One of the Best (and Most Overlooked) Explanations of the Plan of Salvation

BB Warfield

The critical question that every Christian must be able to answer is “How are people saved?”  In the seminary context, the doctrine of salvation (soteriology) is a central feature in the curriculum.  Preachers can’t preach a message of salvation if they don’t understand it themselves.

Of course, as an institution that bases its theology on the Reformation (the term “Reformed” is in our name!), Reformed Theological Seminary is committed to the doctrines of grace–the idea that people are sinners who cannot save themselves but desperately need God to save them.  On a popular level, this is simply known as Calvinism.

But, of course, not all Christians agree with this Reformed …

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The New Reformation Study Bible is Out–and It Looks Great

Reformation Study Bible

This past week I was at The Gospel Coalition national conference and was walking through the book area.  Out of the corner of my eye, I noticed a display featuring the new Reformation Study Bible, edited by R.C. Sproul, and published by Reformation Trust/Ligonier.

Then, in the back of my mind, I thought, “Didn’t I write something for this study Bible?” (Yes, I have sadly arrived at the point where I don’t remember what I have written!). I flipped through the index and it turns out that I did write something.

The kind folks at the display assured me that my copy would be arriving in the mail soon.  …

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Is the God of the Old Testament a Moral Monster? An Interview with Dick Belcher

Belcher

One of the most common objections to biblical authority is that the God of the Bible is guilty of committing immoral acts. God appears to advocate, endorse, and even commit acts that are normally seen as morally questionable. The classic example is the command to the Israelites to wipe out the Canaanites as they enter into the promised land.

In fact, it is the question of whether God endorses genocide that features heavily in the objections of atheist Richard Dawkins in his book The God Delusion (Mariner Books, 2008). It is also a prominent theme in Peter Enns’ book, The Bible Tells Me So (HarperOne, 2014). See my review of …

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How Do You Know the Scriptures are from God? One Testimony in the Early Church

Tatian

It probably comes as no surprise that the most common question I receive from both Christians and non-Christians is “How do I know the Bible is the Word of God?” And the reason this question is at the top of the list is not hard to determine.  The authority of the Bible is the foundation for everything that we believe as Christians.  It is the source of our doctrine and our ethics.  Thus, we need to be able to answer this question when asked.

Let me say from the outset that there is not just one answer to this question. I think there are many ways that Christians can come …

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