Alliance Editorial Director Jonathan Master on the Presbycast podcast

Alliance Editorial Director Jonathan Master joins William Castro and G. Vijay Raju on the Presbycast podcast recorded at this year’s Reformation Worship Conference. From Peru to Greenville, from India to… the Alliance – three interesting guests that demonstrate the range of Reformed witness. Jonathan discusses his work here at the Alliance, including discussing his podcast Theology on the Go

Listen here: Presbycast

So Pastor, What’s Your Point?

“Just because a sermon has points, doesn’t mean it’s got a point.

One of the best preaching books I’ve read in the last decade is Dennis Prutow’s So Pastor, What’s Your Point? If someone like Tim Keller or Don Carson had written it, it would be a bestseller.” – David Murray, HeadHeartHand.org

Seven years ago the Alliance published So Pastor, What’s Your Point?, Dennis Prutow’s highly acclaimed book on preaching.  We’d like to offer this text to you this Pastor Appreciation Month at a discounted price for the future pastor or seasoned pastor in your life. 

The sermon preparation procedure outlined in this volume will: 

  • Help point a pastor to the main point of his text. 
  • See the importance of a solid and succinct sermon point applying God’s truth. 
  • Understand how a solid sermon point and sequential outline give focus, unity, and purpose to your explanations, illustrations, applications.
  • Grasp how outlines should unfold the text and lead both the pastor and the congregation into the application of God’s truth. 
  • Learn that force in preaching is born of solid preparation, passion, body language, and eye contact. 
  • Begin to discern God’s active application of His covenant Word to His covenant people.

Dr. Prutow developed this procedure through years of preaching. The vital principles taught here will be invaluable for those who not only preach, but also teach God’s Word in various venues. This book would be an excellent resource for seminary students, Bible teachers, public speakers of all types, as well as a refresher for seasoned pastors. 

Visit ReformedResources.org to order a copy today.

Let the Alliance promote your Reformation Sunday event!

Will your church be hosting a Reformation Sunday event during this historic year?

Reformation Sunday is an opportunity to affirm our doctrinal convictions and to praise God for His ongoing reformation of the Church. The Alliance would like 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 AllianceNet.org/JoinReformationSunday by October 10 to sign-up, and while you are there, download free resources for you and your church.

If you are looking to attend a Reformation event in your area, we’ve had a number of churches from around the world share their events with us. Visit ReformationSunday.org to see the event list.

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.


Links

AllianceNet.org/JoinReformationSunday

ReformationSunday.org

Why We Are Still Protestant

This year marks the 500th anniversary of Martin Luther’s nailing of the 95 theses to the door of Castle Church in Wittenburg, Germany.  This act in itself was relatively conventional: he was essentially initiating a debate about the use and abuse of indulgences in the Roman Catholic Church.  But the pastoral concerns of this small-town professor set ablaze Europe with the flames of Reformation.

Within a short time it was clear that Luther’s concerns had implications far beyond indulgences and relics; they went to the heart of the medieval Roman church.  In the years immediately following the publication of his famous theses, Luther had occasion to engage in other highly significant debates on some of these implications.  It was in Heidelberg in 1518 that Luther made it clear that humility was the key to salvation and theology.  In Leipzig, about a year later, Luther declared that the decrees of the pope and of the church deserved close scrutiny; some were indefensible.  

In 1520, Luther wrote treatises challenging the church’s view on the sacraments, on justification and good works, and on the relationship between the civil authorities and the authority of the church.  During the next year, Luther was summoned to appear before the Imperial Diet of Worms in a last-ditch attempt to get him to recant.  He did not.

In further years Luther would turn his attention to the translation of the Bible into German, to the thorny problem of how a congregation freed from the grip of Rome should worship and operate, and to the perennial questions related to Christian work and the Christian family.  

These kinds of questions and many more had to be addressed by Luther and the other early Reformers.  This should remind us that the reform set in motion 500 years ago this October has a number of far reaching implications.  While individual Christians might boil down the core of Protestantism to one or two major points, the reality was and is far more complex.  

