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  • Covenant College Forfeits Women’s Tennis Championship Match Because Scheduled On Sunday

    04/18/2016 3:34:20 PM PDT · by PAR35 · 34 replies
    Aquila Report ^ | Apr 17, 2016 | Kyle Taylor
    “Covenant College has elected to forfeit the Women’s Tennis USA South Conference championship match, scheduled for April 17, 2016. The championship match takes place on a Sunday, and as an institution owned and operated by the Presbyterian Church in America we observe the Sabbath by not competing in athletic events on Sunday. This conviction is clearly stated in our Student Handbook and is informed by the Bible, the Westminster Confession of Faith, and the PCA Book of Church Order. In national tournaments, the NCAA makes accommodations for institutions that do not compete on a particular day for religious reasons. Bylaw...
  • The Mystery Of The Olive Tree...Romans 9-11 pt 16

    Behold therefore the goodness and severity of God: on them which fell, severity; but toward thee, goodness, if thou continue in his goodness: otherwise thou also shalt be cut off. And they also, if they abide not still in unbelief, shall be grafted in: for God is able to graft them in again. For if thou wert cut out of the olive tree which is wild by nature, and wert grafted contrary to nature into a good olive tree: how much more shall these, which be the natural branches, be grafted into their own olive tree? For I would not,...
  • Disappearing Act: Presbyterians Embrace Leftist Politics, Shun Reformed Roots

    07/03/2014 6:28:21 PM PDT · by ReformationFan · 46 replies
    Breakpoint ^ | 7-3-14 | Stan Guthrie
    Over the last two decades, more than three-fourths of Iraq’s Christians have fled the country, driven out by a combination of Muslim fanaticism and economic and social collapse. Iraq, however, isn’t the only place to experience a mass Christian exodus in recent years. Look at the Presbyterian Church (USA), the 10th largest denomination in this country. But you’d better look fast. The PC(USA), which is the nation’s largest Presbyterian denomination (at least for now), is driving out members through its own brand of leftist fanaticism. From a high of more than 4 million members back in 1965, the Louisville-based PC(USA)...
  • Presbyterian Church USA Defeats Motion to Care for Babies Born Alive After Abortion

    06/24/2014 1:57:32 PM PDT · by NYer · 52 replies
    Life News ^ | June 23, 2014 | Steven Ertelt
    The Presbyterian Church USA has voted to endorse Kermit Gosnell. Delegates meeting in Detroit at the 221st General Assembly of the 1.8 million–member Presbyterian Church (USA) voted down a measure that would have the church endorse care for babies born alive after abortions.From World Magazine: Also Thursday, 78 percent of the PCUSA General Assembly struck down a resolution condemning the killing of babies born alive during abortions, as occurred with notorious abortionist Kermit Gosnell. Initiated by the South Alabama presbytery, it called for inclusion of pro-life Presbyterians and an investigation into doctrinal and financial support of abortion. Dissenters cited pro-abortion...
  • Actions of the 42nd General Assembly of the PCA

    06/23/2014 4:25:23 PM PDT · by ReformationFan · 3 replies
    The Aquila Report ^ | 6-23-14 | Staff
    Actions of the 42nd General Assembly of the PCA Overtures dealing with homosexuality, pro-life, child abuse, Insider Movement, theistic evolution, and others discussed and voted on Written by Staff | Monday, June 23, 2014 The 42nd General Assembly of the Presbyterian Church in America (PCA) has adjourned in Houston, Texas. There were many issues considered including Insider Movements, child abuse, and prayer for Christians facing penalties for their stance on abortion and homosexuality. What follows is an overview of some of the main actions of this year’s GA. Unlike previous years, there was very little discussion or debate over the...
  • Presbyterians [PC(USA)] Become the Silly Church; A dying mainline church speeds its decline.

