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Posts by Dave Sarafolean

Christianity and Liberalism – Introduction

Our friends at the Reformed Forum are discussing the classic book, Christianity and Liberalism, by J. Gresham Machen, which was published 100 years ago this year. The book stands out for its clear and concise way of comparing and contrasting the historic Christian faith with the liberal theology that arose in Germany in the late 1800s and made its way to our…

Christianity and Liberalism – Doctrine

Our friends at the Reformed Forum are reviewing the very important book, Christianity and Liberalism, written by J. Gresham Machen. In this podcast Camden Bucey, Danny Olinger, and Machen scholar, D.G. Hart, discuss chapter two of this work. Below is the introduction to the podcast as posted by the Reformed Forum: This is the 100th anniversary of the publication of J. Gresham…

The Most Radical Thing I Do

I go to church. To get there I pass through the shopping center, on its busiest morning of the week. The sports fields are crowded with players and spectators, the park run friends in their shorts and tees mingle with the lycra-clad cyclists, crowding the cafés. If you know where to look, you can sometimes catch glimpses of the yoga and meditation…

The Marks of the Church: The true church is marked by submission to the Scriptures.

Dr. Robert Godfrey, former president of Westminster Seminary in California, and current fellow at Ligonier Ministries, has written a very helpful article about recognizing whether a church is faithful or not.  His article is based upon the theology of the Protestant Reformation, particularly the thinking of the Reformed and Lutheran traditions.  Here is a sampling: Among the Reformed churches, eventually three marks…

Christianity and Liberalism – J. Gresham Machen

This year marks the 100th anniversary of the classic book, Christianity and Liberalism, published in 1923. The book was written by J. Gresham Machen, a professor of New Testament and Greek at Princeton Theological Seminary. The book was written to counter the effects of “modernist” interpretation of Christianity. In so doing he argued persuasively that modernism was not in line with the…

The Mega-Church Century

Shane Rosenthal, former producer and host of the White Horse Inn podcast, has published a thoughtful article about megachurches. He observes that the first megachurch was started 100 years ago in Los Angeles by Sister Aimee Semple McPherson. Consider that the marks that made her church successful are largely the same marks that make successful megachurches today. Question: Are they the same…

Grief and the Holidays

The holiday season is fast approaching. For many it will be a glorious occasion but for those who have experienced loss, it will be difficult. Author and speaker Nancy Guthrie, a person who has suffered quite a bit of loss, has written a helpful article about grief and the holidays. Please read it and consider how you might encourage those in your…

“The Greatest of All Protestant Heresies”?

The Protestant Reformation is traced to October 31, 1517, Martin Luther nailed his 95 Theses to the church door of Wittenberg, Germany. He intended to enter into a scholarly debate with his fellow monks about church practice as compared to the teaching of Scripture. Unbeknownst to Luther, the 95 Theses were taken down, reprinted in German, and distributed widely. This began a…

Worship: Speak Lord, Your Servants are Listening

One of my ministerial colleagues, Jonathan Landry Cruse, of Community Presbyterian Church (OPC) in Kalamazoo, Michigan has written a nice article on worship. It was published in the latest edition of Tabletalk, the monthly devotional guide published by Ligonier Ministries. The authors poses these questions about the worship service: He concludes with this summary: “What can we do to move our worship…