What Is Saving Faith?
Faith is central to Christianity
Faith is effectual only if one personally trusts in Christ alone for salvation. It is one thing to give an intellectual assent to a proposition but quite another to place personal trust in it. We can say that we believe in justification by faith alone and yet still think that we are going to get to... Continue Reading
The Amazing Holy Spirit – He Goes Wherever You Do
Do you go to church to have your spiritual batteries recharged? If so, will the charge last for an entire week?
The Protestant doctrine of vocation sure looks a lot less complicated and a whole lot more compelling. By the Holy Spirit Christians offer up sacrifices to God through the duties they perform as part of God’s providential care for his creation. By the Holy Spirit, Christians are priests. By the Spirit, they perform a small... Continue Reading
No Man More Pitiful
There’s no city more pitiful than a city without walls, and no man more pitiful than a man without self-control
“Barely a day goes by when I do not speak to someone or inquire after someone or pray for someone who is struggling with the sin of pornography. Men get in touch all the time to confess the sin and to ask for help. And what I want them to know is that they are... Continue Reading
Luther’s Theology: Music as Servant of the Word
Using the gospel as his grid, Luther retained, replaced, or revamped various elements from the mass
Having ensconced the Bible at the pinnacle of worship, Luther sees an intimate connection between music and the Word: “Thus it was not without reason that the fathers and prophets wanted nothing else to be associated as closely with the Word of God as music. Therefore, we have so many hymns and Psalms where message... Continue Reading
Loving The People You Love To Hate
Here’s how you know if you hate something someone has done or if you actually hate that person
“Do you love to hate somebody? Do you hope for their failure and inwardly delight when it comes? Do you have the slightest inkling that your desire for justice has bled into desire for vengeance? And if so: do you find any of that commensurate with loving your neighbor?” In the midst of my... Continue Reading
The Most Difficult Verse in the Bible
Deuteronomy 28 is not my favourite chapter in the Bible. Not by a long shot.
“God is merciful. God is gracious. God is patient. God is loving. And God is just. He will by no means clear the guilty but will visit consequence upon people and upon communities in keeping with their actions. That is who God is. Therefore, what He says in Deuteronomy 28:63 is entirely in keeping with... Continue Reading
What Does Repentance Look Like?
Repentance of the heart is the work of God the Holy Spirit.
The Bible tells us explicitly and shows us implicitly that God resists the proud and gives grace to the humble. David knows this to be true. As broken as he is, he knows God and how God relates to penitent people. He understands that God never hates or despises a broken and contrite heart. This... Continue Reading
The Popular Christian Article We Need Fewer Of
Everyone has opinions, but few have wisdom.
If a person achieves even a tiny amount of notoriety, they want to use that to build their name and establish themselves as experts before actually putting in the work and gaining the experience. That’s the exact opposite of the path in Scripture. God used Moses only after he spent decades tending sheep in anonymity.... Continue Reading
The Eternal Subordination of the Son Debate: Concluding Reflections (Part 2)
The true integrity of the doctrine of the Trinity cannot be maintained where a commitment to pursuing its theologically integrating function is absent.
Even among those who hold an orthodox doctrine of the Trinity, that doctrine may be much diminished in its role within the broader firmament of Christian truth, not least on account of a failure to explore its capacity to illuminate and enrich our reading of Scripture. Rather than functioning as an integrating and coordinating doctrine,... Continue Reading
Does God Balance Blessings with Hardships?
When we find ourselves anticipating the worst, we need to remind ourselves of the truth.
I am an Eeyore by nature. I tend to see the dark side of things and assume the worst. I see the glass as half empty rather than half full. I tend to view God’s interactions with me as an angry father doling out punishment. And so it comes as no surprise that I would... Continue Reading