Aquinas Is Not A Safe Guide For Protestants

Reading Aquinas with care and caution.

In his Summa Theologica, Aquinas clearly stated his view that the sacraments perform their work through a virtue in themselves. He also stated unequivocally that the sacraments confer the new birth, justification, the grace of the Holy Spirit, sanctification, inward enlightenment, the washing away of guilt, and forgiveness of sins on every person who partakes... Continue Reading

I Just Wanna End Small Group Prayer

Samuel Miller’s thoughts on praying publicly.

This is based on Samuel Miller’s thoughts on prayer which goes on for another 13 items. Not quite Rick Warren like, so not enough for forty days of driving your way to a life of purpose. But if Christians ever had to consider that praying in public does not come naturally to some believers, this... Continue Reading

Driving From Duty To Delight

There have been so many times that I have wrestled my self down to my knees to pray

“We have a choice. It’s a fairly simple choice, but it’s not an easy one. The choice is whether or not we are going to do what we should do. Are we going to, in spite of our will, open up our Bible and thoughtfully engage with God’s Word? Are we going to be still... Continue Reading

10 Things You Should Know About Tithing Under The Mosaic Covenant

Just as the NT knows nothing of an unbaptized Christian or a church-less Christian, so also the NT knows nothing of a Christian who does not give faithfully and generously to the work of God

“The question is not whether Christians are free to tithe of their income. Certainly, they are. The question is whether Christians are obligated to tithe of their income. Does the Bible legislate to believers under the New Covenant a specific percentage of their income that they are to give? The answer, I believe, is no.”... Continue Reading

Lordship of Christ Over Every Spiritual Inch

For comprehensive Christians, making the distinction between redemption and providence is a high wire act forbidden to anyone who wants a safe earthly existence.

“For that reason, the comprehensive Christian, if the Covenanters are right, could never serve as an attorney in the United States. How, for instance, could a Christian take the oath required of attorneys in Michigan?”   Joseph Moore has a new book out on the Covenanters that argues in part that these radical Scottish Presbyterians... Continue Reading

R.C. Sproul’s Warning Concerning Prayer

God is not a celestial bellhop who is on call every time we press the button

“It’s nice to receive what we pray for, but the added benefit is the assurance we gain that God hears our prayers and answers them. However, some carry this to an extreme and jump to the conclusion that prayer is something of a magic wand, that if we do prayer with the right sound, in... Continue Reading

Faith is a Gift (But Not That Kind of Gift!)

Faith is the kind of gift that transforms its recipient into one who deeply values it

In our day, we tend to think of gifts as something we may or may not want, and may or may not actually keep. The assumption that gifts can be refused is so engrained in our modern way of life that we include “gift receipts” with gifts given in order, rather bizarrely, to facilitate their... Continue Reading

WCF 3: Predestined to the Praise of His Glorious Grace

Some decry the doctrine of election, assuming that it will lead to ambivalence, spiritual sloth, or a lack of zeal in evangelism. Nothing could be further from the truth.

A proper and reverential understanding of the doctrine of election provides three practical benefits for those who confess Christ. First, it inspires and encourages believers to obey the will of God, seeking after new obedience (2 Peter 1:5-11). Second, it causes us to praise His glorious grace (Ephesians 1:6, 12). Third, it gives assurance that... Continue Reading

The Devil and The Dunk Tank

Satan devours men with his cunning and his deceptiveness; he appeals our weakness of the flesh urging us to react in sin rather than in the Spirit.

Satan wins when he gets you and me to take our eyes off of Christ and to stop walking in the confidence of Christ’s death, resurrection and power over sin. He cannot destroy the whole Church, so he pulls in the individual Christian who’s forgotten to be watchful and sober. Just like the dunk-tank clown,... Continue Reading

John Knox on Predestination

John Knox’s sustained defense of the sovereignty of God in predestination.

It is, in short, a sustained defence of the sovereignty of God in predestination. Quite what led Knox to focus his only major theological treatise on predestination has been a matter of some dispute. Some have held that Knox was motivated to write it to restore himself to favour with one of his spiritual mentors... Continue Reading