This puts words to a common thought I often have following worship on Sunday morning. Kyle Strobel writes about some of the practices of Jonathan Edwards that facilitate deeper communion with God, in particular contemplation. One temptation of contemplation is diversion: …the temptation for diversion is the result of a soul that has not learned […]Read more "Contemplating Worship"
The relationship between divine sovereignty and human responsibility is a theological mystery that is something ultimately beyond human comprehension. Mysteries make us uncomfortable, and thus there is always a temptation to rationalize them, that is to modify one belief to make it more compatible with the other, in this case to play down divine sovereignty […]Read more "Divine Sovereignty & Human Responsibility"
The motto of all true servants of God must be, “We preach Christ, and him crucified.’ A sermon without Christ in it is like a loaf of bread without any flour in it. No Christ in your sermon, sir? Then go home, and never preach again until you have something worth preaching.” –Charles SpurgeonRead more "Preach Christ"
Michael Reeves has provided a wonderful work on the Protestant Reformation for Christians to learn from and enjoy. The Unquenchable Flame is an easy-to-read, page turner in which Reeves writes with great skill and wit. I especially love this paragraph which describes the differences (and similarities)of Martin Luther and John Calvin, two of the great heroes of […]Read more "On Luther & Calvin"
Christians should love the Old Testament. Unfortunately, some do not. Some believers view the Old Testament as antiquated and hard to understand. We mistakingly believe it is only a book for the nation of Israel and not the church of Jesus. The New Testament disagrees with this assessment. The New Testament declares the Old Testament to be Christian Scripture. […]Read more "The People of the Book"
Sometimes people wonder, “Why pray if God is sovereign?” If God rules everything, what difference can our prayers actually make? Tim Keller provides an interesting take on this question in his book, Prayer. Why call this a “practical” mystery? The teaching is that our prayers matter––”we have not because we ask not” ––and yet God’s […]Read more "Prayer and the Sovereignty of God"
What is Biblical Theology? The smart aleck answer is “a theology that is biblical.” But that definition will not do. The practice of biblical theology requires much more to be said. Biblical theology is viewing the whole canon of Scripture as many parts of one book, inspired by one God, telling one story. It seeks […]Read more "Why the Church Needs Biblical Theology"