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Monthly Archives: September 2015

Helping People Reconcile

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 … read more »

Popular Popes and Priestly Pretenders

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 … read more »

Jump Starting Your Evangelism

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 … read more »

Blood Moons and Biblical Discernment

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

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 … read more »

TMS Distinctives

This summer, The Master’s Seminary posted a series of videos that highlight the seminary’s core doctrinal commitments. In case you’ve missed them, here are 24 of those videos under five categories. Each video is only a few minutes long, making it easy to discover what TMS is all about. A High View of God The Glory of … read more »

A Timely Reminder on Patriot Day

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 … read more »

Penal Substitution and Church History

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 … read more »

What Language Did Jesus Speak?

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 … read more »

The Gifts of Healing

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 … read more »