on 03/18/2019

Sticking Your Tongue Out at Suffering (Aaron Denlinger)

On the surface, Paul's observation in Philippians 1:14 that "most of the brothers" in Rome--where Paul was chained to a member of the imperial guard awaiting the outcome of his judicial appeal to the emperor Nero--had become "more confident in the Lord" and "more bold to speak the word without fear"

on 03/15/2019

A Horror of Theology (Nick Batzig)

The noisy gongs of acerbic and judgmental discernment bloggers, podcasters, vloggers and conference speakers are scattered throughout our social media feeds...and they're here to stay. The uncharitableness with which such individuals speak online immediately ought to leave a bad taste in the mouth o

on 03/14/2019

Promoting the Work of Others (Christina Fox)

I have a dear friend who is an artist. Her work covers the walls of my home. I love learning about her creative process, the various mediums she uses, and what she is learning through her work. Most of all, I love how she images God and points to him through her creativity.No matter how hard I try,

on 03/12/2019

A Reformed Demonology? (Bruce Baugus)

The rather measured and restrained work by John Livingston Nevius (1829-1893), Demon Possession and Allied Themes; Being an Inductive Study of Phenomena of Our Own Times, delivers exactly what the title promises, though what it promises is rather unusual by the author's own admission.Nevius was a Pr

on 03/12/2019

A Reformed Demonology? (Bruce Baugus)

The rather measured and restrained work by John Livingston Nevius (1829-1893), Demon Possession and Allied Themes; Being an Inductive Study of Phenomena of Our Own Times, delivers exactly what the title promises, though what it promises is rather unusual by the author's own admission.Nevius was a Pr

on 03/08/2019

Critiquing Expressions of Devotion (Rob Looper)

Is it appropriate for Protestants to embrace the observance of Lent--or, even further, any of the Orthodox holy days and seasons? Members of Protestant and Evangelical churches in our day have made these frequently asked and widely disputed questions. Others have thoughtfully raised the issue of the

on 03/07/2019

Mastricht, Bavinck and the Efficacy of Scripture (Bruce Baugus)

The general contours of the doctrine of Scripture are familiar. Orthodox Protestants confess that Scripture has God as its primary author and is self-authenticating, supremely authoritative, necessary for this age, clear enough to be understood by the masses, and sufficient as a rule of faith and li

on 03/05/2019

Why Not All at Once? (Nick Batzig)

Christ, by his perfect life, atoning death and resurrection from the dead, secures the believer's calling, regeneration, justification, adoption, sanctification and glorification. Older Protestant theologians frequently referred to the order of the application of the benefits of redemption (i.e. the

on 03/04/2019

The Rhetoric of An Affirming Non-Ministry (Zack Groff)

Last week in St. Louis, representatives of the United Methodist Church from around the world gathered together for a special session of their General Conference. The delegates to the meeting collectively represented over 12 million church members, worldwide.Called for the purpose of considering a Co

on 03/02/2019

The Peacemakers (Dustin Benge)

With each passing beatitude in Jesus' Sermon on the Mount in Matthew 5, it becomes more and more clear that a person cannot be a genuine Christian without have their attitudes and actions completely and radically transformed from the inside out. Regardless the extent of your exegetical gymnastics, t

on 03/01/2019

PCRT Anthology Giveaway (Editors)

Since its inauguration in 1974, the Philadelphia Conference of Reformed Theology has hosted some of the most gifted and trustworthy pastors, theologians and speakers from around the world in order to teach God's word and sound doctrine. Among the celebrated speakers at PCRT have been James Boice, R.

on 02/27/2019

The Cost of Christians in the Court (Nick Batzig)

Among the litany of important and under-treated subjects that the Apostle Paul touches upon in his first letter to the Corinthians, John Calvin reflected on those concerning one believer taking another believer to court over personal or public injuries (1 Cor. 6:1-8). Calvin explained that Paul was

on 02/27/2019

Created vs. Creative Identity (Aaron Denlinger)

The problem (so to speak) with Christianity is that it places creaturely identity in the hands of the Creator rather than the creature. In other words, it holds that the identity of every human being--and, for that matter, every created thing--is fundamentally established by God, not constructed by

on 02/26/2019

The Sin-Bearing Sufferer of Psalm 38 (Timothy Brindle)

In Psalm 38, David feels the overwhelming burden of his sin and the corresponding displeasure of YHWH. He feels as if he is a cursed sin-bearer.1. Awareness of your sin and God's hatred of itThe psalmist is quite aware of two things: the evil of his own sin, and God's great displeasure of it. His co

on 02/21/2019

Why We Must Know God (Amy Mantravadi)

The very root and beginning of all theological study is known as theology proper or the doctrine of God. Within this field, the existence, being, and attributes of God are considered and his character is defined within the limitations common to human beings. All Christian theology (from Greek theolo