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Dear Mormon—I Can’t Call You a Brother in Christ

Recently I had lunch with a very kind and gracious man in our community. This man is a committed member of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints. In short, my friend is a Mormon. He was respectful, gracious, and I enjoyed our conversation very much. However,...

Why Contend for the Faith?

Many Christians don’t contend for the faith because they don’t know why they should. Like a football team who hits the gridiron without a rally cry, the church can often be overtaken by naysayers who demand silence in the name of tolerance. This tends to rattle many...

Mike Riccardi – Suffering Well: Trusting God’s Absolute Sovereignty

Several years ago, Justin Taylor linked to a moving and encouraging account of a pastor coming to grips with the fact that his second child, like his first, would be born with spina bifida. Amazingly, this man has found great comfort in rejecting the common notion...
D. A. Carson – Why Pray to an All-knowing God?

D. A. Carson – Why Pray to an All-knowing God?

Prayer changes things. You find plaques promulgating this notion everywhere. You may have one in your home. Countless sermons have been preached, countless prayers prayed, under this assumption: “Prayer changes things.” Or does it? If prayer changes things, how can we...

Sinclair Ferguson – Oh How I Love Your Law!

Sinclair Ferguson – Oh How I Love Your Law!

At a PGA Tour tournament in October 2015, Ben Crane disqualified himself after completing his second round. He did so at considerable financial cost. No matter — Crane believed the personal cost of not doing it would be greater (encouraged by a devotional article he...

Adam McLendon – Teaching Our Children God-Honoring Sexuality

Adam McLendon – Teaching Our Children God-Honoring Sexuality

Exposure to sexual content is inevitable in today’s society. In addition to this reality, if you have any desire to raise your child in a Christ-honoring way, then it is necessary to deal with the cultural issues that could cause stumbling and result in long-term...

Patrick Ramsey – Good Works and Sola Fide

Patrick Ramsey – Good Works and Sola Fide

In my last article I discussed that the puritans believed that good works are more than the fruit of faith, justification and salvation in that they are the way to eternal life and an antecedent condition of glorification. The minority of puritans labelled as...

Ryan McGraw – Wilhelmus à Brakel on Damnation by Faith

Ryan McGraw – Wilhelmus à Brakel on Damnation by Faith

Can faith damn us? The Dutch “Puritan” theologian Wilhelmus à Brakel (1635-1711) argued that the first sin of Adam and Eve was unbelief. To state this differently, they exchanged faith in the Word of God for faith in the word of the Serpent (The Christian’s Reasonable...

Dan Doriani – How Do I Preach Expository Sermons from Proverbs?

Dan Doriani – How Do I Preach Expository Sermons from Proverbs?

The expository preacher aims to preach both single books of Scripture and the canon as a whole. He may turn to Proverbs for the summer because it’s practical, fills a unique slot in the canon, and suits months when people come and go, making self-contained messages...

Nancy Pearcey – Do Biological Facts No Longer Matter?

Nancy Pearcey – Do Biological Facts No Longer Matter?

The pushback has been swift and strong against Target’s unsafe bathroom policy, along with the Obama administration’s demand that all public schools adopt pro-transgender policies for showers and locker rooms. But for long-term success against these impositions, the...

Danny Faulkner – Is the Origin of Life a Scientific Question?

Danny Faulkner – Is the Origin of Life a Scientific Question?

The Origin of Life: What Are the Possibilities? The origin of life has been debated for a long time. Basically, there are four possible explanations for the existence of life on earth: Life on earth arose spontaneously. Life on earth has always existed. Life on earth...

Scripture is Not a Choose Your Own Adventure Book

Scripture is Not a Choose Your Own Adventure Book

I remember as a child reading numerous books in the Choose Your Own Adventure Series. This collection of books has a variety of options for the reader. At certain points, there is a choice to be made – choose option one and you get to go to page twenty-three. If you...

John Piper – 1 Peter 3:13: Would a Sovereign God Ever Harm Us?

If you are Christ’s, no one in this world can ultimately harm you. They can only serve God’s good purposes for you and bring you greater blessing. In this lab, John Piper talks through the most difficult line in 1 Peter, explaining the role of pain in the Christian...

A. W. Pink – The Heroes of Faith

A. W. Pink – The Heroes of Faith

CHAPTER 1 The Excellency of Faith: (Heb. 11:1-3) Ere we take up the contents of the 11th chapter of Hebrews, let us very briefly review the Epistle itself. Chapters 1 and 2 are more or less introductory in their character. In them the wsondrous Person of the God-man...

Nathan Busenitz – Speaking the Truth in Love

Nathan Busenitz – Speaking the Truth in Love

We live in a world where people love to talk. Studies suggest that the average American adult speaks approximately 16,000 words per day. Multiply that by a lifespan of 70 years, for a total of nearly 409 million words, and suddenly Christ’s warning in Matthew 12:36...

Dominic Statham – Only the Bible Explains the Diversity of Life

Dominic Statham – Only the Bible Explains the Diversity of Life

Evolutionists often misrepresent biblical creationists, saying that we claim that one species cannot change into another—that we believe in the ‘fixity of species’. They then present undeniable evidence that species can change and argue that they have shown us to be...

Sinclair Ferguson – Jesus Is the Author

Sinclair Ferguson – Jesus Is the Author

Since the letter to the Hebrews specifically urges Christians to “fix your thoughts on Jesus” (Heb. 3:1, NIV; cf. 12:2), it should not surprise us that the author describes Him in more than a dozen different ways. Jesus is “Son” (Heb. 1:2); “Lord” (Heb. 2:3); “Apostle...

Stuart Burgess – Beauty: The Undeniable Witness

Stuart Burgess – Beauty: The Undeniable Witness

When we share evidences for creation, we can get so caught up in obscure details that we miss the obvious. God made his handiwork so clear that even a child can see it (Romans 1:18–20). The beauty of His work is inescapable—and an undeniable witness to His existence....

Simon Turpin – How Do Some Among You Say There Is No Adam?

Simon Turpin – How Do Some Among You Say There Is No Adam?

1 Corinthians 15: Adam and the Gospel Introduction: Greek Philosophy and the Rejection of Adam The Apostle Paul often found himself in a cultural context in which he had to deal with many objections to the Christian faith. In 1 Corinthians 15, for example, the...

Calvin Smith – Fishing with Compromised Nets

Calvin Smith – Fishing with Compromised Nets

While walking by the Sea of Galilee, he saw two brothers, Simon (who is called Peter) and Andrew his brother, casting a net into the sea, for they were fishermen. And he said to them, “Follow me, and I will make you fishers of men.” Immediately they left their nets...

Russell Grigg – Morning has Broken … but When?

Russell Grigg – Morning has Broken … but When?

The Creation movement has increasingly caused many to face up to the powerful, Biblical arguments for such things as: All living things were created (about 6,000 years ago) in six literal Earth-rotation days. There was no death, bloodshed or suffering before Adam’s...

Russell Grigg – Creation: How did God do it?

Russell Grigg – Creation: How did God do it?

The first chapters of Genesis leave us in no doubt whatsoever about how God created the universe. On the six successive days of creation, God spoke and what He said happened. That is to say, the means that God used to create the universe and all things in it was His...

Justin Harris – Ministerial Malpractice

Justin Harris – Ministerial Malpractice

The Problem with Preaching That Fails to Prescribe In 2014, victims of medical malpractice received $3,891,743,050. Such a monetary figure cannot even begin to compensate for the untold number of victims who suffered painful and sometimes fatal consequences by...