    06/23/2014 6:39:22 AM PDT · by Gamecock · 39 replies
    The American Spectator ^ | 6.21.14 | Mark Tooley
    At one point during this this week’s General Assembly of the Presbyterian Church (USA), the hundreds of delegates, known as commissioners, gleefully bounced scores of red balloons in the air. At another point, they collectively broke into dance, confirming that most Protestants, especially if they’re old, white and Anglo, don’t look so great wiggling around. (Here’s a video, for mature viewers only.) Mainline Protestantism, at least in its official curia, has been liberal for nearly 100 years. But for most of that century it was a thoughtful, dignified liberalism that still roughly adhered to historic Christianity’s moral architecture, even if...
  • The PCUSA On Guns

    06/23/2014 7:54:08 AM PDT · by rktman · 15 replies
    captainsjournal.com ^ | 6/22/2014 | Herschel Smith
    Presbyterian Church (USA) on guns: Among other things, the Assembly’s action calls for: formation of support, healing and advocacy groups for those who have experienced gun violence in their families; opposition to legislation that exempts gun manufacturers and marketers from legal liability and/or financial accountability for the medical and security costs of predictable gun misuse and availability to criminals, the unstable, and the self-destructive; opposition to “stand your ground” and other legislation that may entitle gun owners to shoot before taking alternative measures (such as relying on law enforcement and/or other de-escalation techniques) in perceived defense of persons or property;...
  • The Coming Collapse of the PC(USA)

    06/22/2014 1:42:44 PM PDT · by ReformationFan · 23 replies
    The Aquila Report ^ | 6-22-14 | Jeff Gising
    In terms of giving insight into the current battles raging within the PC (USA) and the exodus of evangelical churches, the report is quite helpful. Consider the following statement: “only followers of Jesus Christ can be saved.” Among pastors, 45% disagreed or strongly disagreed. 41% agreed or strongly agreed. Among our clergy, there is a clearly demonstrable variance about a fundamental tenet of Christian belief that is central to the mission of the church—the proclamation of the Gospel. The Presbyterian Church (USA) recently released the findings of its “Religious and Demographic Profile of Presbyterians 2011” (the report). More than 6,000...
  • U.S. Presbyterian Church to shed investments in Israel protest

    06/21/2014 6:02:47 AM PDT · by ilovesarah2012 · 13 replies
    courant.com ^ | June 21, 2014 | Eric M. Johnson
    A deeply-divided gathering of U.S. Presbyterian Church elders and ministers narrowly voted on Friday to divest the religious group's holdings in three American companies it says have ties to Jewish settlements in occupied Palestinian Territories. As a result of the vote the church will divest holdings worth roughly $21 million in Caterpillar Inc., Hewlett-Packard, and Motorola Solutions. "We as a church cannot profit from the destruction of homes and lives," said Reverend Gradye Parsons in a statement about the decision at its meeting in Detroit. "We continue to invest in many businesses involved in peaceful pursuits in Israel." Members of...
  • Presbyterian Church approves same-sex marriage

    06/20/2014 2:02:53 PM PDT · by NYer · 17 replies
    Catholic Culture ^ | June 20, 2014
    The General Assembly of the Presbyterian Church (USA), one of the United States’ leading Protestant denominations, has voted to allow its pastors to perform “any such marriage they believe the Holy Spirit calls then to perform, where legal by state law.” The motion, which passed by a 61%-39% margin, takes effect immediately. By a 71%-29% margin, the assembly also recommended that the church’s Book of Order be amended to describe marriage as a “unique commitment between two people, traditionally a man and a woman.” This change will go into effect when it approved by the majority of the church’s presbyteries....
  • Presbyterian Assembly (PCUSA): Gay Marriage Is Christian (Ministers Can Do Homosexual Weddings)

    06/19/2014 2:32:45 PM PDT · by xzins · 50 replies
    ABC ^ | Jun 19, 2014 | KAROUB AND RACHEL ZOLL
    The top legislative body of the Presbyterian Church (U.S.A.) voted Thursday to redefine Christian marriage in the church constitution as the union of "two people" instead of only "a man and a woman." The amendment requires approval from a majority of the 172 regional presbyteries, which will vote on the change over the next year. But in a separate vote that will take effect immediately, the Presbyterian General Assembly allowed ministers to preside at gay weddings in states where gay marriage is legal. Nineteen states and the District of Columbia recognize same-sex marriage. Alex McNeill, executive director of More Light...
  • Presbyterian Pastors Can Preside at Gay Marriages

