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Not Everything Called “Christian” Is

Not Everything Called “Christian” Is

There has always been a great temptation to append the adjective Christian to whatever one favors in order to justify it. Recently we have seen the phenomenon of so-called "Gay Christians" in an apparent attempt to synthesize homosexuality and Christianity. This...

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The Guy On The Screen Is Not Your Pastor

The Guy On The Screen Is Not Your Pastor

At AGR we are passionate in our commitment to the local church. We do not want listeners and readers to substitute AGR for the local, visible church. Unless you are in our congregation we are probably not going to be able to visit you in the hospital, nursing home, or...

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Is Christianity For Suckers?

Is Christianity For Suckers?

Someone once said, “There’s a sucker born every minute.” Who first said it is disputed. It has been attributed to P. T. Barnum, to a banker, and to other possible sources. Whoever said it first, it captures the spirit of skepticism perfectly. The skeptic, i.e., the...

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Divine Sovereignty, Evil, Mystery, and “Calvinism” (2)

Divine Sovereignty, Evil, Mystery, and “Calvinism” (2)

In part 1 we looked at the what of the problem of evil and at the way Psalm 73 talks about it. Now we want to think about who is talking about the problem of evil in our time. The number of those in the world who subscribe a Reformed confession (e.g., the Belgic...

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Divine Sovereignty, Evil, Mystery, and “Calvinism” (1)

Divine Sovereignty, Evil, Mystery, and “Calvinism” (1)

Recently, a well-meaning “New Calvinist” (more on this nomenclature in part 2) posted some very blunt language on Twitter about the relationship between divine sovereignty and various ways in which people suffer in this world. He wrote that if you experienced X trauma...

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While we were staying for many days, a prophet named Agabus came down from Judea. And coming to us, he took Paul’s belt and bound his own feet and hands and said, “Thus says the Holy Spirit, This is how the Jews at Jerusalem will bind the man who owns this belt and deliver him into the hands of the Gentiles.’” When we heard this, we and the people there urged him not to go up to Jerusalem. Then Paul answered, “What are you doing, weeping and breaking my heart? For I am ready not only to be imprisoned but even to die in Jerusalem for the name of the Lord Jesus.” And since he would not be persuaded, we ceased and said, “Let the will of the Lord be done” (Acts 21:10-14; ESV)

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It Is A Super Lord’s Day Not A Super Bowl Day

It Is A Super Lord’s Day Not A Super Bowl Day

In 2018 an estimated 111 million people watched the Super Bowl. That is about 1/3 of all Americans. In our media-fragmented age, in our cord-cutting age, in our on-demand age, rarely do that many people watch the same thing at the same time. For those outside of North...

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The Gospel Of The Synagogue Vs. The Gospel Of The Son Of God

The Gospel Of The Synagogue Vs. The Gospel Of The Son Of God

Years ago I remember hearing a wise elder say to me that if my sermon could be accepted in a Jewish synagogue then it is not a distinctively Christian sermon.  I’ve thought a lot about that over the years. What makes Christian sermons distinctively Christian? What...

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