Basement Tape #61, a conversation on courtship, is available for free today through Sunday. Don’t miss it! DOWNLOAD FREE MP3 A Conversation on Courtship What is courtship? How should it be done? Is there a biblical process we can follow? How do we best prepare our children to marry wisely, and how ought we to lead them through this process? God gave us marriage, and tasked us with raising godly seed. We in turn want our own children to marry wisely, and raise up the next generation of soldiers of the King. Join us as we consider courtship and some. . . Read more »
Home Fires Burning Three years ago while building our house we installed both a chimney and an electric heat pump. The heat pump was for present use. The chimney was for the future, standing cold and dormant while the heat pump did its work. For all the benefits that it does have, there is something missing from the heat pump experience—and not something crucial, like heat. Although a heat pump keeps the pipes from freezing, one cannot stand over the grate and actually get warm. Instead, there’s a draft—a mildly lukewarm breeze that actually sends chills down my spine just. . . Read more »
Our newest Basement Tapes conversation is Aliens and Strangers. Immigration continues to be a hot political issue, but what does the Bible have to teach us on this topic? Often, we entrench ourselves in political opinions without ever asking that question. This conversation asks some deeper questions about the issue of immigration: Is it biblical to keep people out? How does God want us to treat aliens and strangers? How can we “love our neighbor as ourselves” in this context? What do work and laziness in citizens and immigrants have to do with this question? Does racism play into our. . . Read more »
26 MP3s for $26 or Free Shipping on CDs! This weekend only, Download the MP3 version of the Alphabet Series on Theology, 26 conversations, for only $26.00. Get FREE SHIPPING on the CD version of this series now through Sunday. Get the entire series for FREE by joining the You Get a Tape club this weekend (see below) Don’t miss this fantastic deal! Please share this deal with your friends by clicking one of the social sharing buttons below and help us get the word out. What is the Alphabet Series? The Alphabet Series of Basement Tapes is an A–Z. . . Read more »
A Surprisingly Common Question Because of the Tiber river’s association with Rome, “Swimming the Tiber” has over the centuries become Protestant shorthand for converting to Roman Catholicism. Many of us have friends who have crossed this river to Rome or Russia or Greece or wherever their sect of Orthodoxy calls home. Why are they leaving us? Are they merely changing cities or are they leaving the faith entirely? This is exactly the question discussed in our newest Basement Tape release. Swimming the Tiber is #145 in our series of recorded conversations on topics that range from theology, to culture, to. . . Read more »
Highlands Ministries is seeing great progress in 2014! We consider this ministry successful when we hear of lives being changed. All of the teaching resources we work hard to produce are aimed at inspiring more deliberate biblical thinking, and greater faithfulness in the lives of Christian people. This is life-changing, family-changing, world-changing ministry. We would like to continue in this fruitful direction, but we need your help. Please consider joining us in this work by committing regular support to Highlands Ministries. Our regular supporters are the backbone of this work, and by God’s grace, their giving makes much of. . . Read more »
The newest resources at Highlands Ministries are the Salt Talks. The Salt Talks are conversations with men and women, just like you, who are trying to be salt and light in their homes, churches, and communities. Join Pastor Laurence Windham as he leads these fun and revealing conversations on the struggles and triumphs of living and working for King Jesus. We hope that you will be encouraged and inspired to do great things for the Kingdom. Even if those “great things” are quite ordinary. The first two conversations in this series are about the importance and blessing of male friendships as we work, play,. . . Read more »
This new Basement Tape conversation is the final in our Alphabet series on theology. Z is for Omega (The End). This conversation between Dr. R.C. Sproul Jr., Rev. Laurence Windham and their friends considers the end, heaven, and eternity. What does the end of this world look like? Where is life going? To understand the end of the journey we must go back to the beginning. As we get a better grip on our Genesis we will better understand our end in glory, the Revelation of His glory. There is continuity from our beginning to our end, and what we. . . Read more »