Over the next few weeks, across all of the websites of the Alliance of Confessing Evangelicals, we’ll be surveying many aspects of the Protestant cause.  Some of the articles will be historical in nature, giving further detail about the specific figures, events, and debates that shaped the early years after the break from Rome.  Some will be theological, bringing clarity to the animating ideas that drove Luther and so many others to pursue the truth of the gospel at great personal cost to themselves.  Some will be polemical, making the case explicitly that what was true then is true today.    

Our hope is that this series will renew your interest in the Reformation and its implications.  But more than renewing interest, we pray that the posts will awaken in you a greater conviction of the importance of this great work of God in the history of the church.  

Sometimes the nature of Reformed theology has been summarized by the so-called five solas of the Reformation.  These five Latin slogans could be translated as: the Bible alone; grace alone; faith alone; in Christ alone; to the glory of God alone.  Ultimately this series of articles, and every article we publish, has one final end in mind: that God would be glorified.  As we look back to God’s great and gracious work 500 years ago, may God be pleased to use this series to bring about a Reformed awaking in today’s church.  

Just Posted – New Alliance Re:Port

Thanks to the support of our members, we have very exciting news in the fall Alliance Re:Port. Here are some highlights:

Celebrate the Reformed Resources Reboot!

Over the weekend of October 28th and 29th, ReformedResources.org, the Alliance online resource center, will undergo a major reboot! You will be pleased with its new capacity, as well as the thousands of audio, video, and print resources there! To thank you for your support and encouragement, and to celebrate the launch, we have free gifts for you. Read the Re:port to find out more. 

More than Double Your Ministry Impact this November

The Alliance will once again participate in the ExtraOrdinary Give on November 17th. Your support in years past has truly been extraordinary. Last year, members donated over $41,000 in just 24 hours. This year, the Alliance has a matching gift of $25,000 in addition to the $500,000 stretch gift from the Lancaster Foundation. So please prayerfully consider giving at ExtraGive.org on November 17th.

Dr. Boice’s Theologically Rich Daily Devotional Is Back in Print

Come to the Waters, a yearlong devotional from James Boice, has been out of print and unavailable for years. An Alliance supporter has made it available once again. The book selects from the fruit of Dr. Boice’s labor, distilling his teaching into daily readings that take you from Genesis to Revelation. This new edition is a hardcopy, library-quality book that you can enjoy for years to come.

Thank you!

It is by God’s grace that the Alliance has been able to provide excellent, trustworthy teaching for close to 70 years. Your prayers and gifts allow us to share the Gospel, engage the culture, proclaim biblical doctrine, and encourage the Church. We are blessed to partner with you. Thank you. 

Be sure to subscribe to our emails so you don’t miss any upcoming announcements. 


Links

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Download Caught Up: 1 Thessalonians 4 and the Truth About the Rapture by Danny Hyde

“We…will be caught up” (1 Thes. 4:17) 

Will you be “left behind?” Evangelical Christianity knows this question well. It has been inundated with the pre-tribulational, pre-millennial, secret rapture of the church for the last century. In fact, just last week Dallas Theological Seminary advertised a free ebook on social media, The Truth and Timing of the Rapture by Mark Hitchcock. In response, the Alliance is pleased to offer the free E-book Caught Up: 1 Thessalonians 4 and the Truth About the Rapture by MeetthePuritans.org editor Danny Hyde.

Tolle Lege! Take up and read!

When you shop, Amazon gives

By Robert Brady

AmazonSmile is a simple and automatic way for you to support the Alliance every time you shop on Amazon, at no cost to you. Bookmark and visit smile.amazon.com, designate the Alliance as your charitable organization. It’s that simple!

On Thursday, March 16, Amazon will donate 5% (10 times the usual donation rate!) of the price of your eligible AmazonSmile purchases to Alliance of Confessing Evangelicals. Get started at smile.amazon.com/ch/23-1352120.


