The Morning Star of the Reformation
Hus, Luther, and the other Reformers were indebted to him. So are we. Wycliffe was indeed “the Morning Star of the Reformation.”
While attending church on December 28, 1384, Wycliffe suffered a severe stroke, his second. He died two days later. Post tenebras lux—”after darkness, light”—is the slogan representing the Reformation at Calvin’s Geneva. The sun did rise in the Reformation of the sixteenth century, and the light of the gospel chased the darkness away. But we... Continue Reading
The Dead-end of Research Justice
In “Cynical Theories,” the authors demonstrate that modern Critical Theory is essentially applied post-modernism.
Critical Theory values epistemic diversity—as if spiritism or superstition are just as valid as rational and evidentiary forms of knowing. But we must insist that reason and evidence are universal values, not white ones. They are universal because they are gifts from God to be used for his glory, not to be discarded as racist... Continue Reading
Responding to Craig’s Proposals On The Eternal Generation Of The Son
Craig concludes his paper with a restatement of his thesis that the doctrine of eternal generation should be replaced with a model of social trinitarianism.
Craig’s claim that eternal generation should be rejected on exegetical, historical/philosophical, and theological grounds is itself open to challenge and debate. Furthermore, the alternative of social trinitarianism creates more problems than it solves. In the end, the Nicene doctrine of eternal generation should not be quickly abandoned by Christians. Properly understood, it most faithfully reflects... Continue Reading
He Knows What Is In The Darkness
We were not created to live in darkness.
There is something tremendous in this statement. So often, we see darkness around us. Daniel was living in dark days. He and his friends had been taken into captivity, forced to learn the foreign ways, and even had their Hebrew names changed. There was much darkness in their world, but they were learning that their... Continue Reading
Death in the Pot and the Meaning of Scripture
When reading Scripture consider these two questions: What is God teaching me about Himself? What is God requiring of me? We’ll then begin to accurately understand the meaning.
Most of us have never experienced a famine. We live in a land of such abundance of food that we have become vain to the point of widespread gluttony, excess, wastefulness, and discontent. How thankful should Christians be to the Lord for the abundance of food He provides each and every day? And Elisha... Continue Reading
An Open Letter to the Overcommitted Pastor
“Never confuse activity with accomplishment.”
Your personal devotional life will be the easiest thing to sacrifice, and the one thing you cannot afford to lose. The congregation will not know right away if your time with the Lord is suffering. You will still be able to preach sermons on Sundays, and you will be capable of recalling Bible verses when... Continue Reading
The Rarest Commodity
Ultimately, all the treasures of wisdom and knowledge are only found in Jesus Christ.
When we come to Christ, we learn to live in a way that is pleasing to God. We seek after His instruction and walk in His ways. Jesus is the rarest commodity–the eternal wisdom of God and sole source of righteousness and life. It is Him we must learn to seek, find, and acquire more... Continue Reading
No Longer I Who Mother
Our strength, endurance, and joy can be daily and rigorously rooted in who Christ is for us and who we are in him.
When your children mature and become less dependent on you, and you start to feel useless, remember that in Christ you were created for good works before time began (Ephesians 2:10). God has important and necessary tasks for you in this new season. Those good works may have been more focused on your children for... Continue Reading
The Holy Love of God
Augustine of Hippo pointed out that the desire of every human heart is to experience a love that is transcendent.
The love of God is in a class by itself. It transcends our experience. Nevertheless, it is a love that He shares in part with us and expects us to manifest to each other. He grants to His people—insofar as is possible given the Creator-creature distinction—His holy love (Rom. 5:5). Long ago, Augustine of... Continue Reading
Pastor John MacArthur Responds To California’s Threats Of Imprisonment: ‘Bring It On’
Church attorneys argued in response to the letter that Newsom’s lockdown order violated half a dozen parts of the California State Constitution.
Grace Community Church received a cease and desist letter in August for holding in-person services banned under Democratic California Gov. Gavin Newsom’s pandemic lockdown order. The letter threatened the church with $1,000 daily fines and MacArthur with imprisonment if the church did not comply. Grace Community Church Pastor John MacArthur fired back a response... Continue Reading
4 Qualities of God-Honoring Work
Because of the curse, your job may involve painful toil and yield little satisfaction. But you can glorify God where you are by your heart attitude.
