Category Archives: Liberalism

Dear Netflix…

Dear Netflix, We’ve been using your service virtually since it started, in fact just the other day I found one of the original DVD mailer sleeves from the 1990s that we were always losing track of. We enjoyed your service … Continue reading

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The Nashville Statement and Why Our Congregation Adopted It

Most of the great creedal and confessional formulations of the church have been composed in response to widespread error or heresy within the body of Christ and while there are many different errors and heresies that are currently dividing the … Continue reading

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A Short Explanation of the Primary Differences Between Christianity and the Various (Marxist) Liberation Theologies Gaining Ground Among Evangelicals

In Christianity the most fundamental division among men is between the saved and the unsaved (or expressed in the eternal sense the elect and the reprobate, the line of Cain and the line of Seth) and while the divisions according … Continue reading

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Teaching Children About Perversion from the Pulpit

The other day after watching the news, my nine year old daughter asked me what “pre-operative transgender children” were. I seriously doubt that the conversation that resulted would have been necessary twenty years ago, but how many of us, 20 … Continue reading

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Why Charles Hodge Supported Christian Education, And Why You Should Too!

The nineteenth century Old School Presbyterian theologian Charles Hodge wrote in his Systematic Theology, “…it is a fact that unless children are brought up in the nurture and admonition of the Lord, they, and the society which they constitute or control, … Continue reading

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A Thought for the Fourth of July

One of the great purposes of constitutions in Republics and Democracies is to protect the rights of minorities. The U.S. Constitution has done an admirable job of doing that. For over 200 years, in a world filled with ethnic cleansing, … Continue reading

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Some Thoughts About The Current Moment in World History

We live in an age of transition. Just as the Pax Britannica and the British Empire that had dominated the world stage during the 19th century came to an end in the early years of the 20th century, so too … Continue reading

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W.G.T. Shedd on the Importance of Preaching and Teaching on the Reality of Hell

Preaching that dwells on or even mentions the reality of hell and eternal punishment has fallen into disfavor these days, but in his The Doctine of Endless Punishment, Reformed Theologian W.G.T. Shedd pointed out why we must continue to preach … Continue reading

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13 Differences Between the PCA and the PCUSA

I was recently asked to outline some of the major differences between the Presbyterian Church in the USA (PCUSA) and my own denomination the Presbyterian Church in America (PCA) and I came up with the following 13 point list: 1) … Continue reading

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Whatever Happened to the Ninth Chapter of Esther?

You don’t have to be a theologian to realize that while heaven and salvation are still popular, hell and Divine judgment are taking a beating these days. Whether it’s Gallup polls that reveal that many more Christian Americans believe in … Continue reading

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The Three Basic Forms of Defective Preaching

It seems to me that there are three ways you can preach the gospel defectively and as a result not see much if any lasting fruit: 1)  The First and Most Catastrophic form of defective preaching is preaching that is … Continue reading

Posted in Arminianism, Evangelism and Church Growth, Liberalism, Pelagianism, Preaching, The Invitation System | 6 Comments

What The Church Can Learn From Antiochus Epiphanes

With the Jewish celebration of Chanukkah just around the corner, I thought it might be worthwhile to briefly consider that portion of the history of God’s people, and determine if there is anything we can learn from the villian and … Continue reading

Posted in Encouragement, Liberalism, Old School Presbyterian Churches, Persecution, The Sabbath | 2 Comments

Let the Church do the Work of the Church!

The Following quote is from William Hendriksen’s commentary on Matthew and seems particularly apt, not only because of the various kinds of politicking going on in American churches at election time, but also because evangelicals in particular once again seem … Continue reading

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Reinventing Liberalism, and How to Avoid Doing It

For some time now I’ve been thinking that if I were to write a book on current trends in Reformed and Evangelical theology, it would be entitled Reinventing Liberalism. If one were to trace the course of Evangelicalism as it … Continue reading

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The One Lesson We Can Still Learn from the PCUSA

After beginning their 2008 General Assembly by announcing the largest one year drop in their membership since 1981 (57,000 members), the PCUSA has continued a banner year by deciding to also drop the ban on the ordination of practicing homosexuals … Continue reading

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