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WHI-984 | The Book of Galatians (Pt 4)

On this edition of the program the hosts discuss Paul’s allegory of two mountains, and two mothers in Galatians chapter 4. Why does the apostle argue that the present city of Jerusalem corresponds with Hagar, rather than Sarah? Why are the children of Mt. Sinai born in “slavery?” Though it may take a little work, understanding this allegory may be one of the best ways to understand the entire Bible.

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WHI-983 | The Book of Galatians (Pt 3)

How does one qualify for God’s heavenly inheritance? Does it come by obedience to the law, or by trusting the promise? In their continuing survey of Paul’s letter to the Galatians, the hosts further outline the distinctions between the Abrahamic and Mosaic covenants, and point to Christ alone as the ground of our acceptance before a righteous and holy God.

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a target=”_blank” href=”http://kimriddlebarger.squarespace.com/an-exposition-of-galatians”>Sermons on Galatians
Kim Riddlebarger (offsite)
What God Requires
Justin Taylor & John Piper
Justification In Galatians
Charles Hill

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WHI-982 | The Book of Galatians (Pt 2)

On this program the hosts explain why Paul’s letter to the Galatians is a good place to begin in order to understand the basic message of Scripture. In this letter Paul explains the difference between the covenant of grace promised to Abraham, and the national covenant made with the people of Israel at Mt. Sinai. At the heart of this discussion is whether our eternal destiny is determined by our own efforts and law keeping, or by God’s promise to save his people “by grace alone through faith alone on account of Christ alone.”

RECOMMENDED BOOKS


Paul: Apostle of the Heart Set Free
F.F. Bruce
Notes on Galatians
J. Gresham Machen
The Gospel-Driven Life
Michael Horton

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Wish You Were Here…

Dr. Horton is currently in the Philippines and on the first day after his arrival, he speaks at Febias College of Bible in Valenzuela City, Metro Manila

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Tomorrow Reformation Philippines presents “Putting Amazing Back Into Grace” at Quezon City Evangelical Church

According to blogger Keren – the conference is sold out but you can follow @keren for LIVE tweets and updates

There are a few more dead guys to read now!

Reformational Christianity has been characterized as a “Religion of the Book.” Not only does this apply to the highest view of Scripture, but it also means that we publish our thoughts and ideas for the masses to read. The Reformation that swept through Europe in the 16th century was, in large part, fueled by the printing press and the ability for people to be “taught by” the first generation of Reformers through their writings.

In the centuries that followed Luther and Calvin, their successors continued to write volumes concerning Scripture and the fundamental truths of the Reformation. However, many of those works were written into Latin and other languages not known to our current English-speaking theological culture. We have much to learn from our forefathers in the faith, if only we could read them!

Recently there has been a group of scholars and pastors who have undertaken the task of translating these previously hidden works of Classic Reformed theologians into English-most for the first time. These works are being published in the series “Classic Reformed Theology” published by Reformation Heritage Books. Currently there are two volumes that have been released, but many others are in varying stages of production.

These works promise to be great value not only to scholars and pastors, but also to lay-people who want to have a deeper understanding of the Reformed tradition as it was formulated and articulated by the first generations of Reformers.

Here are the two volumes that have been released thus far:

  • Caspar Olevianus, An Exposition of the Apostles’ Creed (Purchase here)
  • William Ames, A Sketch of the Christian’s Catechism (Purchase here)

One of the editors of the series, R. Scott Clark (a WHI guest and contributor to MR), was recently interviewed concerning the series on the Office Hours podcast of Westminster Seminary California. Information concerning that audio can be found here.

WHI-981 | The Book of Galatians (Pt 1)

What is the book of Galatians about, and what doctrines does it address? We recently put questions like these to students at an Evangelical Bible college, and their answers reveal once again that Christians themselves need to recover Scripture. On this edition of the program, the hosts interact with these on-the-street interviews and explain why Paul’s letter to the Galatians is such a crucially important book to read and think through. The White Horse Inn: know what you believe, and why you believe it!

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Sermons on Galatians
Kim Riddlebarger (offsite)
The Doctrine of Justification
J.A.O. Preus
The Problem of Biblical Illiteracy
David Nienhuis

RECOMMENDED BOOKS


Galatians
Leon Morris
The Message of Galatians
John Stott
Commentary on Galatians
Martin Luther

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Five for Friday: The Robert Morrison Project

Five for Friday is an occasional interview series on the WHI blog that features Reformation pacesetters: those who are actively bringing Reformation into their own circles.  In this edition, we’re talking to the people behind the Robert Morrison Project, a nonprofit publishing enterprise dedicated to legal publication of Christian books in China.

What is the Robert Morrison Project?

