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The Supreme Court v. the Lord Our Righteousness

Article by Jeffrey Stivason • September 9, 2015

The salient portion of the Obergefell v. Hodges ruling reads, “The Court now holds that same-sex couples may exercise the fundamental right to marry. No longer may this liberty be denied to them” (22-23). In other words, and as you by now know, same sex marriage has become a civil right in the United States.  This raises a serious implication, namely, religious freedom is now in question.

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Solipsism or Empathy?: Beating the Devil with His Own Tricks

Article by Pierce Hibbs • September 1, 2015

Perhaps one of the most pervasive spiritual problems in human history is solipsism: extreme preoccupation with one’s self. In philosophy, it is the theory that only the self exists. In both cases, the practical implication is that we seem bent on thinking that everything is about us, and if it’s not, we have to find a way to argue why it should be, or even has to be.

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Sound and Perspective

Article by Pierce Hibbs • July 28, 2015

It’s never going to end, you know—the construction on the Pennsylvania Turnpike. Cranes will keep swinging, dump trucks dumping, drills drilling, backhoes clawing. By the time the roads are paved and painted, some other section will be weathered to disrepair, and the PENNDOT orchestra of metal and wheels will move downwind and begin another thoroughfare symphony. And we’ll be here . . . sitting in traffic.

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Looking for Rewards in All the Wrong Places

Article by Pierce Hibbs • July 13, 2015

The songbirds always manage to get up before I do, so by the time I start my morning run they have already been carrying on their lyrical dialogues, mostly the robins, but the song sparrows and Carolina wrens fill in the background. Their songs seem to be so thickly spun through the morning air that it feels as if I’m running through them. Their beauty envelopes me, as it does everyone else who wakes up later in the morning. They sing before an audience.

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Cairn University's Church Leaders' Conference

Article by Robert Brady • March 17, 2015
Place for Truth editor Jonathan Master reminds us that Mark Johnston, also of Place for Truth, will be the keynote speaker at the Church Leader's Conference. This is a one-day conference offering a message of "Maintaining our Sanity in Ministry."
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Treasure, Eyes, and Money

Article by Jeffrey Stivason • March 17, 2015

Matthew 6:19-24 is undoubtedly a difficult text to interpret.  Why, you ask?  Well, the verses are usually interpreted as if Jesus simply pasted them together.  In other words, there is no context for verses 19-21 and the same goes for verses 22-23 and verse 24.  They are treated as apothegmatic statements.  But is that what they are?  I want to contend that they are not.  Instead, we ought to think of verses 19-34 as a unit.  So, it might be good for you to open your Bible to Matthew 6:19 before we get started.

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An Interesting Structure

Article by Jeffrey Stivason • March 3, 2015

I am preaching through Matthew’s gospel these days and glad to have the Alliance Column from David Hall, First Truths from the First Gospel for the journey.  I am currently in the Sermon on the Mount.  Now, this isn’t the first time I’ve laid eyes on this well-known and well-loved text and it certainly isn’t the first time I’ve taught through it.  But it is the first time that I have had the particular insight that I want to share with you.

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The evidence of Mortification of Spin at Cairn University

Article by Robert Brady • February 27, 2015

Aimee Byrd, Todd Pruitt, and Carl Trueman, hosts of the Alliance's Mortification of Spin podcast, recently sat down with's Jonathan Master, Dean of Cairn University's School of Divinity, to talk about the podcast. The conversation covered a wide range of topics as the hosts took some time to reflect on their experience with the podcast so far, some of the impetus behind its creation, how it fits in with their broader ministries, and a few of their favorite episodes. 

Our thanks to Cairn University for hosting Mortification of Spin and producing this video.

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A Note on Trinitarian Analogies

Article by Pierce Hibbs • January 5, 2015

I just put down Robert Letham’s The Holy Trinity, and while I thoroughly enjoyed it and recommend it as an introduction to the history and development of the doctrine, there is one gripe I can’t seem to lay down. Throughout the nearly five hundred pages of discussion, he faults theologians for using trinitarian analogies that trend toward some form of heresy—usually modalism, tritheism, or subordinationism. Augustine’s psychological analogies, Multmann’s society of persons, and Irenaeus’ portrayal of the creator and his two hands (the Son and Spirit) fit into these categories respectively. Before I get into why this bothered me, let me preface the grievance with a memory.

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