Our Foundation of Grace (Owen)

The Christian’s foundation of forgiveness and acceptance with God is not by works, but by grace alone and found in Christ alone.

“The foundation is to be laid, as was said, in mere grace, mercy, and pardon in the blood of Christ. This the soul is to accept of and to rest in as mere grace, without the consideration of any thing in itself, but that it is sinful and obnoxious unto ruin. This it finds a difficulty in,... Continue Reading

Is Predestination Central in Calvinism?

There’s more to the doctrines of grace than predestination.

It is interesting that John Calvin never identified predestination or election as a central dogma.  He spoke of the doctrine of justification as ‘the primary article of the Christian religion,’ ‘the main hinge on which religion turns,’ the principal article of the whole doctrine of salvation and the foundation of all religion.’  Obviously he considered predestination... Continue Reading

Comfort on the Deathbed (Or: A Pastor’s Most Important Resource)

"As Christians approach death, Goulart recognizes, they are frequently tempted to doubt God’s promised salvation and despair of their future hope."

“In this spiritual drama, Satan is especially active. Goulart’s discourse ‘Remedies Against Satan’s Temptations in our Final Hour’ enumerates the stinging accusations and doubts that Satan launches against God’s children as they struggle on their deathbeds. The voice of Satan accuses: ‘You are a miserable sinner, worthy of damnation.’ ‘Your sins are too great to... Continue Reading

The Porn Myth in Under 6 Hours

"What if the best sex is about bonding and connecting to another person?”

“This book rests on one fundamental presupposition: if you want something to flourish, you need to use it in accordance with its nature.  Don’t plant tomatoes in a dark closet and water them with soda and expect to have vibrant tomato plants.  To do so would be to act contrary to the nature of tomatoes.  Similarly,... Continue Reading

Accepting Mortality

Have we lost the ability to walk alongside loved ones who face aging and dying?

Looking at this theologically, isn’t the refusal to accept our mortality just the same old lie “you will be like God”? The fact that we are mortal is a result of God’s righteous judgment in Genesis 3. Yes, Christ came and redeemed us, but final redemption of our bodies will not take place until He... Continue Reading

Marking Natural Law with Mark Levin

Natural law is forever and enduring, and man-made law, which may vary from place to place and time to time, is not.

This flies in direct contrast to the principles (if we can call them “principles”) of modern secular progressivism, where truths (if we can call them “truths”) are said to evolve over time, and that what is deemed just and virtuous (if we can call it “just” and “virtuous”) is in a constant state of never-ending... Continue Reading

Comfort and Hope for Chronic Sufferers

Constant pain is a scourge that clouds the mind, accuses the conscience, and torments the faithful

“In each chapter, Kapic takes these rich truths and connects them to the everyday questions and realities sufferers know well. As someone who has watched family members struggle with long-term pain, and personally dealt with chronic joint and muscle issues for the last seven years, I’m profoundly grateful for this work.”   Seasons of prolonged... Continue Reading

The Founders’ Go-To Text

Early Americans used the Bible both as an intellectual sourcebook and as a tool for moral instruction; “the Bible was the most authoritative, accessible, and familiar book in eighteenth-century America.”

The book has two main parts. In the first, Dreisbach shows the pervasive influence of the Bible on American public culture (chapter 1), the Founding Fathers (chapter 2), and political discourse at the time of the Founding (chapter 3). Part 2 explores specific Bible verses—Micah 6:8 (chapter 5), Proverbs 14:34 (chapter 7), Proverbs 29:2 (chapter... Continue Reading

The Rich Comfort of Justification by Faith Alone (Bavinck)

The biblical doctrine of justification by faith alone (apart from works) in Christ alone (and nothing else) has truly given me a rock on which to stand and comfortably rest.

“But the believer whose eye has been opened to the riches of this benefit, sees the matter differently.  He has come to the humble acknowledgment that good works, whether these consist of emotional excitements, of soul experiences, or of external deeds, can never be the foundation but only the fruit of faith.  His salvation is... Continue Reading

Luther’s Theology: The Will’s Bondage

The Bondage of the Will is one of Martin Luther’s most important and enduring works

“Luther rejects the idea that man stands in the middle and can choose between a good spirit or bad flesh, or that original sin has only partially hindered man’s ability to perform acts of righteousness. Instead, he looks to Christ’s words John 3:6 that what is born of flesh is flesh, and what is born... Continue Reading