Jared Wilson – No Trinity, No Love

Jared Wilson – No Trinity, No Love

“The Beatles said all you need is love,” Larry Norman sang. “Then they broke up.” Love is the thing we all know we need. And yet love is the thing we struggle so much to get right. We think of it largely in terms of feelings, of “being in love” or “falling in love,”...

Jerry Bergman – The Miracle of Tears

Jerry Bergman – The Miracle of Tears

Evidence of our Creator is all around us—from the miracle of the atom’s intricate internal structure, to the design of the most complex piece of matter in the universe, the human brain. Scientists have found God’s greatness even in one of the most minute...

Leon Morris – The Authority of the Bible Today

Leon Morris – The Authority of the Bible Today

All Christians agree that their ultimate authority is God. But to the question, “How is this ultimate authority mediated to men?” various answers are given. Broadly speaking, these reduce to three according as most weight is given to the authority seen within the...

Jon Bloom – Die to Your Flesh and Live

Jon Bloom – Die to Your Flesh and Live

In Gethsemane, after agonizing prayer, Jesus came looking for his friends whose prayerful attentiveness would have been such a comfort to him. But he found them sleeping. What he said to them was gracious but firm: “Watch and pray that you may not enter into...

Douglas Wilson – Surveying the Text: James

Douglas Wilson – Surveying the Text: James

Introduction: This short letter is famous for its instructions on “the tongue,” as well as for its emphasis on practical religion, visiting widow and orphans. There are a number of practical instruction on showing no partiality between rich and poor, as well as a...

Is It Wrong to Have an Opinion?

Is It Wrong to Have an Opinion?

“I have my own opinions about things in the Bible.” This was a statement my daughter noted to me in a recent chat. At first, this took me a bit by surprise. What did she mean by having her own opinion? Doesn’t she believe what the Bible says is true? Or is she perhaps...

Louis Berkhof – The Operation of the Holy Spirit in General

Louis Berkhof – The Operation of the Holy Spirit in General

A. TRANSITION TO THE WORK OF THE HOLY SPIRIT. As already intimated in the preceding, in passing from Christology to Soteriology, we pass from the objective to the subjective, from the work which God accomplished for us in Christ and which is in its sacrificial aspect...

Douglas Wilson – Surveying the Text: Hebrews

Douglas Wilson – Surveying the Text: Hebrews

Introduction: There are seven Old Testament passages quoted in the first chapter of Hebrews alone, and five of those seven passages have to do with the submission of the nations to Christ. That is what the entire book is about—and we are taught this through the author...

R. C. Sproul – Does God Change His Mind?

R. C. Sproul – Does God Change His Mind?

To “change one’s mind,” in the New Testament means to repent. When the Bible speaks of my repenting or your repenting, it means that we are called to change our minds or our dispositions with respect to sin—that we are to turn away from evil. Repent is loaded with...

Graeme Goldsworthy – Why Read the Old Testament?

Graeme Goldsworthy – Why Read the Old Testament?

Why Read the Old Testament? Before commencing to build our bridge, we must ask a more basic question: why bother bridging the gap in the first place? For many Christians, the problem is not how to read the Old Testament but why it should be read at all. Why Some...

John Murray – The Fall of Man

John Murray – The Fall of Man

Man was created upright and therefore with the character that constituted him for, and endowed him with the ability to perform, righteousness. Such a position is demanded by the fact that he was very good and was created in the divine image. If he was very good, he...

Douglas Wilson – Surveying the Text: Philemon

Douglas Wilson – Surveying the Text: Philemon

Introduction: In the New Testament, God highlights and empowers a new principle of identification. This identification is called koinonia or fellowship, and by it God intends to transform the world. And we are given a small glimpse in microcosm of how this is to work...

Nathan Busenitz – Sola Scriptura and the Church Fathers

Nathan Busenitz – Sola Scriptura and the Church Fathers

In his denial of the deity of Christ, Arius was arguably the most notorious heretic of the early church. Though Arius’s heretical views were soundly condemned by the Council of Nicaea (in A.D. 325), the controversy he sparked raged for another fifty years throughout...

Joel Beeke – Jesus’ Threefold Office as Prophet, Priest, and King

Joel Beeke – Jesus’ Threefold Office as Prophet, Priest, and King

Reformed theology affirms that Scripture and its teaching on grace and faith emphasize that salvation is solus Christus, “by Christ alone”—that is, Christ is the only Savior (Acts 4:12). B.B. Warfield wrote, “The saving power of faith resides thus not in itself, but...

Thomas Boston – The Divine Authority of the Scriptures

Thomas Boston – The Divine Authority of the Scriptures

2 Timothy 3:16 - All scripture is given by inspiration of God, and is profitable for doctrine, for reproof for correction, for instruction in righteousness. THE next head which falls to be touched is the holy scripture, the rule which God has given to direct us how we...

A. W. Pink – Sins of the Saints

A. W. Pink – Sins of the Saints

In every believer there remains the liability to sin. The new birth is not, as so many suppose, a change of heart, nor the removal of the carnal nature, but is the reception of an entirely new nature. The new birth is neither the elimination nor the transformation of...

Matthew Holst – 12 Things to Know About the Anti-Christ

Matthew Holst – 12 Things to Know About the Anti-Christ

One of the Apostle Paul’s great preoccupations in both of his letters to the church at Thessalonica is the second coming of Christ. He was not only concerned with getting the doctrine “right” but also with the great pastoral implications of such teaching. In 1...

George Ladd – Faith and History

George Ladd – Faith and History

The question of the nature of history has been raised in a recent article inBulletin which demands further discussion.! In this article the present writer was quoted because he refuses "to accept the resurrection as objective Historie." "The New Testament does not...

John Piper – A Peculiar Glory

John Piper – A Peculiar Glory

Introduction Is the Bible true? I am not asking if there is truth in it, say, the way there is truth in Moby Dick, or Plato’s Republic, or The Lord of the Rings. Aspects of truth can be found virtually everywhere. What I am asking is this: Is the Bible completely...

John Colquhoun – The Establishment of the Law by the Gospel

John Colquhoun – The Establishment of the Law by the Gospel

Although in the preceding chapter I have anticipated some of the thoughts which will be expressed here, yet the subject of this chapter is of such inexpressible importance that I cannot forbear considering it by itself. After the Apostle Paul had, in the third chapter...

Alfred Edersheim – The Temple: Its Ministry and Service

Alfred Edersheim – The Temple: Its Ministry and Service

'And when He was come near, He beheld the city, and wept over it.'— Luke 19:41 The Charm of Jerusalem In every age, the memory of Jerusalem has stirred the deepest feelings. Jews, Christians, and Mohammedans turn to it with reverent affection. It almost seems as if in...

Thomas Watson – The Eternity of God

Thomas Watson – The Eternity of God

The next attribute is, 'God is eternal.' 'From everlasting to everlasting thou art God' (Ps. 90:2). The schoolmen distinguish between aevun et aeternum, to explain the notion of eternity. There is a threefold being. 1. Such as had a beginning; and shall have an end;...

Lita Cosner – Praising the Creator in the Psalms

Lita Cosner – Praising the Creator in the Psalms

When considering how creation is used in the Psalms, it is not enough to only cite the places that are obviously retelling the creation account, because the psalmists use the fact of God as Creator to spur Israel on to worship and trust God in all sorts of other ways....

Voddie Baucham – 3 Reasons You Need Expository Apologetics

Voddie Baucham – 3 Reasons You Need Expository Apologetics

Expository apologetics — the practice of answering objections with the power of God’s Word—is for everyone. First, it’s for unbeliever. This is the person both ignorant of and antagonistic toward the gospel. This audience requires an evangelist. Second, it’s for the...