Work that is truly Christian is work well done. Genesis 1 logs God’s commitment to excellence when it says, “God saw everything that he had made, and behold, it was very good” (Gen. 1:31). Christians should always do good work. Christians ought to be the best workers wherever they are. They ought to have the... Continue Reading
If You Think God Is Wrong, You Can Never Be Right.
If your explanation of the conquest of Canaan begins with “we cannot excuse or justify” what God has done, you are no longer doing Christian theology.
Christian theology takes it as axiomatic that God is good. He never does anything wrong. If your explanation of the conquest of Canaan begins with “we cannot excuse or justify” what God has done, you are no longer doing Christian theology. Your sources may be wrong. Your understanding of your sources may be wrong. You... Continue Reading
More than 500 Ethiopian Christians Killed In Targeted Attacks Since June
At least 500 Christians in Ethiopia have been murdered in the last two months by Islamists, according to a report by the Barnabas Fund.
Violence in Oromo has been ongoing since June 30, when popular Oromo singer and celebrity Hachallu Hundessa was shot dead in the capital. His murder revived long-standing tensions between Amhara and Oromo elites – the two largest people groups in the country. In the days following his death, 239 people were killed and more than... Continue Reading
Responding to Craig’s Critique On The Eternal Begotteness Of The Son
William Lane Craig argues against the eternal begotteness of the Son, however, eternal generation does not produce subordinationism, rather it guards against it
Orthodox theologians were able to maintain these distinctions by stressing two points: 1) Christians should use the language of “begotten” and “generation” because it reflects the teaching of the Bible, and 2) Divine generation must be sharply distinguished as radically different from human generation. When these points are carefully articulated, it allows for distinction between... Continue Reading
Not Enough Atoms in the Universe to Model Your Brain
Elon Musk is dedicated to developing a Body Machine Interface (BMI); specifically, implanting a computer connection into the human brain.
“Famously, there aren’t enough atoms in the universe to build a full model of what every cell is doing [in the brain]. It’s a theoretically intractable problem, you can’t even conceive of a computer large enough because there isn’t enough material in the universe to make it.” We sometimes feel overwhelmed at how small we... Continue Reading
3 Indications of Really Bad Leadership
To be a good leader, choose compassion over cruelty, clarity over chaos, and humility over self-consumption.
Leaders who are self-consumed are always bad leaders. They are not consumed with the mission but with themselves; thus, their decisions are always in their own self-interest and not in the interest of those they are designed to serve. Saul was consumed with himself. After defeating an army and disobeying God by keeping the choice... Continue Reading
‘Pastor, Why Aren’t You Preaching About What’s Happening?’ [Part 2]
In a world enamored with whatever seems most urgent, even Christians can lose sight of what’s truly important and lasting.
Undoubtedly, some in our church take our leadership’s lack of frequent and persistent addressing of current events as though we are just trying to avoid conflict, or that we are monks retreating from culture, or that we are ostriches with our heads in the sand. I don’t think such criticisms are valid. Really, we’re trying to... Continue Reading
The PCA At A Crossroads
Will the PCA remain Faithful to the Scriptures, True to the Reformed Faith, and Obedient to the Great Commission? Or will it embrace a progressive and confessionally dismissive agenda?
We are at a crossroads in the PCA. I believe that the next two years will reveal what path the denomination will choose. Will it choose the path of biblical and Reformed confessionalism, the way that strives to fulfill the Great Commission through the means that God Himself promised to bless for the salvation of... Continue Reading
How the Doctrine of Predestination Negates Egalitarianism
The system of Egalitarianism began in the Garden of Eden when Adam and Eve decided that they were equal with God and ate the forbidden fruit.
God is sovereign (and not equal with man), and this leaves us in a state of wonder and worship. It also gives us a tool to deal with political issues of the day. The church has failed to teach men to stand in silence and awe before a Holy God who works all things after... Continue Reading
How Everything Became About Race, Gender, and Identity
I think “Cynical Theories” will prove an important resource and rallying point for those who refuse to bow the knee to the ideology of race, gender, and identity.
