Author: David Schrock

What is the Protestant Reformation? 4 Reasons and 9 Resources for Digging Into This Recovery of the Gospel

Five-hundred years ago, on October 31, Martin Luther nailed his 95 Theses to the Wittenberg Castle Church door. This action launched a series of disputations about the Bible, the gospel, and the church—to name only a few. In time, Luther’s action would be considered the spark which ignited the Protestant Reformation. But what is the Protestant Reformation? And why do we need to know about it? And what is there to learn? To answer those questions and others like them, let me give four reasons why the Reformation should be highlighted and then a series of multi-media resources that might help...

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What Should We Think About the Imprecatory Psalms?

How should we make sense of the Imprecatory Psalms? Imprecatory Psalms (Pss 5, 10, 17, 35, 58, 59, 69, 70, 79, 83, 109, 129, 137, 140) are those Psalms which call upon God to destroy the wicked, and they include some of the most shocking words in the Bible. Take just a few examples. Psalm 35 provides one of the most acceptable imprecatory Psalms. Verses 4–6 read, Let them be put to shame and dishonor      who seek after my life! Let them be turned back and disappointed      who devise evil against me! Let them be like...

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The Warfare Worldview of Ephesians

When was the last time you prayed against the devil? Or, attributed your physical pain or emotional vexations to a demonic spirit? If it has been some time (or never), it’s probably because you live in the 21st Century America, where the evils of the world—moral and natural—are explained by biological factors and scientific calculation. But if you lived in 16th Century Europe, it would be a different story. In the Medieval period, ghosts and goblins, spirits and demons were regularly blamed for spiritual and physical tribulations. In that world, God and the angelic realm were not excluded from...

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Drinking Deeply from the Fountain of Biblical Theology

Hermeneutics: The Art and Science of Biblical Interpretation When Jesus approached His two disciples departing Jerusalem on the day of His resurrection, He asked, “What is this conversation that you are holding with each other as you walk?” (Luke 24:17). Deftly, he quizzed them about the events of his own death, burial, and resurrection. To this inquiry, these disciples report the somber facts: Jesus of Nazareth…was a prophet mighty in deed and word before God and all the people…our chief priests and rulers delivered him up to be condemned to death, and crucified him. But we had hoped that...

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Blessed Assurance: “Jesus Is Yours”

Assurance. It is a precious gift the Lord gives His people. As 1 John 5:13 says, “I write these things to you who believe in the name of the Son of God, that you may know that you have eternal life.” Despite God’s promise of assurance, sometimes experientially our personal assurance wanes. There are many reasons for this—some caused by God’s sovereign and mysterious providence; others caused by spiritual neglect or worldly indulgence. Fortunately, salvation depends on God, not our personal assurance. Nonetheless, assurance is a gift we should desire to possess and retain. Therefore, in seasons of doubt,  it is worth...

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