Book Review: Reformation Study Bible 2015 (ESV)

Reformation-Study-BibleI recently obtained a copy of the newly updated Reformation Study Bible from Ligonier Ministries and Reformation Trust Publishing. I have been a user of the original RSB for a few years and have always been impressed with the scholarship of the notes and articles. The new edition, edited by R. C. Sproul, does not disappoint and is well worth the upgrade.

The notes have been greatly revised and expanded and additional scholars of the Reformed tradition have been added to the team to provide the best scholarship available today. It has a three column note layout while the Biblical Text is single column and the 2011 ESV text.

The notes are clear and easy to understand. However, while easy to understand, the team did not “water down” the theological content of the notes. The Reformation Study Bible is a trustworthy source that you can go to as a starting point for deeper Biblical Study.

Along with the Bible you receive over $400 worth of library and training resources. You receive books from noted scholars such as Dr. Sinclair Ferguson, Dr. R. C. Sproul, and Dr. Steven J. Lawson, as well as teaching series from Ligonier. You also receive a six month subscription to TableTalk Magazine and a Three Month subscription to Ligonier Connect. That alone makes the Reformation Study Bible a great purchase for anyone who is serious about their study of the word.  Pick up your copy today!

Day and Night? Sun and Moon?

I have been asked in comments to talk about why I believe that the days of creation are literal 24-hour days.  I explained that the word yom in Hebrew, when used in this context means a literal day. Then a very interesting question was posed to me. If it is a true literal day, what about days 1-3 when there were no sun or moon? I want to examine that issue so we can have a better picture of the purpose of the sun and moon.

[3] And God said, “Let there be light,” and there was light. [4] And God saw that the light was good. And God separated the light from the darkness. [5] God called the light Day, and the darkness he called Night. And there was evening and there was morning, the first day.” (Genesis 1:3-5 ESV)

The first thing we see is the creation of light. Verse five shows us that the light is day, darkness is night. We then see that there was evening and morning the first day. From the very beginning we see that night and day, evening and morning, have no direct relation to the sun and moon. Now, I know that will be a hard pill for some to swallow, but we need to go by what the text actually states. Now let’s look further.

[14] And God said, “Let there be lights in the expanse of the heavens to separate the day from the night. And let them be for signs and for seasons, and for days and years, [15] and let them be lights in the expanse of the heavens to give light upon the earth.” And it was so. [16] And God made the two great lights—the greater light to rule the day and the lesser light to rule the night—and the stars. [17] And God set them in the expanse of the heavens to give light on the earth, [18] to rule over the day and over the night, and to separate the light from the darkness. And God saw that it was good. [19] And there was evening and there was morning, the fourth day. (Genesis 1:14-19 ESV)

Now God creates sun, moon, and stars on the fourth day. One thing we need to remember is that Day and Night were already established, evening and morning. The lights were given as separators between day and night, a distinguishing characteristic. These lights would give light to the earth and rule their respective time periods. Yet, the day still ends with evening and morning.

A plain reading of the language and intent is clear that this is not different between days 1-3 and days 4-6 in the creation narrative. Days 4-6 are simply more complex in their beauty and features. We must always take care to not read into the text a meaning that is not there and a careful reading of this passage is clear that the time period is evening and morning, one day.

We also must always consult Scripture when interpreting Scripture:

[8] “Remember the Sabbath day, to keep it holy. [9] Six days you shall labor, and do all your work, [10] but the seventh day is a Sabbath to the LORD your God. On it you shall not do any work, you, or your son, or your daughter, your male servant, or your female servant, or your livestock, or the sojourner who is within your gates. [11] For in six days the LORD made heaven and earth, the sea, and all that is in them, and rested on the seventh day. Therefore the LORD blessed the Sabbath day and made it holy. (Exodus 20:8-11 ESV)

God commands that we rest one day in seven to give to Him. He explains that it is because he created in six days and rested on the seventh and we should follow that example. We clearly understand this to mean a literal seven day week consisting of seven 24-hour periods. That helps us clearly and rightly interpret Genesis chapter one.

