The Church in Christ Forever

Restoration Theology

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Aggressive secularism continues to march powerfully across the intellectual and moral landscape of Western civilization. Some wonder if the church can continue in this secular age. Perhaps one might wonder if all the investments made for the church are worth the sacrifice. There have also been theologians who have downplayed the ontological union of Christ and his church. For example, Kung argued that the union of Christ and the church “exists not ontologically and statically, but historically and dynamically.”[1] There are some dispensational premillennialists who at least imply that the church was an interim measure brought about by God because of the Jewish rejection of Christ as the Messiah.[2] Contemporary Christians treat the church as unimportant or a relic from the past. The current neglect of the church by professed Christians and the appeal to keep Jesus without his church demonstrate a…

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BOOK REVIEW– Sex in a Broken World by Paul David Tripp.

So sex is not an a-religious thing. Sex is deeply spiritual. Your relationship to your own sexuality and the sexuality of others always reveals your heart. Your sexual life is always an expression of what you truly worship. Sex is deeply religious. In sex you are either self-consciously submitting to God or setting yourself up … Continue reading BOOK REVIEW– Sex in a Broken World by Paul David Tripp.

The Temple Of The Holy Spirit in the New Testament

As we look from Genesis to the New Testament, we see God dwells among his people, but sin breaks that fellowship. In the New Testament, the dwelling of God among his people is amplified through the presence of the Holy Spirit with the believer. Unfortunately, the doctrine of the Holy Spirit is neglected. Spurgeon said, … Continue reading The Temple Of The Holy Spirit in the New Testament

The Resurrection and the New Morality

How does the resurrection shape morality? We have to remember that the resurrection is the beginning of the “παλιγγενεσίᾳ” we see in Matthew 19:28. This is translated as “the regeneration” (KJV; NKJV; NASBU); “the renewal of all things” (CSB); and “the new world” (ESV). BDAG defined the word here in Matthew 19:28 as, “the renewing … Continue reading The Resurrection and the New Morality

To You are Given the Keys of the Kingdom: How Royal Priests Work Together to Turn the Keys of the Kingdom

        I find that this will most often, to varying degrees, be true: elders want to do great things and the members want to do great things. I also see that elders are exhausted and frustrated, and members are exhausted and frustrated. Everyone hopes to find a way to make it work. Many are ready … Continue reading To You are Given the Keys of the Kingdom: How Royal Priests Work Together to Turn the Keys of the Kingdom

Human Dignity: Christological Anthropology, Human Worth, and the Dignified Life

Whatever happened to dignity? Perhaps, when we hear the word dignity, we conjure up some image of some overly dressed royal dignitary from a rich foreign country similar to the Monopoly man. In our ever increasing “casual culture,” we see that dignity has been lost. Since we are always told to “just come as you … Continue reading Human Dignity: Christological Anthropology, Human Worth, and the Dignified Life