Presbyterians sometimes say, partially tongue-in-cheek, that Acts 15 records the church’s first “general assembly”. In some ways, however, this council was unlike later church councils and later denominations’ annual (or regular) synods and assemblies. First, this council did not have representative elders from the churches that had been established by
During the 1960s, the United States underwent a paradigm shift in religion. A once-dominant Christian worldview was supplanted by a New Age spirituality that was anything but new. It was, rather, a rearticulation of ancient paganism. This pagan belief system is not limited to certain late-twentieth-century religions; it is the
If we believe that “grace does not destroy nature but perfects it”, we must believe that God’s ordained means of worship are not designed to engage Christians in piecemeal fashion but holistically. Further, if our observance of the ordained means of worship leads us to spiritually separate man, body from
In this short video, theologian Michael Horton discusses how Christians should defend their faith. Horton is the J. Gresham Machen Professor of Theology and Apologetics at Westminster Seminary California. He is the editor-in-chief of Modern Reformation magazine, and president and host of the syndicated radio broadcast, The White Horse Inn.
The reason there was so much opposition to Jesus’ ministry was because his gospel got to the heart of matters. He wasn’t giving a muddled dry expositions, his goal wasn’t the dissemination of information, or simply to create controversies about how to correct human behaviour. Jesus had one great goal: