Seen & Heard

Alliance broadcasts can now be heard on Family Radio!

It's a new day at Family Radio, and we're pleased to announce that the venerable network now features Alliance Bible teachers 7 days a week on its 100+ outlets in 29 states! Listen for Dr. Barnhouse & the Bible Monday through Sunday, and The Bible Study Hour twice every Lord's Day! 

Please pray for the Alliance as we partner with Family Radio. Pray for those who will hear the Gospel presented for the first time and for those who need the encouragement and reminder of the Gospel's power in their lives. For a station and airtime near you, visit our website: AllianceNet.org/Broadcasts/Outlets


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What Does It Mean to Enter God's Rest?

This month the Alliance is pleased to offer its latest book, Entering God’s Rest: The Sabbath from Genesis to Revelation (And What It Means for You) by Ken Golden.

God provides rest for His people, yet the way we rest on Sunday remains a divisive issue in the Church. How can we honor the biblical commandment while upholding liberty of conscience? To answer that question, Pastor Ken Golden turns to the Bible itself.

Ken writes,

“The world offers many definitions of rest, but Christians should consider God’s definition of rest...God gives us physical rest (Prov. 3:24) and refreshment (Mk. 6:31). Yet the Bible goes much deeper than our shallow definitions...Is Sabbath observance a ‘one size fits all’ practice, or is it informed by specific circumstances?”

We encourage you to order Entering God’s Rest this month for a special introductory price. Available at ReformedResources.org.

 

“Pastor Golden is one of those who takes the Lord’s Day seriously, who has thought about it deeply, and who desires to observe it, in honor of Christ and for the welfare of the church... His study is exegetically careful, theologically balanced, and spiritually edifying.“

David VanDrunen
Westminster Seminary California


Title: Entering God's Rest: The Sabbath from Genesis to Revelation (And What It Means for You)

Author: Ken Golden

Pages: 112

Publication Date: September 2018

Topic: Christian Living, Redemptive History, Worship

Contents:

Foreword 

Introduction 

Chapter 1: The Goal of Mankind

Chapter 2: The Mosaic Sabbath

Chapter 3: Levitical Sabbaths

Chapter 4: Sabbath Attitudes

Chapter 5: Fencing the Sabbath

Chapter 6: Sabbath Transfer

Chapter 7: Sabbath Liberty

Chapter 8: Present and Future Rest

Chapter 9: Sabbath Wisdom

Afterword

Appendix I: Summary

Appendix II: The Sabbath in Isaiah

 


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Let the Alliance promote you to our members this Reformation Sunday!

Reformation Sunday is an opportunity to affirm our doctrinal convictions and to praise God for His ongoing reformation in the Church. The Alliance wants to promote your event to our members. We will share this information multiple times in hopes that the protestant church turns out to celebrate the courage it took to be protestant. Visit ReformationSunday.org to sign-up and while you are there download free resources for you and your church. 

The Alliance works to encourage, embolden, and equip ministers and other church leaders for the work of biblical reformation in the churches. To this end, we:

  • Support the formation of Reformation Societies around the world
  • Host pastors’ conferences and events for church leaders like the Faithful Shepherd Retreat
  • Encourage biblical thinking, worship, ministry, and constructive cultural critique though reformation21.org and MortificationofSpin.org
  • Produce resources that support the work being done in the church

We hope you will join us, as we not only commemorate the Reformation but also as we proclaim biblical doctrine in order to foster a Reformed awakening in today's Church. Soli Deo gloria.

Join today at ReformationSunday.org.


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Welcome Mark Daniels to the Alliance Team!

Veteran radio/TV broadcaster Mark Daniels has joined the Alliance of Confessing Evangelicals team as director of broadcasting. Daniels served for 24 years as programming/marketing manager and talk show host for Salem Media Group's WFIL/WNTP in Philadelphia and with other outlets over his 38 years on the air.  Since 2003, Daniels has served as host for The Bible Study Hour and other Alliance programs. 

As broadcasting is a core Alliance ministry, Mark joining the staff will have a tremendous impact! He brings decades of experience, exceptional skill sets, and most importantly a passion for the Gospel!


"It is a personal honor and long-time goal to work alongside such faithful professionals in this legendary ministry," Daniels adds. "It's a thrill to add my voice to theirs in the service of the Gospel."

Join us as we look forward to hearing more of Mark on our broadcasts and at many Alliance events.


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The Bald and the Bitter in the ‘Burgh

You may have heard by now that renowned scholar Carl Trueman is heading west to the northern suburbs of the ‘Burgh. We are happy to report that yinz have no need to worry when it comes to Mortification of Spin, Todd and Aimee have decided he can stay.


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The Philadelphia Conference on Reformed Theology can’t be stopped!

While PCRT was in Grand Rapids, Sunday morning arose to a thick glaze of ice covering cars and making travel hazardous. Sadly but safely, the session of First Christian Reformed Church (of Byron Center) made the hard call to cancel the final meeting of PCRT.

That’s when Dawn Yingst had a great idea - what if that final meeting was held right there at the hotel? She approached Rick Phillips, asking if he’d preach. The Westminster Brass was engaged to bring the music.  Word got to Pastor Tom and nine folks from the host church braved the elements.

