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Helping People Reconcile

Eric Dodson | September 30, 2015

Philemon. It’s one of the shortest books in the Bible, a brief epistle that makes up what it lacks in word count with a dynamic message on forgiveness, fellowship, and unity in the church. Since it was first penned by the apostle Paul, this powerful little letter has continued to impact the lives of individual believers […]

Popular Popes and Priestly Pretenders

Nathan Busenitz | September 29, 2015

Anyone paying attention to the news last week could not have missed Pope Francis’s historic visit to the United States. Perhaps the most alarming aspect of his visit was the way in which some evangelical leaders enthusiastically embraced him. Today’s article addresses one of the many reasons why evangelicals should neither endorse nor applaud the office […]

Jump Starting Your Evangelism

Jesse Johnson | September 28, 2015

The New Testament presents evangelism as both a gift and a command. On the one hand, evangelism is the main task God has given Christians to do (cf. Matt. 28:18–20). All believers are to be witnesses, and to fail to proclaim the gospel is to miss the very essence of what God has left us on […]

Blood Moons and Biblical Discernment

Nathan Busenitz | September 25, 2015

In light of the enthusiastic speculation that is brewing in some circles, I was asked to address the recent hype surrounding the “blood moon.” Let me do so by answering three questions about the issue:

How to Choose a Seminary

Nathan Busenitz | September 22, 2015

Last weekend, I had the opportunity to address this issue during a prospective student lunch at the Ligonier Fall Conference. Today’s post is adapted from the notes I prepared for that lunch. How to choose a seminary I’m sure there are many practical concerns that factor into why people choose the seminaries that they choose. Perhaps […]

A Timely Reminder on Patriot Day

TMS Staff | September 11, 2015

On September 12, 2001, John MacArthur sat down with Phil Johnson at Grace to You to discuss the tragic and startling events that had occurred the previous day. Here are a few excerpts from that interview from 14 years ago: PHIL: There are probably people listening to us right now who are trying to go about their normal […]

Penal Substitution and Church History

Michael J. Vlach | September 8, 2015

Since the rise of Protestant liberalism in the eighteenth century, it has become common for some to claim that penal substitution, the view that Christ died on behalf of sinners, is not a biblical doctrine. (For a clear refutation of that assertion, see here.) In recent years this position has been accompanied by assertions that […]

What Language Did Jesus Speak?

Aaron Tresham | September 3, 2015

The hypothesis that Jesus usually spoke Aramaic has dominated scholarly discussion for decades. For example, several years ago Darrell Bock noted, “Most New Testament scholars believe Aramaic was the primary language of Palestine in Jesus’ day” (BibSac 159/633 [Jan 2002]: 126). Coming from a leading evangelical scholar of the NT, this assessment of the state […]

The Gifts of Healing

Richard Mayhue | September 2, 2015

Larry and Alice Parker wanted God’s best for their family of six. But their oldest son suffered from diabetes and regularly received insulin injections. When Daniel Badilla held special services in their Barstow, California church, the Parkers “walked the aisle” with 11-year-old Wesley. They sincerely sought a healing miracle. The preacher pronounced Wesley healed. Larry […]

Exegetical Fallacies: The Word Study Fallacy

William Barrick | September 1, 2015

When it comes to studying Scripture, word studies are popular, easily obtained from available resources and an easy way to procure sermon content. However, word studies are also subject to radical extrapolations and erroneous applications. It is not always possible to strike exegetical gold by extracting a word from the text for close examination. Word […]

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