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Book Review
By Byron Snapp
Carter is well-read in Reformed theology and black history.

The writer, a co-founder of the Black Alliance for Reformed Theology, seeks to provide answers to questions that plague many on the issue of Christianity and American slavery.  These questions include: Where was God in the ongoing slave trade involving Africa and America?  Why would Christianity be embraced by slaves?  Why would Christians hold people of another race in bondage?

Carter writes with a firm conviction that only Reformed theology can provide substantive, satisfactory answers to these nagging questions More

Bible Study
By William H. Smith
It was clear that something was happening in the ministry of Jesus. He announced that in his coming the kingdom had come. Something was happening – look at the responses. Many were amazed at the authority of his teaching and his power over sickness and demons. Some were clamoring to get close to him hoping they might get healed. Others gave up their jobs and followed him. Still others thought he has lost his mind while others said he was demon possessed. Here is one man with one message. How do your explain the various responses? More

Book Review
By Byron Snapp
We need to know our history.

Edward VI.  Lady Jane Grey.  These two historic personalities have little name-recognition to most Christians and are even less familiar to their children.  Yet these individuals were English youth whose Christian faith faced fiery trials while they remained staunch and steadfast. These are but two of many believers that we encounter when we read this book recently reprinted by Sprinkle Publications. More

Poetry
By Matt Wienken
Meditations on the sufficiency of Christ's redemptive work for us. More

Easter
By Oswald T. Allis
This is an Easter hymn written by Dr. Oswald T. Allis [1880-1973], professor of Old Testament studies at Westminster Theological Seminary. It first appeared in the April, 20, 1960 issue of The Presbyterian Journal.

Oswald T. Allis was a noted Old Testament scholar and for nineteen years served as a professor of Semitic studies at Princeton Theological Seminary (1910-1929). In 1929, modernists managed to wrest control of Princeton, prompting Allis, J. Gresham Machen, Robert Dick Wilson and others to found Westminster Seminary. More

Poetry
By Jean Lear
Meditation on the death and resurrection of Christ. More

History
By Dominic A. Aquila
Samuel Davies, an 18th-century minister, set for us an example of excellence.

Thirty-five miles west of Richmond, Virginia, in Louisa County, stands an old frame building.  It was built in 1749, and except for a balcony added later to accommodate slaves, it looks the same today as it did then.  There the members of the Providence Presbyterian Church meet now, and there 200 years ago Samuel Davies preached. More

Book Review
By Byron Snapp
The primary principle is that all just law is rooted in God.

This book provides an excellent and very readable introduction to William Blackstone and his legacy.  The fact that our generation needs an introduction to this able legal scholar and committed Christian is a telling commentary on our legal culture. A slow law practice turned Blackstone toward lecturing on the common law.  His lectures were so well received that he printed them in 1758 under the title "Commentary on the Laws of England." More

Sacraments
By D. Patrick Ramsey
The Lord's Supper is the covenant meal of the new covenant.

Partaking of Communion or the Lord's Supper is something that Christians do on a regular basis.  For this reason it is important that we have a proper biblical understanding of what Communion is so that we might receive the full benefits offered to us in this sacrament.  So what is Communion? More

Book Review
By Byron Snapp
God's love and justice were manifested when he poured out his wrath onto his Son.

Who crucified Christ?  According to John Piper, in light of the biblical testimony, God the Father did. After turning the reader’s attention to scriptural testimony, Piper presents fifty reasons why Christ came to suffer and die. More

Book Review
By Byron Snapp
This volume provides a good introduction to Owen's writings and to the man himself.

This volume is composed of papers that were first delivered at a conference on the life and teaching of John Owen.  These papers cover a broad range of topics that include some of Owen's theological contributions as well as his applications to the times in which he lived. More

Book Review
By Dan Thompson
Striving to be gospel-driven and God-centered offers hope for the Church's influence in the future.

Brian McLaren's "A New Kind of Christian" offers an evaluation of contemporary evangelicalism in light the cultural changes birthed through postmodernism. Neo, the science teacher, is a compassionate, sensitive listener who steps in to offer some help to Dan, the pastor, when he realizes Dan is considering leaving the pastorate. The ideas and methods Dan is expected to embrace and promote as a pastor are no longer reconcilable with his thinking. Neo begins to explain his understanding of postmodern Christianity - reinterpreting Christianity through the lens of a postmodern worldview. More

Ministry
By Timothy Lane
Here's how the public and private ministry of the Word look like in day-to-day pastoral ministry.

It was a normal Sunday as I carried out my usual responsibilities of preaching the Word and talking with congregants. Just below the surface, though, God was moving and working in people's lives. The text for the sermon that Sunday was Luke 13:1-9, about a tower that fell on 18 people and a group of Galileans whom Pilate had massacred. Most people would be happy to steer clear of this passage when in conversation with modern, enlightened individuals. More

Covenant Life

As I write this letter, you are just an infant; I don’t know where you will be 12 years from no

Today was a special day in your life and you were too young to be aware of it.  Your parents presented you for the sacrament of baptism.  In this ceremony before the congregation, your parents affirmed that you were a gift to them from God.  They promised to raise you in the Lord.  And after some words of dedication and commitment, I baptized with water you in the name of the Father, the Son and the Holy Spirit. You are supposed to read this letter when you reach your 12th birthday, a time just before you enter into your teen years. More



God Substituting Himself for Man

The concept of substitution may be said to lie at the heart of both sin and salvation. For the essence of sin is man substituting himself for God, while the essence of salvation is God substituting Himself for man. Man asserts himself against God and puts himself where only God deserves to be; God sacrifices Himself for man and puts Himself where only man deserves to be. Man claims prerogatives which belong to God alone; God accepts penalties which belong to man alone.

John Stott in The Cross of Christ



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