    06/19/2014 1:18:33 PM PDT · by alancarp · 49 replies
    Associated Press ^ | June 19, 2014 | Uncredited AP
    The largest Presbyterian denomination in the U.S. will allow pastors to preside at gay weddings in states that recognize same-sex marriage. The Presbyterian General Assembly voted 61 percent to 39 percent in favor of allowing ministers to decide whether to perform the ceremonies. Nineteen states and the District of Columbia recognize gay marriage.
  • University Reformed Church Votes To Leave The RCA

    05/29/2014 2:51:33 PM PDT · by Gamecock · 20 replies
    TGC ^ | April 27, 2014 | Kevin DeYoung
    On April 27, 2014, University Reformed Church (URC) voted 282-9 in favor of leaving the Reformed Church in America (RCA) and affiliating with the Presbyterian Church in America (PCA). The following Wednesday, the consistory of URC voted unanimously (14-0) to file a petition with the Classis of South Grand Rapids that we might leave the RCA with all our real and personal property and join the Presbytery of the Great Lakes in the PCA.For the past three years, our church has wrestled with our place in the Reformed Church in America. We have prayed, studied, strategized, spoke, listened, prayed, asked...
  • VANITY: Question Regarding Precepts Upon Precepts with Kay Arthur

    01/28/2014 3:58:39 PM PST · by georgiegirl · 12 replies
    Please forgive this vanity question, but I have tried googling for an answer and have come up empty. Does anyone know Kay Arthur's beliefs on Reformed Theology or Calvinism? Are her Precepts Upon Precepts Bible Studies based on these beliefs? Thanks!
  • A Response To Rachel Held Evans Regarding Wilson And The Definition Of “Reformed”

    11/04/2013 7:46:32 AM PST · by Gamecock · 9 replies
    Heidelblog ^ | October 30, 2013 | R. Scott Clark
    Jonathan Merritt published a critique of Doug Wilson this morning on his Religion News Service. For younger readers, who might not remember the Federal Vision (FV) controversy, Wilson is the leader of the de facto denominational home of the FV, the Communion of Reformed and Evangelical Churches. Despite the fact that the CREC has the word “Reformed” in its title, it is not a recognized Reformed communion. It is not a member of nor does it qualify to join the North American Presbyterian and Reformed Council (NAPARC). It is essentially a boutique denomination that orbits around Moscow, ID the headquarters of...
  • 9 Things You Should Know about John Calvin

    07/10/2013 9:14:33 PM PDT · by ReformationFan · 18 replies
    The Gospel Coalition ^ | 7-10-13 | Joe Carter
    Today is the 504th anniversary of the birth of John Calvin (July 10, 1509). Here are nine things you should know about the French theologian and Reformer.
  • Reformed Church in America (RCA) removes conscience clauses

    06/21/2013 3:34:37 PM PDT · by ReformationFan · 15 replies
    On Thursday afternoon, General Synod officially ratified the removal of the “conscience clauses” from the Book of Church Order (BCO). Last year’s General Synod voted to remove from the BCO the “conscience clauses”–statements that spell out how RCA members can and cannot conscientiously object to the ordination process of women. In the time since General Synod 2012, the required two-thirds of RCA classes voted in support of synod’s action, with 31 classes voting in favor of removing the clauses and 14 voting to keep the clauses. Originally adopted in 1980, the “conscience clauses” were intended to maintain unity and peace...
  • Why We Sing Old Testament Psalms

    05/19/2013 7:24:57 PM PDT · by ReformationFan · 15 replies
    The Aquila Report ^ | 5-19-13 | Daniel R. Hyde
    We sing the Psalms because the people of God have been doing so since as early as Moses (Ps. 90) and especially during the days of David, when the Psalter became the “hymnal” of Israel. When we sing them, we identify with our most ancient forefathers and offer transcendent praise, applicable in all times and in all places.
  • Resolution of Reformed Presbyterian Church Concerning Same Sex "Marriage"

    04/27/2013 8:59:52 AM PDT · by ReformationFan · 23 replies
    The Reformed Presbyterian Church in the U.S., at it meeting on April 19, 2013, adopted a statement concerning Homosexuality and Same Sex marriage. They intentionally included positions from the Presbyterian Church in America and the Orthodox Presbyterian Church with the hope that they would once again join in making a prophetic statement to those in civil authority that the fear and judgment of God may at least move enough legislators and judges not to approve of or support legalizing “same sex marriage.” Their desire is that the whole Christian, and especially the Reformed church, should protest this matter. Resolution Adopted...
  • A photo response to those who say God loves everyone and has a wonderful plan for their lives...

