Daily Archives: January 12, 2016

The Significance of the Resurrection

The Reformed Reader

In volume 3 of his Reformed DogmaticsHerman Bavinck spent some time talking about various (false) views of Christ’s resurrection.  For example, some say Jesus only appeared to be dead.  Others say it doesn’t matter if Jesus was physically raised from the dead – all that matters is that he lives in my heart.  Bavinck does a nice job rejecting these false views and affirming the historical, physical resurrection of Jesus.  He ends the section with these great words:

For Scripture… everything depends on the physical resurrection of Christ. The that is integral to the how: if Christ did not arise physically, then death, then sin, then he who had the power of death has not been defeated. In that case, actually, not Christ but Satan came out the victor. According to Scripture, therefore, the significance of the physical resurrection of Christ is inexhaustibly rich. Briefly summarized, that resurrection is:

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Rosenberg Blasts Obama for Snubbing Jordan’s King Abdullah

Joel C. Rosenberg's Blog

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(Virginia Beach, Virginia) — President Barack Obama’s decision to pass on meeting Jordan’s King Abdullah is a sign that the president doesn’t understand the Middle East or how to fight radical Islam, author and Middle East expert Joel Rosenberg told CBN News.

Jordan is a key U.S. ally in the Middle East and the fight against the Islamic State. Abdullah is in Washington this week, but Obama, who will give his final State of the Union Address tonight, has declined to meet with him citing “scheduling conflicts,” according to a report by The Times of Israel.

“He had time for Matt Lauer this morning on the ‘Today Show.’ You know, I mean, carve out 15 minutes, 30 minutes…

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“The state of the Middle East is a catastrophe.” My interview with CBN on the State of the Union, the presidential front-runners & the visit by Jordan’s King to Washington.

Joel C. Rosenberg's Blog

CBN-FirstHostage2(Virginia Beach, Virginia) — This morning, on the day President Obama was scheduled to deliver his final State of the Union address tonight before a Joint Session of Congress, I was interviewed on the Christian Broadcasting Network.

We discussed President Obama’s performance in the Middle East, the President’s stunning refusal to meet this week with Jordan’s King Abdullah II who is on an official visit to Washington, and whether the two presidential front-runners are better prepared than Mr. Obama to deal with the rising threats in the Middle East.

“The state of the Middle East right now is a catastrophe,” I explained. “President Obama’s policies in the Middle East have been an utter failure because he has chosen, ideologically, to withdraw all U.S. forces and influence from the region….The region is on fire.”

“Syria is in a total meltdown — we’re watching the implosion of a modern Arab state and an absolute human catastrophe,”…

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A Concise Definition of Calvinism, its Relation to the Gospel, and its juxtaposition to Arminianism

Regeneration, Repentance and Reformation

Taken, adapted, and condensed from an ‘Introductory Essay to John Owen’s “Death of Death in the Death of Christ”’
Written by, J.I. Packer

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There is no doubt that Evangelicalism today is in a state of perplexity and unsettlement…

In such matters as the practice of evangelism, the teaching of holiness, the building up of local church life, the pastor’s dealing with souls and the exercise of discipline, there is evidence of widespread dissatisfaction with things as they are and of equally widespread uncertainty as to the road ahead. This is a complex phenomenon, to which many factors have contributed; but, if we go to the root of the matter, we shall find that these perplexities are all ultimately due to our having lost our grip on the biblical gospel. Without realizing it, we have during the past century bartered that gospel for a substitute product which, though it looks…

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No Real Conviction for Sin

A Ruby In The Rough

A.W. Tozer on today’s low spiritual energy:

Vittorio Matteo Corcos - Dreams - 1896The result is that when people “accept” Christ they do so with little or no real conviction for sin and without radical repentance. It is rare now to see a transforming conversion. The average convert becomes one by a series of compromises, whereby he surrenders something to gain something and dickers for his salvation like a huckster. The thought of unconditional surrender to the Lordship of Jesus never enters his mind. A shoddy mercantile theology has reduced the whole thing to the level of an across-the-counter transaction with no loss of face to the sinner. Of course the resultant conversion is a cold-blooded, emotionless affair.

Source and read more: http://www.neve-family.com/books/tozer/neglect/08.html

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