Saturday, October 20, 2007

Watch Revival Conference LIVE

Dear TM readers,

Even if you won't be able to attend the Revival Conference next week, you can still participate in what God is doing right from your own home. This Tuesday through Thursday (Oct. 23-25) tune in to watch Revival Conference live on Christian.tv! The schedule for the conference is listed right on Christian.tv. You don't want to miss this.

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Thursday, October 18, 2007

Evangelical Preacher Courts Controversy at USU

This article was written for the USU Statesman newspaper not long after I left Cache Valley. I thought it was very encouraging.


Evangelical Preacher Courts Controversy at USU
By Jon Adams

For the first time in a long time, Utah State University has felt like…well, a university—a marketplace of ideas. There has been a heated, yet healthy religious dialogue on campus the past few weeks.

Eli Brayley, a young preacher from Canada, has been traveling across the continent to call people to repentance and share with them the "transforming power" of Christianity. At only 21, he has preached in 30 states and at 64 campuses. His visit to USU raised a lot of eyebrows (and voices); it brought some sorely needed controversy to our campus.

Without any religious affiliation, I had little emotional investment in the spirited back-and-forth between Eli and his predominantly Mormon audience here at USU. Instead, I was thoroughly amused by it. Listening to both sides debate whose faith was more irrational, I couldn't help but think, "Thank God I'm an atheist."

Once the crowds died down, I often found the opportunity to speak with Eli one-on-one. I was impressed by his knowledge of the Bible and surprised by his personal warmth. For so vocal a preacher, he is actually a rather soft-spoken person.

During the course of his ministry here at USU, we developed an unlikely friendship. We recently spent a few hours discussing religion and politics over dinner at the Bluebird. Neither of us walked away having persuaded the other, but I left with an increased understanding of and respect for Eli. As such, I feel obligated to dispel some misconceptions surrounding his motives and message.

Too many students unfairly dismissed Eli as a hateful provocateur. I am convinced, though, that Eli has a genuine love for people. He has dedicated years of his life to preaching across Canada and the US—without pay. And I have seen him spend hours with individual students, sharing with them a message he believes will spare them an eternity in Hell. At the very least, he had the courage to stand up for what he believes and that alone should command our respect.

The biggest criticism leveled against Eli is that his approach was too abrasive. Many students complain that Eli exhibited arrogance in pacing about the TSC patio, waving his worn Bible and pointing a judgmental finger at us "sinners."

While I'd agree that his "repent or burn" refrain was less than endearing, it is also worth mentioning that Eli's style was no more confrontational than was Jesus'. Not only did Jesus routinely lord the threat of Hell over his detractors, he also called them "fools" (Matthew 23:17) and "evil vipers" (Matthew 12:34).

Eli's approach stands in stark contrast to the familiar door-to-door approach of smiley LDS missionaries. Open-air preaching, however, was once common in missions. LDS President Gordon B. Hinckley, for example, spent his mission proselytizing from street corners in London. A couple of my friends who went on European missions told me they still occasionally preached this way.

Mormon students took particular offense at Eli's contention that they were not true Christians. But again, Mormons would be wise to familiarize themselves with their own history. Since its inception, the LDS church has made similar accusations. Joseph Smith called other Christian churches "abominations," and John Taylor, the third president of the church, said "the Devil could not invent a better engine to spread his work" than Christianity. How are these statements markedly different than Eli's anti-Mormon sentiments? Today's Mormonism has toned down the rhetoric, but implicit in its claim to be the one true church is a repudiation of all other religions.

Mormons demand that their missionaries be received with an open mind (and they should), but the favor is rarely returned for others. The USU student body flung scoffs, insults, and in one instance a rock at Eli.

I'm not asking that you respect his beliefs, only that you recognize his right to express them. I myself don't agree with what Eli preached. Frankly, I think Eli's religious beliefs insult both his and our intelligence. The evangelical view of grace reduces salvation to a game of hide-and-seek—"I need to find Jesus? He's hiding?!" And his holy book reads like a Medieval fairy-tale, complete with dragons, witches, and unicorns (really). The way I figure, why be born-again when you can just grow up?

