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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Do Your Sermon Illustrations Help or Hurt? Five Major Pitfalls to Avoid

Jesus telling parables

Everyone loves a good story. They can be powerful, illuminating, inspiring, and, most of all, they can be memorable. And they can really enhance the effectiveness of a sermon. No doubt, some of our favorite sermons are our favorite precisely because of the illustrations or stories they contained.

And history bears this out. Not only was Jesus himself the master storyteller (and illustrator), but some of the most famous sermons in history have contained them.  One only needs to think of Jonathan Edwards’ sermon, “Sinners in the Hands of an Angry God.”  Edwards effectively compared the precarious situation of sinners dangling over the fires of hell to the way spiders …

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Where Are They Now? RTS Charlotte Alumnus Jonathan Dorst

Jonathan Dorst

Over the last year or so, we have been working our way through a number of RTS Charlotte alumni in the Where Are They Now? series.  For the complete series, see here.

This installment highlights RTS Charlotte alumnus Jonathan Dorst, class of ’99. Although I never had Jonathan in a class, he was deeply influenced by our professors Bob Cara, Dick Belcher, and Doug Kelly.

1.  What are you currently doing?

Last summer I left the church I planted in Stillwater, OK, Grace Stillwater (PCA), after 11 years to become the Executive Pastor at RiverOaks PCA in Tulsa, OK with Senior Pastor Ricky Jones (RTS-J, ’95). As Executive Pastor,

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