Lord’s Day Meditation: “Behold, I Have Graven Thee upon the Palms of My Hands”
Heaven and earth may well be astonished that rebels should obtain so great a nearness to the heart of infinite love as to be written upon the palms of his hands.
O unbelief, how strange a marvel thou art! We know not which most to wonder at, the faithfulness of God or the unbelief of his people. He keeps his promise a thousand times, and yet the next trial makes us doubt him. He never faileth; he is never a dry well; he is never as... Continue Reading
Hilary of Poitiers and the Wonder of the Triune God
Hilary’s convictions about Christ’s incarnation developed through a long study and investigation of Scriptures.
In 356, the Synod of Béziers, composed mostly of Arians, sentenced Hilary to exile in Phrygia (in present-day Turkey). It was there that Hilary wrote his best-known work, On the Trinity, where he supported his stand with Scriptures from both Old and New Testament. For Hilary, the doctrine of the Trinity is not only biblical,... Continue Reading
PCA Minister, Jim Urish, Called Home to Glory
Dr. James Everett Urish, 72, died peacefully on Saturday, December 7, 2019 in Rangely, Colorado after battling cancer for over three years.
In the summers of 1972 and 1973, he traveled with Christian basketball teams across Europe, Africa, and Israel, sharing the Gospel. Jim also spent time at L’Abri, Switzerland where he met his future bride, Anne Penny, was tutored by Francis Schaeffer, played for a semi-pro basketball team, and worked at a nearby bakery. He rigorously... Continue Reading
Why C.S. Lewis Wouldn’t Write for Christianity Today
From wartime talks to talking fauns, his excellent life was committed to the advancement of the gospel.
It would be easy for a young apologist to miss the brilliance of Lewis’s creativity. Our day is marked by both war and peace, calling for a multifaceted and flexible line of attack. Herein Lewis’s life and witness provide many examples for evangelists today. While Lewis’s articulation of the gospel took different paths, they all... Continue Reading
It is for Professors to Teach and Students to Learn
My antediluvian notion is that professors should teach because students need to learn.
“Welcome to History 101, Western Civilization. This is not high school. You will be here on time and in your seats before I begin lecturing which will be promptly at eight o’clock. Unendurable pain and distress are the only acceptable reasons for leaving class during my lectures. My hours are on my office door located... Continue Reading
Apologetics: Answering Alan Alda – The Evidence for God Is Overwhelming But Sinners Suppress It
“I haven’t come across any evidence for God.”
I wonder what Alda would consider to be admissible and adequate evidence for God? Perhaps first-hand sight of a miracle or a personal experience of hearing God’s audible voice? The reality, however, is that Alda has come across multiple evidence for God in the course of his life. The problem is not a lack of... Continue Reading
Dr. Lane G. Tipton Appointed as Fellow of Biblical and Systematic Theology
Dr. Tipton’s 15-year tenure at Westminster Seminary has ended; he has been appointed as Fellow of Biblical and Systematic Theology with the Reformed Forum.
On behalf of Reformed Forum, I am pleased to announce that our Board of Directors has appointed Dr. Lane G. Tipton as Fellow of Biblical and Systematic Theology. While he was already a member of our faculty, in this new role, Dr. Tipton will be devoting more of his time to theological writing and teaching... Continue Reading
Mikael Agricola and the Reformation in Finland
Agricola is mostly remembered as the father of Finnish orthography and literature.
In introducing the Reformation to Finland, Agricola followed Luther’s example of moderation, aiming at explaining the changes rather than forcing them on the population. For example, he included in his Prayer Book the Ave Maria, but only as angelic salutation and song of praise about what God had done. He emphasized this with a strong... Continue Reading
Robert Barnes – Early English Reformer
He is considered one of the main protagonists of the early English Reformation.
In 1530, Barnes published (under the Latin pseudonym Antonius Anglus) a compilation of quotations from the Bible and the writings of past theologians (from the church fathers to his time) to demonstrate that the doctrines taught by Luther were firmly rooted in both Scriptures and tradition. The book, entitled Sentenciae ex doctoribus collectae, quas papistae valde impudenter... Continue Reading
Jonathan Edwards on Egoism
Isn’t that the great aim of modern Church culture — to destroy man’s love for himself?
So Christians, you think that Christianity is opposed to man ultimately ‘loving himself’ and ‘loving his own happiness’? Well, Jonathan Edwards (for one) disagrees with you. In fact, not only does he disagree with you, but he implicitly condemns you as a destroyer of mankind. It is not contrary to Christianity that a man... Continue Reading