• Doubting Thomas and Hard Questions

    Posted Sep 20th, 2014 By in Uncategorized With | No Comments

    That ancient triad of human learning—the trivium—tries to capture the stages we go through in our human development. First, there is the grammar stage. This is the place where we learn jargon and facts. If we were to apply it to the Bible, this is where we learn the books of the Bible and what …

  • The Scandal of the Resurrection

    Posted Sep 13th, 2014 By in Uncategorized With | No Comments

    Former Westminster Philadelphia Old Testament professor Peter Enns has released a new book about Scripture, a book that pushes the envelope more than his first book which led to his ousting from the conservative reformed seminary. His first book, Inspiration and Incarnation was decidedly more academic. His most recent word, The Bible Tells Me So…Why …

  • Jesus’ Resurrection

    Posted Sep 7th, 2014 By in Uncategorized With | No Comments

    Christ’s humiliation was intense.  He was born under the law (Gal. 4:4), suffered the death of the wicked, bore the wrath of God, had no place to be buried, and was laid in a grave for three days while death seemingly had the victory and the last word.  However, as great as his humiliation was, …

  • Similarities and Differences between the Law and the Gospel

    Posted Aug 9th, 2014 By in Uncategorized With | No Comments

    In Select Works of Theodore Beza,Theodore Beza divides the Scriptures into two principal parts: the “Law” and the “Gospel.” The Law, for Beza, is a doctrine whose seed is written in our hearts by nature. But this Law is written in the Bible so that we can have a more exact knowledge of it. The …

  • Borders, Language, and Culture, Part 2

    Posted Aug 9th, 2014 By in Uncategorized With | No Comments

    Last week I introduced this short series and suggested that the church needs to preserve her unique identity; and that if she does not she will inevitably disappear and the witness will be lost. Ironically, then, the thesis of this series is that the church is most missional—a Christian hipster word—when she is most distinct …

  • Borders, Language, and Culture, Part 2

    Posted Aug 2nd, 2014 By in Uncategorized With | No Comments

    Last week I introduced this short series and suggested that the church needs to preserve her unique identity; and that if she does not she will inevitably disappear and the witness will be lost. Ironically, then, the thesis of this series is that the church is most missional—a Christian hipster word—when she is most distinct …

  • Borders, Language, and Culture, Part 1

    Posted Jul 26th, 2014 By in Uncategorized With | No Comments

    Some years ago I stumbled upon a loud-mouthed political pundit whose criticism of the right and left sides of the aisle always revolved around his philosophy of the need for distinct national borders, a unified national language, and a particular culture. He suggested that when a nation dissolves her borders, does away with a common …

  • Ecumenism

    Posted Jul 24th, 2014 By in Uncategorized With | No Comments

    John 17 has for a long time been a text used to encourage ecumenism within Christ’s church. And not without reason. The prayer of Jesus includes the petition: that they may be perfectly one (17:23). In some ways it is one of those things that looks really good on paper but is a little tricky …

  • Infant Baptism

    Posted Jul 11th, 2014 By in Uncategorized With | 1 Comment

    This morning and last Lord’s day we have and had the privilege of welcoming covenant children into our number. You of course know infant baptism isn’t universally accepted. Infant baptism is usually the last doctrine to be embraced by those wrestling through Covenant Theology. (Reformed practice and understanding of the recipients of baptism and why …

  • Filioque Clause, Part 2

    Posted Jul 3rd, 2014 By in Uncategorized With | No Comments

    My favorite songs are to and about the Holy Trinity. There is such a depth and richness to them. I think of Holy, Holy, Holy or Holy God We Praise Your Name or the Doxology we sing every week, or Gloria Patri – rich Trinitarian formulations of the One true God we worship and serve. …

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