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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