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
“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
“The church is the community of all true believers for all time.” “Since, however, in our ignorance and sloth (to which I add fickleness of disposition) we need outward helps to beget and increase faith within us, and advance it to its goal, God has also added these aids that he may provide … Continue reading The Doctrine of the Church
Photo by Pixabay on Pexels.com The King of Glory24 A Psalm of David.1 The earth is the Lord’s and the fullness thereof,the world and those who dwell therein,2 for he has founded it upon the seasand established it upon the rivers.3 Who shall ascend the hill of the Lord?And who shall stand in his holy place?4 … Continue reading Where are We From and Where are We Going?
You may know us, but then again you may not. Preachers have a way of hiding behind the pulpit. We can easily be stereotyped. Through experience we often learn to become very guarded and protective of our hearts and homes. Paradoxically though we often feel obligated to give even more of ourselves into our ministry. We come in all shapes, sizes and giftedness–and you may be surprised to learn:
- The church is our life. For better or worse it is difficult for this not to be true. We pour all of ourselves into our ministry in the church. Preaching is not simply a vocation–it is essentially our identity. As a result the church becomes our life. We become consumed with its health and growth. Remember that old joke about preachers only working four hours a week? We may force a smile as it is told, but trust me we are…
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“We won!” yelled the fan from his couch 1000 miles away from the stadium as he finally watched yesterday’s game that he had recorded. He sat there wearing his team colors, but he had never played in his life. How could he say “We won!”? The same way we enjoy the blessings of Christ. … Continue reading The Mystical Union in Christ
As went the university, so went catechism class. A typical religious education textbook from the post–Vatican II period wouldn’t deny basic Christian teachings like the Resurrection and the Atonement, or specifically Catholic concepts like purgatory and the intercession of the saints—but it would often ignore or minimize them, substituting the language of self-actualization and personal … Continue reading Shriveling of the Sacred and the Destruction of Culture
“Those whom he predestined he also called; and those whom he called he also justified” (Rom. 8:30). At the core of the Christian’s relationship with the holy God is the doctrine of justification. Concerning justification, Bavinck wrote, “Of all God’s benefits given in the covenant of grace, first place belongs to Justification, to forgiveness of … Continue reading “SIMUL JUSTUS ET PECCATOR” THE DOCTRINE OF JUSTIFICATION: THE DOCTRINE UPON WHICH THE CHURCH STANDS OR FALLS
God has commissioned us, his ambassadors, to go forth in battle and free those subdued the tyranny of sin. Christians must be ever mindful of those who are looking for escape. Moses, in Numbers 11:29, said “Would that all the Lord’s people were prophets, that the Lord would put his Spirit on them!” Moses … Continue reading Onward Christian Soldier