Why do we need to be justified by faith and not by works (Ephesians 2:8)? “It is as though God had committed to our trust a perfect crystal vase, and had said, ‘if you keep that whole, and present it to me, you shall have a reward.’ But we have cracked it, chipped it; ah! … Continue reading Our Need to Be Justified
The Bible tells us that humans are “just a little lower than the angels” (Ps. 8:5). Angels are beings without a physical body. They do not go through an “incarnation” like Christ in order to operate on earth. Angels are created beings. They do not eternally exist by virtue of their own power like the … Continue reading ANGELS
Like a driver overcorrecting in the snow, we often skip over truth while veering into extremes. Sometimes, dedication to the exegesis of an individual passage or the overarching narrative of Scripture can cause even the best of scholars to ignore the great doctrines interwoven in and presented in Scripture. At times, there have been those … Continue reading Competition or Teamwork: Can Biblical Theology, Systematic Theology, Practical Theology, Historical Theology Work Together?
Winston Churchill once said, “History shall speak well of me for I intend to write it.” In order for that to happen, Churchill had to help win the war against the evil Nazi empire. When we think of history, we should think of these great events, but there is something greater which should demand … Continue reading Writing History
“This Jesus who was taken up from you into heaven,” the angel said, “will come again in the same way as you saw him go into heaven” (Acts 1:11). Christians believe that Jesus “ascended to the heavens,” and “will come to judge the living and the dead.” This, in a nutshell, is the study of … Continue reading Eschatology
If God is good, why do people suffer? If God is good, why do good people suffer? We aren’t given clear answers to these questions in Scripture, but we are assured that we may trust God and the trajectory he has set for us. The Bible is filled with good people who suffer. Job … Continue reading GREAT IS THY חֶסֶד FAITHFULNESS: If God is Good, Why Do I Suffer? Few answers, a God to trust, and a trajectory for happiness.
It’s that time of the year when you get to be around your friends and family a lot more than normal. It’s also that time of year when you have to be around your friends and family a lot more than normal. We want to “make the best use of our time” (Eph. … Continue reading Gospel Relationships to God’s Glory
The Holiday season is upon us! Is your turkey ready? Dressing made? House cleaned? Travel plans finished? Car ready for travel? Where are your kids? There is work to do. Everyone is getting ready for Thanksgiving (and looking forward to Christmas). Are you ready for Thanksgiving? We may have forgotten the most important thing about … Continue reading Preparing for Thanksgiving
“There’s nothing worse than being alone.” Although we all like some alone time, we also understand the dangers of loneliness. Our society is hyper-connected through social media and the internet, but those connections are superficial at best and are often harmful. We don’t have to feel alone. Jesus promised his people “I will be with … Continue reading What God Hath Joined Together
Jesus' sacrifice of himself on the cross is one of the richest moments of history. We could never exhaust everything that God accomplished through Christ on the cross. Herman Bavinck helps us out a bit. Bavinck gave offered a helpful list of what Christ has accomplished for his own glory: What Christ acquired by this … Continue reading What Happened When Jesus Died?
The narrative of Scripture provides a beautiful background for understanding the impact of the resurrection. This background is, in part, dependent upon a typological reading of Scripture. The Scriptures should be read typologically because the entire Canon is a unified document from God through his human agents. Berkhof wrote, “As the New Testament is implicit … Continue reading The Moral Impact of the Resurrection in Biblical Theology