J. I. Packer on the Hub of Christian Life
There can be no genuine or transformative holiness in life until a person has for his primary and ultimate aim the glory of God alone.
There can be no genuine or transformative holiness in life until a person has for his primary and ultimate aim the glory of God alone. This is not optional, as if some who claim to know him in a saving way might choose to move in a different direction, with a different goal or aim.... Continue Reading
The Heart of Worship: Temple Imagery as Instruction for New Covenant Worship
The heart of worship is not subjective or abstract. Just as the worship of the Old Testament was objective and concrete—even visible—so is the worship of the New Covenant.
In the Old Testament, one of the first principles we learn about worship is that sincerity alone is not acceptable (see the narrative of Cain’s sacrifice in Genesis 4). The heart of worship in the Old Testament was objective; the ceremonies prescribed in the Law of Moses were realities apart from feeling and emotion. The... Continue Reading
Counseling the Body
First steps for holistic soul care.
The soul (or heart) has rightly been the emphasis in our theology. Here Scripture gives details that we could never see apart from God’s revelation to us. In the soul, we know God and turn toward him or away from him. Look for obedience or disobedience, faith or unbelief, and you will see the soul... Continue Reading
Christians Are Part Of Something Much Bigger
There are no small Christians. There are no insignificant believers. There are no ‘little people.’ We are all a part of God’s great redemptive story.
Don’t worry if nobody knows about you. Don’t worry if your ministry seems to be slim pickings. Don’t worry if your web traffic is quite low. Don’t worry that you are never invited to speak or share your story. Don’t worry if hardly anyone seems to know that you even exist. Worry instead about things... Continue Reading
Width and Length and Depth and Height
We will never understand the love of Christ toward us, until we understand the love of Christ toward the nations.
I won’t go so far as to say that the breadth of God’s love (or any other dimension in particular) refers specifically to His plan to pour out His grace upon the Gentiles. Nevertheless, the expansiveness of the love of God is manifested in the expansiveness of the Gospel to all nations. Much ink... Continue Reading
Guilt-inducing racism is being employed as a political tool, imposed on the schools, teaching children that they are collectively and individually responsible for racism by virtue of their skin color.
Here is a last word. A worldview without forgiveness, such as the worldview of CRT, offers no hope. There is no vision of a world in which this sin is defeated or redeemed, much less one in which the guilty are forgiven and restored. But the great message the gospel brings to the world and... Continue Reading
Be True to Yourself?
Maybe the best way to BTTY is to admit that left to ourselves we have no ultimate meaning.
The alternative to BTTY is to seek meaning outside of ourselves in Jesus Christ. But how does faith in and submission to God—our infinite, external authority—satisfy rather than stifle us as human beings? “Be true to yourself.” -EVERYONE This cultural gospel is so common it doesn’t strike us as odd. Put simply, BTTY asserts that... Continue Reading
Two Cheers for Civil Religion
Is the death of America's old civil religion a good thing?
Civil religion is not dead. It has simply gone woke. And in the new form, as in the old, a secularized and domesticated Christianity contorts itself to appear respectable to its cultured despisers. Over the last few years, I have heard numerous Christians claim that the death of America’s old civil religion is a... Continue Reading
Was the Trinity Torn Apart at the Cross?
There is no tearing apart of the Trinity, but rather God the Son suffering in the flesh.
Christ’s confidence that God was “for him” as Son and faithful servant, and that God was “against him” as substitute and representative (surety), were both expressed in that one cry: “My God, My God, why have you forsaken me?” The cry doesn’t tell us everything about the atonement or what Jesus suffered, but it does... Continue Reading
Context Matters: In the World, but Not of the World
Is this a biblical saying? If so, are we using it correctly?
Those who follow Christ are, like him, not of the world. For this reason the world may hate us. So we should ask God to keep us from the evil one and sanctify us in his truth. Perhaps you’ve heard that Christians are (or ought to be) in the world but not of the world.... Continue Reading