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1. Who or What Defines Reformed?

2. Calvinism Old and New

3. For Those Just Tuning In: What is the Federal Vision?

4. A Word to Students in the Midst of Controversy

5. Thinking About the Confederation of Reformed Evangelicals?

6. Covenant Theology is Not Replacement Theology


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From Atheism Sucks


I can’t recommend the debate between Kyle Butt and Dan Barker enough. What I like about Kyle is the fact that he actually did his homework on Barker’s past debates and books – and it shows! The result? Kyle read Barker like a book. As much as Barker tried to refute Kyle with an onslaught of alleged Bible contradictions, moral atrocities done in the name of God, etc., he couldn’t break Kyle. Barker was forceful in his presentation (so forceful as a matter of fact that it made him look desperate), but Kyle exhibited grace, patience, and coolness. Consequently, this made Barker look insecure. Kyle lived up to a Christian example, and his generosity made you proud to be a Christian. This was an easy victory for Kyle.


By far, my favorite part in the debate was when Kyle cross-examined Barker and questioned him about morality and rape. Barker has mentioned on occasions that rape could be a moral act (we mentioned that here; heck, Richard Dawkins says rape is morally arbitrary). Kyle exposed this and showed that his moral justification is similar to the Nazis. Check it out:

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Interview with William Young

Here is an interview with The Shack author William Young. In it he flatly denies the substitutionary atonement (which was one of the questions many people had as they read the book).


Preachin’ Dirty

Phil Johnson begins to answer critics of his talk dealing with “Sound Doctrine, Sound Words.” To this point it seems a very grace-filled discussion.


If Galatians was Published in Christianity Today

The Sacred Sandwich imagines what would happen if Paul’s letter was to be written and published today.

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Around the Blogospere


  • Every academic discipline has its intellectual gate keepers, who undertake to determine who is in and who is out. The field of biblical studies is no different in this respect. Where it does differ is in the reality that its subject matter is considered by huge numbers of people to be sacred writ and the very Word of God. This poses difficulties to those for whom a certain conception of science demands that this Word be treated like every other word. The ensuing controversy can be traced through this recent exchange. First, R. R. Reno: Recovering the Bible. Second, John W. Martens: No Country for Biblical Scholars. And finally, Reno again: Whither Historical Criticism? Is it possible to bridge the peculiarly modern and postmodern cleavage between those who explore the historical settings of the biblical texts and those who focus on the redemptive meaning of Scripture as a whole?


Julian Freeman: “If you’re on my Bible reading plan (there are at least two of you that I know of :)) or any other similar plan, there’s a good chance you’re finding yourself smack-dab in the middle of Leviticus right now. That’s not an easy place to be.” He gives three helpful tips for enjoying Leviticus.


Some have tried to draw parallels between Calvinism and Islam, but Paul Manata refutes that notion.



  • Ex-President Bill Clinton doesn’t want to be a “house husband.” He said, “I’m too much of a Calvinist. If I don’t work everyday I get nervous.” See the video here.


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Five Reasons You Need to Study Theology
“There are many reasons why Christian’s need to study theology. In no particular order here are five reasons you need to study theology, and hopefully some of these you won’t have considered before.”


Another Five Reasons to Study Theology Here’s a follow-up list


“Rabbi” Duncan
On the anniversary of “Rabbi” Duncan’s death, Fred Sanders offers a few of his best aphorisms. Example: “I have a great liking for many of Wesley’s Hymns; but when I read some of them, I ask, ‘What’s become of your Free-will now, friend?'”

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·         Theories about what happened to the ten lost tribes of Israel. This link is to the first of a 3-part article, so be sure to click on to read the other 2 parts… very interesting to think about! (I think the 3rd part– about Japan & Ethiopia– is the most fascinating.)

·         How does a secular scientist become a believer in creation according to the Bible?

·         Thoughts from another mom searching out biblical truth and God’s will concerning birth control & family size.

·         They Paused. One woman’s experience as a sidewalk counselor at an abortion clinic.

·         Former abortion clinic manager shares how she became pro-life.

·         What happens to the body parts and little bodies of the murdered babies?

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