Follow Dr. R.C. Sproul Jr. on Twitter for a chance to win prizes from Highlands Ministries! Introduce your friends and followers to Dr. R.C. Sproul Jr. and when he reaches 20,000 Twitter followers, Highlands Ministries will randomly select 200 winners from amongst his Twitter followers. Share the giveaway and help grow the ministry. Retweeting this giveaway will help get us to the 20,000 mark, and maybe you closer to one of these great prizes! Don’t forget to check out the prizes and rules below. See you on Twitter. Prizes 150 download codes for Basement Tape #63: Suffering 25 download codes. . . Read more »
Join Us Day: Thursday, February 6 Time: 6:00-9:00pm Location: 571 Highway 126, Bristol, TN, 37620, Seventh Day Adventist building. Directions HERE. What: Abortuary Ministry Mini-Conference with Dr. R.C. Sproul Jr., Orientation & Training with Evangelistic Minister Charles Humphrey & Babies Are Murdered Here film viewing Why Should I Go? If the thought of sidewalk ministry in front of the local abortion mill is intimidating to you, you’re not alone. This mini-conference put on by Saint Peter Presbyterian Church in Bristol Tennessee is FREE and open to all who would like to attend. Dr. R.C. Sproul Jr. will be speaking on. . . Read more »
FREE Weekend MP3 Download—Basement Tape #66: True Religion Highlands Ministries offers a free download of Basement Tape #66, a conversation on true religion. It will be available for free today through Sunday. Don’t miss it! DOWNLOAD FREE MP3 What is True Religion? James says that it is to visit orphans and widows in their affliction, and to keep oneself unstained by the world. This is the very wisdom of God. And we foolishly miss it. We live in a culture that not only leaves the care of orphans and widows to the state, but abandons the most defenseless among us,. . . Read more »
Like basketball’s Boston Celtics or football’s Pittsburgh Steelers, we homeschoolers are, so to speak, a dynasty. Competitively, we dominate. Every year, seemingly, homeschoolers take top honors at the National Spelling Bee, span the globe victoriously at the Geography Bee, and argue our way to statewide forensics titles. We populate the better side of standardized test bell curves. We outlearn, outserve, and outscore every other educational demographic. We needn’t be ashamed of these good things, but they are also dangerous, and we have no reason to be proud. The devil is an equal-opportunity tempter. When things don’t go our way, he. . . Read more »
What Are We Arguing About? There are, when we disagree, almost always two disagreements. Most of the time the smaller disagreement is the bigger one. Consider election. There are some in the church who believe that God chooses who will believe His gospel. There are others who believe God sees beforehand who will believe. This, on the surface, seems to be the root of the loss of peace between these two groups. The second disagreement, however, is over this question: just how important an issue is this? Though there are surely exceptions, by and large those who don’t believe in election. . . Read more »
Roe v. Wade—41 Years of Abortion Today is the 41st Anniversary of the Roe v. Wade Supreme Court decision that made abortion legal in this country. Also today, Crown Rights Media, released their long-awaited film, Babies Are Murdered Here (watch it below) in which Dr. R.C. Sproul Jr. is interviewed extensively as one of those who has been a tireless voice for the unborn. This film is a journey into the darkest corners of our culture where Babies Are Murdered . . . Here. Few are willing to go to these dark corners to do anything, to say anything, to even. . . Read more »
Three Reasons I’ve Heard Here are the three reasons I hear most frequently, and two I suspect. First, I have heard from some pastors that the issue is a political one, and they think it necessary to avoid political issues. Some argue that they avoid political issues because they are divisive, others because the government forbids it. They are right on the first count, wrong on the second. Of course every truth divides. Every truth. Preach “Puppies are cute” and the kitten crowd might get upset. Preach “The sky is blue” and the gloomy brigade will demand to know what. . . Read more »
Clichés don’t just happen to become clichés. They have to earn their stripes—a feat that requires, most of the time, that the principle contained therein has a high truth quotient. We know, for instance, that we ought not to bite the hand that feeds us because we’ve found that such bitten hands tend to stop feeding us. We also wisely teach that “more is caught than taught” because, well, more is caught than taught. Our lives are the most potent form of sermonic interference. Sin & Parenting Homeschooling families experience this peculiar truth more, perhaps, than we would like to.. . . Read more »
Hosea, the latest in our Sound Teaching Bible Study series is now available in our store. This study helps give us a right perspective on what we are really like, what Jesus has done for us, and how astonishing the gospel really is. The story of the gospel is not that Jesus, the knight in shining armor, came to save the beautiful princess. Instead, that He came to rescue, and remake, the ugly hag. In this study of Hosea we explore God’s loyal love for His wayward people. And we will stand on the sure and certain promise that He. . . Read more »