Richard Baxter – The Reformed Pastor

Richard Baxter – The Reformed Pastor

CHAPTER 1 THE OVERSIGHT OF OURSELVES SECTION 1 — THE NATURE OF THIS OVERSIGHT Let us consider, what it is to take heed to ourselves. 1. See that the work of saving grace be thoroughly wrought in your own souls. Take heed to yourselves, lest you be void of that saving...

Thoughts from The Theocratic Kingdom:  Proposition 106

Thoughts from The Theocratic Kingdom: Proposition 106

In Proposition 106, George Peters states: "Our doctrine of the Kingdom sustained by the temptation of Christ." When Jesus was led to the wilderness to be tempted, the enemy purposefully chose his tactics thinking they would trip and trick Jesus into sinful behavior....

Dustin Messer – The Whole Bible in One Verse

Dustin Messer – The Whole Bible in One Verse

hen asked which verse best summarizes the whole of Scripture, Edmund Clowney famously pointed to Jonah 2:9, “Salvation belongs to the LORD.” I’ve heard Bryan Chapell answer a similar question with the same verse. In terms of one verse standing on its own, I doubt a...

Thoughts from The Theocratic Kingdom:  Proposition 105

Thoughts from The Theocratic Kingdom: Proposition 105

In Proposition 105, George Peters states: "The Lord's Prayer, is indicative of the fact that the Church is not the covenanted Messianic Kingdom." How many times have we prayed this prayer and overlooked the meaning of "Thy Kingdom come". What is this Kingdom we are...

David Mathis – Will You Be a Lifelong Learner?

David Mathis – Will You Be a Lifelong Learner?

The Stakes Are High Wisdom does not come automatically with age (Job 32:8–9). You’ll find plenty of foolish old fogies out there. For many aged saints, gray hair and a good head go hand in hand. But for others, far too many others, length of life only entrenches...

Thoughts from The Theocratic Kingdom:  Proposition 104

Thoughts from The Theocratic Kingdom: Proposition 104

In Proposition 104, George Peters states: "The Christian Church is not denoted by the predicted Kingdom of the Prophets." Peters dives a bit further into Scripture by noting the church is not denoted in the prophetic writings as the predicted, covenanted, promised...

Thoughts from The Theocratic Kingdom: Proposition 103

Thoughts from The Theocratic Kingdom: Proposition 103

In Proposition 103, George Peters states: "This Kingdom is not a Kingdom in the third heaven." As has been repeatedly demonstrated, the promised Kingdom is a visible earthly kingdom. While there is no doubt our Lord rules from heaven, the covenanted Kingdom is an...

Dr. William VanDoodewaard – The Quest for the Historical Adam

The traditional literal interpretation of the opening chapters of the book of Genesis is under assault from within and outside the church. In this session, Dr. William VanDoodewaard explains why the “quest for the historical Adam” is essential for understanding human...

Lita Cosner – David the Young Earth Creationist

Lita Cosner – David the Young Earth Creationist

Biblical creationists interpret Genesis as a historical record of creation because that is what the Bible does, over and over. We have shown both the Old Testament and New Testament teachings rely on Genesis as a historical record of creation in six normal-length days...

Thoughts from The Theocratic Kingdom:  Proposition 102

Thoughts from The Theocratic Kingdom: Proposition 102

In Proposition 102, George Peters states: "Neither the visible nor the invisible church is the covenanted Kingdom." This proposition is really a summation of the preceding few arguments made by Peters. Here, he concludes his thoughts on the visible and invisible...

Danny Hyde – Meet a Puritan: Lewis Bayly

Danny Hyde – Meet a Puritan: Lewis Bayly

Life Lewis Bayly (1575-1631) was born around 1575 at Carmarthen, Wales, where Thomas Bayly, who probably was his father, was serving as curate at that time. Bayly secured the living of Shipston-on-Stour, in Worcestershire, in 1597, and three years later was presented...

Thoughts from The Theocratic Kingdom:  Proposition 101

Thoughts from The Theocratic Kingdom: Proposition 101

In Proposition 101, George Peters states: "The invisible Church is not the covenanted Kingdom of Christ." If the visible Church is not the covenanted Kingdom of Christ, then the question must also be asked if the invisible Church can be construed to be the covenanted...

Dominic Statham – Mistakes About Mistakes

Dominic Statham – Mistakes About Mistakes

If two students hand in an assignment containing exactly the same mistakes, their teacher will rightly suspect that one (or both) has been copying the other’s work. This is because the chance of them independently making the same mistakes is very small. Similarly,...

Thoughts from The Theocratic Kingdom:  Proposition 100

Thoughts from The Theocratic Kingdom: Proposition 100

In Proposition 100, George Peters states: "The visible church is not the predicted Kingdom of Jesus Christ." If the early church and the pages of Scripture do not teach that the church is the predicted Kingdom of Christ and if that was a later insertion into church...

Douglas Wilson – Surveying the Text: 1 Thessalonians

Douglas Wilson – Surveying the Text: 1 Thessalonians

Introduction Thessalonica was a principal city in Macedonia, the region that was the home of Philip and the great Alexander. This letter was written around 50 A.D. which would make it, with the exception of Galatians, the earliest record of Paul’s writing. While the...

Thoughts from The Theocratic Kingdom:  Proposition 99

Thoughts from The Theocratic Kingdom: Proposition 99

In Proposition 99, George Peters states: "The opinion that the church is the predicted Kingdom of Christ was of later origin than the first and second centuries." If it was not being taught in the NT or in the early church that the Kingdom of God was equated to being...

Thoughts from The Theocratic Kingdom: Proposition 98

Thoughts from The Theocratic Kingdom: Proposition 98

In Proposition 98, George Peters states: "That the church is not the Kingdom promised to David's Son was the belief of the early church." If it often declared and rightly so that in order to best understand the writings of something, one must understand what was...

Thoughts from The Theocratic Kingdom:  Proposition 97

Thoughts from The Theocratic Kingdom: Proposition 97

In Proposition 97, George Peters states: "The various forms of Church government indicate that the Church is not the promised Kingdom." One King and one form of government is the construct predicted in the coming Kingdom. We certainly do not see that as the current...

Thoughts from The Theocratic Kingdom:  Proposition 96

Thoughts from The Theocratic Kingdom: Proposition 96

In Proposition 96, George Peters states: "The differences visible in the Church are evidences that it is not the predicted Kingdom of the Messiah." Evidence is always an important point to consider when comparing two entities such as in this case the church and the...

Thoughts from The Theocratic Kingdom:  Proposition 95

Thoughts from The Theocratic Kingdom: Proposition 95

In Proposition 95, George Peters states: "If the church is the Kingdom, then the terms "church" and "kingdom" should be synonymous." This is a simple yet true statement from Peters. In order for the church to be the kingdom and vice versa, then both terms should be...

Thoughts from The Theocratic Kingdom: Proposition 94

Thoughts from The Theocratic Kingdom: Proposition 94

In Proposition 94, George Peters states: "The overlooking of the postponement of this Kingdom is a fundamental mistake, and a fruitful source of error in many systems of Theology." I give this proposition a hearty amen and amen. Why? I give it an amen because we have...

Thoughts from The Theocratic Kingdom:  Proposition 93

Thoughts from The Theocratic Kingdom: Proposition 93

In Proposition 93, George Peters states: "The Covenanted Kingdom is not the Christian Church." If the Jewish Church is not the Kingdom, then it has to be stated (and it has repeatedly thus far by Peters either by Proposition or observation), that the Christian Church...

