Author: Thaddeus Williams

Mortification: Seven Phases Along the Sin-Killing Continuum

Mortification (noun): The Spirit-powered process of killing all of our propensities for sinful, self-destructive pleasures that compete for superior pleasure in the all-satisfying God. If we care about living then sin-killing (or the old school word “mortification”) is something we cannot afford to ignore: “For if you live according to the flesh you will die, but if by the Spirit you put to death the deeds of the body, you will live” (Rom. 8:13 cf. Gal. 5:16-25). Sin-killing in the believer’s life may be thought of along a 7-phase continuum that looks something like this (try to figure out where you...

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Good News for the Unwanted

Good News for the Unwanted  Exclusion, expulsion, alienation, and forsakenness—these were major themes in the ancient Jewish world.[1] The “impure” could be expelled from the community. The carcasses of sacrificed animals had to be burned outside the camp. The scapegoat was sent out “to a remote area.”[2] To be “inside” was to be pure, wanted, loved, at home, and alive. To be “outside” was to be dirty, unwanted, despised, outcast, and left to die. Unwanted babies of the ancient Near East were often left outside the city to die. Ezekiel picks up on this travesty to describe the Jews like...

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Is the Reformation Still Relevant Today?

Is Reformation theology still relevant today? Absolutely! It reminds us that we have a big God and that salvation is found in Him alone. We are saved by grace alone, through faith alone, in Christ alone, for God’s glory alone. And we know this because Scripture alone is our highest standard for truth. We don’t determine what is good and true about God. God does. I would argue that the biggest problem in the church today is that many of us have too small a view of who God is. We have shrunk an infinite being. We have diminished...

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Christ Our Substitute: The Meaning Of The Cross

Editor’s Note: The purpose of this series is to help our readers this holiday season to think through the doctrine of the person and work of Christ. Matt Perman started off this series with the first in a three part series answering the question, “How can Jesus be God and Man?” Matt continued with part two of his series looking at Christ’s natures full and complete. Matt concluded his three part series here. Brian Hedges wrote on three critical truths about redemption. Nate Palmer wrote on the session of Christ. Jonathan Tomes wrote on the humanity of Christ. Dave...

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Christ, Our Substitute

Editor’s Note: The purpose of this series is to help our readers this holiday season to think through the doctrine of the person and work of Christ. Matt Perman started off this series with the first in a three part series answering the question, “How can Jesus be God and Man?” Matt continued with part two of his series looking at Christ’s natures full and complete. Matt concluded his three part series here. Brian Hedges wrote on three critical truths about redemption. Nate Palmer wrote on the session of Christ. Jonathan Tomes wrote on the humanity of Christ. Dave...

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