Hebrews tells us that we are to “Obey those who are over you, and be submissive, for they watch out for your souls, as those who must give account. Let them do so with joy and not with grief, for that would be unprofitable for you” (Hebrews 13:17). We live in an age where church membership is looked upon as unnecessary, or worse, unhelpful. That is a grave danger indeed. When we refuse to submit to a group of local elders we put ourselves beyond the reach of the gracious blessing of church discipline. We are all capable of falling. . . Read more »
“A man works from sun to sun but a woman’s work is never done.” Although this saying does not describe the work patterns of my husband, this saying is true when you view Sunday as the Christian sabbath. While a man who works outside the home can accomplish a complete cessation of his vocation for one day each week, which mothering duties do not fall under the category of “duties of necessity and mercy”? Sunday is the Hardest Day When my older children were all little, I remember feeling a little resentful of the Sunday bustle. Every other day of. . . Read more »
Top Ten Poor Restaurant Names 10. Bubba’s Slaughterhouse Emporium and Tearoom 9. Sam O’Nilla’s Irish House of Pork 8. Left Out Since Last Tuesday 7. Find a Hair, Dessert’s on Us Factory 6. Endangered Species Garden 5. T.G.I. Hitler’s Birthday 4. Outback: Is Where We Trapped and Killed Your Dinner 3. This Country’s Best Yack (TCBY) 2. Dunkin’ Puppies 1. Squid Barrel The Top Ten Worst Stocking Stuffers of All Time, I mean all time. 10. Dirt 9. Fire 8. Tyrannosaurus meat 7. Your enemy’s skull 6. Freshly yanked back hair with the roots still firmly attached 5. Your. . . Read more »
It is false to say that what we don’t know can’t hurt us, especially when it comes to the Bible. If ever there were anything we need to know, it is the very Word of God. That said, what is in all likelihood worse than what we don’t know about the Bible is what we do know that just isn’t so. Consider the Great Commission. Go Into All the World This, of course, is something we ought to be infinitely familiar with. These are not just the words of Jesus, as if that weren’t enough, but the “last” words of Jesus,. . . Read more »
Why is theology important? What do ideas like Expiation and Self-Existence have to do with our day-to-day living? They have a great deal of importance in a life of faith, whether we realize it or not. Understanding the God in whom we trust, can actually help us trust Him more. Understanding why we believe the things we believe can give us greater confidence as we seek to live faithfully and build the Christ’s kingdom in our corner of the world. The newest Basement Tape, #143 is the 25th in a 26 part series called the Alphabet Series on Theology. Y. . . Read more »
You Get Everything club Here at Highlands Ministries we are thankful for our ministry partners who help make possible the work that we do for the glory of God and the building of His kingdom. Our best supporters are people like you. Families who are encouraged and helped by the resources we produce. One of the most helpful ways that these folks support the ministry is by becoming members of our You Get Everything club. This club is a win win. Regular monthly support helps us to be able to plan our year, and allows us to focus our efforts. . . Read more »
Something has been lost. Don’t we often have a nagging feeling within us that something has been lost? It’s not our glasses or the grocery list most of the time (unless you have small children or dogs or both like I do). What I’m talking about is deeper, more the core than the apple. In the movie, The Matrix, the protagonist, Neo lives with this nagging feeling that things are not as they should be and while there are clues to the dilemma, there are no answers. Until someone tells him the truth that his “life” was nothing more than. . . Read more »
If you have had your Basement Tape or other cd arrive broken we are very sorry and are looking for a better way to ship these to you. Too many of you have had this happen now that the nation has entered the cold months. If you have contacted us, your replacement will arrive shortly. If you have not, you can always email us to let us know what you need: info@HighlandsMinistriesOnline.org
As the temperatures drop, the CDs that we mail to you in the cardboard packages become more brittle and can break in transit. If this happens to you, simply send us an email (info@HighlandsMinistriesOnline.org) letting us know who you are and which CD you need replaced and we’ll put another one in the mail immediately.
Our Basement Tape conversation, Godliness, Contentment and Great Gain (#141) is now available for purchase as either a CD or mp3. “Therefore do not worry, saying, ‘What shall we eat?’ or ‘What shall we drink?’ or ‘What shall we wear?’ For after all these things the Gentiles seek. For your heavenly Father knows that you need all these things. But seek first the kingdom of God and His righteousness, and all these things shall be added to you” (Matthew 6:31-33).