Starting about ten years ago it became possible to legally publish some forms of Christian literature in China. Slowly, over the past few years, more and more titles entered legal circulation.  The door is not completely open but it is cracked open and some good quality Reformed titles are being published and distributed in China. Most amazing of all, the genres of literature that the government has been allowing to be published are the very genres that Reformed publishers have been focusing on for the past 50+ years.  In recent years the government has been allowing biographies, old books with historical value (e.g. Pilgrim’s Progress), and marriage and family books to be published.  Soli Deo Gloria, Evangelical Press, and especially the Banner of Truth, are all extremely strong in these areas and have a large number of titles that have a good chance of passing government censorship.  With the church in China approaching 100 million members and growing at 9% a year and with a very small number of Christian titles in legal circulation, this is an opportunity that we can not ignore. Currently, neither the local church nor the Chinese Christian publishing companies are able to self finance high quality translations in large numbers.   In most cases, foreign funding is required.  The purpose of the Robert Morrison Project is to raise funds to help lay the foundation for the long term, legal presence of Reformed literature in China.

What sorts of books are at the top of your list to be published?

Biographies and old literature with historical value from the Banner of Truth, Solid Ground Books, Evangelical Press, etc. all show great promise in China.  We will also seek to publish local Chinese authors.  All titles have been reviewed by an editorial team in China to evaluate whether or not they can pass government censorship.

What effect has the Project already had in China?

The Robert Morrison Project is only two months old.  So far we have not raised sufficient funds to finance our first title but we hope to do so in the near future.

What are your long term goals?

The English language is highly, highly saturated with quality Reformed literature.   There are approximately 35 reformed publishers in the US and UK publishing books in English.  In China, however, there is a massive publishing vacuum of Christian literature.  Our initial goal over the next five to ten years is rectify this publishing imbalance by translating and publishing 50 titles in China.  By publishing these titles we will be increasing the total number of Christian books in circulation by approximately 12%.   Another goal is to respond to the heretical literature now in print.  Currently, few titles are available to answer these authors. Looking even further down the road, our goal is to establish independent, financially self-sufficient Reformed publishing companies in China and Asia.

How can people get involved?

There are many things that people can do.  Most important of all, please pray!   Publishing a Christian book in China is often a very long, difficult process.  Typically, it takes 6 to 24 for months for a title to pass government censorship and sometimes the approval process can be rather arbitrary.  Pray that God would open the door for more Reformed titles to be published.  Tell your friends about us!  Place a link on your church or organization website to our website.  Finally, please consider making a monthly donation to this Project (we have 501(c)3 tax exempt status). Including us in your church or family budget would be a big help.  Income on a monthly basis will help us set long term publishing goals.

Helping a Friend in Need

UPDATE: For those wishing to donate online, try going to the Internet Monk website and click the “donate/paypal” button on the right hand side of the page.

UPDATE 2: The correct address to physically send your support is P.O. Box 313, Oneida, KY 40972.

At the recent Westminster Seminary California faculty conference, Mike Horton said “God doesn’t need your good works, your neighbor does.” In the spirit of this truth, we’re asking you to help a neighbor some of you have never met.  Michael Spencer (aka “the Internet Monk“) is a pastor and writer living in Kentucky. He has written two articles for Modern Reformation and has participated in a roundtable discussion on Scripture that will be included in our March/April 2010 issue.

Many of you have benefited from Michael’s honest writing and clear grasp of the gospel. And we’re appealing to you for help on his behalf.  Late in 2009 Michael got sick.  He had symptoms that didn’t go away. The doctors finally diagnosed cancer and on Christmas Eve a mass was removed from the back of his brain.  He’s now trying to recover while facing radiation and chemo treatments.  Like many of you, Michael doesn’t have a “cadillac” insurance program. He works for a small Christian boarding school. The resources to care for very ill employees are limited at best.  In a few weeks he will be out of a job and employer-paid insurance.  The near future looks very tight. Here is an update in Michael’s own words.

This isn’t an appeal for money for White Horse Inn or Modern Reformation. This is an appeal for help for our friend, Michael Spencer. If you can give anything at all, please send it to: Michael and Denise Spencer, P.O. Box 313, Oneida, KY 40972.

Tim Keller once said that Jesus’ command to love our neighbor as ourselves meant that we meet their needs with the same speed, resources, and passion that we meet our own. Join with us in loving Michael Spencer in his time of need.

Don’t pass up this opportunity!

Guess what these perks are trying to garner interest for in Hollywood at the end of this month?

  • $10,000 Giveaway
  • Special Movie Preview Screening
  • Two free concerts
  • 15 Round-Trip Vacation Giveaways
  • All-Star Lineup of speakers with a special celebrity guest
  • Nightly Musical Showcases
  • On-Site Training
  • Live Demonstrations

Well, the National Church Growth Conference & Expo, “Where every pastor is a Mega Pastor!” of course!!

There is too much here to comment on, not the least of which is simply the tacky 1990s design of these flyers.

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Horton talks about “The Gospel-Driven Life”

Mike Horton recently talked with R. Scott Clark about his newest book The Gospel-Driven Life on the Westminster Seminary California podcast Office Hours.

To listen to the interview and/or to subscribe to the Office Hours podcast, click here.

To order the book, check out the WSC Bookstore.

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