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Oct 2016 31 Oct 31, 2016
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Today, October 31st, is the 499th anniversary of the launch of the Protestant Reformation. It was on this day that Martin Luther nailed his 95 theses to the church door in Wittenberg as a protest against the abuse of the sale of indulgences. So today we look at ten things that everyone should know about the Protestant Reformation. Continue reading . . .  Today, October 31st, is the 499th anniversary of the launch of the Protestant Reformation. It was on this day th...Read More

Oct 2016 27 Oct 27, 2016

October 31st is only four days away and I suspect that preparations are already underway for the celebration of Halloween. Let me take this opportunity to strongly encourage you to celebrate October 31st, but not for the same reason given by most in our society. Although the last day of October is most frequently referred to as Halloween, our focus as Christians should be on the momentous event that occurred in Wittenberg, Germany, in the year 1517. Continue reading . . ...Read More

Oct 2016 26 Oct 26, 2016

I’m often asked the question by those with an interest in historical theology: “Who was Moise Amyraut? What is Amyraldianism? What did he mean by ‘hypothetical universalism’?” If these are questions that interest you, read on. Continue reading . . .  I’m often asked the question by those with an interest in historical theology: “Who was Moise Amyraut? What is Amyraldianism? What did he mean by ‘hypothetical universali...Read More

Oct 2016 25 Oct 25, 2016
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It’s no secret that American Christians are conflicted about this election. What should we do when faced with two candidates who fall so radically short of basic decency, honesty, and integrity? Continue reading . . .  Article by Joe Rigney (first published at www.desiringgod.org on 10-21-16)Professor, Bethlehem College & Seminary It’s no secret that American Christians are conflicted about this election. What should we do when faced with two candi...Read More

Oct 2016 24 Oct 24, 2016
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Today we look at 10 things we should know about how to interpret the Bible (or conversely, how not to interpret it). But before we begin, it’s important to remember that the Bible is not an answer-book that provides ready-made explanations for all problems or solutions to puzzling questions. When I run into a problem with my computer, I click the Help button and find a topically organized list of solutions to virtually every difficulty I may be facing. But the Bibl...Read More

Oct 2016 21 Oct 21, 2016

In Mark’s description of the crucifixion we are told that “Jesus uttered a loud cry and breathed his last” (Mark 15:37). Continue reading . . .  In Mark’s description of the crucifixion we are told that “Jesus uttered a loud cry and breathed his last” (Mark 15:37). This cry (v. 37) is probably a reference to the sixth of our Lord's seven utterances on the cross. According to John, this cry consisted of the words, "It is finished...Read More

Oct 2016 20 Oct 20, 2016
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“My God, my God, why have you forsaken me?” This so-called cry of dereliction by Jesus from the cross (Mark 15:33-35) has been analyzed repeatedly by scholars and theologians. My aim today is simply to draw our attention to the agony of abandonment, the very real sense in which Jesus was alone in his final moments of suffering for sin. Continue reading . . .  “My God, my God, why have you forsaken me?” This so-called cry of dereliction by Je...Read More

Oct 2016 19 Oct 19, 2016

In the previous article we looked at the portrayal in Mark 15 of the horrific mistreatment suffered by Jesus at the hands of his executioners. A few comments today will bring the story to its conclusion. Continue reading . . .  In the previous article we looked at the portrayal in Mark 15 of the horrific mistreatment suffered by Jesus at the hands of his executioners. A few comments today will bring the story to its conclusion. The place of Jesus' crucifixion is c...Read More

Oct 2016 18 Oct 18, 2016

Aside from a few notable biblical exceptions such as Enoch and Elijah, all men die. I suppose I should also include as exceptions to that otherwise unbreakable law the final generation of Christians who will be alive when Jesus returns. But, again, aside from these obvious and unusual exceptions, the law of life is that all men die. Continue reading . . .  Aside from a few notable biblical exceptions such as Enoch and Elijah, all men die. I suppose I should also in...Read More

