Quarantine Laws and the Bible

As the Westminster Confession puts it, the “general equity” of the Old Testament law does inform us as Christians living under the New Covenant

I do think that it is important to remember that these quarantine laws were simply the application of another law recorded in Leviticus 19:18 — that  every Israelite was to “love your neighbor as yourself, I am the Lord.”  The royal law of Christ was not new when he gave it.  Christ was drawing this... Continue Reading

High Maintenance Christians Are Better Than Nice Ones

“It costs God nothing, so far as we know, to create nice things; but to convert rebellious wills costs Him crucifixion.” ---C.S. Lewis

He spoke the world into existence knowing the cost. He came in the flesh knowing the cost. Jesus knew the cost when he made the promise with the Father and the Spirit before the world began. He didn’t come to save nice things or nice people. He didn’t make a promise to redeem nice, low... Continue Reading

God, Without the Fuss

It's the Bless-Me Club. It is self-help, and that kind of message plays very well in America.

“The reason [Osteen is] so popular is because of the spiritual infantilism of America. Not just spiritual, the infantilism of American culture,” Anthony says. “And he feeds the Paris Hilton, Britney Spears culture. It’s all me. Benefit me. What can I do for me? How can I feel better? What can I do about me?... Continue Reading

7 Wrong Reasons to Join a Church

What are some important considerations in choosing a church?

Committing yourself and your family to a local church is one of the most important decisions you will ever make this side of eternity; and yet, for all the weightiness of it, it is a decision to which the larger part of church attenders have given little to no thought. Over the past three decades, I... Continue Reading

Can You Be Happy in Every Circumstance?

“God can make you happy in any circumstances. Without him nothing can.” Andrew Bonar

Christians weep and sorrow too. However, the Christian battles against that sadness by faith, and gradually and slowly begins to win the victory, to see the good hand of God, to sense the Father’s love, to experience the Savior’s sympathy, and to enjoy the Spirit’s comfort. As faith strengthens, so does joy, so that even... Continue Reading

What Luther Says to this Confessional Age

Oprah style confessions, now so popular among Christians, are what Luther would have regarded as a form of human righteousness

Our confessional age is an age where the baring of souls is seen as an act which makes the confessor vulnerable or ‘authentic’ and thus serves ironically to enhance their authority or invulnerability. That might sound strange, but who in this present age can criticize the person who has told the world that they suffered... Continue Reading

Protestantism’s Birthday – A New 95 Theses Needed

We need a New Reformation. We need “Scripture Alone” as our guide again.

Do we see denominations inventing and “discovering” their own doctrines? Do we see churches bending their theology in order to fill the pews? Do we see widespread moral failings in the clergy – everything from pedophilia to homosexual encounters? Do we see story after story in the news about financial shenanigans? How many churches wallow... Continue Reading

The Progressive Evangelical Package

There may not be a Progressive Gospel(s) Federation with explicit standards we can look to, but there are certain tenets

Many of us labor under the illusion that the progressive package, the party line, doesn’t exist. Some of those within the camp take its putative diversity and ideological inclusiveness as a point of pride. I suppose for them my aim is to pop their balloon. For others floating within progressivism’s orbit but not yet diving... Continue Reading

Is There Any Point in Trying?

Do you really try everyday to make serious progress in righteousness?

Yet we struggle don’t we? We strain even to do the simplest of things when it comes to disciplining ourselves in this new life. We’d rather play the game of mimicking second and third hand Christian activity than lay bare our souls to the radical work of God’s grace. Sin, which no longer has any... Continue Reading

10 Things I Wish Everyone Knew About Reformed Theology

Is Calvinism the cold, rigid approach to Christianity it’s made out to be?

“Reformed theology reorients the believer to a God-centered view of reality. As Michael Horton writes, “God is not a supporting actor in our life movie. We exist for his purposes, not the other way around.” The end purpose of human life is to glorify God. The reason this isn’t bleak for us is that God is glorified... Continue Reading