The Alliance of Confessing Evangelicals is member supported and operates only by your faithful support. Thank you.

Old Error for a New Generation

By Robert Brady

This important conversation was originally posted at Todd Pruitt’s blog 1517 hosted at MortificationofSpin.org


Last evening I was made aware of a new podcast called Truth’s Table. The particular episode I was linked to is entitled “Gender Apartheid.” Among the hosts and guests are members of PCA and OPC churches; women and men with leadership responsibilities. The content of the discussion is shocking to anyone who actually believes and upholds the doctrinal standards of the PCA and OPC.

You can listen to the episode HERE.

If you listen to the podcast what you will hear is typical boilerplate liberation theology which is fundamentally unbiblical and incompatible with the gospel and the church’s mission. Sadly this has been allowed a foothold in the PCA. Some of us have been warning about it, apparently to no avail. It is nothing more than the latest incarnation of the social gospel which ironically destroys the gospel by replacing it with something else.

During the discussion the hosts dismiss the biblical pattern of male leadership within the church as nothing more than a manmade rule. They also mock those who uphold that biblical pattern and join that mockery with crude language. Keep in mind that these men and women are members of and serve in churches whose standards uphold those biblical patterns of leadership.

Near the very end of the podcast one of the hosts gives a brief nod of legitimacy to transgenderism. This is not surprising given the radical roots of their categories.

I will not labor over every problem with the content of this podcast. You will be able to hear for yourself if you choose. But be warned. It is very tedious. It is something that would be warmly received in the PC(USA) for sure. What is so troubling is that it is being received by some within the PCA. This will not end well. Experiments in the social gospel never end well.

If you are a member of a PCA church you have a voice. I would encourage you to make the pastor and session of your church aware of this and encourage them to take action by contacting the appropriate churches and presbyteries. You will also want to pass it along to the clerk of your presbytery.

Let us do all we can to keep these unbiblical ideas from spreading any further in the PCA and corrupting our Lord’s church.


Express your concerns to your local church, presbytery, and denominational leaders.

Presbyterian Church in America

Orthodox Presbyterian Church

Evangelical Presbyterian Church

Association of Reformed Baptist Churches of America

 


The Alliance of Confessing Evangelicals is member supported and operates only by your faithful support. Thank you.

Trinity audio featuring the teaching of Liam Goligher now available

By Robert Brady

In the summer of 2016 the subject of the Trinity was brought to the forefront on MortificationofSpin.org, particular through blog posts by Liam Goligher and Carl Trueman. The discussion ran like wildfire across the evangelical blogosphere throughout 2016, bringing the doctrine of the Trinity to national attention.

In response, Dr. Goligher preached a series of sermons on the Trinity from Hebrews 1. This doctrine is not easy to understand or to preach.  Yet the Trinity is the most foundational of all Christian beliefs, because it speaks of the God we worship as he revealed himself to finite minds.

These sermons are now available on CD and MP3 at ReformedResources.org thanks to a partnership between the Alliance of Confessing Evangelicals and Tenth Presbyterian Church. Listening to them several times, one still finds new angles, new insights into the shape of this battle; new understandings of the implications for every aspect of our faith. The trumpet call has sounded. Time to polish swords and put on helmets, to empty the armory of God of all its state-of-the-art equipment for this battle.

Contemplation of the Trinity opens fresh vistas of spiritual knowledge as Christians read Scripture for themselves. They will find TRINITY ideal for their own devotional study.  Also consider a set as an Easter gift to your favorite young pastor or pastor-to-be. 

MP3 Audio Set of All 8 Sermons:  $8.00

CD Audio Set of All 8 Sermons:  $12.00 (75% off regular price)

Discounted Price good until May 1, 2017 on ReformedResources.org.

 


The Alliance of Confessing Evangelicals is member supported and operates only by your faithful support. Thank you.