Coming up on Faith and Practice

gptsHere is a sampling of some of the questions that are scheduled to be answered on the July 29th edition of Faith and Practice with Dr. Pipa.

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Updated: June 27, 2016

After Jesus’ resurrection, he went up to heaven (Mark 16:19, Luke 24:51). I understand this to mean that our veiled-in-flesh Lord, the Son of Man, is physically located somewhere in his created cosmos.

Is it therefore just a matter of time (i.e., technological advances) before unbelieving scientists searching for extraterrestrial life unwittingly find Him?

In Romans 2:15 Paul says the “work of the law is written on their hearts” referring to unbelieving gentiles.  In Jer 31:33 in the New Covenant prophecy God says He “will put my law within them, and I will write it on their hearts”
referring to believers.  What is the distinction between the 2 writings of the law on the heart?

Is it appropriate to raise hands in corporate worship? when? What sort of hand raising does the psalmist speak of?

In the Reformed Community we have seen a lot of books written in the past 25 years by authors who have much good to teach, but who also teach error. I think of the Federal Vision and New Perspective on Paul writers, men like Douglas Wilson and Archbishop Wright. Not all these authors write is in error, but when they turn from truth to error I wonder how to approach their later
works as a pastor and a scholar. How am I to use their books intelligently and should I recommend their books to the average member who, sadly, does not read or does not have time to read, deeply enough to separate truth from error?

How can we truly excommunicate our covenant children who have not been admitted to the Lord’s Table if excommunication is barring professing
Christians from the Lord’s supper.

How do we deal with the Christian Liberty of pipe smoking or Cigar smoking? How can we support this practice from scripture?

Well — CTS (Covenant Seminary) has decided to rename
their ST dept as “missional theology.” Is this a problem? Why does
GPTS use the heading “systematic theology?”

Dr. Pipa offered a protest at the 44th PCA GA. May this be posted? And perhaps discuss it later after
reflection, but reprint it ASAP. Late Thursday evening it was
re-quoted in a less than charitable fashion and it would be helpful to
see it exactly as Dr. Pipa intended. Thank you.

What is the reformed
interpretation of Jude 1.9 (“But even the archangel Michael, when he
was disputing with the devil about the body of Moses,

1 – What general principles of wisdom ought to guide those of us in
pastoral/preaching ministry (or preparing for such ministry) when it
comes to selecting passages for a sermon series? Assuming we are
expositional preachers, how do we choose the next book to preach
through? In particular, what guidance can you give to men who are
entering their first pulpit, and have the liberty given to them to
begin a new book/series right away? What kinds of matters or questions
ought they to be considering?
**Bill, you can shorter all of this to something simple like “What
considerations ought to guide a preacher’s planning of a sermon

2 – What topics of faith and/or practice do you think the Church would
be benefitted to have addressed in a fresh/new (but historically
grounded and Scripturally faithful) book-length treatment from a
confessional Presbyterian (Westminsterian) perspective?
**In other words, “What are the top three issues or questions facing
the Church today for which it would be helpful to have a new book from
a confessional Presbyterian author?”

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