conversation was simple: “Why Study Church History?” Dr. Gordon provides his own...
Today on Theology on the Go, Jonathan Master is joined by Dr. Bruce Gordon, Titus Street Professor of Ecclesiastical History at Yale University Divinity School. As a Reformation Era scholar, he has written many books, including The Swiss Reformation, and a biography of John Calvin. Dr. Gordon stops...
This week on Theology on the Go, Dr. Jonathan Master is joined by Rev. Mark Johnston, Minister of Bethel Presbyterian Church (EPCEW) in Cardiff, Wales. He was previously Senior Pastor of Proclamation Presbyterian Church Bryn Mawr, PA and of Grove Chapel in Camberwell, London. He began his ministry...
On this episode of Theology on the Go, Jonathan Master is joined by Dr. Thomas Schreiner, James Buchanan Harrison Professor of New Testament Interpretation and Professor of Biblical Theology at Southern Baptist Theological Seminary. Dr. Schreiner is the author of many books, including The Law and...
Today's episode of "Theology on the Go" features Dr. Chad VanDixhoorn, Associate Professor of Church History at Reformed Theological Seminary in Washington D.C. Dr. Van Dixhoorn is the author of an extensive study on the Westminster Assembly, the group of men who wrote the Westminster Confession of...
Christians are frequently reminded to “remember the reason for Christmas,” meaning, of course, that we should turn our attention away from the cultural trappings and to the fact that Jesus was born to Mary in Bethlehem. But this Christmas, perhaps we should fix our attention a little more closely,...
On this episode of Theology on the Go, Jonathan Master is joined by his colleague at Cairn University, Dr. James Dolezal, professor of church history, trinitarian theology, and philosophy. James is the author of God without Parts: Divine Simplicity and the Metaphysics of God’s Absoluteness , and he...
This week on Theology on the Go, Dr. Jonathan Master is joined by Dr. Liam Goligher, pastor of the historic Tenth Presbyterian Church in downtown Philadelphia, PA. As pastor of Tenth Presbyterian, Dr. Goligher has done much thinking and teaching on the topic of missions, and how Christians are to...
About two weeks ago, I had the privilege of co-chairing an Alliance conference, the Princeton Regional Conference on Reformed Theology . Our main speakers were Alistair Begg and Ian Hamilton, and the topic was God’s providence. What a wonderful topic for reflection! On the Friday of the conference...
This week on Theology on the Go, Dr. Jonathan Master is joined by Dr. Joel Beeke, president and professor of systematic theology and homiletics at Puritan Reformed Theological Seminary in Grand Rapids, Michigan. Dr. Beeke has written several books, including Heirs with Christ: The Puritans on...
This week on Theology on the Go, Dr. Jonathan Master is joined by Dr. K. Scott Oliphint, Professor of Apologetics and Systematic Theology at Westminster Theological Seminary and author of several books. Dr. Oliphint stops by to talk with Jonathan about apologetics. Listen in as Jonathan and Scott...
Omnipotent is one of the many words which appear in the older versions of the English Bible, but not in the more modern ones. It is also part of the vocabulary of our hymns, but is rarely employed in more modern choruses and Christian songs. It is a word which can only be applied to God Himself...
This week on Theology on the Go : Dr. Jonathan Master is joined by Dr. Mark Jones, pastor and author of several books, including his most recent: Antinomianism: Reformed Theology's Unwelcome Guest? Dr. Jones stops by to talk with Jonathan about antinomianism - what it is, why it's dangerous, and...
Welcome to the inaugural episode of "Theology on the Go," a new podcast from Place for Truth! "Theology on the Go" is a brief interview podcast with host Jonathan Master, Dean of Cairn University 's School of Divinity and Executive Editor of PlaceForTruth.org, a voice of the Alliance of Confessing...
I get to talk with pastors all the time. It’s one of the joys and privileges of the work God has given me to do. I’ve also served as a pastor for ten years – less than many of my brothers, but long enough to experience some of the ups and downs of ministry. One of the biggest challenges that...
Yesterday, I had the privilege of addressing a chapel full of students on the subject of their spiritual lives. The title which I was assigned was taken from an address given over 100 years ago by B.B. Warfield, “The Religious Life of Theological Students.” There was hardly time to cover this...
Christians have always been persecuted. Peter reminded his readers of this in the earliest days of the church: “…knowing that the same kinds of suffering are being experienced by the brotherhood throughout the world” (1 Peter 5:9b). But it does seem as if the suffering of Christians – whether at...
There are many model prayers in the Bible. The most famous is The Lord’s Prayer, recorded for us in Matthew and Luke; but there are others besides. Recently, Mark Johnston has turned our attention to the prayer of Daniel , or, more specifically, to the prayer life of Daniel. Both Daniel’s specific...
We live in a time of loneliness. It is not because we are isolated. Most people live within a short drive of a city, and those who don’t can easily connect with others over the phone or the internet. And yet there is a sense that our technological connection has made use less connected in other...
