Author: Zach Barnhart

The New City Catechism Devotional

Tim Keller expounded on the gravitas of Christian catechisms for our day, saying, “Catechesis is more important than ever. We are being catechized, whether or not we know it, by culture.” In other words, catechism is happening, right at this moment. Twitter hashtags, advertising, school textbooks, award shows, sports programming –– all of these and more are shaping how we think, what truth is, and how we should live. Indeed, the cultural catechesis affects our theology, our ethics, and our worship. The only way to push against cultural catechesis is to push it back with doctrinal catechesis. For those familiar...

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Confronted by Grace: Meditations of a Theologian (John Webster)

On May 25, 2016, one of the most important theologians of my time passed into Glory. John Webster, a British Anglican, was a theologian, preacher, lecturer, and disciple of Jesus Christ. Webster is not widely known. He does not sell books at a popular level. His sermons are not podcasted thousands of times around the world every week. However, Webster’s unwavering commitment to the Holy Scriptures, Trinitarian faith, the exclusivity of Christ, and many more important points of doctrine shone through his work. For Webster, publishing and preaching were not tools to create a platform, but rather, the mode...

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Herman Bavinck: Pastor, Churchman, Statesman, and Theologian (Ron Gleason)

Theologians of the English-speaking world are aware of household names such as Abraham Kuyper and B.B. Warfield, two of the greatest Calvinist scholars of the last century. Both of these men died within 12 months of each other, yet there is a third man who joined Kuyper and Warfield at their time of death and their greatness. That man is Herman Bavinck. Up until just about a decade ago, Bavinck’s writings were left untranslated from the original language. Bavinck’s exposure to the Western world has been minimal. Hailing from Hoogeveen, Bavinck has a story that has long gone untold....

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Preaching Christ in All of Scripture (Edmund P. Clowney)

Hermeneutics: The Art and Science of Biblical Interpretation Most of us read the Bible as if it is telling a story, one that culminates in the person and work of Jesus Christ. We get the overarching narrative of Scripture and can see that Scripture sets out to tell a story about Christ. For some reason, however, it is more difficult to make this transition into the pulpit. A lot of sermons seek to apply to Scripture to their own moralistic purposes, or they simply present the facts of the verses read without pointing to its Christological significance. Thankfully, we...

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Work and Our Labor in the Lord (James M. Hamilton Jr.)

Studies show that the average human works 10.3 years in a lifetime. Imagine taking the next decade to work, never clocking out. That’s how much time you’ll spend at the office, making sales, making sandwiches, digging holes, checking on patients, or whatever you spend your hours a week working on. Work is simply a major component of who we are. Even those who don’t work feel their identity wrapped up in their not working. Anyone who has worked knows that work brings a combination of joys and sorrows, life-giving blessings and life-taking struggles. And most importantly, the Bible has...

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