The upcoming issue of Every Thought Captive magazine is titled: Seasons and contains such articles as: A Season of Waiting, A Time to Plant, In Defense of Dancing and Mourning. Because we all struggle with maintaining our balance in our Christian walk we wanted to examine the seasons of life, the ups and downs, the planting and harvesting, from a variety of angles. As we do with all our issues of this magazine we search the Bible for answers to how we survive and thrive on our journey to the Celestial City. Every Thought Captive is in its seventeenth year. . . Read more »
Dr. Sproul recently gave a sermon on Romans 7: 15-20 and tries to answer the question: Why Do Christians Still Sin? Listen here. 15 For I do not understand my own actions. For I do not do what I want, but I do the very thing I hate. 16 Now if I do what I do not want, I agree with the law, that it is good. 17 So now it is no longer I who do it, but sin that dwells within me. 18 For I know that nothing good dwells in me, that is, in my flesh. For I have the desire to do what. . . Read more »
The November issue of Every Thought Captive magazine is entitled: Contra Mundum, “against the world.” From the President’s Column: “We who are the seed of the woman are to oppose the seed of the serpent. The orders for this battle were written very early on: “And I will put enmity between you and the woman, and between your seed and her Seed” (Gen 3:15a). And there is seemingly no end to the areas of life in which we see possible conflicts and battlefields on which to fight them.” Join the conversation as we talk about how to live “Contra Mundum.”. . . Read more »
The Reformation Day Faire Our speakers and musical guests include… Dr. R.C. Sproul, Jr. Dr. R.C. Sproul, Jr. teaches at Reformation Bible College in Sanford, Florida where he also serves as a teaching fellow for Ligonier Ministries. He is the founder of Highlands Ministries and former editor of Tabletalk magazine.Dr. Sproul is the author or editor of more than a dozen books, the most recent of which are The Call to Wonder; Believing God; Bound for Glory; After Darkness, Light: Essays in Honor of R. C. Sproul; and When You Rise Up: A Covenantal Approach to Homeschooling. Rev. James McDonald. . . Read more »
A Basement Tape conversation on: Courtship God gave us marriage, wanting godly seed. We in turn want the same for our own children, that they would marry wisely, and raise up the next generation of soldiers of the King. How do we best prepare our children to marry wisely, and how ought we to lead them through this process? Join us as we consider together some fundamental principles of wisdom along the path to the joy of seeing our children marry in the Lord.
Dr. Sproul will be a key-note speaker on October 11-12 at the Family Economics Conference in Ocean Shores, Washington, This conference is hosted by Generations with Vision and Christian Heritage. Dr. Sproul is an expert in the subject of economics and his book, Biblical Economics, has been in print continuously for almost thirty years. Dr. Sproul has also developed a DVD series, Economics for Everybody and a curriculum on economics. Both are designed for students of all ages.
Dr. Sproul braved the cool mountain air of southwestern Virginia this past weekend to record a few Basement Tapes with Laurence Windham, Jay Barfield, Steve Murphy, and Eric Owens. Here, he and Basement Tape host, Laurence Windham enjoy a post-recording, pre-dinner moment.
Dr. Sproul is in Bristol this weekend finishing up the 26 part ABCs of Theology with X, Y and Z. If you have not yet started on this Basement Tape series you can find A through V starting here. W is for Worship will be available at the store by October 10th and X, Y, and Z will be produced over the next few months.
Ligonier Ministries’ 2013 Fall Conference: Creation & Re-Creation September 27-28 Beauty is the goal even of our Savior’s work in redemption, for He is working to present His bride—the church—to Himself without spot and wrinkle. In this session, Dr. R.C. Sproul Jr. will look at the scope of the Savior’s work in bringing beauty to the world through recreating all things, undoing the damage of the fall, and beautifying His bride, all of which is work He does as the Son to honor His Father.
After Darkness Light “For almost a biblical generation, the ministry of Dr. R.C. Sproul has been transforming the convictions of evangelicals,” says Edmund Clowney. He describes Dr. Sproul as “a morning star of a new reformation” whose teaching “brought robust Calvinism back into American evangelicalism.” It is customary to pay tribute to a scholar who has had an illustrious career with a festschrift, a collection of essays written in his honor. No modern-day theologian is more worthy of honor than Dr. R.C. Sproul, who has done so much to promote a thorough understanding of the Reformed faith among the laity. And. . . Read more »
We serve a God of divisions. He separated night from day, land from sea, and the seed of the woman from the seed of the serpent. In our day the church has lost sight of this most fundamental truth, we are at war with all God’s enemies. Join us as we talk through the calling of antithesis, that we are not just called to set apart, but are set apart, and that that truth changes everything.
The state of the church being somewhat in decline (at least here in America) it may occur to us that it’s wise to take our families where there is more salt and more light. May we? Should we? Must we? Join our conversation as we work through a few scenarios, acknowledging that wherever we go, there we are. And if we must go screaming “life, life, eternal life!,” or leave as friends, or stay, we need to do so while honoring those in authority over us and using wisdom to inform all these important decisions.
