True Woman 101: Divine Design

A critique of Mary Kassian and Nancy Leigh DeMoss's book on Biblical Womanhood

There are serious foundational problems with the teaching in this book. The most serious are discussions of the Trinity. The authors then use their understanding of the Trinity as the foundation for their teaching on biblical manhood and womanhood. Probably the next most troubling thing is that the authors use the relationship between husband and... Continue Reading

How to Hold on to Your Children with One Hand and Christ with the Other

A review of Melissa Kruger's Walking with God in the Season of Motherhood

In her introduction, Kruger writes what should be the heart-cry of every godly mom: “In the midst of my weaknesses, I need the soul-strengthening refreshment that can come only from time spent with Jesus. I need reminders of his love for me, so that I can love my children well. I need to know that... Continue Reading

On Not Destroying Fruitful Trees

A brief defense of the doctrine of inseparable operations

The past twenty five years or so have not exactly been a golden age of evangelical reflection upon the Trinity. This is due in part to modern theological amnesia regarding some of the most basic elements of biblical, trinitarian reasoning (as Stephen Holmes has shown here). It is also due to the (all too often)... Continue Reading

Vos 121

121st anniversary of Geerhardus Vos’ inaugural lecture to his new post as Professor of Biblical Theology at Princeton on May 8, 1894.

The opening words of Scripture establish the divine context for all human history and indeed for all special revelation: “In the beginning, God. . .” (Genesis 1:1). In other words, all biblical context is divine before it is human. Biblical content is divine before it is human. Human history, grammar, genre and situatedness serve divine ends; they do not... Continue Reading

Hymns We Should Sing More Often: “God Moves”

“God Moves in A Mysterious Way” encourages us to trust in God’s sovereignty in our lives, to cling to Christ in all our trials and sufferings

Cowper wrote “God Moves in a Mysterious Way” in 1773 before he fell into a deep depression. In the mysterious providence of God this hymn has brought comfort and hope to countless believers who, like Cowper, struggle through the long dark night of the soul.   This is part of an intermittent series I’ve called... Continue Reading

Logic on Fire: The Life and Legacy of Dr. Martyn Lloyd-Jones (DVD Review)

Anyone in the Reformed community will recognize many of the special commentators in the film

“This film was recently debuted at the Gospel Coalition conference in Orlando where many of the guests featured on the DVD documentary were speaking, preaching, and lecturing. I have to say, there was a great amount of excitement about the release of Logic on Fire.”   I had an opportunity to review the brand new full-length... Continue Reading

Diligence

It is biblical to say that Christians are called to follow Jesus and live the Christian life with diligence.

Brakel goes on to rebuke those who are lazy and not diligent and closes the discussion with an exhortation for Christians to be diligent.  Why be diligent?  1) Because it is God’s command (1 Thess. 4:11-12, 2 Thess. 3:11-12), 2) Because diligence is an ornament to the Christian and to the church of God, 3)... Continue Reading

How Carl Trueman Changed My Mind About Luther

Trueman explains how Luther actually battled antinomianism in his later writings.

What this helped me to see is that Luther himself was not the cause of what might be considered antinomian thought. Rather, a misapplication of his thought and an over-emphasis on his earlier writings can, but doesn’t have to, lead in that direction. As a result of reading Trueman’s book, I have a much higher... Continue Reading

What the Avengers Movie Tells Us About Marriage and Family

Perhaps this is a signal of a bit of longing for something different.

As I’ve said many times before, the Sexual Revolution can’t keep its promises. The breakdown of families doesn’t bring the liberation some think. Those of us who believe in the old ways need to nourish these habits and practices, not only in obedience to God and not only for our own flourishing, but for the... Continue Reading

Fear and Faith

A review of Trillia Newbell's new book on "Finding the peace your heart craves"

One thing that many who are plagued by fear will like about this book is that Trillia uses the testimonies of others to God’s faithfulness in the midst of great personal trial. These testimonies don’t end all tied up in a fearless bow either. I think that Trillia wanted to really send the message  that... Continue Reading