Micah 7:14-20 Have you ever looked back at your life or your ministry? How does it appear to you – as a success, or as a failure? In the last chapter of Micah, we see Micah reflect on the entirety of his ministry in Judah. Micah overlapped with three kings, one of whom was lukewarm; one of whom was...
Micah 3:1-6 One of the clearest insights of the Reformers was on the concept of vocation. Luther said that individual Christians had obligations to walk by faith in their Christian life, but they also had important obligations in whatever employment they had. It was as important to be an honest...
Micah 2:6-13 From the beginning, Israel was faced with the prospect of false prophets trying to pass themselves off as prophets of God. Anyone coming in the name of another god was to be disregarded ; those coming in the name of the LORD were to be tested . Prophets were only to be obeyed if they...
Micah 2:1-5 The Bible is full of irony. One of the most obvious examples is found in the book of Esther. In it, a man named Haman – close advisor to the king – plots against the Jews. More to the point, he specifically plans against Modecai, a particular Jew. So great is Haman’s hate, that he...
Micah 1:1-7 If you look around the United States today (with apologies to our overseas readers), several things stand out. First, we are a military power. We face threats, but we have confidence in our military might. Then there is our economy – the most robust in the world. We live in a time of...
This article is the third part in a series on the book of Jude. The first part is titled How to Wreck a Church , and the second is How to Contend for the Faith . The Church seems to be full of controversy. Much of this is quite necessary, and not unexpected. After all, as the New Testament...
Last week, I entitled my column, “ How to Wreck a Church .” In my mind, the false teachers in Jude had (and have) the potential to do just that. They come in secretly; they flatter; they are immoral and follow their own desires; ultimately, they will be destroyed by God. But when we step back and...
As I look back on my days at seminary, I can see some courses which were more helpful than others. This is probably due to a combination of factors: my own interests and aptitude; the strength of the teacher; the subject matter itself. Most classes were valuable, but a few classes were forgettable...
Escapism seems to be everywhere. If you have internet access, try typing “escape” or “escapism” into a search engine. You might not want to visit all the sites that come up in such a search, but what you will see – if you need proof – is that many people seek to escape. Or think about the...
Let me start with a personal testimony. David Wells’ first book in what might roughly be called this series is entitled No Place for Truth: Or Whatever Happened to Evangelical Theology? Say what you will about that volume (and it has its critics), but for me it was transformative. When I try to...
Teaching has its own occupational hazards. Teachers complain about lack of respect and pay. They frequently gripe about the students under their care. Teachers grumble about other teachers. In fact, you can read complaints about any and all of these things from teachers in the ancient world, from...
Paul’s letter to the Philippians begins with an expression of confidence. Paul’s confidence is ultimately in God. It was God who had begun a good work in the Philippians (Phil 1:6); and it was God’s grace that they had been partakers of, along with Paul (Phil 1:7). But when Paul looked at the...
When I give instructions to my children, or even to my students, they often come in the form of warnings: “Be careful not to postpone this assignment to the last minute…” “Watch out for cars on the road…” “Make sure to proofread your papers…” I don’t think I’m alone in doing this; in fact, I think...
All things in Scripture are not alike plain in themselves, nor clear unto all; yet those things which are necessary to be known, believed and observed for salvation, are so clearly propounded and opened in some place of Scripture or other, that not only the learned, but the unlearned , in a due use...
Last words are important. If you’ve ever been with someone at or near the moment of their death, you know what significance they have. What someone says in those final hours takes on added poignancy and significance. If they are of sound mind, we treat these last words with special reverence,...
Acts 2 is a familiar chapter. In it we find the great Pentecost sermon by Peter, just after the Holy Spirit descended on those in Jerusalem in tongues of fire. The proximate cause of Peter’s well-known sermon is the accusation that those Christians baptized by the Holy Spirit were actually drunk,...
I’ve been browsing the Christian blog sites lately. This is always a risky move; you never know exactly what you’ll find. But in the first few weeks of the New Year, there are some articles you can count on seeing. There are plenty of reflections on the year past. And there are always resolutions...
The coming of a new year offers an opportunity for consideration and prediction. Newspapers and websites are full of reflections on the previous year – in politics, sports, and entertainment. Some commentators move beyond the public and include personal reminiscences on various milestones, births,...
What could be more broadly evangelical than Christmas? It’s a time when all celebrating Christians agree on what the holiday means, and even many non-Christians pretend to believe – or at least to affirm that something good happened on the night Christ was born. Christmas would hardly seem to be...
Professor and pastor Dr. Derek Thomas joins Jonathan Master to discuss the important Christian doctrine of sanctification. In this video, Dr. Thomas answers the question, "What is sanctification?" For more Alliance video, please visit our YouTube channel, located here .
What is Christmas all about? What are we to learn from God becoming a man? These should be pressing questions during this holiday season. And while these questions point us to great mysteries, they are also matters about which the Bible speaks plainly. In fact, on a number of occasions Jesus...
Paul’s last known letter – called 2 Timothy in our Bibles – contains a startling warning to a pastors and churchmen. In 2 Timothy 3:1-4 Paul lists out characteristics of the last days – the days in which the church lives. People, Paul says, will be selfish, greedy, arrogant, malicious, and reckless...