And yet, despite my disapproval of his message, I nonetheless am grateful that Eli visited USU. He left for Canada earlier this week, but I hope our university continues to court controversy. Because as a public institution for higher learning, USU has that responsibility.

To borrow the words of Frederick Douglass, the famed black activist: "Those who profess to favor freedom, and yet depreciate agitation, are men who want rain without thunder and lightning."

Thursday, October 11, 2007

Is the Coming of the Lord Jesus Christ Imminent?

While I was growing up, I heard it often stated by pastors, friends and teachers that Jesus could return at any time, any hour, or any day, and that we had to be "ready" if He appeared at any given moment. Of course, as a boy I assumed this was true, and I never asked any questions. However, when I began to study the Scriptures on this point, I discovered that this oft repeated claim is absolutely not true, and sadly many Christians today believe it to be true because they have not studied the Scriptures for themselves, having just accepted what they have heard asserted for so long.

Today, this idea is presented as "the New Testament Doctrine of Imminence"... but unfortunately, as strong as the name sounds, its Scriptural basis is entirely indefensible. For this reason you will not find "the New Testament Doctrine of Imminence" in any theology or commentary books prior to the 1830's; for up until the 19th century no such idea existed in the history of the Church. The belief in the imminent return of Christ is a new and widespread teaching today; its success due to its enormous media propagation and emotional appeal.

God's Word commands us to "prove all things" (1 Thessalonians 5:21), and in the spirit of the Bereans, the deciding question is not, "How many men believe it?" but, "What saith the Scriptures?"


THREE ASSUMED SCRIPTURAL GROUNDS

There are three types of verses used to justify the belief in an "any moment" coming:

A) verses with a general expectancy of Christ's return
B) verses comparing Christ's return to that of a thief
C) verses stating the uncertainty of the date

After examining these claims more carefully, we shall see that none give credibility to the idea of imminency, but rather, on the contrary, disprove their own assumed grounds.

A. General Expectancy
It is thought that because the early Church believers were looking for the coming of the Lord (as many Scriptures exhorted them to do so), therefore they believed that Christ could come at any given moment. Verses such as Philippians 3:20, "...from whence also we look for the Savior" and 1 Corinthians 1:7, "...waiting for the coming of our Lord Jesus Christ", pretribulationists point to as supporting texts for an early Church expectation of imminency. However, this attempt to use verses of general expectancy from the days of the early Church to prove that they expected an imminent return of Christ is unwarranted: all it proves is simply that the early Christians were indeed watching and waiting for the return of their Lord! WHEN and HOW they thought He would come is not described in such general exhortations. That the Church has always been expecting and looking for Jesus' return is not in question, but the details surrounding this hope cannot be deduced from these basic exhortations, as the pretribulationists try to force.

A posttribulationist can read the same passages and agree that the early Christians were waiting for the coming of the Lord. How this is to be understood will be different, which requires looking at other Scriptures on the matter. As Samuel P. Tregelles said, a Greek scholar from the 19th century, regarding the manner of the Church's expectation: "The Church is called to "patience of hope", and not to mere excitement of speculative expectancy." The Bible is not silent on how we are to wait, but in fact gives us clear instruction as to the promise of His coming. We shall look more into this below.

B. Christ as a Thief
Several New Testament passages correlate the return of Christ to that of a thief. It was Jesus who first used the allegory in Matthew 24:43 when He said, "But know this, that if the goodman of the house had known in what watch the thief would come, he would have watched, and would not have suffered his house to be broken up." Paul also borrows this comparison in reference to the coming of the Lord in 1 Thessalonians 5:2-3, "For yourselves know perfectly that the day of the Lord so cometh as a thief in the night. For when they shall say, Peace and safety; then sudden destruction cometh upon them, as travail upon a woman with child; and they shall not escape." Notice that in both cases the warning is to those who are unready: that if you are caught off guard you will be plundered and destroyed. The thief comes to steal, kill and destroy.

What is most interesting is that the next verse in 1 Thessalonians 5:4 states: "But ye, brethren, are not in darkness, that that day should overtake you as a thief." For the Christian who IS watching, Jesus Christ will NOT come like a thief. "Therefore let us not sleep, as do others; but let us watch and be sober." (5:6) Only upon those who are not watching will Jesus come as a thief; but to those who ARE watching He will come as the Deliverer! This is the lesson in both Matthew 24 and 1 Thessalonians 5. Pretribulationists have misunderstood this parable to mean that Christ will come upon everyone like a thief to 'snatch' away the Church, and that no one will be able to ascertain His coming. This is absolutely not the case.