Douglas Wilson – Surveying the Text: 2 Peter

Douglas Wilson – Surveying the Text: 2 Peter

Introduction In his first epistle, Peter is equipping his readers for the persecution that will soon be upon them. In this letter, he is equipping his readers to deal with the problem of licentious false teachers. The Text: “According as his divine power hath given...

Thoughts from The Theocratic Kingdom:  Proposition 92

Thoughts from The Theocratic Kingdom: Proposition 92

In Proposition 92, George Peters states: "This Kingdom is not what some call "The Gospel Kingdom." The application of the term gospel seems to be one of the latest buzz words in theological circles. Check out your local Christian bookstore and note the number of books...

Thoughts from The Theocratic Kingdom:  Proposition 91

Thoughts from The Theocratic Kingdom: Proposition 91

In Proposition 91, George Peters states: "The Kingdom of God is not the Jewish Church." Just as Peters has made the case that the Kingdom of God is not what is understood as the NT Church, he also makes the proposition that the Kingdom of God is also not the Jewish...

Christina Fox – What the Bible Says About Suffering

Christina Fox – What the Bible Says About Suffering

The Bible has a lot to say about suffering. I think we can all quote or reference any number of passages that speak to the suffering we face in life. We all know the story of Job. We've probably memorized Romans 8.28. We might even have a list of go-to passages that...

Thoughts from The Theocratic Kingdom:  Proposition 90

Thoughts from The Theocratic Kingdom: Proposition 90

In Proposition 90, George Peters states: "Members of the Church, who are faithful, are promised this Kingdom." Faithfulness should be a hallmark of the ekklesia. Faithful to what is the obvious question. If we are in a peculiar and special relationship with Jesus as...

Jordan Standridge – 5 Truths We’re Keeping from Our Youth Groups

Jordan Standridge – 5 Truths We’re Keeping from Our Youth Groups

When I do campus evangelism, I often start the conversation this way: “What are two reasons you stopped going to church?” I’ve asked hundreds of students that question, and the most common responses make me think that church youth groups have failed dramatically. I...

Thoughts from The Theocratic Kingdom:  Proposition 89

Thoughts from The Theocratic Kingdom: Proposition 89

In Proposition 89, George Peters states: "Christ in view of this future Kingdom, sustains a peculiar relationship to the Church." As a peculiar people, it should be understood that our Savior has a special relationship with those who have been called by the Father to...

Thoughts from The Theocratic Kingdom:  Proposition 88

Thoughts from The Theocratic Kingdom: Proposition 88

In Proposition 88, George Peters states: "The Church is then a preparatory stage for this Kingdom." This statement is a natural extension of the previous proposition. It the ekklesia is not the promised Kingdom, it must serve another purpose within the doctrine of the...

Thoughts from The Theocratic Kingdom:  Proposition 87

Thoughts from The Theocratic Kingdom: Proposition 87

In Proposition 87, George Peters states: "The postponement of the Kingdom is the key to the understanding of the meaning of this dispensation." To understand where we presently are in salvation history, it is always vital to look back in time and to the future,...

Thoughts from The Theocratic Kingdom:  Proposition 85

Thoughts from The Theocratic Kingdom: Proposition 85

In Proposition 85, George Peters states: "Neither Abraham, nor his engrafted seed have as yet inherited the Kingdom; hence the Kingdom must be something different from "piety", "religion", and God's reign in the heart." Peters walks down the through process one step...

Scott Oliphant – Persuasion: Beyond the “Burp Effect”

Scott Oliphant – Persuasion: Beyond the “Burp Effect”

I am not at all sure exactly when or why the topic of persuasion began to preoccupy my thoughts. I am sure that there must be a number of influences in my past that, cumulatively though somewhat subconsciously, were catalysts in my own thinking. The one event that I...

Thoughts from The Theocratic Kingdom:  Proposition 84

Thoughts from The Theocratic Kingdom: Proposition 84

In Proposition 84, George Peters states: "As this Kingdom is specially given to the Son of Man as the result of his obedience, sufferings, and death, it must be something different from His Divine nature, or from "piety", "religion", "God's reign in the heart", etc."...

Jim Hamilton – Preaching and Biblical Theology

Biblical theology helps us get our arms around the big picture that ties together everything from Leviticus to Esther, and we see how Amos, John, Romans, and Revelation fit, too. Knowing what the forest looks like enables understanding of the individual trees. If we...

Thoughts from The Theocratic Kingdom:  Proposition 83

Thoughts from The Theocratic Kingdom: Proposition 83

In Proposition 83, George Peters states: "This Kingdom is given to the Son of Man by God, the Father." This is no small statement. The Son of Man will be given the Kingdom by God the Father. This statement, based on the facts previously investigated regarding the Son...

Matthew Holst – The “Hate Speech” Card

Matthew Holst – The “Hate Speech” Card

Western society, as it slips inexorably into greater unbelief and alienation from God, has created new laws--both written and unwritten--concerning what is and what is not permissible to say in public. “Hate speech," as it is called, seems to be the only intolerable...

Thoughts from The Theocratic Kingdom:  Proposition 82

Thoughts from The Theocratic Kingdom: Proposition 82

In Proposition 82, George Peters states: "This Kingdom is a complete restoration in the person of the Second Adam or Man, or the dominion lost by the First Adam or Man." The gospel in a nutshell - restoration and redemption of what was lost under the First Adam. Man...

Mitch Stokes – The Problem with Human-Centered Morality

Who's to Say? Let’s say moral value is just whatever we say it is. If this were true, we would have to give up the way we normally think about morality. Say you had a disagreement. Let’s say 50% of the people on the planet thought that lying was OK and 50% thought...

Thoughts from The Theocratic Kingdom:  Proposition 81

Thoughts from The Theocratic Kingdom: Proposition 81

In Proposition 81, George Peters states: "This Kingdom, thus covenanted, belongs to Jesus as "the Son of Man." The title of Son of Man is a fascinating study that all should embark upon and understand. The covenanted Kingdom is promised to the seed of David. Jesus, as...

Thoughts from The Theocratic Kingdom:  Proposition 80

Thoughts from The Theocratic Kingdom: Proposition 80

In Proposition 76, George Peters states: "This Kingdom of covenant promise and prediction, is to be distinguished from the Sovereignty which Jesus exercises by virtue of His Divine nature." Just as there is a need to differentiate between the universal sovereignty of...

Jared Wilson – Theological Study Is for Everyone

Jared Wilson – Theological Study Is for Everyone

Every Christian must be a theologian. In a variety of ways, this is something I tell my church often. And the looks I get from some surprised souls are the evidence that I have not yet adequately communicated that the purposeful theological study of God by lay people...

Thoughts from The Theocratic Kingdom:  Proposition 79

Thoughts from The Theocratic Kingdom: Proposition 79

In Proposition 79, George Peters states: "The Kingdom of God, promised by covenant and prophets, is to be distinguished from the general and universal Sovereignty of God." God is Sovereign and His Kingdom is eternal. These are basic theological facts that cannot be...

Thoughts from The Theocratic Kingdom:  Proposition 78

Thoughts from The Theocratic Kingdom: Proposition 78

In Proposition 76, George Peters states: "The early church doctrine was revived after the Reformation." We should be thankful for the individuals who recognized what was taking place and who bravely rejected the mandates presented by the Papacy in favor of getting...

Thoughts from The Theocratic Kingdom:  Proposition 77

Thoughts from The Theocratic Kingdom: Proposition 77

In Proposition 77, George Peters states: "The doctrine of the Kingdom, as held by the early church, was finally almost exterminated under the teaching and power of the Papacy." I am not the most astute student of church history. With that said, it can rightly be...

