Three Reasons Every Thoughtful Christian Should Read Wellum’s New ‘Systematic Theology’
Here you will find a reliable guide for doing theology in today’s context – a guide that uses the Bible’s theological framework and upholds the “Great Tradition.”
Wellum speaks candidly: “Scripture already gives us a specific theology and worldview, and our ‘making sense’ of it, that is, the constructive task of theology, must be true to the Bible’s own biblical-theological framework” (394). What is refreshing about this assertion is that Wellum doesn’t deny the existence of pre-existing frameworks. Rather, he contends that... Continue Reading
He Was a Kind Man
Despite all he did and all he was known for, it is the quality of kindness in the life of R.C. Sproul that is engraved for the ages.
One of the men we love and admire, a man who left his mark on so many of us, is not remembered first for his accomplishments, but for his character. His lasting legacy is not what he did, but who he was. What comes to mind when you think of R.C. Sproul? What do... Continue Reading
On Consenting to Others’ Sins
Augustine and fellowship with sinners.
For Augustine, it is consenting to sin that is corrupting. What does this mean? Well, we could think of it in basic terms through the contemporary language of “complicity.” Augustine uses the example of criminals, and we could again think of thieves. Even if we do not walk into the bank and hold up the... Continue Reading
David Bahnsen Challenges Our View of Work and Retirement
A review of “Full-Time: Work and The Meaning of Life”
God created man to first work, not to worship. Work was the beginning of his worship. Work must not be viewed as a utilitarian instrument (for example, a means to give more to the church), but work itself is a holy ministry toward others in that work is producing goods and services that provide for... Continue Reading
God’s Faithful Providences in Arkansas: An Addendum to the “Jonesboro 7” Series
Seven men disagreed with their Session on the selection of a pastor. The Session indicted and censured them, the MNA Committee tried to close the church. But God preserved a witness in Jonesboro.
Covenant Presbytery took up the Jonesboro matter again; this time with the hope of reconciliation between members of the Jonesboro congregation and the original Session. This is very good news. It would be a wonderful testimony if the Presbytery not only reconciled with the Jonesboro 7, but also with those who left the visible church... Continue Reading
We give thanks to the Lord for this verdict and His sustaining grace for Tommy and Emory.
I’ve reflected on my first words after being shot and not being able to talk for 2 months. These words seem very appropriate now, “Hallelujah! Thank you, Jesus, sweet sweet Jesus.” While the road to recovery continues, today’s verdict gives us a sense of peace. We have found solace in God’s faithfulness and His mercies which... Continue Reading
Empowered Witness Foreword
With admirable skill, Alan shows how the spirituality of the church has been used (and abused) throughout history. But more than that, he also makes a compelling case for employing the doctrine in the church today.
Through most of Reformed history, the spirituality of the church has not entailed a silence on all political matters but rather a commitment to the uniqueness of the church’s mission and a principled conviction that the eternal concerns of the church should not be swallowed up by the temporal concerns of the state. For all... 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
Benjamin Rush, Temperance Movement, and Today
The world wants to squeeze God’s people into its mold and intemperance is one of the tools it uses.
Alcohol is the third leading cause of preventable death in the United States behind number two, tobacco, and number one, poor diet combined with physical inactivity. How should Christians respond to this situation? Temperance has been and will continue to be a topic of debate, but the ministry of the church is to teach people to be... Continue Reading
This ‘He Saves Us’ Ad Redeems Everything Wrong with the ‘He Gets Us’ Super Bowl Spot
Jesus preached a gospel of radical repentance, not tolerance or acceptance of sin.
Bambrick is an associate pastor of Hope Church Craigavon in Northern Ireland. His ad draws a strong contrast to the “He Gets Us” Super Bowl ad campaign. It featured art of various people washing other people’s feet, a reference to what Jesus did for his disciples in John 13. I criticized the “He Gets Us”... Continue Reading