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Basement Tape #153: Two Cheers for Dispensationalism

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Audio: Two Cheers for Dispensationalism (Basement Tapes #153)

In this conversation we consider both the strengths and weaknesses of dispensationalism. We praise that which is praiseworthy and honestly look at the weaknesses of the movement. We consider both the novelty of dispensationalism, and its courage in light of liberalism. We also look at the fallout that flows from its weaknesses. How has this movement evolved, where did it come from, and why has it so swiftly become the dominant view among professing believers?

The Age of Accountability & the Faith of Your Children

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Age of Accountability

Real Life Brings Questions of the Age of Accountability Serving as a pastor for five years I had to counsel grieving parents at the loss of a child while yet in the womb. I have Christian friends who have had young children die and a precious friend with a child who (it appears to our finite minds) is unable to understand much of what is said to her. I am a father of eleven covenant blessings in our home, but two of our children never made it to our home. One died after about sixteen weeks in the womb, the. . .
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Preserved by God — The Perseverance of the Saints

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Preserved by God — The Perseverance of the Saints

Perseverance of the Saints & Free Will “I give eternal life to them and they will never perish and no one will snatch them out of My hand.” John 10:28 We have seen the warning, “No Diving Allowed” most often in public swimming areas, when the pool or lake water is too shallow to dive into without risk of serious injury. Some have not heeded the warning (or were in a place where no warning was given) and ended up paralyzed or dead. Many of us know of a person who has had this experience and a few of us. . .
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Be Grateful for the Doctrine of Election

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Be Grateful for the Doctrine of Election

Uncomfortable with the Doctrine of Election That the purpose of God according to election might stand, not of works but of Him who calls. — Romans 9:11 Before us we have a verse from a passage of Scripture (Romans 9) that gives more than a few people an uneasy feeling. What is written about a pagan king is difficult enough for some, but it’s just too much for many when God declares His choosing Isaac not Ishmael and that while He loved Jacob, He hated Esau. I suppose there are people who struggle with this chapter, in part at least,. . .
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If Your Theology Doesn’t Transform Your Living You’re Doing it Wrong

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If Your Theology Doesn't Transform Your Living You're Doing it Wrong

We are Forgetful of God’s Word There is a subtlety regarding our interaction with the Scriptures that causes our lives as Christians to be less than they could and ought to be. The apostle James spells this out in no uncertain terms by stating; “Looking at the Scriptures and going your way” is never going to do to and for us what, “looking at the Scriptures as you go” will do. (Read that last sentence again, slower, it’ll make sense.) The difference here is focus. And the focus initiates a transformation. The man who glances at the Word and goes. . .
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The Kingdom of God & Brownies

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The Kingdom of God & Brownies

Kingdom of God Takes Hold It all starts with worship — potent worship. Like a kung-fu ballet or fudge brownies with just enough brownie mix to hold all those pecans together. Let’s face it, if you don’t have something that is worthy of passion then you ain’t got much at all. But once it takes hold, you see life radically differently. There is eternity in every moment. Those words spoken, that opportunity that presents itself, that child, that job, that illness; they all become what they were not before, because you were not who you were before. The world has. . .
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Heaven On Earth

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Changing Culture A reoccurring fantasy of mine is to be a witness as the Spirit moves in a great way in this country. Slowly at first, changing families, towns, perhaps regions. And then sweeping the country from coast to coast. Imagine the confusion, the frustration, the outrage as those who were comfortable, even happy, with the status quo woke up to a country where radical changes were happening. Where the Kingdom of God was seizing territory, seizing lives, seizing souls. And as Jesus was a revolutionary, so too should we be. Overthrowing institutions is the goal for those institutions that. . .
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Weekend Deal—ABCs of Theology Basement Tapes Series

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Audio: Alphabet Series on Theology (Basement Tapes series)

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. . .
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New Basement Tape Release #144

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Basement Tape #144: Z is for Omega (the end)

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. . .
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New Basement Tape — Y is for Self-Existence

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Basement Tape #143: Y is for Self-Existence

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. . .
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The ABC’s of Theology (Basement Tapes)

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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.  

Basement Tape #134: U is for Unconditional Election

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In this conversation on unconditional election, the U of TULIP theology, we consider how humbling the doctrine of election should be to us. We consider what we deserve and what the Lord has graciously given us. Join us for a conversation that overflows with thanksgiving for God’s sovereign, electing love.

This Basement Tape is one of a series of 26 conversations on the ABCs of Theology.

Basement Tape #28: Coloring Between the Lines

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Audio: Coloring Between the Lines, Systematic Theology (Basement Tapes #28)

Is the study of systematic theology useful to those that are not pastors or teachers? Does this structured study of God add anything to the spiritual lives of laypeople? We believe so. This conversation, a defense of the systematic study of the things of God, argues that while precision and abstract thought can actually move us away from Jesus, that the solution isn’t sloppy and esoteric thought.

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