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I pray also that the eyes of your heart may be enlightened in order that you may know the hope to which he has called you, the riches of his glorious inheritance in the saints, NIV having the eyes of your hearts enlightened, that you may know what is the hope to which he has called you, what are...
I have benefitted greatly from the teaching ministry of the late R.C. Sproul. Years ago, God used Dr. Sproul’s teaching to open my eyes to the surpassing greatness of the gospel. The gospel grew in “size” and beauty as I began to embrace Reformed Theology. I remember listening to Dr. Sproul...
The Westminster Confession of Faith has stood the test of time as an example of mature and sober reflection upon the teachings of scripture (and their application to life and culture). For generations “the heads” of systematic theology have followed the outline and teaching of the Confession. It...
The reformer John Calvin has often been portrayed as a legalistic tyrant who endeavored to rule the city of Geneva with an “iron fist”. This characterization has, unfortunately, come to have the status of an unquestioned historical fact. People who rely on the opinions and assessments made by...
In the Old Testament, the king ruled the people on behalf of God; the prophet represented God to the people, speaking God’s word to them; and the priest represented the people to God, performing sacrifices on their behalf in the tabernacle and later in the temple. As our redeemer, the LORD Jesus...
During the Reformation, as young preachers were being trained and sent out, people complained about the quality of the preaching. Some things never change, do they? Martin Luther had little patience for such complaints, responding that the people of God 1) needed to appreciate the gift that God had...
Recognizing that the fear of man is a snare and that this snare will, in the context of presbytery decisions, result in harm to the people of God, I have determined to endeavor to speak and vote my conscience without consideration of what my fellow Presbyters think of me. Do I do this perfectly?...
Men and women were created in the image of God. The image of God consists of true knowledge, righteousness, and holiness. In the Garden of Eden, Adam and Eve had true knowledge. Their minds could understand the mind of God expressed in creation. They walked and talked with God thereby they had true...
John 10:29 is a common reference or “proof text” used in defense of the fifth letter of the acrostic “T.U.L.I.P.” Attention is given to God’s sovereignty and power. Discussion takes place surrounding the meaning of the word “able” and the presence of a universal negative. “No one” has the power (is...
In my adult years, I have enjoyed whitewater rafting. Several years ago, my wife and I decided to do the Gauley River. Every fall, the Somerville Dam is released and the River turns into a world class white water adventure! If my recollection serves me, when water is released from the dam, eight...
How many people do you know who wear glasses? Perhaps you yourself wear them. Glasses are a wonderful help for people who are near or far sighted. When the lens of our eye fails to bring the image into focus on our retina, our vision is blurred or impaired. Glasses correct the focal distance to our...
As a A.C.B.C. certified counselor and ordained pastor, I have the privilege of helping at the Biblical Counseling Institute associated with the Reformed Presbyterian Theological Seminary in Pittsburgh, PA. I value an educated pastorate and stress the importance of systematic theology and knowledge...
God the great Creator of all things doth uphold, direct, dispose, and govern all creatures, actions, and things, from the greatest even to the least, by His most wise and holy providence, according to His infallible fore-knowledge, and the free and immutable counsel of His own will, to the praise...
In a previous post, I spoke to the question of how the Confession guards orthodoxy in the context of the current debate regarding bathroom usage by transgenders in my community just north of Pittsburgh in Western Pennsylvania. The Confession also provides the assumptions necessary for the people of...
I went to listen, to get a lay of the land. What I heard was, humanly speaking, both frightening and exasperating. Perhaps you have heard of my community in the news, which is just north of Pittsburgh in Western Pennsylvania. Recently, it appears that the Superintendent of the School District along...
I don’t claim to be a logician, but I do know at least one basic syllogism, it goes as follows: If: A = B And: B=C Then: A=C With this in mind, consider the following passages of scripture:
Why do so many professing Christians think that following Christ is about their personal happiness and success? Perhaps ... these professors no longer endure sound teaching and have itching ears and so accumulate for themselves teachers to suit their own passions (2 Tim 4:3) Why do professing...
Do you wear glasses? Why? It is, of course, because without them you don't "see" the world rightly. Have you ever switched glasses with a friend? Maybe they are near sighted and you are far sighted. What is the result? The world looks distorted and blurred. You don't want to drive to the store for...
You are dutifully in worship on the Lord's Day and the preacher exhorts you to "glorify" God. The congregation dutifully nods their heads in agreement. Their hearts are stirred by the lofty piety of the sentiment. They leave with no clue what the preacher means! In a similar fashion, how many times...
At 5:00 P.M. on June 30th, in the year 1859, the French Tightrope walker Jean Francois Gravelet, (known as Blondin) walked across the Niagra River on an 1100 foot rope. The rope was stretched across the gorge halfway between the falls and the Whirlpool Rapids Bridge. As he was crossing he paused to...