Our Lord Jesus dedicated a whole discourse with His disciples to give us definite signs to watch for that we may know when He is coming and NOT be caught unawares. "So likewise ye, when ye shall see all these things, know that it is near, even at the doors." (Matthew 24:33) In this way His people will be prepared and not caught off guard like the rest of the world. If we are not watching in the way which Christ prescribed, then we are in serious danger of having our house plundered. "Let us not sleep...but let us watch..." Paul wrote this to the Christians at Thessalonica but it must again be heard today. Millions of Christians are not watching! Many people think there is nothing to watch for since they believe Jesus must come like a thief upon all men without distinction... but the point of the exhortation was for us to watch so that He would NOT come upon us in that way!

In Revelation 16:12-16, the apostle John sees the armies of the antichrist gathered together for the final battle of the great day of the Lord, which is at Armageddon. The setting is the very end of the three and a half year tribulation, on the threshold of when Christ shall immediately appear in flaming fire and great glory to be manifested before the entire world. But right in the midst of this scenario, in verse 15, we read: "Behold, I come as a thief. Blessed is he that watcheth, and keepeth his garments, lest he walk naked, and they see his shame." If pretribulationism is true, what is this statement doing here? The warning of coming as a thief is directly connected with the Second Coming of Jesus Christ at the end of the age. For those who are watching, they will 'keep their garments' and will be able to anticipate that He is right at the door... but for those who are not watching, Christ shall come upon them with the destructive character of a thief, and they will be consumed. Therefore watch!

C. The Uncertain Date
The last argument that is put forward to support imminency is the uncertainty of the date, for Christ Himself said, "But of that day and that hour knoweth no man, no, not the angels which are in heaven, neither the Son, but the Father." (Mark 13:32) Since no man knows the day nor the hour, the pretribulationists conclude that Christ could come at any time.

The problem with this reasoning is that it utterly ignores the fact that Jesus gave the Church clear instruction that we are to watch for the signs of His coming so that we may anticipate the uncertain date of His coming (He foretold these signs in the very same breath!). The date may be uncertain, but the signs are certain. One may not know the day when Christ will come, but one DOES know the signs which Christ gave in order to watch for His coming. The only way this argument would work for the pretribulationists is if Jesus had not given us any signs to watch for and had just departed with the promise of His 'uncertain day' return. Only then would their argument work, for it is impossible to "watch" for an 'any moment' coming! But Jesus did not do that, and therefore this argument has no strength. We ARE in fact able to watch for His return, even though we do not know the day, for Christ gave us signs, and many of them have already come to pass.

Consider this: the Bible likens the return of Christ to the giving birth of a child (Matthew 24:8, John 16:21, Romans 8:22, 1 Thessalonians 5:3). The general duration of a woman's pregnancy is approximately nine months, and so the mother knows roughly how long she must carry the child before it is born. Though she does not know the exact day or the hour that the baby will be born, it would be absurd for her to think that she could give birth at any given time! As the baby grows and the mother's body with it, she can watch the definite signs of progression until she knows the time is drawing incredibly close. At that point, she still does not know the exact hour the water will break, but you can be sure she will take every precaution to have things ready for when it does, because she knows the signs. Because she has been watching, she will not be unprepared when it is time to go into labor. This is a perfect picture of the return of Christ.

