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Luther and Calvin on Biblical Interpretation

In the early 1520’s Elector Fredrick the Wise commissioned Martin Luther to prepare a homily for each Sunday throughout the year. In one of his homilies for the Christmas season, Luther suggested a somewhat peculiar interpretation of Luke 2:16: “And they found both Mary and Joseph and the babe lying in the manger.” Luther held […]

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Christ our Starting Point

As long as the Christian lives in the “present evil age,” he will struggle to focus his life completely on Christ. Christ Himself referred to the Christian’s struggle in His kingdom parables. Although the fulfillment of the kingdom of God begins with the earthly ministry of the Lord Jesus Christ, the believer must understand that […]

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Christian Education: Is It a Mess?

Introduction Public education has come increasingly under scrutiny by the government, the news media, and the public herself. Interestingly, the voice criticizing the failures of public education is no longer just the heckling of religious groups or the wealthy that have placed their children in private schools. Recently, those living in economically depressed communities have […]

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Christian Education: Is It a Mess? (Part 2)

Increasingly, Reformed education resembles an affinity to evangelical Christianity, and in some ways, to the secular world. The spirit of independence, autonomy, power, and pragmatic ethical integrity are ripping into the soul of the Reformed educational community. I believe that Reformed educators need to address whether they really wish to be different and distinct anymore. […]

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Christian Education: Is It a Mess? (Part 3)

Where Can We Turn? If the evangelical and the Reformed communities are experiencing fragmentation in respect to educational philosophy and their employment of a pragmatic ethic, then where is one to turn? Christian schools must follow faithfully the simple solution to this complex mess upon the American ecclesiastical landscape of Christian education. Succinctly stated, that […]

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Mary: The Image of the Christian Life

Now the birth of Jesus Christ was as follows: After His mother Mary was betrothed to Joseph, before they came together, she was found with child of the Holy Spirit. (Matthew 1:18) Is Mary the “Queen of Heaven” or an instrument to reveal the Gospel? How should we understand Mary? Recently Rowland Ward has outlined […]

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Joseph: Justified by Faith

18 Now the birth of Jesus Christ was as follows: After His mother Mary was betrothed to Joseph, before they came together, she was found with child of the Holy Spirit. 19 Then Joseph her husband, being a just man, and not wanting to make her a public example, was minded to put her away […]

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The First Wedding: A Copy of the Last Wedding

Who planned the first wedding? As we read the Bible, we note that the narrative follows the history of God’s work in the creation from the beginning (Genesis 1:1) until Christ’s second coming (Revelation 22:21). For this reason, the reader should seek to comprehend the flow of God’s revelation in history from the Old Testament […]

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