Oct 2016 17 Oct 17, 2016
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As someone once said of the doctrine of the Trinity: "Try to explain it, and you'll lose your mind. But try to deny it, and you'll lose your soul!" With this in mind, let’s examine 10 things we should all know about the Trinity. Continue reading . . .  As someone once said of the doctrine of the Trinity: "Try to explain it, and you'll lose your mind. But try to deny it, and you'll lose your soul!" With this in mind, let’s examine 10 things we should all...Read More

Oct 2016 13 Oct 13, 2016

In the previous article we looked at three things that John says in his first epistle concerning the commandment that we love one another as Christ has loved us. We now continue that train of thought with five final comments. Continue reading . . .  In the previous article we looked at three things that John says in his first epistle concerning the commandment that we love one another as Christ has loved us. We now continue that train of thought with five final com...Read More

Oct 2016 12 Oct 12, 2016

In the previous article we began by looking at the “new” commandment given to us by Jesus in John 13:34-35 that we love one another as he, Jesus, has loved us. The Apostle John, who was leaning against the breast of Jesus when our Lord spoke these monumental words about loving one another, took them to heart in a way that we see nowhere else in the NT. This “new” commandment of Jesus had a profound and life-changing impact on John. We know this to...Read More

Oct 2016 11 Oct 11, 2016

The commandment of God that his people are to love one another is not new. Everyone was familiar with Leviticus 19:17-18. Continue reading . . .  The commandment of God that his people are to love one another is not new. Everyone was familiar with Leviticus 19:17-18. There God spoke to the children of Israel and said: “You shall not hate your brother in your heart, but you shall reason frankly with your neighbor, lest you incur sin because of him. You shal...Read More

Oct 2016 10 Oct 10, 2016

In last week’s article in the 10 things you should know series, we looked at what tithing was like under the terms of the Mosaic or Old Covenant. Today we turn our attention to what giving or financial stewardship is like under the terms of the New Covenant. Continue reading . . .  In last week’s article in the 10 things you should know series, we looked at what tithing was like under the terms of the Mosaic or Old Covenant. Today we turn our attention ...Read More

Oct 2016 6 Oct 6, 2016
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If you happen to be in the Minneapolis area tomorrow, Friday, October 7, and Saturday, October 8, I encourage you to come to Bethlehem Baptist Church and join us for a special seminar on the subject of Christian Hedonism. Here is the description of what you’ll experience. Continue reading . . .  If you happen to be in the Minneapolis area tomorrow, Friday, October 7, and Saturday, October 8, I encourage you to come to Bethlehem Baptist Church and join us for ...Read More

Oct 2016 5 Oct 5, 2016

At the beginning of what is known as the Upper Room or Farewell Discourse of Jesus (John 13-17) we see something quite remarkable. We read that it was “during supper” that “the devil had already put it into the heart of Judas Iscariot, Simon’s son, to betray him” (John 13:2). Later, in John 13:27 we read that “Satan entered into him.” In other words, Satan didn’t merely put the idea in Judas’s head. He himself entered...Read More

Oct 2016 4 Oct 4, 2016
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We are told in Mark 15:11 that “the chief priests of Israel stirred up the crowd” to have Pontius Pilate release a man named Barabbas instead of Jesus. When Pilate in turn asked them what he should do with Jesus, they cried out repeatedly, “Crucify him! Crucify him!” So Pilate, “wishing to satisfy the crowd, released for them Barabbas, and having scourged Jesus, he delivered him to be crucified” (Mark 15:15). Continue reading . . .&nbs...Read More

Oct 2016 3 Oct 3, 2016
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Today we take up the issue of tithing, especially as it was mandated under the Law of Moses. Here are 10 things we should know. The question before us is not whether Christians are responsible to be generous with their wealth in giving back a portion of it to support the work of the ministry. 2 Corinthians 8-9, as well as other texts, make it quite clear that we are. The question, rather, is whether New Covenant Christians are biblically and morally obligated to give acc...Read More