David Schrock – Theology is Not Just for Theologians

David Schrock – Theology is Not Just for Theologians

In other words, Theology is practical: especially now. In the old days, when there was less education and discussion, perhaps it was possible to get on with a very few simple ideas about God. But it is not so now. Everyone reads, everyone hears things discussed....

Thoughts from The Theocratic Kingdom:  Proposition 76

Thoughts from The Theocratic Kingdom: Proposition 76

In Proposition 76, George Peters states: "The doctrine of the Kingdom was changed under the Gnostic and Alexandrian influence." This is a huge and important statement that I hope Peters digs into deeper as the propositions go along. If you are not familiar with...

Thoughts from The Theocratic Kingdom:  Proposition 75

Thoughts from The Theocratic Kingdom: Proposition 75

In Proposition 75, George Peters states: "The doctrine of the Kingdom, as held by the churches established by the Apostles, was perpetuated." When it comes to discussing the perpetuation of a doctrine within church history, it is not enough to simply trace back a...

John Frame – Law and Gospel

John Frame – Law and Gospel

It has become increasingly common in Reformed circles, as it has long been in Lutheran circles, to say that the distinction between law and gospel is the key to sound theology, even to say that to differ with certain traditional formulations of this distinction is to...

Thoughts from The Theocratic Kingdom:  Proposition 74

Thoughts from The Theocratic Kingdom: Proposition 74

In Proposition 74, George Peters states: "The belief in the speedy Advent of Christ, entertained both by the Apostles and the churches under them, indicates what Kingdom was believed in and taught by the first Christians." The very fact that there was an expectation...

Thomas Watson – The Mercy of God

Thomas Watson – The Mercy of God

The next attribute is God's goodness or mercy. Mercy is the result and effect—of God's goodness. So then this is the next attribute, God's goodness or mercy. The most learned of the heathens thought they gave their God Jupiter two golden characters when they styled...

Thoughts from The Theocratic Kingdom:  Proposition 73

Thoughts from The Theocratic Kingdom: Proposition 73

In Proposition 73, George Peters states: "The doctrine of the Kingdom preached by the Apostles and Elders, raised up no controversy with the Jews." Peters continues to make note of the acceptance of the doctrine of the Kingdom by the Jews as promulgated by the...

Thoughts from The Theocratic Kingdom:  Proposition 72

Thoughts from The Theocratic Kingdom: Proposition 72

In Proposition 72, George Peters states: "The doctrine of the Kingdom, as preached by the apostles, was received by the early churches." This is a simply yet important proposition. Since it has been established on a recurring and ever expanding basis by Peters that...

Thoughts from The Theocratic Kingdom:  Proposition 71

Thoughts from The Theocratic Kingdom: Proposition 71

In Proposition 71, George Peters states: "The language of the Apostles confirmed the Jews in their Messianic hopes of the Kingdom." Given that we can clearly affirm the Apostles did not teach anything different than what had been declared for centuries in the Old...

Zack Eswine – Does God Need Anger Management?

Zack Eswine – Does God Need Anger Management?

Two dear friends of mine reject the God of the Bible because of passages like this one. It don’t blame them. Over the years I too have grown fatigued with callous doctrinal academics or simplistic Christian clichés. I feel like a child trying to describe mysteries,...

Barton Gingerich – The Millennial Generation’s Acceptable Sin

Barton Gingerich – The Millennial Generation’s Acceptable Sin

Every human institution and society has its own list of sins and virtues that contradict the law of God. With the rise of the Millennial generation in evangelical churches, a vice is creeping up into the realms of acceptance, indifference, or at least resignation:...

John Piper – Should Christians Tolerate False Religious Beliefs?

John Piper – Should Christians Tolerate False Religious Beliefs?

First, let’s distinguish between the old tolerance and the new tolerance, which is a form of intolerance. And I am going to point people to Don Carson’s book on tolerance, on the new form of intolerance. But the old tolerance is the kind I want to defend. The answer...

Thoughts from The Theocratic Kingdom:  Proposition 70

Thoughts from The Theocratic Kingdom: Proposition 70

In Proposition 70, George Peters states: "The apostles, after Christ's ascension, did not preach, either to Jews or Gentiles, that the Kingdom was established." This is an easy enough proposition to confirm given all one has to do is investigate the book of Acts,...

Thoughts from The Theocratic Kingdom:  Proposition 69

Thoughts from The Theocratic Kingdom: Proposition 69

In Proposition 69, George Peters states: "The death of Jesus did not remove the notion entertained by the disciples and apostles concerning the Kingdom." The death of Jesus certainly impacted the psyche of the disciples and apostles. The Messiah had just been...

Thoughts from The Theocratic Kingdom:  Proposition 68

Thoughts from The Theocratic Kingdom: Proposition 68

In Proposition 68, George Peters states: "This Kingdom is then essentially a Jewish Kingdom." This goes without saying based on all the evidence presented by Peters thus far from Scripture. The covenant promises were made by God to the Jewish people and by the grace...

Douglas Wilson – Surveying the Text: 1 Peter

Douglas Wilson – Surveying the Text: 1 Peter

Introduction There are three great themes in the epistle of 1 Peter. Those three themes are not unrelated—they tie together harmoniously. As you read through the epistle, meditate on these three things. The three things I have in mind are holy living, suffering, and...

Thoughts from The Theocratic Kingdom:  Proposition 67

Thoughts from The Theocratic Kingdom: Proposition 67

In Proposition 67, George Peters states: "The Kingdom could not therefore have been set up at that time, viz.: at the First Advent." Peters has noted this proposition before, but as with many statements, this bears repeating at this juncture in his argument. There are...

Thoughts from The Theocratic Kingdom:  Proposition 66

Thoughts from The Theocratic Kingdom: Proposition 66

In Proposition 66, George Peters states: "The Kingdom that was nigh at one time (viz.: at the First Advent) to the Jewish nation, is now removed to the close of its tribulation, and of "the times of the Gentiles." It is quite clear (just look at the world around us on...

Alvin Reid – The Advantages of Informal Mentoring

Alvin Reid – The Advantages of Informal Mentoring

Jimmy arrived at my house promptly at 8 a.m. to take me to the airport. He has often done this for me. Jimmy and his wife, Natalie, head overseas later this year as missionaries. He has been in a small group that I lead; he and Natalie also lead a small group at our...

Thoughts from The Theocratic Kingdom:  Proposition 65

Thoughts from The Theocratic Kingdom: Proposition 65

In Proposition 65, George Peters states: "Before this Kingdom can be given to this elect people, they must first be gathered out." The cart cannot come before the horse. The very definition of being elect or the ekklesia is being called out from among the nations. It...

Thoughts from The Theocratic Kingdom:  Proposition 64

Thoughts from The Theocratic Kingdom: Proposition 64

In Proposition 64, George Peters states: "The Kingdom being given to the elect only, any adoption into that elect portion must be revealed by express Divine Revelation." An inheritance is simply not given to anyone without the permission of the father. In the case of...

Thoughts from The Theocratic Kingdom:  Proposition 63

Thoughts from The Theocratic Kingdom: Proposition 63

In Proposition 63, George Peters states: "The present elect, to whom the Kingdom will be given, is the continuation of the previous election, chiefly in another engrafted people." If there is any question as to whom the present elect are, it consists of all believers...

Greg Gilbert – Debunking Silly Statements About the Bible

Greg Gilbert – Debunking Silly Statements About the Bible

One American tabloid recently said this about the Bible: No television preacher has ever read the Bible. Neither has any evangelical politician. Neither has the pope. Neither have I. And neither have you. At best, we’ve all read a bad translation—a translation of...