Not knowing the day does not mean 'any day'. We do not know the day nor the hour, but we do know the signs which enable us to watch and be ready. For example, a child may not know the day nor the hour when the ice-cream man will come, but the child DOES know that the ice-cream man said that he would not be coming until after the winter was past and the spring had fully come. Therefore, since it is still snowing outside the child knows that the ice-cream man will not be coming today. It would be equally absurd to say that Jesus could come back any time when the circumstances on earth are not as Christ Himself prophesied them to be. The apostle Paul also gave us clear instructions on how to discern His coming: "Now we beseech you, brethren, by the coming of our Lord Jesus Christ, and by our gathering together unto him, That ye be not soon shaken in mind, or be troubled, neither by spirit, nor by word, nor by letter as from us, as that the day of Christ is at hand. Let no man deceive you by any means: for that day shall not come, except there come a falling away first, and that man of sin be revealed, the son of perdition; Who opposeth and exalteth himself above all that is called God, or that is worshiped; so that he as God sitteth in the temple of God, showing himself that he is God. Remember ye not, that, when I was yet with you, I told you these things?" (2 Thessalonians 2:1-5) Watching for the signs was important to Paul and it was important to Jesus. Definite things must take place before the Lord can return. There is a difference between being "ready" to be whisked away on a cloud at any given moment, and being ready to face the ultimate pressures of Satan's final persecution at the end of the age. Both Jesus and the apostles gave us clear and strong warnings to ensure that we would be prepared. Have we taken them seriously?


THE NATURE OF OUR WAITING

It might be surprising to some people that these three arguments are the only defense pretribulationists can give for their fundamental belief in imminency. As said before, the "doctrine of imminency" is only as old as the 1830's and became widespread through repetitious assertion and emotional appeal. It is not a clear New Testament doctrine but must be exposed as an erroneous teaching that draws people away from true Biblical watching. The Scripture repeatedly exhorts us to watch and to wait patiently for the coming of our Lord and Savior, Who shall at the very last separate out of the earth the wheat from the tares, when He shall "send his angels with a great sound of a trumpet, and they shall gather together his elect from the four winds, from one end of heaven to the other." (Matthew 24:31) This is the blessed hope which the Church for 2000 years has been looking for!

The early Church was watching for Christ's coming. The Medieval Church was watching for Christ's coming. The Church in the Reformation was watching for Christ's coming. Perhaps in our generation we shall see the parousia of our Lord? No one knows the day, but we do know the signs, and we shall continue watching and waiting in the way that God has prescribed.

"Surely I come quickly. Amen. Even so, come, Lord Jesus."
(Revelation 22:20)

Wednesday, October 10, 2007

The Comprehension of God

"And this is life eternal, that they might know thee the only true God, and Jesus Christ, whom thou hast sent." (John 17:3)

There are many prayers in the Bible which focus their supplication upon the ultimate knowing and understanding of God and His transcendent ways, and almost all our stumbling lies in our failure to comprehend Him. "And the light shineth in darkness; and the darkness comprehended it not." (John 1:5) The Jewish nation rejected Christ over their inability to comprehend Jesus as Messiah. He did not fit their cast. This was largely in part because they did not WANT to understand the God whom they claimed to serve, but were pleased to follow after that "which was no god"; a safety construct of their own inventing. Yet not only the Jews, but the whole world: "Because that, when they knew God, they glorified him not as God, neither were thankful; but became vain in their imaginations, and their foolish heart was darkened." (Romans 1:21) While knowing God is, men did not want to know WHO God is. We knew there was a God, but we did not want to KNOW God, and thus our eyes became darkened. Now thanks be to God! He has "opened our eyes, and turned us from darkness to light, and from the power of Satan unto Himself, that we might receive forgiveness of sins, and inheritance among them which are sanctified by faith that is in Christ!" (Acts 26:18)

The more we get to know God, the more His life is imparted to us. "According as his divine power hath given unto us all things that pertain unto life and godliness, through the knowledge of him that hath called us to glory and virtue." (2 Peter 1:3) Therefore let us pray, as we are taught by the Word, that we might know HIM, and comprehend what a great and awesome God we have, and what a precious gift He has given to us in His own dear Son Jesus Christ, and to know all that we have in Him. When we come to comprehend the God we serve, as well as His higher and holy ways, then we shall be "renewed in knowledge after the image of Him that created him." (Colossians 3:10) "For the earth shall be filled with the knowledge of the glory of the LORD, as the waters cover the sea." (Habakkuk 2:14)

Here are several prayers in Scripture that you can pray and ask God to fulfill their supplications in you, for His glory and everlasting Name's sake:

"Sanctify them through thy truth: thy word is truth." (John 17:17)

