The Ten Words | Exodus 20:1-21
What is the purpose of the law for us today as Christians?
Under the covenant that Jesus inaugurated by the sacrifice of Himself, our Lord has removed the curse and burden of the law from us. We rest in His obedience rather than our own. Furthermore, He has given to us the Spirit of life that produces His fruit within us, fruit of love, joy, peace, patience,... Continue Reading
Machen Saw What was Coming
He warned of fascism and ethnonationalism and we should too!
In the machinery of modern industry and government, and in worldly, pragmatic ideologies, Machen saw a real threat to liberty, society, and the church. The only solution for him was the knowledge of a God who cared enough to send his Son, beneath whose cross and in whose church is the only refuge from the... Continue Reading
How “He Gets Us” Fails to Get Jesus
The presentation of Jesus is driven by the winds of culture rather than the pages of Scripture.
The ”He Gets Us” campaign never presents the need for sinners to repent. Their campaign promotes works and service but it doesn’t present the good news of Jesus. The social gospel never saves, it only sooths people as they journey onward toward the gates of hell. The “He Gets Us” presents a Jesus who affirms rather than confronts. There... Continue Reading
The Sufficiency of Scripture in Doing Christian Theology by the Book
Scriptures are sufficient for the specific task for which God gave them.
The Scriptures reveal who God is, who humans are in relation to God, and how we should portray this relationship in worship of our Creator. The Scriptures are sufficient to ground our trust in God and to know what God requires of us. However, when we say that Scripture is sufficient, we do not mean... Continue Reading
Rise Up, O Men of God
Reflections of one man’s faithful life to encourage the Church to nurture our young men, so that it will flourish in their generation.
Our young men need public and private examples of godly men in generations past and present. Our pastor would tell us that his personal pursuit of holiness was for the benefit of others—because his wife needed a godly husband and his children a godly father and the church a godly leader. He modeled meekness and... Continue Reading
Westminster Kingdom Theology
The kingdom of Christ and the kingdom of Satan.
Is reality outside the church a common realm that is unrelated to the kingdom of Christ? No, the moral division in this life is not between the kingdom of Christ and a common realm considered as two static domains with diverse locations. The moral division in this life is between the kingdom of Christ and... Continue Reading
Director’s Dicta: “Lies that Live” – Part 2
The Sexual Super Self
Paul in Romans 1 makes plain that the theological and worshipexchanges he describes result in unrighteous ethical conduct, particularly regarding sexuality that “breaks the bonds” of the Creator. This leads to societal and cultural chaos, as Jonathan Burnside explains: “[I]n biblical thought, sexual relationships can be used either to create community or to destroy community. . . . Sexual order helps to... Continue Reading
The One Who Loves
John writes that the law came through Moses, but grace and truth came through Christ.
The Mosaic Law is not contrary to the gospel. In fact, the Mosaic Covenant is an exfoliation of the Covenant of Grace. However, John 9 helps us to understand the division when the Pharisees say to the now healed blind man, “You are his [Jesus] disciple, but we are disciples of Moses. We know that... Continue Reading
Controversy in the Church and the Evangelical Public Square
A Reflection Occasioned by Jake Meador's Recent Opinions on the Alistair Begg Affair
In a recent article Jake Meador wrings his hands anxiously because he believes that ‘evangelicalism’ is a “controversy generator machine,” and he believes that this is the source of needless strife that admits of no clear resolution. By contrast, he sees in the institutional church a suitable alternative that has prescribed processes for resolving controversy. I confess,... Continue Reading
Imago Dei, Male and Female
Why did God make us male and female in his image?
Through the joint workings of man and woman, God would use humanity to continue putting the earth into its beautiful order and fill it with His image. This is why generally men are more drawn to tasks that form and shape the world, whether physically or intellectually, and women tend toward tasks that fill and... Continue Reading