Thoughts from The Theocratic Kingdom:  Proposition 62

Thoughts from The Theocratic Kingdom: Proposition 62

In Proposition 62, George Peters states: "This people, to whom the Kingdom is to be given, gathered out of the nations, becomes the elect nation." Peters again notes the reality of the gathering out of many nations of a people into one nation with the engrafting into...

Douglas Wilson – Surveying the Text: Chronicles

Douglas Wilson – Surveying the Text: Chronicles

Introduction Like Samuel and Kings, the books of 1 and 2 Chronicles were originally one book. While it covers much of the same material as Kings, the purpose and point of the book is decidedly different. Written over century after Kings, the book covers down to the...

Thoughts from The Theocratic Kingdom:  Proposition 61

Thoughts from The Theocratic Kingdom: Proposition 61

In Proposition 61, George Peters states: "The Kingdom which by promise exclusively belonged to the Jewish nation, the rightful seed of Abraham, was now to be given to an engrafted people." Again, this does not mean a complete and thorough rejection of the Jewish...

Thoughts from The Theocratic Kingdom:  Proposition 60

Thoughts from The Theocratic Kingdom: Proposition 60

In Proposition 60, George Peters states: "This Kingdom of God is given, not to nations, but to one nation." This is a very important point. We are the people of God, a holy called nation. From out of many nations into one nation. This is after all what the word...

Louis Berkhof – The Doctrine of God

Louis Berkhof – The Doctrine of God

I. The Existence of God A. Place of the Doctrine of God in Dogmatics WORKS on dogmatic or systematic theology generally begin with the doctrine of God. The prevailing opinion has always recognized this as the most logical procedure and still points in the same...

Archibald Alexander – Thoughts for Young People

Archibald Alexander – Thoughts for Young People

It is a matter of serious regret that young people are commonly so little disposed to listen to the advice of the aged…But it is greatly to be desired that the lessons of wisdom taught by the experience of one set of men should be made available for the instruction of...

Thoughts from The Theocratic Kingdom:  Proposition 59

Thoughts from The Theocratic Kingdom: Proposition 59

In Proposition 59, George Peters states: "This Kingdom of God, offered to the Jewish nation, lest the purpose of God fail, is to be given to others who are adopted." If God stopped with no longer offering the Kingdom per His covenant promise, we would have a huge...

Thoughts from The Theocratic Kingdom:  Proposition 58

Thoughts from The Theocratic Kingdom: Proposition 58

In Proposition 58, George Peters states: "Jesus, toward the close of His ministry, preached that the Kingdom was not nigh." Peters notes that at the end of the ministry of Jesus, in particular right before the events that led to his death, the message regarding the...

Scott Redd – The Reformation: A Bible Movement (Part 3)

Scott Redd – The Reformation: A Bible Movement (Part 3)

In the first two posts in this series, we considered the way in which the Reformers viewed the Scriptures as to its authority and clarity. In this final installment, we turn our attention to the need for clarity in the propagation of Scripture for reformation today....

Thoughts from The Theocratic Kingdom:  Proposition 57

Thoughts from The Theocratic Kingdom: Proposition 57

In Proposition 57, George Peters states: "This Kingdom was offered to the Jewish nation, but the nation rejected it." From the larger perspective, when we look at the nation during the time of Jesus, it is clear the leadership and many of the people rejected the...

Thoughts from The Theocratic Kingdom:  Proposition 56

Thoughts from The Theocratic Kingdom: Proposition 56

In Proposition 56, George Peters states: "The Kingdom was not established during the ministry of Christ." Peters noted earlier that the Kingdom was not established during the ministry of John the Baptist even though John declared the Kingdom was at hand. The Messiah...

Douglas Wilson – Surveying the Text: Kings

Douglas Wilson – Surveying the Text: Kings

Introduction We begin by noting that our books entitled 1 and 2 Kings were originally one book, just as we saw with the Book of Samuel. The reason for this is plain enough—the break happened with the translation of the Hebrew Old Testament into Greek, and the Hebrews...

William VanDoodewaard – The Lost Word, and the Lost World

William VanDoodewaard – The Lost Word, and the Lost World

In 2009, John Walton, professor of Old Testament at Wheaton College, challenged the evangelical world with the publication of his The Lost World of Genesis One. He argued that contrary to a traditional, literal reading of Genesis, essential clues to understanding the...

Thoughts from The Theocratic Kingdom:  Proposition 55

Thoughts from The Theocratic Kingdom: Proposition 55

In Proposition 55, George Peters states: "It was necessary that Jesus and His disciples should at first preach the Kingdom as night to the Jewish nation." We covered this proposition to large degree in the previous post. It makes perfect sense and thus it was...

Thoughts from The Theocratic Kingdom:  Proposition 54

Thoughts from The Theocratic Kingdom: Proposition 54

In Proposition 54, George Peters states: "The preaching of the Kingdom by John, Jesus, and the disciples, was confined to the Jewish nation." With this type of statement, some will be tempted to go down the road to declare the message of the Kingdom was solely for the...

Derek Thomas – The Necessity of Expository Preaching

Derek Thomas – The Necessity of Expository Preaching

According to the legendary golfer Jack Nicklaus, the best thing he ever did was to discover the “fundamentalist” teacher Jack Grout, who taught him the basics that he has followed ever since. Great preachers, like great golfers, follow basic rules. The more they...

Thoughts from The Theocratic Kingdom:  Proposition 53

Thoughts from The Theocratic Kingdom: Proposition 53

In Proposition 53, George Peters states: "The genealogies of our Lord form an important link in the comprehension of this Kingdom." Ahh...those genealogies. Raise your hand if you skip past those sections of Scripture. I admit my hand is raised (at least after I typed...

Thoughts from The Theocratic Kingdom:  Proposition 52

Thoughts from The Theocratic Kingdom: Proposition 52

In Proposition 52, George Peters states: "The promises pertaining to the Kingdom, as given in the covenants, will be strictly fulfilled." Covenants follow very strict rules and requirements on the part of both parties. The covenants made by God, in particular the ones...

Thoughts from The Theocratic Kingdom:  Proposition 51

Thoughts from The Theocratic Kingdom: Proposition 51

In Proposition 51, George Peters states: "The relation that the Kingdom sustains to "the covenants of promise," enables us to appreciate the prophecies pertaining to the Kingdom." If the doctrine of the Kingdom hinges on the covenants of promise in their totality,...

Nathan Finn – How to Spot a False Teacher

Nathan Finn – How to Spot a False Teacher

False teachers come in all shapes and sizes, ranging from the most deranged cult leader to the most winsome television preacher. Too many professing Christians are duped into embracing heretical ideas or endorsing spiritually dangerous movements. Some of these...

Thoughts from The Theocratic Kingdom:  Proposition 50

Thoughts from The Theocratic Kingdom: Proposition 50

In Proposition 50, George Peters states: "The Kingdom will be the outgrowth of the renewed Abrahamic covenant, under which renewal we now live." Peters already established the reality that the Kingdom, when fully implemented, will be a renewal of the Abrahamic...

Joseph Franks – The Nurture and Admonition of Lucifer

Joseph Franks – The Nurture and Admonition of Lucifer

It is highly offensive and dangerous for one to complacently and rebelliously live in sin before the Holy God. According to the Bible, God is angry with such wicked individuals each and every day. His condemnation is promised; it will be severe when poured out by the...

Thoughts from The Theocratic Kingdom:  Proposition 49

Thoughts from The Theocratic Kingdom: Proposition 49

In Proposition 49, George Peters states: "The covenants being in Revelation, the foundation of the Kingdom, must first be received and appreciated." Now by the word "Revelation", Peters is not referring to the Revelation of John found at the conclusion of Scripture....