"Neither pray I for these alone, but for them also which shall believe on me through their word; That they all may be one; as thou, Father, art in me, and I in thee, that they also may be one in us: that the world may believe that thou hast sent me. And the glory which thou gavest me I have given them; that they may be one, even as we are one: I in them, and thou in me, that they may be made perfect in one; and that the world may know that thou hast sent me, and hast loved them, as thou hast loved me. Father, I will that they also, whom thou hast given me, be with me where I am; that they may behold my glory, which thou hast given me: for thou lovedst me before the foundation of the world. O righteous Father, the world hath not known thee: but I have known thee, and these have known that thou hast sent me. And I have declared unto them thy name, and will declare it: that the love wherewith thou hast loved me may be in them, and I in them." (John 17:20-26)

"I thank my God always on your behalf, for the grace of God which is given you by Jesus Christ; That in every thing ye are enriched by him, in all utterance, and in all knowledge; Even as the testimony of Christ was confirmed in you: So that ye come behind in no gift; waiting for the coming of our Lord Jesus Christ: Who shall also confirm you unto the end, that ye may be blameless in the day of our Lord Jesus Christ." (1 Corinthians 1:4-8)

"I cease not to give thanks for you, making mention of you in my prayers, That the God of our Lord Jesus Christ, the Father of glory, may give unto you the spirit of wisdom and revelation in the knowledge of him: The eyes of your understanding being enlightened; that ye may know what is the hope of his calling, and what the riches of the glory of his inheritance in the saints, And what is the exceeding greatness of his power to us-ward who believe, according to the working of his mighty power, Which he wrought in Christ, when he raised him from the dead, and set him at his own right hand in the heavenly places." (Ephesians 1:16-20)

"For this cause I bow my knees unto the Father of our Lord Jesus Christ, Of whom the whole family in heaven and earth is named, That he would grant you, according to the riches of his glory, to be strengthened with might by his Spirit in the inner man; That Christ may dwell in your hearts by faith; that ye, being rooted and grounded in love, May be able to comprehend with all saints what is the breadth, and length, and depth, and height; And to know the love of Christ, which passeth knowledge, that ye might be filled with all the fullness of God." (Ephesians 3:14-19)

"And this I pray, that your love may abound yet more and more in knowledge and in all judgment; That ye may approve things that are excellent; that ye may be sincere and without offense till the day of Christ; Being filled with the fruits of righteousness, which are by Jesus Christ, unto the glory and praise of God." (Philippians 1:9-11)

"For this cause we also, since the day we heard it, do not cease to pray for you, and to desire that ye might be filled with the knowledge of his will in all wisdom and spiritual understanding; That ye might walk worthy of the Lord unto all pleasing, being fruitful in every good work, and increasing in the knowledge of God; Strengthened with all might, according to his glorious power, unto all patience and longsuffering with joyfulness; Giving thanks unto the Father, which hath made us meet to be partakers of the inheritance of the saints in light: Who hath delivered us from the power of darkness, and hath translated us into the kingdom of his dear Son: In whom we have redemption through his blood, even the forgiveness of sins: Who is the image of the invisible God, the firstborn of every creature." (Colossians 1:9-15)

"For I would that ye knew what great conflict I have for you, and for them at Laodicea, and for as many as have not seen my face in the flesh; That their hearts might be comforted, being knit together in love, and unto all riches of the full assurance of understanding, to the acknowledgement of the mystery of God, and of the Father, and of Christ; In whom are hid all the treasures of wisdom and knowledge." (Colossians 2:1-3)

"I thank my God, making mention of thee always in my prayers, Hearing of thy love and faith, which thou hast toward the Lord Jesus, and toward all saints; That the communication of thy faith may become effectual by the acknowledging of every good thing which is in you in Christ Jesus." (Philemon 1:4-6)

Friday, October 05, 2007

Topical Book Recommendations

This page features a topical guide to books that I strongly recommend for readers: lists are in alphabetical order and will continue to be updated in the future. Underlined books are especially recommended.

