The Lies of Feminism

What you believe about women and men is not a political issue, it’s a theological one.

What you believe about people—our nature, our purpose—flows from what you believe about God. What the early feminists believed about God’s design for women and men, particularly in how we relate to each other, is still alive today. A quick perusal of the writing of women such as Susan B. Anthony and Emma Goldman tells us that they believed... Continue Reading

The Redeeming Depression of Jesus

There is, in the Bible, both a natural and a spiritual depression.

There is a sinful and a sinless spiritual depression. Again, Ferguson explains, “In the Bible, we can divide melancholy and depression into two categories–there is a melancholy that is natural and there is a melancholy that is spiritual. We then have to divide between a spiritual melancholy that has a holy origin and a spiritual melancholy... Continue Reading

Why Should I Pray?

We pray because we were made to commune with God.

God’s people have been called to prayer from the beginning. In Eden, the Lord walked with and talked to His image bearers. But after they followed Satan’s lies and rebelled against Him, they hid when the Lord showed up. Prayer was, in the most radical way, hindered.   Our triune God is a communion of... Continue Reading

Church: There Is Something Wrong If We Are Not Reminded Of Our Mortality And Jesus Resurrection

We gather together as church to re-orientate ourselves around these eternal realities of life and death, heaven and hell, salvation or condemnation.

The early church seems to have deliberately chosen to meet on the first day of the week to mark the resurrection victory of the Lord Jesus. That is why it is described as the “Lord’s Day.” It is also an anticipation of the great and final “Day of the Lord,” when Jesus returns, the dead... Continue Reading

Toward a Trinitarian Ecclesiology

The historic doctrine of the Trinity affirms that God is one in essence and three in person.

The triune principle at the heart of God’s nature is unit band distinction, that is, all three persons of the Trinity are equal in essence yet distinct in person. The distinction among Father, Son, and Holy Spirit can also be seen in the way they relate to one another and the role each plays in accomplishing the... Continue Reading

The Already and the Not Yet

We are foreigners, aliens, and strangers in a strange land.

We wait between the already and not yet, between what our Lord has declared is already true and what has not yet been revealed. However, our waiting is not in vain, nor is it a passive waiting or an isolated waiting. Rather, we wait for our Groom so that He might gather His bride from every tribe,... Continue Reading

When I Am Weak, Then I Am Strong

Notes from a Sermon of the Rev. Thomas Jones (1752-1845).

 How often have we failed, where we had the greatest confidence; and fallen, where we thought ourselves most secure; enemies we disdained overcame us, temptations we thought light of have thrown us down. To be sensible of our own weakness, is the way to be strong: none will trust God but those who cannot trust... Continue Reading

Read the Fathers, With the Humility of the Fathers

The territory of theological discovery and retrieval often comes unfounded arrogance.

The love we have for the theology of the Fathers does not mean we should belittle those who have not had spent much time in the classics. The love we have for the theology of the Fathers does not mean we should take to social media to broadcast each time we read the Fathers in order... Continue Reading

Separationism

Separation is not achieved by avoidance of sinners in the world.

The world will always be what it is. It operates on its own system of values, attractions, and wisdom that often stand in opposition to the righteousness of God. By becoming Christians, we have left their fellowship and been joined to another. Our former love for the world has been replaced by love for Christ,... Continue Reading

Be Gentle So That God May Grant Repentance

Treating our opponents un-gently, may rob someone of the opportunity for repentance.

We should be clear that mean-spirited, ungentle behaviour does not match the biblical idiom for how we ought to treat our opponents. Certainly, Paul warns his congregations with strong words. Yet as a general pattern, when he advised direct interaction with opponents, he instructs us to be gentle. The reason for our strong language against... Continue Reading