Author Archives: John Aloisi

Thinking about the Church Fathers

A few weeks ago I wrote a post about Patrick (c. 389–c. 461). In response to that post, someone asked several questions about Patrick including whether or not he was Catholic. I offered a brief reply, and a colleague suggested … Continue reading

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Celebrating St. Patrick’s Day

Although St. Patrick’s Day appears on our calendars each year, most modern celebrations of St. Patrick’s Day have little to do with the person behind the holiday. Next week many people will wear a little extra green, some will celebrate … Continue reading

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A Prayer for Grace and for the Glory of God

“Almighty God, our heavenly Father, seeing that since antiquity it has always pleased you to extend your grace toward your people, as perverse and rebellious as they were; and that you have never ceased to exhort them to repentance, but … Continue reading

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Three Reasons Why Some Professing Christians Avoid Church

A couple of weeks ago I wrote a post about the myth of unchurched Christians. Unfortunately the reality is that there are a good number of professing Christians who either shy away from church membership or avoid church attendance altogether. … Continue reading

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Unchurched Christians, Minotaurs, and Other Mythical Beasts

From time to time I’ve met professing Christians who for one reason or another claim that they do not need to be part of a local church. In most cases, they seem to believe that because God has placed them … Continue reading

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Winner Announcement

We are pleased to announce that Josh Peglow of Silverdale, WA is the winner of our recent book giveaway. The books will go in the mail today. Thanks to all who entered.

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Book Giveaway

In the spirit of the season, we’ll be giving away a couple of books to one of our readers very soon. Here are the books: Christians in an Age of Wealth by Craig Blomberg Workbook in Romans by Kenneth Berding … Continue reading

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Why Pray If God Knows Everything?

In his commentary on the Synoptic Gospels, John Calvin discusses Jesus’ statement that the “Father knows what you need before you ask him” (Matt 6:8). Calvin addresses the question of why believers should pray if God already knows what we … Continue reading

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Reformation Day Treats

In honor of Reformation Day, here are a few resources you might want to check out. Ligonier Ministries has made a number of Reformation-related e-books and audio/video resources available to download for free (until 11:59 pm, Oct 31, 2014). Over … Continue reading

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New Book—A Conservative Christian Declaration

Last month a new book was released titled A Conservative Christian Declaration. Co-authored by six men (Kevin Bauder, Scott Aniol, David de Bruyn, Mike Riley, Ryan Martin, and Jason Parker) this fairly short volume (92 pp.) is intended to articulate … Continue reading

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On the Buying of Seminary Textbooks

In August 1998, I ordered some of my first seminary textbooks as a student. That particular semester, one item stood out above the rest. Philip Schaff’s 8-volume History of the Christian Church stood out primarily due to its price. At … Continue reading

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Reason #26 Why You Should Consider Visiting Detroit Baptist Theological Seminary

Michigan Cherry Coffee Sure, you can order it online. But only Michigan coffeehouses serve freshly brewed coffee made from cherries grown just a few hours to our north. If you like coffee but haven’t tried Michigan Cherry coffee, you need … Continue reading

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