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Author: Don Haflich

A Biblical-Theological Introduction to the Old Testament

There’s a disturbing trend blowing among the pews of today’s Christian churches. On a large scale we have either forgotten that we are to operate from the foundation of the revelation so carefully reproduced for us in the Bible, or we’ve never known that before. What can reverse this trend? For starters, a basic understanding of the Creation, Fall, Redemption, Consummation, paradigm would be a helpful place to begin building a sturdy foundation. How do we reverse this trend? Enter the Biblical-Theological Introduction to the Old Testament, a compilation of articles containing faithful exegesis of the entire OT, put together...

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The Whole Christ from Sinclair Ferguson

What is the relationship between law and gospel? For centuries the Christian church has been divided by various parties who have answered in different ways. Some stand on the side of Paul in saying that the Law cannot save and is purely a work of grace, others stand on the Decalogue in saying that these rules must be kept if one is to realize his/her entrance into heaven one day. Sinclair Ferguson masterfully navigates the muddied waters between legalism on the one hand and license on the other in his newest work, The Whole Christ: Legalism, Antinomianism, and Gospel Assurance—Why...

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Expository Apologietics — Answering Objections with the Word of God @DonHaflich

Cornelius Van Til defined apologetics as the “vindication of the Christian philosophy of life against the various forms of the non-Christian philosophy of life”.  Voddie Baucham uses this definition as a framework to build a solid apologetic methodology in his newest volume Expository Apologetics: Answering Objections with the Power of the Word. Before you object to the title and claim that Reformed folk are running around creating new titles for a decades-old method, let’s dive into this material and find out what’s at the heart of the matter. More than once Voddie claims “the goal is the Gospel”. He contends that...

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Engaging the Confessional Presbyterian Heritage

The Presbyterians are a peculiar people. With a lineage that can trace itself back through the Scottish Covenanters, their past is lined with blood-soaked moors and embittered battles over doctrine. Nowhere is this past more accurately portrayed or so lovingly told than in The Presbyterian Creed: A Confessional Tradition in America 1729-1870. Dr. Donald Forston, Professor of Church History and Practical Theology at RTS Charlotte, guides the reader with skill and clarity through the annual meetings, personal writings, and journal entries that shaped the Presbyterian identity we see today.  As someone who has listened to the American Presbyterian lectures presented by...

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Black Lives Still Matter

I remember the black smoke. Only being 8 I can’t recall all the intimate details but I remember the smoke. Billowing high into the air, etching it’s choking sting into the minds and hearts of a people rejected and despondent, forever. Not only that, but it’s continuing effect has wafted through urban centers putting at odds families, neighbors, and dare I say, friends. That’s the Los Angeles I grew up in. In 1860 the sentiment wasn’t much different. Thursday, November 29, B.M. Palmer stood atop his pulpit at First Presbyterian Church in New Orleans and proclaimed to his, probably predominantly...

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