The Purpose and Meaning of Christian Dogma

On today’s episode, a listener writes in and asks Dave, "What is Christian Dogma?" What you’ll hear in this episode The Criteria for Christian Dogma. Christian Dogma and a Watching World. The Apostle Paul, Timothy, and Sound Doctrine. The Source of Sound Doctrine. The...

How to Prioritize Reading

Set Reading Priorities Our reading may not be disciplined, efficient, or fruitful until we read with purpose. Before you begin reading a book, determine why you are reading it. We will often neglect what we don’t prioritize. And book reading is often neglected because...

Be Excellent as Christ Is Excellent

Be Grounded in God’s Own Glory and Excellence As Daniel Harrington and James Keenan contend, “From an ethical viewpoint, the end is the quintessential point of departure, since strong ethical systems always start with the end. The goal always defines the agenda being...

The Necessity of the Atonement

We’ve been looking at the atonement in our study of Great Doctrines of the Bible by Martyn Lloyd-Jones. First, we looked at a few theories of the atonement that don’t do justice to the teaching of Scripture. Then, we looked at the biblical teaching of the...

Husband of One Wife and Fighting Sexual Sin

On today’s Warriors of Grace episode, Dave talks about what it means to be a husband of one wife, along with providing strategies to learn to fight sexual sin with Scripture, joy in the Lord, and other practical guidance. What you’ll hear in this episode What it means...

John Knox: The Founder of the Presbyterian Church

When we consider the Reformers, we may picture strong men and women with booming voices that echoed around the gathered crowd. We picture them as fearless, rebuking whoever contradicted the true teachings of Scripture, calling out heresy for what it was. But this...

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The Necessity of the Atonement

We’ve been looking at the atonement in our study of Great Doctrines of the Bible by Martyn Lloyd-Jones. First, we looked at a few theories of the atonement that don’t do justice to the teaching of Scripture. Then, we looked at the biblical teaching of the...

Husband of One Wife and Fighting Sexual Sin

On today’s Warriors of Grace episode, Dave talks about what it means to be a husband of one wife, along with providing strategies to learn to fight sexual sin with Scripture, joy in the Lord, and other practical guidance. What you’ll hear in this episode What it means...

John Knox: The Founder of the Presbyterian Church

When we consider the Reformers, we may picture strong men and women with booming voices that echoed around the gathered crowd. We picture them as fearless, rebuking whoever contradicted the true teachings of Scripture, calling out heresy for what it was. But this...

Monitor Your Motives

Philippians 1:15-18a, “Some indeed preach Christ from envy and rivalry, but others from good will....

Why All Christians Should Care about Systematic Theology

Why All Christians Should Care about Systematic Theology

What Is Systematic Theology? Biblical theology provides the basis for understanding how texts in one part of the Bible relate to all other texts, according to God’s intention, which is discovered through human authors but ultimately at the canonical level. In the end,...

Five Marks and Attitudes of a Genuine Christian

Five Marks and Attitudes of a Genuine Christian

“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” (1 John 5:13). The letter of 1 John is about assurance. John is concerned that his readers have assurance of the new life that they have in Christ....

Graham Cole– Faithful Theology: An Introduction

Graham Cole– Faithful Theology: An Introduction

On today’s Equipping You in Grace show, Dave and Graham Cole have a wide-ranging conversation about the nature of Scripture, redemptive history, why sound theological foundations matter, and his new book, Faithful Theology: An Introduction (Crossway, 2020). What...

When Suffering Makes Prayer Hard

When Suffering Makes Prayer Hard

I am not a journal-keeper. I have a collection of partially-filled journals where I tried to force myself into the habit but gave up less than halfway through. Though my journaling doesn’t happen on paper, I could fill books with the thoughts and conversations I’ve...

Know and Love

Know and Love

Philippians 1:9-11, “9 And it is my prayer that your love may abound more and more, with knowledge and all discernment, 10 so that you may approve what is excellent, and so be pure and blameless for the day of Christ, 11 filled with the fruit of righteousness that...

How the Psalms Saved My Life

How the Psalms Saved My Life

In Psalm 121, the Psalmist is in a valley and looks up to the hills and in desperation, asks, “From where does my help come?” During my first pastorate, I entered into a season of severe depression. Every day, I woke up to a mind full of fog. Every task I completed...

The Joy of Partaking

The Joy of Partaking

Philippians 1:7-8, “7 It is right for me to feel this way about you all, because I hold you in my heart, for you are all partakers with me of grace, both in my imprisonment and in the defense and confirmation of the gospel. 8 For God is my witness, how I yearn for you...

The Importance of Guarding Your Heart in the Christian Life

The Importance of Guarding Your Heart in the Christian Life

On today’s episode, a listener writes in and asks, "What does guarding your heart mean in the Bible?" What you’ll hear in this episode Guarding the Heart and a Right View of the Word of God. Guarding the Heart and Gratitude for the Grace of God. Guarding the Heart and...

A Work in Progress

A Work in Progress

Philippians 1:6, “And I am sure of this, that he who began a good work in you will bring it to completion at the day of Jesus Christ.” Christian discipleship is a process that has its ups and downs, but its trajectory is toward holiness. The journey of a disciple has...

The Paradoxical Pattern of Jesus’s Life

The Paradoxical Pattern of Jesus’s Life

Bringing Good Out of Evil The life of the Christian is based on and modeled after that of Jesus Christ. Christ persevered in his faith in spite of pressures to compromise and was killed because of it. Nevertheless, his death was reversed into life and was overcome...

Why Hospitality Is for All Christians

Why Hospitality Is for All Christians

The Diverse Family of God Radically ordinary hospitality—those who live it—see strangers as neighbors and neighbors as family of God. They recoil at reducing a person to a category or a label. They see God’s image reflected in the eyes of every human being on earth....