    03/18/2013 12:23:39 PM PDT · by darrellmaurina · 85 replies
    The Bible ^ | Paul the Apostle
    Romans 9:15-24 15 For he saith to Moses, I will have mercy on whom I will have mercy, and I will have compassion on whom I will have compassion. 16 So then it is not of him that willeth, nor of him that runneth, but of God that sheweth mercy. 17 For the scripture saith unto Pharaoh, Even for this same purpose have I raised thee up, that I might shew my power in thee, and that my name might be declared throughout all the earth. 18 Therefore hath he mercy on whom he will have mercy, and whom...
  • Protestant Denominations, Catholics Sign Ecumenical ‘Mutual Recognition of Baptism’ Agreement

    02/24/2013 11:55:01 AM PST · by daniel1212 · 155 replies
    Christian News Network ^ | January 30, 2013 | Heather Clark
    Austin, Texas – Leaders from several Protestant denominations met with representatives from the U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops last night to sign an ecumenical document agreeing to recognize each other’s baptisms. The document, entitled “These Living Waters: Common Agreement on the Mutual Recognition of Baptism,” has been approximately four years in the making. The Presbyterian Church USA was reportedly the first to deliberate the move, followed by the U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops.“The Common Agreement affirms that both Catholic and Reformed Christians hold that baptism is the sacramental bond of unity for the Body of Christ, which is to be performed...
  • My Train Wreck Conversion..., I despised Christians. Then I somehow became one.

    02/08/2013 6:58:50 PM PST · by daniel1212 · 148 replies
    Christianity Today ^ | 2/7/2013 9:26AM | Rosaria Champagne Butterfield
    The word Jesus stuck in my throat like an elephant tusk; no matter how hard I choked, I couldn't hack it out. Those who professed the name commanded my pity and wrath. I began researching the Religious Right.. Ken Smith encouraged me to explore the kind of questions I admire: Ken and his wife, Floy, and I became friends. I started reading the Bible. I read the way a glutton devours. I counted the costs. And I did not like the math on the other side.. Then, one ordinary day, I came to Jesus, openhanded..
  • An ‘Error Message’ on the Screen of Western Civ (RTS Chancellor on the importance of a work ethic)

    10/12/2012 6:08:35 AM PDT · by darrellmaurina · 11 replies
    Reformed Theological Seminary ^ | 12/31/2011 | Dr. Michael Milton
    An ‘Error Message’ on the Screen of Western Civ? The Most Important Question Facing us in 2012 is more than an Election The most important question of the coming year is not “who will be the next occupant of the White House?” The single most important matter before us all is a question of value. It is a question that may be stated, “Will the Western world embrace the very thing that holds it together. Or will it continue the denial of the obvious and seal its inevitable decline?” Let me explain. In historiography – the study of history –...
  • Request for Calvinists to help "Freep" a "Two Kingdoms" blog opposing Christian pastors in politics

    10/11/2012 11:27:52 AM PDT · by darrellmaurina · 19 replies
    Presbyterian Blues ^ | 10/11/2012 | Darrell Todd Maurina
    Fellow Calvinists on the Great Reformed Ping List, I need some help. Go to this website, run by a lawyer who is also an Orthodox Presbyterian elder, and you'll see what is being advocated by prominent people in Calvinist circles today who are seriously arguing not only that the church ought to steer clear from political positions but also that Christians ought not to use their Bibles when they enter the civil realm.
  • Rap attack and "Precious Puritans" discussion (Vanity)

    10/06/2012 6:23:09 AM PDT · by darrellmaurina · 16 replies
    Christian Observer Forums: CO-URC | 10/6/2012 | Darrell Todd Maurina
    Most of us in conservative Reformed circles are not fans of rap. I'm not either, though I have Korean relatives who are -- the "Gangnam Style" video of Korean rappers which has gone viral has shown to lots of Americans how our culture is affecting lots of places we would least expect it. The result is that many of us were probably caught unaware by the explosion on the blogosphere which greeted a Reformed man of African-American ancestry who uses rap as his medium of Christian music. The rapper, who goes by the name of "Propaganda," produced a rap song...
  • "Old Reformed" views and "Escondido 2K" views of politics (vanity)

