Jesus’ Love For You
We think that Jesus loves us more when we are walking close to him, but he loves us less when we wander
He always loves me with that flawless love. He loves me when I’m following him closely; he still loves me when I stumble and fall. I don’t have to gain his approval, check off a list he gave me, or try really hard to make him love me more. He already loves me with a... Continue Reading
Review: Black and White Bible, Black and Blue Wife
Though I would disagree with Dr. Tucker in some areas, I strongly recommend Black and White Bible, Black and Blue Wife, and here are my reasons
We need to man up and acknowledge where complementarianism provides a cover for abuse. For a movement that prides itself on promoting manly men, the powers that be seem reluctant to engage in meaningful dialogue with anyone on the opposite side of the gender role fence or respond to constructive criticism. No one, including Dr. Tucker,... Continue Reading
A Theology of Biblical Counseling: Some Questions and Clarifications
I offer these questions and clarifications in the spirit of iron sharpening iron
Question #1: “Is there any revelation outside of the Bible?” Take for example, the topic of obesity, one of the greatest sin-problems in America; has God revealed any truth about this topic outside of the Bible? Is there any truth we can discover outside of the Bible about what foods cause cravings, how certain foods... Continue Reading
Book Review: Why Bother With Church? by Sam Allberry
For the Christian, the Church is not a building or meeting to attend, but a body to belong to
In the 95 pages of this short booklet, Allberry introduces what a church is, why it’s important, and how to be involved with it. He presents an honest depiction of the church, recognizing the hurt many people have felt from the church and the importance of the church according to Scripture. It’s no secret... Continue Reading
Is the Wider, Reformedish Community Sustainable?
I’ve been thinking more about what unbelievers experience in our family households and in the household of God, should they ever visit
Pohl’s Introduction on these “Four Practices That Sustain Community” is both refreshing and convicting. They could easily be summed up in one word: integrity. Even as I look at the wider culture in the Reformedish community, I see that it is very noticeable when we are found wanting in these basic practices. We are a... Continue Reading
The Clarity of Scripture: What It Does and Does Not Mean
During and after the Reformation, the Reformers had to explain, teach, and defend this doctrine (e.g. WCF 1.6-8).
The perspicuity of Scripture does not mean that they are perfectly clear to every person. Scripture is not clear to unbelievers and the unregenerate (2 Cor. 4:3). It does not mean that a person can understand the Word apart from the work of the Holy Spirit. The perspicuity of Scripture does not mean that there... Continue Reading
Seeing Christ In All of Scripture
A Review: “Seeing Christ in All of Scripture”
“There can be no objection to ‘Christotelic’ in itself. But Scripture is Christotelic just because it is Christocentric. It is Christotelic only as it is Christocentric, and as it is that in every part, the Old Testament included. Or, as we may, in fact must, put the issue here in its most ultimate consideration, Christ... Continue Reading
Sanctification By Faith in the Threatenings
Even as we believe the promises of salvation because they come from God speaking in Scripture so we are to believe the threatenings.
There are some people who have argued that fear of punishment is not a sound motivation to Christian holiness. There is a plausibility to this position because the Bible also says that there is no condemnation for those who are in Christ Jesus (Rom. 8:1). What have Christians to fear if they are no longer... Continue Reading
Substitution is Not a “Theory of the Atonement”
Penal substitutionary atonement is the hope of sinners, the heart of the gospel, and the good news without which all other news regarding the cross is null and void.
“So substitution is not a “theory of the atonement.” Nor is it even an additional image to take its place as an option alongside the others. It is rather the essence of each image and the heart of the atonement itself. None of the four images could stand without it. I am not of course... Continue Reading
One of the doctrines of grace is the biblical teaching that Jesus died to redeem his sheep, God’s people, the elect.
The truth of definite atonement is a comforting and practical truth! Jesus didn’t just die to make salvation possible for me if I respond rightly. He died to actually save me and my wandering heart. He died to not only wipe away my sins, but give me his Spirit, faith, and repentance (he enables me... Continue Reading