An Open Letter to TMS Alumni

John MacArthur | June 27, 2015

Dear Master’s Man, The highest court in the land has passed its judgment. The headlines proclaim that a slim majority of Supreme Court justices considers freedom of sexual orientation a right for all Americans. This exchange of one set of values in favor of another does not come as a surprise to us who already […]

A Biblical Response to Homosexuality

TMS Staff | June 26, 2015

In light of the Supreme Court’s decision today, here are six articles from The Master’s Seminary Journal that address the issue of homosexuality from a biblical perspective. 1. God’s Word on Homosexuality: The Truth about Sin and the Reality of Forgiveness Abstract: Through following a distorted meaning of “love,” some in the present day have condoned homosexual […]

Slaves of Christ

Michael Riccardi | June 25, 2015

At its core, the essence of the Christians can be described as slaves of Christ. The picture is not someone whose will is constantly frustrated over and against the whims of his master, but of someone whose will is lovingly and happily conformed to the Master’s will.

Only One Life

Nathan Busenitz | June 24, 2015

(Today’s post is adapted from Nathan’s article “Living and Dying for the Glory of God,” originally published in Expositor Magazine.) To live well is to live for Christ, and to die well is to die for His glory. A brief article in the 1857 edition of The Scottish Christian Journal, entitled “Dying Well,” summarized that truth with […]

TMS Distinctives: A High View of Scripture

TMS Staff | June 22, 2015

Over the past few weeks, the seminary has been posting faculty videos related to its core doctrinal commitments. The three videos in this series center on bibliology, and the commitment at TMS to a high view of Scripture. In this opening video, Dr. Bryan Murphy discusses the seminary’s commitment to the original languages.   Dr. […]

Why Jesus Allowed Jairus’ Daughter to Die

Jesse Johnson | June 18, 2015

A couple of years ago, I preached on the passage in Mark 5 where Jesus healed the unnamed woman who had been bleeding for twelve years. One of the more striking elements in that passage is that Jesus had the rich and powerful Jairus wait while He not only healed the woman, but then went on […]

Pagan Saints

Nathan Busenitz | June 15, 2015

As a church history professor, I am sometimes asked how certain practices developed in church history. For example: When did the Roman Catholic (and Eastern Orthodox) emphasis on praying to saints and venerating relics and icons begin? A somewhat obscure, but extremely helpful book by John Calvin answers that question directly. In his work, A Treatise […]

The Word of God Is Not Imprisoned

Michael Riccardi | June 11, 2015

Paul wrote his epistle to the Philippians against the backdrop of the church’s concern for Paul, during his first Roman imprisonment, as he awaited his trial before Nero. The believers in Philippi must have wondered how Paul was holding up. Was this imprisonment discouraging him? Would he be released? Could he return to Philippi to […]

Sola Scriptura and the Church Fathers

Nathan Busenitz | June 10, 2015

In his denial of the deity of Christ, Arius was arguably the most notorious heretic of the early church. Though Arius’s heretical views were soundly condemned by the Council of Nicaea (in A.D. 325), the controversy he sparked raged for another fifty years throughout the Roman Empire. During those tumultuous decades, the defenders of Trinitarian orthodoxy […]

Was John the First Baptist?

Jesse Johnson | June 9, 2015

Was John’s baptism the first baptism the world knew? Commentators are not quite agreed on the history of Christian baptism. Obviously Christians baptize, and Jewish people do not. But was John the Baptist the first to actually baptize? Or were the Jews performing baptisms in the inter-testamental period? The short answer is that baptisms in the […]

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