Unconditional Election


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Originally posted on A Truthful Heart:

Today I will be starting back my series for theology Thursday. I know I haven’t written a post in a few weeks and I do apologize for that. I had certain events happen that had distracted me from writing any new content.

Now onto the topic at hand. Today we will be looking at the “U” in the acronym TULIP, or the second point of the five points of Calvinism. It is called unconditional election. This is what the bible teaches about God selecting individuals to salvation. There is some controversy in this teaching so let’s dive into what the bible says about this topic.Other terms for the same doctrine include “unmerited favor,” “sovereign election” or “adopted by God.” All these terms are good names for this doctrine because each reveals some aspect of the doctrine of election. However, more important than the term we use to describe the…

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On Marriage

In less than a week the Supreme Court of the United States will tackle the issue of marriage. The issue has created a firestorm across the country and emotions are running high. In the middle of all of this is the Church. What are we to say and what are we to do?

For over 200 years we have enjoyed a country that has stuck more or less to Christian values. The decline started in the ’60s with the slashing of prayer in schools and we have seen a steady attack on Christianity since that time. How are we to react to this hostile environment?

As Christians we must stand for truth. We have a responsibility to proclaim the Word of God and what it says no matter the opinion of society of government. That is what we are commanded to do.

God’s word says that Homosexuality is wrong. It was wrong in the OT and it was wrong in the NT. Romans chapter 1 makes clear that it is against God. There is no other way to interpret these verses as many try to do today. Homosexuality is sin, plain and simple. It is not to be celebrated, it is to be condemned.

Christians need to pray for the Supreme Court Justices. April 28th is the day that arguments are scheduled and a decision is to be expected sometime in June. It is time to stand for truth.

War Room: Coming August 2015

Prayer is arguably the most important thing in the life of a believer. It is how we communicate with God, it is how we ask forgiveness, it is how we develop an intimate relationship with Him.

Last night I was privileged to have an advance screening of a new faith-based movie called War Room: Prayer is a Powerful Weapon. I won’t give many details because I do not want to spoil it for anyone, but I must tell you the movie is Powerful!

The movie was made by the Kendrick Brothers who have produced movies such as Fireproof and Courageous. Their passion for excellent cinema as well as the Word of God shows in each of their works and this movie takes all of that to the next level.

A woman who lost her husband on bad terms, a broken marriage, and the power of when Christians reach out to disciple one another are the main themes of the movie.

The movie is all about prayer and how we should leave our lives, and the lives of those and everything around us in the hands of God. We have no control, but He is always in control. You will laugh, cry, and be moved throughout the entire movie.

The movie is intense in a few places (man with a knife holds up two women) so younger children may not be comfortable but for most families it is not too intense.

The movie comes out on August 28th and this is a no-brainer for churches. Get your people out to see this movie! You can buy group tickets, as well as book private showings so there is plenty of time to get your people involved.

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Church History | The Gospel for Those Broken by the Church


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Originally posted on Faithful Stewardship:

churchWe have family visiting us today through this weekend. I have fallen behind in blog post drafts, so today’s post will be a link to a powerful lecture given by Dr. Rod Rosenbladt at Faith Lutheran Church in Capistrano Beach, CA on November 7, 2010 entitled, “The Gospel for Those Broken by the Church“.

Dr. Rod Rosenbladt is professor of theology and apologetics at Concordia University (Irvine, California) and co-host of The White Horse Inn radio broadcast. He is a Lutheran Pastor. In this lecture, he will give some Church history for both Lutheran and Reformed traditions as well as address the Wesleyan, Armenian, and Nazarene. The focus of this lecture is on the need for Christians to be focused on, defined by, and preaching fully the Gospel of Jesus Christ for Christians, too. Looking beyond the differing Denominational frameworks to the Cross of Jesus Christ. This is an…

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