As you may know, Dr. R.C. Sproul is very ill and has been hospitalized for approximately 2 weeks. Please pray for Dr. Sproul and his family during this difficult season. You can find updates on the Ligonier Website. As we pray for Dr. Sproul, take time to watch this presentation on the holiness of God.
Reformation 500, Social Justice and the Gospel (Jon D. Payne) — “This year’s Reformation 500-fest has served the church well. It has forced Reformed Christians everywhere to remember our rich Protestant and Reformed heritage, and to reflect upon the nature and centrality of the gospel– the true gospel announcing redemption for wretched sinners through the penal substitutionary death and hell-conquering resurrection of the Son of God.”
Will There be Christmas in Heaven? — “The heart of Christmas is celebration of the coming of Messiah (Luke 2:10–11). Will there be celebration in the eternal state? Yes! And it will be kicked off with the biggest party of them all, The Marriage Supper of the Lamb (Rev 19:6-9).”
Put The X Back In Xmas! — “Some people seem positively determined to interpret every bit of available data as evidence that there is a vast conspiracy whose goal is to stamp out Christmas, and to especially stamp out any Christian association with Christmas. Quite frankly, I’m not buying it, and I’m annoyed, saddened and offended by much of it.”
On the Pope’s Desire to Change the Wording of the Lord’s Prayer — “Pope Francis has challenged the traditional wording of the Lord’s Prayer, suggesting that it be changed. The news media, as usual, has obscured the fact that the Pope is not wanting to alter the Lord’s words or the Biblical text, just saying that the familiar rendition in the various languages is not a good translation…”
The Peace We All Long For — “Jesus Christ, born of Mary, born in Bethlehem, born on Christmas morning, brings permanent and ultimate peace on earth. The peace we all long for is found in Christ.”
An Update on Dr. Sproul’s Health — Dr. Sproul is hospitalized and you can keep up with his condition over at Ligonier’s website. Please take time to pray for him.
Immutability and Reformed Theology — Kevin DeYoung will challenge you to think regarding God’s immutability in this article. He writes, “This means that we should not write off all the “relenting” language as simply “anthropomorphic.” While there is “some truth in that description” as it describes things from an atemporal perspective, the anthropomorphic label is not helpful in describing God as an actor in history.”
There are many false teachers and antiChrists who are already out in the world sowing their seeds of discord. This has been the case since the day of the early church and we see a clear warning by John in 1 John 4:1. Take a moment to watch this video where Justin Peters exposes many of the popular false prophets of our day.
Thomas Watson on Why God Became Man — “Here in Luke 2, the angel is announcing the birth of Israel’s Savior-King. However, the announcement is quite unexpected; not that the baby will become a great and powerful leader; but that the great and powerful leader of the Jewish people had become a baby.”
What Then Shall We Sing About? — “One of the most powerful influences in creation is music. Music has the ability to impress the mind, provoke the emotions of the heart, and activate the deepest recesses of our memories.”
God Is Always at Work for Us and for Our Good — “Psalm 18 is a psalm of David, a song celebrating “the day when the LORD rescued him from the hand of all his enemies, and from the hand of Saul.” This psalm, the longest of Book One, praises God for His deliverance.”
When Community Isn’t Gospel Community — “When believers discuss biblical community, we talk about it in different ways: doing life together, life on life, “one another”ing each other. While this sounds good in principle, we often get it wrong in practice. Here are 3 ways we can easily get it wrong and what to do about it.”
Leaders in the Church — “In the immediate post-Pentecost fledgling church, there appears to have been very little structure, just a community overseen by Apostles and committed to four distinctive features: Apostolic teaching, fellowship, breaking of bread, and “the prayers” (Acts 2:42).”
G3 Conference: In January, we will host our 6th annual G3 Conference on the theme of discipleship. In the meantime, download the G3 app from your app store for FREE and keep up with the news, events, and enjoy all of the archives from the history of the G3.
In the 2017 G3 Conference, Paul Washer preached on the subject, “The Ever-Present Danger of Apostasy.” You can hear his sermon in full below. Note, you can also find all of the archives of the G3 Conference on the G3 app—available for free in the app store.
Adam, où en es-tu ? — If you speak French, I want you to know about this blog. I preached in a conference in France a couple of months ago and had the privilege to meet Guillaume Bourin, a good brother who is doing some great work in France.