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John DelHousaye on Praying the Nunc Dimittis

By Phoenix Seminary | December 18, 2017 | 0 Comments
Selection of Simeon in the Temple, by Rembrandt van Rijn, 1631

Luke has given us three prayers for Advent—the Magnificat, the Benedictus, and the Nunc Dimittis. This meditation focuses on the third; I intend to offer context for the focus (kavanah) we bring to the prayer. This section in Luke’s birth narrative of Jesus has four chiastic subunits: A         Piety of Parents (2:21–24) B          Simeon’s Piety…

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A Tribute to R. C. Sproul from Wayne Grudem

By Phoenix Seminary | December 15, 2017 | 1 Comment

Yesterday, the popular Christian author, speaker, and founder of Ligonier Ministries, R. C. Sproul, passed into glory. Posted here is a note of gratitude for his life and ministry from Wayne Grudem. R. C. Sproul was a tireless, ever-courageous defender of the inerrancy of the Bible and the unfathomable greatness of our sovereign God. He had…

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Peter Gurry on A Pope, a Prayer, and Proper Translation

By Peter Gurry | December 12, 2017 | 1 Comment

By now you may have seen the headlines claiming that Pope Francis wants to change the words of the Lord’s Prayer from “lead us not into temptation” to “do not let us fall into temptation.” The Pope’s reason is theological: “It is not He [God] that pushes me into temptation and then sees how I…

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John Meade on The Biblical Canon Lists

By John Meade | December 11, 2017 | 0 Comments

“What is a biblical canon list,” you ask? It is an ancient list of biblical books usually drafted by a church father or synod to specify those books churches recognized as authoritative for doctrine. For example, St. Gregory of Nazianzus drafted a canon list of books (381–90 AD) that promoted piety on the one hand and defended from…

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Wayne Grudem on Theistic Evolution

By Phoenix Seminary | December 8, 2017 | 0 Comments

Theistic evolution is the view that God did not directly act in the world to create plants, animals, or human beings, but instead that He simply created inanimate matter at the beginning of the universe and then allowed completely naturalistic mechanisms such as random mutation and natural selection to produce all forms of life, including…

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