    08/09/2012 9:54:59 PM PDT · by darrellmaurina · 20 replies
    Christian Observer Forums: CO-URC | 8/9/2012 | Darrell Todd Maurina
    If you're a Free Republic participant, I already know you're a political conservative. If you're a member of the Orthodox Presbyterian Church, Presbyterian Church in America, or United Reformed Churches, and if you don't know what "two kingdoms" theology is, you need to read this post. Matt Tuininga, who is the son of one of the founders of the United Reformed Churches in North America and is currently doing his doctoral dissertation at Emory University on John Calvin's political views, has put up an interesting post here on how what he calls "Old Reformed" theology differs from the Escondido Two...
  • Green Baggins, 2K, Westminster-West, gay marriage, and Calvinist politics

    03/22/2012 7:58:02 AM PDT · by darrellmaurina · 31 replies · 1+ views
    (vanity) | 3/22/2012 | Darrell Todd Maurina
    If you're a Free Republic participant, I already know you're a political conservative. If you're a member of the Orthodox Presbyterian Church, Presbyterian Church in America, or United Reformed Churches, and if you don't know what "two kingdoms" theology is, you need to read this post. What follows is the CO-URC version of posts I made today on the United Reformed and Orthodox Presbyterian listserves run by Christian Observer magazine. It responds to this thread on the Green Baggins blog owned by Rev. Lane Keister: http://greenbaggins.wordpress.com/2012/02/29/review-of-_the-escondido-theology_-general-considerations/#comments You can find the OPC and URC versions of my posts here: http://groups.yahoo.com/group/co-urc/message/25024 http://groups.yahoo.com/group/presbyterians-opc/message/44787...
  • Heidelberg Catechism Lord’s Day One – Q/A 1, clause 1

    01/30/2012 12:23:48 PM PST · by darrellmaurina · 3 replies
    Heidelberg Catechism Q&A 1 ^ | 1/30/2012 | Darrell Todd Maurina
    Q1: “What is your only comfort in life and in death? A1: That I am not my own…”
  • First Presbyterian Pastor to Start Own Church

    01/04/2012 10:38:37 PM PST · by Cronos · 7 replies
    Petaluma ^ | 2 Jan 2012 | Kanna Ioffee
    The pastor of First Presbyterian Church on B Street is breaking away from the congregation to start his own non-denominational house of worship that will focus on helping people connect with God through a music-filled service, Bible teachings that apply to contemporary life and community meals. Dave Weidlich, 56, spent seven years leading First Presbyterian, but says he encountered a vision of church elders that was different from the one he had. Now the backpacking and blogging pastor is launching his own church, called The Vine, that will meet in an office building near Auto Row.“The Vine will be different...
  • The mournful sounds of implosion {Reformed Church in America, decline}

    07/09/2011 12:02:14 AM PDT · by Cronos · 35 replies
    RCA.ORG ^ | Nov 2009 | Donald Luidens
    TThose are the gentle, mournful sounds of a denomination imploding. Sad to say, they are not the first, nor will they be the last. But this time it's the Reformed Church in America which is slip-slidin' away. Crushing in on herself. Catch her quickly; she'll settle below the horizon soon. Get a last snapshot and hold it in your mind for posterity. It was here; it flourished; it ministered; it floundered; and then it was gone. Postmortems will abound as folks try to figure out "what went wrong." Perhaps it should be sufficient to say, "her time was up." That...
  • Obstacles to Reformed church union can be overcome

    06/25/2011 7:40:54 AM PDT · by Cronos · 19 replies
    MLIVE.com ^ | 25 Jun 2011 | Frank C Roberts
    Thanks for your recent articles regarding the Christian Reformed Church and the Reformed Church in America (“Historic moment for Reformed groups,” Press, June 11). I am very pleased that finally, after 150-plus years of separation, serious efforts are being made to forge closer ties between the two denominations. Courtesy PhotoFrank C. Roberts Symbolically, the joint synodical meetings as well as the combined worship service visibly demonstrated a reality that in many ways already exists. We share the same confessional standards, we work closely together in our publishing efforts. In a couple of years we will share a common hymnal, and...
  • Basics of the Reformed Faith: The Inspiration and Authority of the Bible