Joel Beeke – 7 Ways to Grow in the Art of Communication

Joel Beeke – 7 Ways to Grow in the Art of Communication

We need to understand that communication is an art that we all must learn better. It does not come naturally. Here are seven principles to help you to grow in this art, that you might teach your children: 1. We should draw out the thoughts of others. Communication...

Aimee Byrd – Why We Should Read Books

Aimee Byrd – Why We Should Read Books

I read a disturbing article the other day that wasn’t really all that shocking, but rather a sad reaffirmation of the signs that are all around me. Fewer and fewer people read books these days. Affirming that we are now part of a postliterate society, Peter Denton...

Thoughts from The Theocratic Kingdom:  Proposition 48

Thoughts from The Theocratic Kingdom: Proposition 48

In Proposition 48, George Peters states: "The Kingdom being based on the covenants, the covenants must be carefully examined, and (Prop. 4) the literal language of the same must be maintained." Seems simple enough right, yet so many fail to recognize the important...

Thoughts from The Theocratic Kingdom:  Proposition 47

Thoughts from The Theocratic Kingdom: Proposition 47

In Proposition 47, George Peters states: "The Jews had the strongest possible assurance given to them that the Kingdom based on those covenants would be realized." Their assurance was rooted in the fact that God keeps His covenant promises. An oath was a serious...

Thoughts from The Theocratic Kingdom:  Proposition 46

Thoughts from The Theocratic Kingdom: Proposition 46

In Proposition 46, George Peters states: "The Kingdom anticipated by the Jews at the First Advent is based on the Abrahamic and Davidic Covenants." This proposition is somewhat of another restatement by Peters and again a necessary one given he is now interacting with...

Thoughts from The Theocratic Kingdom:  Proposition 45

Thoughts from The Theocratic Kingdom: Proposition 45

In Proposition 45, George Peters states: "The phrases 'Kingdom of heaven,' 'Kingdom of God,' 'Kingdom of Christ', etc., denote the same Kingdom." This proposition is a restatement of earlier propositions from Peters. It seems necessary at this juncture in his argument...

Thoughts from The Theocratic Kingdom:  Proposition 44

Thoughts from The Theocratic Kingdom: Proposition 44

In Proposition 44, George Peters states: "The preaching of the Kingdom, being in accordance with that of the predicted Kingdom, raised no controversy between the Jews and Jesus, or between the Jews and His disciples and apostles." We typically think of the message...

John Piper – Romans 7 Does Describe Your Christian Experience

John Piper – Romans 7 Does Describe Your Christian Experience

When I teach on Romans 7, I expect there may be pushback to my argument that Romans 7:14–25 refers to Paul’s—and thus to our—Christian experience. Good friends, like Tom Schreiner, think that when Paul says “I delight in the law of God, in my inner being (esō...

Thoughts from The Theocratic Kingdom:  Proposition 43

Thoughts from The Theocratic Kingdom: Proposition 43

In Proposition 43, George Peters states: "The disciples sent forth by Jesus to preach this Kingdom were not ignorant of the meaning to be attached to the Kingdom." This proposition is a logical extension of a previous one made by Peters regarding John the Baptist. If...

Thoughts from The Theocratic Kingdom:  Proposition 42

Thoughts from The Theocratic Kingdom: Proposition 42

In Proposition 42, George Peters states: "Jesus Christ, in His early ministry, preached that the Kingdom of God was nigh at hand." This particular observation is rooted in passages such as Matthew 4:17 where Jesus declared, "From that time on Jesus began to preach,...

Thoughts from The Theocratic Kingdom:  Proposition 41

Thoughts from The Theocratic Kingdom: Proposition 41

In Proposition 41, George Peters states: "The Kingdom was not established under John's ministry." As we look at the message declared by John the Baptist as well as the period of his ministry, it is readily apparent the Kingdom, in particular the fullness of it, has...

Douglas Wilson – Surveying the Text: Daniel

Douglas Wilson – Surveying the Text: Daniel

Introduction: The theme of the book of Daniel is the universal sovereignty of Jehovah over all the nations of men. This sovereignty was active through God’s providential oversight of historical events in the time of the Old Testament. But the book is also rich in...

Joe Holland – 2 Minute Theology

Joe Holland – 2 Minute Theology

There was a community service requirement for my high school, designed to make us well-rounded individuals, padding our college applications, and ensuring that local community organization didn’t think too poorly of “kids these days.” As a soon-to-graduate senior I...

Thoughts from The Theocratic Kingdom:  Proposition 40

Thoughts from The Theocratic Kingdom: Proposition 40

In Proposition 40, George Peters states: "The hearers of John believed that he preached to them the Kingdom predicted by the Prophets, and in the sense held by themselves." Peters, in this proposition, is hearkening back to early propositions while using the example...

A. W. Pink – Gleanings in Exodus

A. W. Pink – Gleanings in Exodus

Introduction In commencing the study of any book in the Bible it is well to remind ourselves that each separate book has some prominent and dominant theme which, as such, is peculiar to itself, around which everything is made to center, and of which all the details...

Thoughts from The Theocratic Kingdom:  Proposition 39

Thoughts from The Theocratic Kingdom: Proposition 39

In Proposition 39, George Peters states: "John the Baptist was not ignorant of the Kingdom that he preached." This seems like a rather obvious proposition to make; however, it is apparent that some believe John the Baptist preached something and urgent people to...

Thoughts from The Theocratic Kingdom:  Proposition 38

Thoughts from The Theocratic Kingdom: Proposition 38

In Proposition 38, George Peters states: "John the Baptist preached that this Kingdom, predicted by the Prophets, was "nigh at hand." Being the forerunner of the Messiah, John the Baptist was the one called by God to prepare the way for the Messiah. The message was...

John Piper – 1 Peter 2:18–20, Part 1: Slaves, Obey Your Masters

Slavery is a sensitive topic with a horrific history. So what does the Bible say for slaves? Or does the Bible say “so little”? In this lab, John Piper explores one place where freedom is found, looking at a couple key passages that address the tragedy of human...

Thoughts from The Theocratic Kingdom:  Proposition 37

Thoughts from The Theocratic Kingdom: Proposition 37

In Proposition 37, George Peters states: "The Kingdom, thus predicted and promised, was not in existence when the Forerunner of Jesus appeared." What Peters is proposing here is that the church did not replace Israel or take the place of the Davidic Kingdom. He is of...

Thoughts from The Theocratic Kingdom:  Proposition 36

Thoughts from The Theocratic Kingdom: Proposition 36

In Proposition 36, George Peters states: "The Prophets, with one voice, describe this one Kingdom, thus restored, in terms expressive of the most glorious additions." In the promise of the return to the Garden outlined in Scripture, it is clear that the kingdom will...

Thoughts from The Theocratic Kingdom:  Proposition 35

Thoughts from The Theocratic Kingdom: Proposition 35

In Proposition 35, George Peters states: "The Prophets describe but one Kingdom." Peters builds on his previous proposition, more specifically stating here that there is but a single Kingdom, the Theocracy. While the Davidic Kingdom was certainly in existence and that...

Thoughts from The Theocratic Kingdom:  Proposition 34

Thoughts from The Theocratic Kingdom: Proposition 34

In Proposition 34, George Peters states: "The Prophets describe this restored Kingdom, its extension, glory, etc., without distinguishing between the First and Second Advents." This proposition is an interesting one and a statement I honestly had to think about for a...

