Used properly, the Westminster Shorter Catechism (WSC) can help Christians, families, and churches enjoy the rich doctrines of Scripture and pursue our chief end to glorify and enjoy God forever. This download of Dr. Sinclair Ferguson reading the WSC also includes a digital booklet that explains the purpose of the WSC, its history, and how to use it.
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When the Christian asserts his faith in the divine origin of his Bible, he does not mean to deny that it was composed and written by men or that it was given by men to the world. He believes that the marks of its human origin are ineradicably stamped on every page of the whole volume. He means to state only that it is not merely human in its origin. If asked where and how the divine has entered this divine-human book, he must reply: “Everywhere, and in almost every way conceivable.” Throughout the whole preparation of the material to be written and of the men to write it; throughout the whole process of the gathering and classification and use of the material by the writers; throughout the whole process of the actual writing, – he sees at work divine influences of the most varied kinds, extending all the way from simply providential superintendence and spiritual illumination to direct revelation and inspiration.
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If we learn anything from church history, its that the church fights the same battles over and over again. Until Christ returns and redeems His church, this reality is, to some degree, inevitable. And one of those reoccurring battles is the issue of biblical authority. For a variety of reasons, this topic continues to pop up again and again.In the last 50 years, one of the key issues related to biblical authority is the issue of inerrancy. Is inerrancy a recent, post-enlightenment, rationalistic (and largely American) invention as so many maintain? While one most always be careful to explain and nuance the meaning of the term, I don’t think it should be kicked to the curb as some suggest. Rather, I have argued elsewhere (see here) that it is one of the most natural words for expressing the core belief that Christian’s have always had about the Bible, namely that it is true.
Because of the importance of inerrancy, I was pleased to participate in the forthcoming volume, The Inerrant Word: Biblical, Historical, Theological, and Pastoral Perspectives, ed. John MacArthur (Crossway, 2016). This volume pulls together a fine collection of pastors and scholars including Ligon Duncan, John Frame, Carl Trueman, Stephen Nichols, Al Mohler, Kevin DeYoung, Sinclair Ferguson, Mark Dever, R.C. Sproul, and others.
My own chapter was entitled, “Inerrancy, Canonicity, Preservation, and Textual Criticism.” As the title suggests, I deal with two major challenges two inerrancy: Do we have the right books? And do we have the right text?The volume is set for release on March 31, 2016.
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To further help Christians know what they believe, why they believe it, how to live it, and how to share it, in May 2013 we made the ebook editions of R.C. Sproul’s Crucial Questions series free forever. We continue to publish new ebooks in this series and this year have added Can I Lose My Salvation? and What Is the Great Commission?
Here is a complete list of the free ebooks in the Crucial Questions series:
Are These the Last Days?
Can I Be Sure I’m Saved?
Can I Have Joy in My Life?
Can I Know God’s Will?
Can I Lose My Salvation?
NEW Can I Trust the Bible?
Does God Control Everything?
Does Prayer Change Things?
How Can I Develop a Christian Conscience?
How Should I Live in this World?
What Can I Do with My Guilt?
What Does It Mean to be Born Again?
What Is Baptism?
What Is Faith?
What Is the Great Commission?
NEW What Is Repentance?
What Is the Church?
What Is the Lord’s Supper?
What Is the Relationship between Church and State?
What Is the Trinity?
Who Is Jesus?
Who Is the Holy Spirit?
You can also download the free collection from Logos.
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It was years ago now, but I still remember the discussion. I was making my way out of our church building some time after the morning service had ended, and was surprised to find a small group of people still engaged in vigorous conversation. One of them turned and said to me, “Can Christians eat black pudding?”
To the uninitiated in the mysteries of Scottish haute cuisine, it should perhaps be said that black pudding is not haggis! It is a sausage made of blood and suet, sometimes with flour or meal.
It seems a trivial question. Why the vigorous debate? Because, of course, of the Old Testament’s regulations about eating blood (Lev. 17:10ff).
Although (as far as I am aware) no theological dictionary contains an entry under B for “The Black Pudding Controversy,” this unusual discussion raised some most basic hermeneutical and theological issues:
How is the Old Testament related to the New?
How is the Law of Moses related to the gospel of Jesus Christ?
How should a Christian exercise freedom in Christ?
Ok, Maybe I am just trying to use this as a justification for my desk, but. . .
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Last week I finished a key portion of one of my research projects. And then I did what I normally do during such times (indeed, it is coming a bit of a tradition)–I cleaned up the colossal mess that I had made.
Before it was all said and done, books were strewn all over my desk, across my computer table, on the floor (on both sides of my desk), and up against the wall.
My wife stopped by the office with the kids and was so aghast at the chaos that she snapped the picture below and sent it out on Twitter.
After I had finally cleaned up my desk–and returned a couple of cart fulls of books to the library–I began to reflect on my life with a messy desk. What did it mean, if anything? Most likely, it means that I am just disorganized and absentminded–like many other professors.
Continue Reading via Tolkien, Lewis, and the Blessing of a Messy Desk | Canon Fodder.
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When Two Letters Make All the Difference
What a difference two letters can make . . .
In Adoption: What Joseph of Nazareth Can Teach Us about This Countercultural Choice, Russell Moore—president of the Southern Baptist Convention’s Ethics & Religious Liberty Commission—calls Christians to seriously consider adoption for their own families and thus take a stand for children, born and unborn.
In our world of on-demand abortion, unreported abruse, and widespread neglect, adoption reflects the love that Joseph of Nazareth—the adoptive father of Jesus—had for his son. More importantly, adoption illustrates the extravagent love of God, who has adopted Christians into his family through the sacrifice of his Son, Jesus Christ.
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