    03/23/2011 6:50:18 PM PDT · by Gamecock · 4 replies
    The Inspiration and Authority of the Bible In Genesis 1:1 we read “in the beginning was God.” Echoing the opening declaration of the Bible, in John 1:1 we read that “In the beginning was the Word, and the Word was with God, and the Word was God.” But John goes on to say “the Word became flesh and dwelt among us, and we have seen his glory, glory as of the only Son from the Father, full of grace and truth” (John 1:14). The fact that God chose to reveal himself in the person of Jesus Christ (the eternal word...
  • Basics of the Reformed Faith: In the Beginning–God

    03/09/2011 5:33:21 PM PST · by Gamecock · 12 replies
    Valiant for Truth ^ | 3 / 9 / 2011 | Kim Riddlebarger
    In the Beginning–God The Bible opens with a remarkable statement in Genesis 1:1– “In the Beginning, God . . .” This simple assertion is packed with meaning. Some of the most fundamental truths of the Christian faith are found in this short declaration, and it is important to give them due consideration. The first thing this passage tells us is that before anything was created, God already was. In fact, God always was, without beginning or end. Since God alone is uncreated, we speak of him as eternal. God exists before time itself, and is not bound by the succession...
  • Lent and the Sufficient Work of Christ

    03/09/2011 4:52:40 PM PST · by HarleyD · 29 replies
    Reformed Baptist Fellowship ^ | March 19, 2010 | Josh Dermer
    Over the past several weeks, I’ve been inclined to focus on the practice of Lent. I’ve seen my Roman Catholic friends do this for years, but I never gave it much thought. Yet Lutherans, Anglicans, and other denominations inheriting the Reformation tradition also observe this part of the liturgical calendar. Most people who practice Lent sacrifice something from their daily life (usually a food item) from Ash Wednesday until Maundy Thursday. Its purported purpose is to imitate the suffering and temptation of Christ during His forty-day fast in the desert. In centuries past, the methods of penance were much more...
  • Vatican newspaper praises French Protestant John Calvin

    07/03/2009 12:30:14 PM PDT · by Alex Murphy · 16 replies · 543+ views
    Google News ^ | 7/3/2009
    VATICAN CITY (AFP) — The Vatican newspaper Friday praised influential French Protestant John Calvin, a critic of the Roman Catholic Church, hailing him an "extraordinary" figure. The Osservatore Romano, on the 500th anniversary of Calvin's birth, said it recognised the theologian as a Christian who had a major impact on European life. "Considering the strength of arguments against him, we think it necessary to point out that Calvin is a Christian," the daily paper said of the man who played a major role in the Protestant Reformation of the 16th century. The paper ranked Calvin alongside 18th century French philosopher...
  • Genius of Reformed Liturgy

    01/08/2011 7:43:59 PM PST · by Gamecock · 47 replies
    Reformed Worship ^ | Nicholas Paul Wolterstorff
    When the Swiss Reformers rebelled against the liturgical traditions of the Roman Catholic Church, they did so in terms of a coherent, controlling idea, a new vision. They had what we now recognize as a distinctively “Reformed” view of what we should do in liturgy and how we should understand it. Under the leadership of John Calvin and others, these Reformers put their vision into practice and in doing so brought about the most radical liturgical reform that the Christian church has ever known. Note the word reform. The Reformers saw themselves not as beginning over but as returning to...
  • WHY THE PCA IS NOT A DULY CONSTITUTED CHURCH Why Faithful Christians Should Separate From This

    12/23/2010 7:44:00 AM PST · by Cronos · 29 replies
    swrb.com ^ | 1996 | Larry Birger, Jr
    Response to the Elders' Letter of January 20, 1996 PCA are the true separatists and schismatics.. Historical Introduction I and my family were formerly members of a small, conservative congregation in the denomination known as the Presbyterian Church in America (PCA). The following letters, sent in February and September of 1996, were part of my explanation and justification of our separation from them and from the PCA. The earlier letter (about two-thirds of which is reproduced here) marked the climax of my attempts to convince the session [1] of that church of their departure, both congregationally and denominationally, from the...
  • The Shape of Biblical Religion (Reformed preaching on suffering)

