To Whom Does History Belong?
History is written by the victors. This is a truism, who else is left alive to write it?
Looking at where the church is now it looks like we’ve got difficult and lean years ahead of us, in ‘the West’ at least. We might even suppose that this is what it will be like until the end. I think Jesus suggests otherwise. In Matthew 13 he tells some parables about the kingdom. In... Continue Reading
The Trinity’s Fruitful Root
Learning to confess God the Father in the Nicene Creed draws the eyes of faith to a person, yes, but that person can never be severed from his personal relations.
As the Spirit and Son bring us to the Father, they not only prompt us to confess his origin-less divinity but also that he is the fruitful root of the Trinity. Out of the Father’s eternal fecundity, Hilary taught us, he lovingly gives in the eternal generation of the Son and procession of the Spirit.... Continue Reading
Developing a Reformation Mindset
If we hope to see a recovery of the gospel in our day... we must commit ourselves with apostolic tenacity to the task before us.
In this day when churches are in such spiritual disarray and doctrinal disrepair, the call of every pastor and every serious believer is to pray for and work toward reformation. To do this requires the development of a fresh outlook, a new perspective on the challenges and opportunities before us. Paul gives us an excellent... Continue Reading
The Fleeting Pleasures of Sin
The problem is not the sexual drive but the abuse of it.
God did not make people sinners. The Fall of man in the garden made us this way. God designed sexuality and called it “good.” God gave clear directions about how it is to be handled as well as a list of things to steadfastly avoid in its usage. Like all other areas of human life,... Continue Reading
The Violent, Tenacious, Active Fight for Holiness
Christians must seek the eternal riches of Christ in heaven and cultivate holy violence within their being so that, as good soldiers, they can pursue holiness by God’s strength, put idleness to death, and violently kill sin.
The Christian has already had his entrance into the majestic courts of Heaven secured through the finished work of Jesus, but he should still desire to grow in sanctification and holiness. As the Apostle Paul once said, it is the duty of the Christian to work out salvation with fear and trembling, for it is... Continue Reading
Three Big Bangs
All three big bangs represent monumental beginnings of fundamentally new things that didn’t exist before: matter, life, and consciousness.
This isn’t a debate about evidence. Don’t be fooled by the old narrative where atheists claim to uphold reason, evidence, and science while Christians succumb to sly fairy tales. Both parties are looking at the same evidence. The only difference between them is the worldview by which they interpret reality. The atheists’ naturalism tells them... Continue Reading
Is the Reformation Over?
The difference between these two positions is the difference between salvation and its opposite.
At the moment the Roman Catholic Church condemned the biblical doctrine of justification by faith alone, she denied the gospel and ceased to be a legitimate church, regardless of all the rest of her affirmations of Christian orthodoxy. To embrace her as an authentic church while she continues to repudiate the biblical doctrine of salvation... Continue Reading
Bits of Wisdom from Houses of Mourning
It is one bit of wisdom to know that we die. It is quite another to know that Christ has died for our sins, that He has conquered death, and that we can conquer death through Him.
And God is sovereign over this death. “It is appointed for man to die once, and after that comes judgment” (Hebrews 9:27). God has decreed all things, including our appointment with death. The untimely death of a loved one surprises the ones who love, but God knew this time would come. He appointed it. And... Continue Reading
The Depressing Dead End of ‘Your Truth’
‘Your truth’ autonomy invariably leads to loneliness . . . It becomes impossible to form community when everyone is their own island.
We can choose the sources of where we look for truth. We can choose how we synthesize truth and apply it as wisdom in everyday circumstances. But we don’t get to choose whether or not something is true. We don’t invent truth. We don’t determine it. We search it out and accept it with gratitude, even when it’s at odds with our feelings... Continue Reading
The Way Calvin Read The Ten Commandments May Not Be The Way You Are Used To Reading The Ten Commandments (But It Should Be)
Anyone who tells you that Calvin did not follow Luther on this understands neither Luther nor Calvin.
The moral law expressed in Exodus 20 and Deuteronomy 5 is the abiding moral law, the natural law, that was first revealed in creation and that is written on the consciences of all humans (see Romans 2:14–15). This is why the Apostle Paul appeals so freely to “nature” in Romans 1 and 2. He knows, as we should know, that all image... Continue Reading