Calvin’s Institutes for 2019

By Robert Brady

“For, until men feel that they owe everything to God, that they are cherished by his paternal care, and that he is the author of all their blessings, so that nought is to be looked for away from him, they will never submit to him in voluntary obedience; nay, unless they place their entire happiness in him, they will never yield up their whole selves to him in truth and sincerity.” — Institutes, I.2.1

Few have explained the Christian faith as clearly, vividly, and faithfully as John Calvin in his Institutes of the Christian Religion. For centuries, readers have turned to the Institutes in order to better understand God’s Word and its implications for the Christian life. “But when will I have time to read it?” Such a mammoth tome can seem intimidating, preventing many from us from ever taking it up in the first place.  

For this reason, the Alliance is pleased to offer a free, year-long reading schedule. Keyed to Calvin’s 1559 edition, this schedule will keep you on-track as you delve into the treasury of Calvin’s thought. May you be blessed in the coming year as you study to the glory of God! 

Download Our Reading Schedule Today!


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Help Equip the Church with Sound Biblical Resources that Prepare Christians to Think and Act Biblically

By Robert Brady

“Evangelical churches today are increasingly dominated by the spirit of this age rather than by the Spirit of Christ.” So begins the Cambridge Declaration. 

What a difference it would make if Christians really believed and understood the great doctrines that are essential to the faith!

This year-end the Alliance needs to raise an additional $200,000 to provide resources that will help prepare Christians to think and act biblically. This is to equip believers through the rich study of God’s Word; and reach more people with the Good News of the Gospel. 

Through broadcasts like The Bible Study Hour, Theology on the Go, and Mortification of Spin, events such as the Philadelphia Conference on Reformed Theology and the Quakertown Conference on Reformed Theology, and published works such as the online magazine reformation21 and Ken Golden’s latest book, Entering God’s Rest, Alliance members provide for the sound teaching that prepares Christians to think and act biblically.

Please prayerfully support the Alliance this year-end by donating to the Think and Act Biblically Campaign.

Your gift of any amount will:

Launch an Alliance Internet radio station

AllianceNet Radio will air Alliance broadcasts and podcasts, as well as Alliance events and Alliance Member Churches. 

Create a Come to the Waters online devotional

Turn this excellent print volume into a digital devotional designed to daily reach thousands of young Christians! 

Improve broadcast websites

In addition to direct listening and download at AllianceNet.org, it will also connect Think and Act Biblically daily devotional to the weekly broadcast, and showcase both related products and the free items of each broadcast.

Continue to digitize messages by Drs. Boice, Barnhouse, and Ryken

Literally hundreds of reel to reel tapes from these Bible teachers need to be preserved, digitized, and edited for broadcast and distribution! 

Print additional works by Drs. Boice and Barnhouse

Help secure permissions, edit, layout and design, as well as print, distribute, and—most importantly—promote both books and booklets from Drs. Boice and Barnhouse!

Share Eternity Magazine online

Digitize 40 years of editorial work of Dr. Barnhouse, then Dr. Boice, with thousands of outstanding articles into new web content!

We live at an incredible period of time thanks in part to technology. And while we know it’s not dependent upon any method man can devise, by God’s grace, we can reach more people, in more places, with that gift that will last into eternity!

As we look to God for direction and examine His resources as to how they might be deployed, it’s hard not to be humbled and excited. God has blessed the ministry with work beyond our own plans and with incredible partners like you. We pray He will continue to provide the resources to share His Word.

Please visit https://www.alliancenet.org/donate/preparing-christians for more information or to make a donation.

Thank you for your continuing prayers and support!

 


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Alliance broadcasts can now be heard on Family Radio!

By Robert Brady

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?

By Robert Brady

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!

By Robert Brady

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!

By Robert Brady

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 Philadelphia Conference on Reformed Theology can’t be stopped!

By Robert Brady

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!

By Robert Brady

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…