    10/27/2010 9:24:48 AM PDT · by Augustinian monk · 2 replies · 1+ views
    The shape of Biblical religion Rev. Ian Hamilton More than ever in these present times, Christians need to be acquainted with the shape and style of biblical religion. None of us is immune from becoming infected by the spirit of our age - let him who thinks he stands take heed lest he fall! In this regard, nothing is more important than us having a truly biblical perspective on, what John Owen called the "horticultural" nature of the life of faith. Owen well understood that the Christian life is not marked by even, unhindered, mechanical progress. Rather, growth is "horticultural",...
  • Psalm 17 - KJV (Reformed Caucus)

    10/11/2010 2:48:19 PM PDT · by HarleyD · 11 replies
    Blue Letter Bible ^ | Long Time Ago | God
    Psa 17:1 Hear the right, O LORD, attend unto my cry, give ear unto my prayer, that goeth not out of feigned lips. Psa 17:2 Let my sentence come forth from thy presence; let thine eyes behold the things that are equal. Psa 17:3 Thou hast proved mine heart; thou hast visited me in the night; thou hast tried me, and shalt find nothing; I am purposed that my mouth shall not transgress. Psa 17:4 Concerning the works of men, by the word of thy lips I have kept me from the paths of the destroyer. Psa 17:5 Hold up...
  • Italy: Lesbian couple marries in Sicily (by Waldensian "Reformed" minister)

    06/09/2010 4:06:39 AM PDT · by markomalley · 8 replies · 72+ views
    AKI ^ | 6/8/2010
    Trapani, 8 June (AKI) - A German lesbian couple became the first gays to be married in Italy in a secret Protestant ceremony, according to Italian newspaper la Repubblica. The couple, known only by their initials, C.H and B.K., are members of the Waldensian Protestant sect. Alessandro Esposito, pastor from the Waldensian Church of Trapani and Marsala, together with two women pastors, oversaw the 4 April ceremony in Trapani, a city in western Sicily. "God wants love and doesn't judge it," Esposito was quoted as saying in la Repubblica. The couple admitted their Sicilian wedding after word leaked out to...
  • Reformation Theology Reading Guide

    03/18/2010 4:29:33 AM PDT · by Gamecock · 12 replies · 288+ views
    Not to be confused with the thread Reformation Reading Room (aka Calvinist Swarm Links) started by by myself way back in 2003. _______________________________________________  In bringing you this list, it is our hope to bring honor to God by exalting Jesus Christ in providing the biblical and theological works (both contemporary and classic) that we believe best reflect the Scriptires' teaching on grace and the Christian life. Below I've put together this concise guide to Reformation Theology literature which hopefully will be beneficial to all who want to do some deeper investigation of where we are, where we’ve come from and...
  • Reformed Musings: What Does Redemption Mean?

    01/04/2010 12:30:26 PM PST · by Gamecock · 3 replies · 358+ views
    Christian Blog ^ | 1955 | John Murray
    Christians talk a lot about redemption and salvation. But what does redemption actually mean and what is accomplished in redemption? These pivotal questions are answered in John Murray’s book Redemption Accomplished and Applied. “What does redemption mean? It does not mean redeemability, that we are placed in a redeemable position. It means that Christ purchased and procured redemption. This is the triumphant note of the New Testament whenever it plays on the redemptive chord. Christ redeemed us to God by his blood (Rev. 5:9). He obtained eternal redemption (Heb 9:12)… It is to beggar the concept of redemption as an...
  • Reformed Musings; Fall Down and Worship God

    12/21/2009 7:55:59 AM PST · by Gamecock · 2 replies · 230+ views
    Christnotes ^ | John Calvin
    "But now let us fall down before the majesty of our good God, with acknowledgment of our faults, praying him to acquaint us more and more with them, that we may be brought to true repentance. And let us condemn ourselves and seek to find in our Lord Jesus Christ all that we need, and that not for one day, or for a mere brief moment, but continually and steadfastly to our life’s end. And whatever happens to us, let us always assure ourselves that we have good cause to praise our God, and that even if we are poor...
  • Can Catholics Be Christians?

    12/08/2009 11:41:52 AM PST · by Gamecock · 752 replies · 8,279+ views
    I just came from a funeral service for an aunt of mine who was a staunch Catholic. I came out of that religion about 25 years ago after reading for myself what the Bible had to say. My question surrounds the actuality of salvation for all the millions who still practice Mary worship and so forth. Knowing that one cannot serve two masters, I wonder at how it is possible that the aforementioned can really experience Christ in a saving way, while they continue to believe that the church of Rome is solely responsible for their eternal welfare. Answer: Greetings...
  • What If Calvinists Became the Majority . . . Not Gonna Happen . . . But What If . . .

    06/05/2009 9:01:38 PM PDT · by ReformationFan · 894 replies · 5,200+ views
    The Riddleblog ^ | Kim Riddlebarger
    Attendance at Joel Osteen's Lakewood Church in Houston would decline rapidly to the point that the property would be sold back to the city of Houston to pay off ministry debts. It would then be re-converted into a basketball arena.
  • Chinese Calvinism flourishes

    05/27/2009 1:01:05 PM PDT · by Alex Murphy · 131 replies · 1,515+ views
    Guardian.co.uk ^ | 27 May 2009 | Andrew Brown
    John Calvin was a Frenchman, but he is being remembered in Geneva this week because it was here that he built Calvinism. Invited to reform the city in 1541, almost as what would now be called a management consultant, he formed an alliance with the city fathers. Over the next 20 years of preaching and pastoring they turned this tiny city, with a population then of only 10,000, into a model of church government and theology which has changed the world. His followers now form the third-largest Christian grouping in the world. The world alliance of reformed churches claims 75...
  • Religious people have superior visual perception than atheists

    11/15/2008 6:54:10 AM PST · by Alex Murphy · 18 replies · 943+ views
    Yahoo ^ | Nov 15, 2008 | ANI
    London, Nov 15 (ANI): Religious people really do see the world differently, that's what a new research ahs suggested. The study found that Dutch Calvinists notice embedded visual patterns quicker than their atheist compatriots. According to Bernhard Hommel, a psychologist at Leiden University in the Netherlands who led the new study, culture has long been known to distort visual perception. In a bid to see if religious differences skew perception, Hommel's team tested 40 Dutch atheist and Calvinist university students, who, religion aside, had similar cultural backgrounds. In the study, Hommel's team showed participants a large triangle or square made...
  • Recovering Obamaniacs For McCain

    10/29/2008 9:13:15 AM PDT · by RobinMasters · 21 replies · 1,208+ views
    NRO ^ | October 29, 2008 | Mark Steyn
    Tina Brown is a New Labour/Democrat limousine liberal but, unlike the Obots running the snore-sheet monodailies, she's an editor first. And so, after the Buckley endorsement of Obama, she now presents Wendy Button, an Obama-Edwards-Clinton speechwriter who's voting for McCain: Not only has this party belittled working people in this campaign from Joe the Plumber to the bitter comments, it has also been part of tearing down two female candidates. At first, certain Democrats and the press called Senator Clinton “dishonest.” They went after her cleavage. They said her experience as First Lady consisted of having tea parties. There was...
  • I Give You Freedom (The Whippoorwill Song) [Barf Alert]

    09/19/2008 10:34:16 PM PDT · by Gamecock · 65 replies · 1,111+ views
    In the tradition of shallow, insipid, diabetic coma inducing "Christian" music, ladies and gentlemen, from Pensacola Christian College: The Joy Quartet
  • Ten Differences between the Reformation and Rome

    09/19/2008 12:13:17 PM PDT · by Gamecock · 374 replies · 456+ views
    The Banner of Truth Trust ^ | Sep 9, 2008 | Guy Davies
    One: The Roman Catholic Church believes that its traditions and teaching are as authoritative as Scripture. The Reformed value tradition, but accept the Bible alone as their authority, and sole rule of faith and practice. Two: The Roman Catholic Church believes that the Pope, as successor of Peter and Bishop of Rome, is head of the visible Church. The Reformed believe that Christ alone is head of the Church and that no man may claim universal primacy over the people of God. Three: The Roman Catholic Church believes that the Bible cannot be properly understood apart from the official interpretation...