APOLOGETICS
Answering Jewish Objections to Jesus, 5 Volumes - Michael Brown
Can You Believe It's True? - John Feinberg
Chronological Aspects of the Life of Christ - Harold W. Hoehner
Daniel in the Critics' Den - Josh McDowell
Defending Your Faith: An Introduction to Apologetics - R.C. Sproul
Eternity in Their Hearts - Don Richardson
Evidence that Demands a Verdict, 2 Volumes - Josh McDowell
He is There and He is Not Silent - Francis Schaeffer
How Should We Then Live? - Francis Schaeffer
Miracles - C.S. Lewis
Misquoting Truth - Timothy Paul Jones
On the Incarnation - Athanasius
Rays of Messiah's Glory - David Baron
Signs of Intelligence - W. Dembski & J. Kushiner
The Abolition of Man - C.S. Lewis
The Authority of the Bible - John Stott
The Case for Christ - Lee Strobel
The Case for the Resurrection - G. Habermas & M. Licona
The Inspiration and Authority of the Bible - Benjamin B. Warfield
The New Testament Documents: Are They Reliable? - F.F. Bruce
The Resurrection Factor - Josh McDowell
The Resurrection of Jesus - James Orr
The Ring of Truth - J.B. Phillips
The Stones Cry Out - Randall Price

BIOGRAPHY
A Short Life of Jonathan Edwards - George Marsden
Confessions of St. Augustine - Augustine
Grace Abounding to the Chief of Sinners - John Bunyan
Here I Stand: A Life of Martin Luther - Roland Bainton
John Bunyan - Frank Mott Harrison
Out of the Depths - John Newton
Spurgeon - Arnold Dallimore
Surprised By Joy - C.S. Lewis
The Hiding Place - Corrie Ten Boom
Tortured for Christ - Richard Wurmbrand

CHRISTIAN LIVING
A Gospel Primer for Christians - Milton Vincent
Agape Leadership - Alexander Strauch & Robert Peterson
Boyhood and Beyond - Bob Schultz
Classic Christianity - Bob George
Continuous Revival - Norman Grubb
Discipleship By Grace - Derek Levendusky
Family Driven Faith - Voddie Baucham
How Long, O Lord: Reflections on Suffering and Evil - D.A. Carson
How to Be Free from Bitterness - Jim Wilson
Humility - Andrew Murray
Leadership and Self-Deception - The Arbinger Institute
Life Together - Dietrich Bonhoeffer
Love or Die - Alexander Strauch
Man's Search for Meaning - Viktor Frankl
Men and Women, Equal Yet Different - Alexander Strauch
Navigating the Deeper Life - Brent Trockman
On Becoming Baby Wise - Gary Ezzo & Robert Bucknam
Recovering Biblical Manhood & Womanhood - J. Piper & W. Grudem
Revolutionary Love - Festo Kivengere
Shepherding a Child's Heart - Tedd Tripp
Thankfulness and Confession - Brad Scheelke
The Christian Mind - Harry Blamires
The Greatest Thing in the World - Henry Drummond
The Hospitality Commands - Alexander Strauch
The Pastor as Scholar & the Scholar as Pastor - John Piper & D.A. Carson
The Pilgrim's Progress - John Bunyan
The Spirit of Truth - Art Katz
We Would See Jesus - Roy Hession

DEVOTIONAL
Daily Light on the Daily Path - Samuel Bagster
He Won them for Christ - Eric Hayden
Morning and Evening - C.H. Spurgeon
The Life of Christ in Stereo - Johnston M. Cheney
The Valley of Vision - Arthur Bennett

ESCHATOLOGY
Daniel and the Latter Days - Robert D. Culver
Jerome's Commentary on Daniel - Jerome
The Blessed Hope - George E. Ladd
The Gospel of the Kingdom - George E. Ladd
The Hope of Christ's Second Coming - Samuel P. Tregelles

EVANGELISM
Hell's Best Kept Secret - Ray Comfort
Principles of War - Jim Wilson
Speaking the Truth in Love to Mormons - Mark Cares
Tactics - Gregory Koukl
The Free Offer of the Gospel - John Murray
Words to Winners of Souls - Horatius Bonar

ISRAEL
Dachau: A Silent Witness - Art Katz
Fact or Fraud? The Protocols of the Elders of Zion -
Goran Larsson
Future Israel - Barry E. Horner
Israel in the Plan of God - David Baron
Our Hands our Stained with Blood - Michael Brown
The History of the Ten "Lost" Tribes - David Baron
The Holocaust: Where was God? - Art Katz
The Jerusalem Sinner Saved - John Bunyan
Zechariah: On His Visions and Prophecies - David Baron