Yet I am still convinced that Cynical Theories can and will prove an invaluable resource in better understanding the world as it is right now and in helping us understand why Social Justice cannot and will not provide justice and equality for everyone. For that reason it receives my recommendation. You can’t read the... Continue Reading
An Unholy Neck Song
A newly released song, “O Sacred Neck, Now Wounded,” is a takeoff of the hymn, “O Sacred Head, Now Wounded,” but focuses on the death of George Floyd.
At best, the song can be viewed as an awkward attempt to mingle glimpses of Christ’s suffering together with the death of Floyd, in order to point out the significance of the recent Minneapolis tragedy. At worst—and I will argue that this is in fact that case—the song does serious damage to the Name of... Continue Reading
As I Imitate Christ
Have you ever invited someone to imitate you as you imitate Christ?
The person who is diligent in imitating Christ will have faith in the Lord and repentance over sin that is evident. He will be committed to becoming more and more like Christ and will be unsatisfied with every shortcoming. Every serious Christian should find someone like that and seek to follow his or her example.... Continue Reading
Masked Worship: The “Not Yet” of God’s Kingdom
Our return to worship hasn’t turned out to be a sudden return from online worship to a full, crowded, glorious congregation standing before God.
Worship shows us both aspects of God’s kingdom, the already and the not yet. Worship at its biblical best – whatever its style – is a grand party, a celebration, a joy in which God’s people lose themselves amidst a deep focus on God and his glory. In fact, the bible’s picture of the end... Continue Reading
Gov. Newsom Signs Controversial Bill Into Law Reducing Penalties For Sexual Relations With Minors
California’s Gov. Gavin Newsom has signed a controversial new law regarding judges' discretion on whether or not to add individuals to the state’s sex offender registry who have committed sodomy with minors.
Many have criticized the bill, arguing that sex between a teenager and someone 10 years older is never consensual and should always warrant being placed on the sex offender registry. “I cannot in my mind as a mother understand how sex between a 24-year-old and a 14-year-old could ever be consensual, how it could ever... Continue Reading
Even Atheists Have Faith
There is no conflict between faith and reason.
Everybody, including atheists, has faith because everybody, including atheists, assents to the truth of many things based solely on testimony from others. We know the time and place of our birth because we assent to the testimony of our parents and/or the person(s) who filled out our birth certificate. … We know most of what... Continue Reading
Warnings in the PCA
Seeing prominent voices within the PCA embracing critical theory should deeply bother the leaders and members of the denomination.
The PCA has always set itself apart as curious and intellectual. But I would remind them that the things of the world hate the things of God and Marxism is inherently a thing of this world. A Christian who thinks he can co-opt Marxist thought for the church is a Christian whose pride will come... Continue Reading
There’s no Straight Line from Faithfulness to Blessing
If there is no straight line from sin to suffering, why should there any more be a straight line from faithfulness to blessing?
There is a direct line between faithfulness and spiritual blessing. As a believer in Jesus, you are counted as perfectly faithful and are, as a result, given every spiritual blessing. But there is no straight line between material blessing and faithfulness. You may have a lot of money and great health, you may not. But... Continue Reading
The Reputations of Tent-Makers
No conspiracy. Just good Christian work, done to the glory of God – and the kind of reputations that follow.
To be known all over the city as offering an excellent product and to be known as a place where people can learn about Jesus – that’s just about as ideal a reputation as you could ask for when running a business or NGO among an unreached people group. Our partners had truly done some... Continue Reading
Why Does Bavinck Need a New Biography?
Bavink's ability to produce the work that now sits on so many of our shelves depended on a drawn out and traumatic failure in romance.
If previous biographers knew about Amelia, they wrote nothing about her. That silence is perhaps understandable in their contexts as biographers, given that Bavinck’s eventual wife (and their daughter) lived on well into the 20th century. To tell the world that Herman had first hoped to marry someone else would have taken a particularly bold early... Continue Reading
Whether you are investigating Christianity for the first time, or are a long-time follower of Jesus, these four questions are well worth pondering.
Jesus is hated by the world, claims to speak a message from God, lived a life that was uniquely beyond every reproach, and continues to transform lives all over the world. “Do not judge by appearances.” Sound advice. Sometimes people, books, and even foods can surprise you. But actually that isn’t a pithy proverb... Continue Reading