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

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

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

John Stonestreet on Restoration and Hope

One of Chuck Colson’s successors talks about God’s redemptive plan for the world

I feel like a lot of people who want to hold these, orthodoxy and orthopraxy, but they don’t realize the implications of orthodoxy for orthopraxy. It’s like these are two independently settled categories that we can think about separately. You’ve got to think about them together. … You say, “I’m in this cultural moment, what... Continue Reading

Under God: A Review of One Nation Under God: How Corporate America Invented Christian America

Kruse’s argument is that much of what we think of today as the fundamental institutions and ideologies of Christian America actually date to the 1950s

If you say that the particular forms of “Christian nationalism” date from the 1950s, fine – as Kruse says, the “ceremonies and slogans.” But to say, as Lehmann suggests, that the underlying ideology was novel in that era is absurd. To appreciate that, think about the inconceivably vast literature over the previous two hundred years... Continue Reading

One of the Best (and Most Overlooked) Explanations of the Plan of Salvation

In a sense, Warfield has created a logical “decision tree” that any Christian could follow.

The logic and flow of Warfield’s argument are powerful and weighty.  He builds such momentum towards Particularism (Calvinism), that even at an early point in the book the reader gets the sense that it is an inevitability.  All the biblical and theological arrows are pointing in the same direction.   The critical question that every... Continue Reading