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Genocide in Iraq

The word genocide should never be used lightly. But it must be used when it accurately describes what is going on in a region—like the genocide against Christians and other religious minorities in Northern Iraq. I am sensitive to this issue of genocide, because I have friends whose families were part of the Armenian genocide carried out by Ottoman Turks in 1915.  Also because my wife’s grandmother’s family was wiped out in the Greek genocide of Asia Minor in 1923.  Her grandmother survived the … Read More...

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Those Blasted Presbyterians: Reflections on Independence Day

“We are subject to the men who rule over us, but subject only in the Lord. If they command anything against him, let us not pay the least regard to it.” Book Four, Calvin’s Institutes "I fix all the blame of these extraordinary proceedings upon the Presbyterians."  So one colonist loyal to King George wrote to friends in England. Around the … Read More...

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Saints in Scripture

All kinds of definitions of saints have been given. A cynic once said, “a saint is a dead sinner, revised and edited.” I recall that the famous writer Robert Louis Stevenson said, “the saints are merely sinners who kept on going.” William Barclay, the Bible commentator said, “a saint is someone whose life makes it easier to believe in God.” My … Read More...

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The Spiritual Temperature of Cities

Cities have spiritual temperatures.  So suggests a recent joint study from the Barna Group and the American Bible Society which ranked 100 cities on their “Bible mindedness.” http://cities.barna.org/americas-most-bible-minded-cities-2014/ Now let’s back up. We know from the Bible that cities have spiritual temperatures. Babylon was a city-state … Read More...

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Reformed Classics You Should Know: The Westminster Shorter Catechism

In every generation, one of the most critical tasks of the church is to pass on the truth of God’s Word to the next generation. This usually takes place through evangelism, adult education, and the diligent teaching of children. In not too many years, our children will replace us as guardians of the Christian faith. Will they have a clear grasp … Read More...

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Special 25th Anniversary President’s Forum with Dr. Luder G. Whitlock, Jr.

Among seminary presidents, Dr. Luder G. Whitlock, Jr. is legendary. For 23 years he served as president of the entire RTS institution. It was his vision and leadership that led to the founding of the Orlando campus. Luder is one of my heroes; join me as I interview Dr. Whitlock for this special 25th Anniversary forum about the early years of RTS, … Watch Now...