In all, 33 Alliance members closed out the 2018 PCRT in Grand Rapids at Sunday morning worship right there in the Hyatt hotel! What a great idea! You need to join us next time!
 


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Download the New App for The Bible Study Hour!

Download the brand new free app for The Bible Study Hour featuring the expository preaching of Dr. James Montgomery Boice. You have easy anytime, anywhere access to the broadcast and the Think and Act Biblically daily devotional right on your phone or tablet.

The Bible Study Hour app delivers Dr. Boice's verse-by-verse Bible teaching on Apple and Android devices.

  • Listen to The Bible Study Hour daily and weekend broadcasts
  • Read Dr. Boice's Think and Act Biblically daily devotional
  • Use rich search feature
  • Save your favorite sermons

And very soon Alliance Friends and President Circle members will be able to:

  • Access Dr. Boice’s sermon archives
  • Choose sermons based on book of the Bible or theme

The Bible Study Hour app is available from iTunes and GooglePlay. Download it free today.

 


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What Do You Know?

In January, Meet the Puritans began a new series studying Richard Muller's Post-Reformation Reformed Dogmatics. Join Danny Hyde in Week 6 as he discusses not just what we know, but how we know:


What's theology? What does God know? What can we know? How do we know what we know? How do we know what we know is true? And how do we express it? That's what this week's reading is all about. Muller deals with the Reformed Orthodox discussion of the parts of true theology, so helpfully distinguished by Franciscus Junius as theologia archetypa, God's own knowledge of himself, and theologia ectypa, what we know of God.

Why this distinction? One of the insights Martin Luther rested on was the late medieval critique of Thomas Aquinas by men like John Duns Scotus. Aquinas said there was an anaology of being between God and man; Scotus said it was impossible for man to derive a description of God apart from an authoritative testimony from God himself. Hence Luther's theology of the cross—what God revealed—took precedence over the theology of glory—what God has kept hidden. John Calvin added to this the radical effects of original sin upon the mind of man so much so that apart from God's self-revelation, true knowledge of God is inaccesible to us. Therefore, Reformed Orthodox writers distinguished theology as God knows it (theologia archetypa) from theology as we creatures can know it (theologia ectypa), whether in this life as pilgrims (theologia viatorum) or the life to come (theologia beatorum). In other words, we as creatures before the Fall, after the Fall in sin, after redemption in Christ, and even in glory, are limited in what we can know of God. We know what God knows is reality; and what we can know is tethered to whatever he decides to reveal to us in a manner appropriate for our creaturely capacity.

Why is this distinction important? Let me illustrate...


Read more at Meet the Purtians today! 

 


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The Rock Badgers Would Like a Word With Us

Starting with a crazy question, Danielle Spencer taught her children about God's sovereign provision. Here is a brief part of their discussion: 


“Do you know what would happen if the world suddenly stopped spinning?” I asked my kids during our morning Bible time. My 12-year-old consulted one of her favorite books What If: Serious Scientific Answers to Absurd Hypothetical Questions.1 If the earth and all terrestrial objects stopped spinning, but the atmosphere retained its velocity, almost everyone would die immediately. If you weren’t swept away by the thousand-mile-per-hour winds, you’d certainly be pulverized by the thousand-mile-per-hour impact of all the debris flying about. You would be safe for a time if you were deep underground or in a polar research station (since the strongest winds would be nearest the equator), but not for long. The wind would eventually stop by way of friction with the earth’s surface, but that would heat the air and atomize the surface of the ocean, resulting, among many other phenomena, in massive global thunderstorms. After that, for 6 months one side of the earth would bake in the heat of the sun and the other would freeze since the sun would no longer rise and set once per day, but only once a year. Eventually, the moon would get us spinning again, but “us” would be long gone.

Now that I had their attention, we read Psalm 104--in which we have 35 verses praising the Lord for his power, control, and care over his creation...


Read more over at The Christward Collective


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Faith at Work: Sola Scriptura

Tradition is helpful, but even Protestants can be guilty of treating Augustine or Calvin as a magisterium. This week, Dan Doriani encourages readers to have a proper understanding of Sola Scriptura.


The difference between Catholic and Protestant teaching is more subtle than people realize, for Catholics confess that Scripture is inspired, infallible, and authoritative. It is wise to remember, too, that the first Reformers were encouraged to study Scripture by scholarly Catholics: Staupitz told Luther to get his doctorate in biblical studies, Erasmus encouraged Zwingli's studies, and Faber Staupulensis and Lorenzo Valla inspired others. The difference lies in our views of the sufficiency of Scripture.    

The Catholic position is that Scripture is part of God's revelation. Francis de Sales (1567-1622) said Scripture "is the true rule and a foundation of faith for Christians." Notice "a foundation," not the foundation. Robert Bellarmine (1542-1621) explained: "The controversy between the heretics [Protestants] and ourselves focuses here on two points: first, when we affirm that the Scripture do not contain the totality of necessary doctrine, for faith as for morals… Apart from the Word of God written, it is necessary to have his non-written Word, that is to say, divine and apostolic traditions."

So the RCC affirms prima scripture, the primacy of Scripture. Scripture is the primary source for theology, but not the final source. Tradition and church teaching effectively limit Scripture's authority. If a matter is uncertain in Scripture, and tradition has an authoritative interpretation, then it has the final word...


Head over to Place for Truth to read the rest of the article! 


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