GENERAL THEOLOGY
A Word for the World: Calvin on the Extent of the Atonement - Paul Hartog
Christ Crucified - Adolph Saphir
Christianity and Liberalism - J. Gresham Machen
Commentary on Galatians - Martin Luther
Epistle to Diognetus - Mathetes
Evil and the Cross - Henri Blocher
Faith and Saving Faith - Gordon H. Clark
General Revelation: Historical Views & Contemporary Issues - Bruce Demarest
God's Integrity and the Cross - Richard S. Taylor
God's Way of Peace - Horatius Bonar
Justification Reconsidered - Stephen Westerholm
Love, Freedom, and Evil - Thaddeus J. Williams
No One Like Him - John Feinberg
Perspectives on Spirit Baptism - Chad Owen Brand
Sermons on the Death and Resurrection of Jesus - C.H. Spurgeon
Sinners in the Hands of an Angry God - Jonathan Edwards
Spurgeon v. Hyper-Calvinism - Iain H. Murray
The Apostolic Preaching of the Cross - Leon Morris
The Atonement and the Modern Mind - James Denney
The Christian Doctrine of Reconciliation - James Denney
The Church Before the Watching World - Francis Schaeffer
The Cross: The Vindication of God - Martyn Lloyd-Jones
The Death of Christ - James Denney
The Death of Christ - Norman Douty
The Difficult Doctrine of the Love of God - D.A. Carson
The Divine Unity of Scriptures - Adolph Saphir
The End for Which God Created the World - Jonathan Edwards
The Everlasting Righteousness - Horatius Bonar
The Great Meaning of Metanoia - Treadwell Walden
The Immortality of the Soul or the Resurrection of the Body? - Oscar Cullmann
The Johannine Logos - Gordon H. Clark
The Justification of God - John Piper
The Marrow of True Justification - Benjamin Keach

RECOMMENDED ARTICLES
4 Steps to a Friendlier Church (The G.I.F.T. Plan) - Karl Vaters
10 Strengths (and 10 Dangers) of Systematic Theology - Tim Challies
A Brief Theology of Sleep - John Piper
A Dying Man Taught Me How to Live - Ivan Mesa
A God-Centered Understanding of Sin - Stephen Witmer
A Review of a Review - Francis Schaeffer
Abortion and the Lonely Modern Woman - John Frame
Amillennialism  vs  Premillennialism - Gary Vaterlaus
Biblical Calvinists Acknowledge That God Loves All People - Mark Horne
Euthanasia Abandons Despairing People to Worst Fears - Wesley J. Smith
Faith in Future Grace vs. Anxiety - John Piper
God Without Mood Swings - Phil Johnson
God's Indiscriminate Proposals of Mercy - R.L. Dabney
How to Think About Secularism - Wolfhart Pannenberg
Islam's Future in America - Adam Francisco
Islam's Rule of Thumb - David Wood
Jewish Resistance to the Gospel - David N. Brickner
Knowledge, Not Mystery, the Basis of Religion - James Denney
Luther's Rules for How to Become a Theologian - John Piper
Must a Scholar of Religion Be Methodologically Atheistic or Agnostic? - Michael Cantrell
Open Theism and Divine Foreknowledge - John Frame
Perseverance and Assurance: A Survey and a Proposal - Thomas Schreiner
Priestesses in the Church? - C.S. Lewis
Roger Olson, Arminianism and the Death of Exegesis - Andrew Wilson
Smart Kids and Dumb Phones - Douglas Wilson
Spurgeon's Theology: Embracing Biblical Paradox - Randy Alcorn
The Essence of Femininity: A Personal Perspective - Elisabeth Elliot
The Fear of God - J. Gresham Machen
The Heart of Middle-School Meanness - Kristen Hatton
The Humanitarian Theory of Punishment - C.S. Lewis
The Purpose of Pleasure - Rodolfo A.C. de Souza
The Ultimate Meaning of True Womanhood - John Piper
Women, Callings, and Having It All - Jennifer A. Marshall
Your Single Most Important Habit - David Mathis