As we are fond of saying, because we believe it to be true, “Education is Conversation.” We learn as we discuss matters according to biblical principles. If you’re new to the conversation of the Good Life and want to “catch up,” this it the book for you. It contains the first seven years’ worth of R.C.’s Vision column from Every Thought Captive, the magazine of Highlands Ministries. Subscriptions to ETC, by the way, are only $25 a year.
BELIEVING GOD DVD TEACHING SERIES Too good to be true? While Christians may express trust in God’s words, they refuse, in numerous ways, to stake their lives on what He says. In this teaching series, Dr. R.C. Sproul Jr. challenges Christians to take a second glance at twelve of the most significant promises in Scripture. As Dr. Sproul methodically unpacks each divine pledge, he invites every Christian with a teachable heart to discover anew the grandeur of what God has committed Himself to do for His people and to live in the joy of God’s promises. Twelve 23 minute messages on two dvds 1.. . . Read more »
In a recent interview with Ligonier Ministries President, Chris Larson, R.C. Sproul Jr. speaks candidly about his recent hardships, his new teaching series on God’s sovereignty in the midst of suffering, and updates us on how he and his family are doing. Questions What was it that prompted you to attend worship the morning your wife, Denise, died? (00:49) What enabled you to teach a series on suffering after having just experienced so much? (03:11) Why should we try to “own” the sovereignty of God in the context of suffering? (05:03) Why are those in the contemporary church struggling so much with suffering. . . Read more »
True Life Choice Join us for a joyful evening of powerful stories and inspiration as we celebrate 30 years of saving unborn lives and transforming families in Jesus’ name. Featuring Keynote Speaker: Dr. R.C. Sproul, Jr. September 19, 2013 Florida Hotel & Conference Center at the Florida Mall 1500 Sandlake Road Orlando, FL 32809 Doors: 6:30pm, Program & Dinner:7:00pm True Life Choice P.O. Box 547729 Orlando, Fl 32854 (407) 244-5529
Believing education is conversation, we gather monthly to have a conversation on topics related to the good life. Pastors R.C. Sproul Jr. and Laurence Windham along with their friends and special guests enjoy a stimulating conversation on a wide variety of topics relating to the Christian life. We have done this 138 times so far on subjects as varied as Tobacco, Games and C.S. Lewis. We also get more strictly theological in our “Alphabet” series on Theology. Some have said that these conversations are somewhat upsetting. Others life-changing. A few have said they are both at the same time. When. . . Read more »
Don’t look now, but I’m afraid we’re eager to have people look at us. Modesty is a concept that is all but forgotten in the church. On the rare occasion that it comes up, It is usually reduced to how much skin we’re exposing. Both bare midriffs and blogs, however, are most often the same thing beneath, a desire to draw attention to ourselves. In this conversation we consider modesty both as it relates to clothing, and how it relates to our hearts. We hope you’ll join us in this conversation.
Every Thought Captive is in its seventeenth year of publication. Starting in 2013 we publish ten issues per year. This is where the teaching of Dr. Sproul and Highlands Ministries is most clearly presented: in eight feature articles, in book and film reviews, in a liturgy for the month, in pictures of the good life, in the top ten list and more. We love putting this magazine out. It is our attempt to share with you what we think the “good life” is all about. We believe that God has called each of us to a truly joyful existence if we. . . Read more »
September 19: True Life Crisis Pregnancy Center Orlando, Florida September 27-28: Reformation Bible College Conference Sanford, Florida October 3-5: Recording Basement Tapes Bristol, Virginia October 11-13: Family Economics Conference Seattle, Washington October 18-20: Reformation Faire Peoria, Illinois October 26: Crisis Pregnancy Center Bastram, Texas (tentative) October 31- Nov. 3: Reformation Circle Meeting Dallas, Texas November 8: Lake County Crisis Pregnancy Center Eustis, Florida November 14-15: R. B. C. Board Meeting Sanford, Florida November 21-24: Theological Bootcamp Puerto Rico
We worship the same God. We read the same Bible. Some of us share the same confessions of faith. Why is it then that our lives are so very different? Why do we seem to have so much trouble agreeing? Shouldn’t the plain teaching of Scripture lead to common understanding and similar application? Join our conversation as Dr. Sproul, Rev. Windham and their friends discuss the errs of our ways.
The world, Paul tells us, knows what’s coming. Romans 1 not only highlights the universal guilt of all men, but, ironically, defines that guilt as the denial of what we know. We know that there is a God and that we fail to meet His standard. We know, in short, that we are in trouble. But, we seek to suppress that truth in unrighteousness. The lexical background of the Greek word translated assuppress suggests something like a heavy metal spring that we try to hold down as long as we can. I believe, however, that we get closer to the spirit. . . Read more »