Is Biblical Theology Older than Many Think?
In J. V. Fesko’s contribution to a book in honor of Richard B. Gaffin, Jr., he addresses an important issue—the antiquity of biblical theology.
Fesko says, “for those who criticize biblical theology as a novelty, they seem to forget the scriptural maxim that there is nothing new under the sun (Eccl. 1:9)” (474). Though the phrase biblical theology is of modern origin, the hermeneutical concepts and trajectories of what we now call biblical theology are at least as old... Continue Reading
If You Could Go Back To Any Moment in Time…
Jesus’ time in the upper room has become known as his Farewell Discourse and it is the subject of Sinclair Ferguson’s new book Lessons from the Upper Room.
In Lessons from the Upper Room, he serves as a kind of tour guide who describes what has happened in this room, what it meant at the time, and what it continues to mean today. He offers a guided tour of one of the most significant evenings in human history and tells how and why it... Continue Reading
Our beliefs regarding baptism inform our parenting, our expectations of our covenant children, and even what church we attend and join.
If God counts children as members of the covenant community who are to receive this sign and seal of his covenant, then those who neglect covenantal baptism prevent covenant children from receiving one of God’s chief means of grace for their lives and the life of the church. These practical and theological implications are why... Continue Reading
Review of Stephen Nichols, R. C. Sproul: A Life, Wheaton: Crossway, 2021.
The life of Dr. Sproul is beautifully portrayed through a chronological outline of the major moments and convictions that shaped him in Stephen Nichols’ biography, R. C. Sproul: A Life.
Nichols, like Sproul, wrote this biography that people may discover the depths and riches of the God who is not only holy but is “holy, holy, holy” (Isaiah 6:3). Therefore, as we reflect on the life and ministry of R. C. Sproul, let us give glory to God, not R. C. Sproul. Dr. Sproul understood... Continue Reading
A failure to listen lies at the root of most of our struggles to grow as Christians.
Jesus tells the disciples, “To you it has been given to know the secrets of the kingdom of God” (v. 10). In other words, the message of the gospel that Jesus preached is “the secrets of the kingdom” that must be revealed. It is the light that ignites the lamp of our lives. And that... Continue Reading
“Persistent Prayer” – Prayer Is Our Lifeline on the Battlefront
Prayer gives us access to God and to every help that we need to live the Christian life and to minister where God has placed us.
Prayer is not preparation for the real work that leaders do. It is the real work. Prayer gives us access to God and to every help that we need to live the Christian life and to minister where God has placed us. For, as Paul said under the inspiration of the Holy Spirit, “we do... Continue Reading
Book Review: When Prayer Is a Struggle
Through this book, God will do that very thing—help you fight through your struggles and learn to enjoy prayer as one of his most precious gifts.
Kevin Halloron’s When Prayer Is a Struggle is meant to console Christians who are struggling to pray, to diagnose their troubles, and to provide practical counsel that can motivate them once more. A book that is appropriately simple and relatively short, it serves as a very relevant and very applicable guide to prayer. I expect every... Continue Reading
Review of “Rejoice and Tremble” By Michael Reeves
Book Review: Reeves begins with a great question: Is fear good or bad?
Reeves argues that there are multiple types of fear. First, natural fear is the fear of pain, accidents, and death. These are the result of the fall, but they are not sinful in themselves. A second form of fear he calls “Sinful Fear,” which gets its name because it derives from our sin. We fear... Continue Reading
How Can I Pray Biblical Prayers for My Suffering Friend?
The first prayer in the book asks not that suffering will end but that through suffering “the work of God will be displayed in your life.”
It’s hard to know how to pray in the middle of a difficult situation. When my friend was in hospice, I wish I had a book like I’m Praying for You to point me to the freedom of Scripture and remind me that prayer is not primarily about us—our faith, our power or ability, even our circumstances. I’m... Continue Reading
Knowing and Enjoying God by Tim Challies and Jules Koblun
To “seek first the kingdom of God,” means to know and enjoy God as our highest aim.
This tendency to get off track in seeking God is why I am thankful for the book, Knowing and Enjoying God by Tim Challies and Jules Koblun. They have provided us with clear signposts showing us the road that often gets lost in the overgrowth of ideas. They have also done it in a unique way. Jules has provided... Continue Reading