"...if anyone makes the assistance of grace depend on the humility or obedience of man and does not agree that it is a gift of grace itself that we are obedient and humble, he contradicts the Apostle who says, "What have you that you did not receive?" (1 Cor. 4:7), and, "But by the grace of God I am what I am" (1 Cor. 15:10). (Council of Orange: Canon 6)

Zombies Among Us

Text: Ephesians 2:1-6

In this passage, the Apostle Paul outlines man's true condition before God and it is far more desperate than we might first imagine. Dead towards God (as a result of the Fall) man needs Divine intervention in the strongest possible way. He needs a miracle. He needs a resurrection!

July 31, 2016  |  Comments (0)   |  Permalink

Jesus Above All!

Text: Ephesians 1:18-23

Christianity is everything or it is nothing. There is nothing in between. Jesus Christ is, right now, the Lord and King of this Universe, head over all things to the Church. The reality of this is something Paul wishes us to know, for the ramifications of this truth are extreme and far reaching.

July 17, 2016  |  Comments (0)   |  Permalink

Did You Catch That?

Text: Ephesians 1:15-18

Paul's prayer for the Ephesians is filled with insights that most of us miss unless we ponder the meaning of each word. Every Christian should bask in the riches of what is revealed here and make it a pattern of prayer for those we know and love.

July 10, 2016  |  Comments (0)   |  Permalink

John Calvin's Legacy Today

From the Ligonier website:

"On July 8th, we were joined by Dr. Ligon Duncan, chancellor of Reformed Theological Seminary, Dr. W. Robert Godfrey, president of Westminster Seminary California, and Dr. Stephen Nichols, president of Reformation Bible College. As we discussed the life and legacy of John Calvin and the ongoing necessity of reforming the church, Dr. Godfrey participated in this special event live from Geneva."

You can watch the Google Hangout below:

July 09, 2016  |  Comments (0)   |  Permalink

The Mechanics of Expository Preaching

Dr. Steve Lawson teaches a course on Expository Preaching at the Master's Seminary:

Lecture 1:

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Lecture 3:

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July 09, 2016  |  Comments (1)   |  Permalink

Calvin, Baptisms in the SBC & Evangelism

Believe it or not, John Calvin is being actually blamed for a lack of baptisms taking place in the Southern Baptist movement. I was interviewed about this today (and the wider issue of divine election and evangelism) on Pastor Kevin Boling's "Knowing the Truth" broadcast (26 minutes) in South Carolina. - John Samson

July 05, 2016  |  Comments (0)   |  Permalink

Bring the Book!

Text: Nehemiah 8:1-12

In every season of God’s outpouring of blessing on the Church a central element has been Biblical preaching. This passage reveals the elements of all true preaching that glorifies God.

July 03, 2016  |  Comments (0)   |  Permalink