Thoughts from The Theocratic Kingdom:  Proposition 33

Thoughts from The Theocratic Kingdom: Proposition 33

In Proposition 33, George Peters states: "The Prophets, some even before the Captivity, foreseeing the overthrow of the Kingdom, both foretell its downfall and its final restoration." As Peters has noted in this proposition, God, through His prophets, not only...

Douglas Wilson – Surveying the Text: Esther

Douglas Wilson – Surveying the Text: Esther

Introduction: In the book of Esther, God is never mentioned, but is everywhere present. His providence surrounds all the events and characters. If we think about it carefully, we can perhaps see why a human author is not mentioned. This account has a very plain way of...

Thoughts from The Theocratic Kingdom:  Proposition 32

Thoughts from The Theocratic Kingdom: Proposition 32

In Proposition 32, George Peters states: "This Theocratic Kingdom, thus incorporated with the Davidic, is removed when the Davidic Kingdom is overthrown." Upon the exile of Israel and Judah into captivity, the Davidic kingdom had been overthrown. Thus, the...

Resisting the Vitriolic Urge

Resisting the Vitriolic Urge

A trend I have noticed over the past several years since social media has taken hold of society is the tendency for vitriol and biting comments. The unfortunate reality is some of the worst offenders are Christians or those at least professing faith in Christ. Usually...

William Tyndale – A Pathway Into the Holy Scripture

William Tyndale – A Pathway Into the Holy Scripture

I marvel greatly, dearly beloved in Christ, that any man would ever contend or speak against having the scripture available in every language, for every man. For I would have thought no one so blind as to ask why light [the light of the word of God] should be shown to...

Thoughts from The Theocratic Kingdom:  Proposition 31

Thoughts from The Theocratic Kingdom: Proposition 31

In Proposition 31, George Peters states: "This Theocracy or Kingdom was identified with the Davidic Kingdom." This is another undeniable fact. God made a covenant with David and the Messiah was stated to come from the line of David. Peters notes the Davidic and...

Thoughts from The Theocratic Kingdom:  Proposition 30

Thoughts from The Theocratic Kingdom: Proposition 30

In Proposition 30, George Peters states: "The Prophets, however, without specifying the manner of introduction, predict that the Gentiles shall participate in the blessings of this Theocracy or Kingdom." This is something for which we should continually thank God. He...

Thoughts from The Theocratic Kingdom:  Proposition 29

Thoughts from The Theocratic Kingdom: Proposition 29

In Proposition 29, George Peters states: "This Theocracy or Kingdom is exclusively given to the natural descendants of Abraham, in their corporate capacity." Peters reiterates in this proposition points he had been driving home already, namely that the people of God,...

Dan DeWitt – Atheism and the Problem of Evil

Dan DeWitt – Atheism and the Problem of Evil

What Is Good? The biblical explanation of the cosmos is a theme emphasized in the opening verses of Genesis, where each day of creation is stamped with the words “it was good.” But can an unguided world governed by mere chance, as the atheistic worldview suggests,...

Douglas Wilson – Surveying the Text: Ezra & Nehemiah

Douglas Wilson – Surveying the Text: Ezra & Nehemiah

Introduction: We have before us the books of Ezra and Nehemiah, which were probably one book originally. Moreover, it is also quite possible that Chronicles/EzraNehemiah was originally one book. As we consider this, it would obviously be helpful for you not only to...

Thoughts from The Theocratic Kingdom:  Proposition 28

Thoughts from The Theocratic Kingdom: Proposition 28

In Proposition 28, George Peters states: "God makes the Jewish King subordinate to His own Theocracy." Despite the yearning by Israel for a human ruler like that of the other nations and God within His divine plan making that request happen, God is still the King. As...

Ken Ham – What is the Gospel?

Ken Ham – What is the Gospel?

Understanding the foundational aspects of the gospel in Genesis is a vital key to unlock a powerful method of evangelism to reach the world for Christ. Surely the answer to this question is obvious to the average Christian. The word gospel means “good news.” When...

Thoughts from The Theocratic Kingdom:  Proposition 27

Thoughts from The Theocratic Kingdom: Proposition 27

In Proposition 27, George Peters states: "The demand of the nation for an earthly king was a virtual abandonment of this Theocratic Kingdom by the nation." If you recall, Israel had been led by God from the calling of Abraham as the father of the nation, through their...

Thoughts from The Theocratic Kingdom:  Proposition 26

Thoughts from The Theocratic Kingdom: Proposition 26

In Proposition 26, George Peters states: "The Theocracy thus instituted would have been permanently established, if the people, in their national capacity, had been faithful in obedience." The covenant promises made by God to Israel were intimately connected to...

Thoughts from The Theocratic Kingdom:  Proposition 25

Thoughts from The Theocratic Kingdom: Proposition 25

In Proposition 25, George Peters states: "The Theocracy was an earnest, introductory, or initiatory form of this Kingdom." What Peters means by the "Theocracy" is the nation of Israel to include the various legal regulations of that time. These included the ceremonial...

Thoughts from The Theocratic Kingdom:  Proposition 24

Thoughts from The Theocratic Kingdom: Proposition 24

In Proposition 24, George Peters states: "The Kingdom is offered to an elect nation, viz.: The Jewish nation." There can be no argument against this Proposition; however, its application regarding the doctrine of the kingdom is quite profound. If we are to lay claim...

Vern Poythress – 3 Reasons Jesus’ Miracles Still Matter Today

Vern Poythress – 3 Reasons Jesus’ Miracles Still Matter Today

Relevant for Today The miracles of Jesus were relevant to the people back then. But what about now? The Gospels record the miracles in order to indicate what happened, but they also have a religious purpose. Through understanding who Jesus is and what he did, we are...

David Robertson – Atheism Preys on Fear and Prejudice

David Robertson – Atheism Preys on Fear and Prejudice

If God died in the 1960’s, then someone forgot to tell the English publishing industry. Books about God have been surprising bestsellers for the past decade. Richard Dawkin’s The God Delusion which has sold over a million has been joined in the best seller lists by...

Thoughts from The Theocratic Kingdom:  Proposition 23

Thoughts from The Theocratic Kingdom: Proposition 23

In Proposition 23, George Peters states: "There must be some substantial reason why the phrases "Kingdom of God", etc., were thus adopted." This is certainly a valid proposition as after all, words in Scripture matter. God did not just randomly select a phrase or...

Anyone Seen My Dictionary?

Anyone Seen My Dictionary?

There exists today a rampant problem of biblical illiteracy. Dr. Albert Mohler, in addressing this grave issue, recently noted, “The larger scandal is biblical ignorance among Christians. Choose whichever statistic or survey you like, the general pattern is the same....

Thoughts from The Theocratic Kingdom:  Proposition 22

Thoughts from The Theocratic Kingdom: Proposition 22

In Proposition 22, George Peters states: "John the Baptist, Jesus, and the disciples, employed the phrases "Kingdom of heaven," "Kingdom of God," etc., in accordance with the usage of the Jews." Peters continues to build on the necessary foundation of how we are to...

Scott Redd – The Reformation: A Bible Movement (Part 2)

Scott Redd – The Reformation: A Bible Movement (Part 2)

In the first post in this series we briefly considered the way in whiich the Reformers viewed the Scriptures--as they are in truth, the authoritative written word of God. But God’s Word is not only uniquely authoritative; it is also uniquely clear, or perspicuous. It...

Thoughts from The Theocratic Kingdom:  Proposition 21

Thoughts from The Theocratic Kingdom: Proposition 21

In Proposition 21, George Peters states: "The Prophecies of the Kingdom, interpreted literally, sustain the expectations and hopes of the pious Jews." Place yourself in the shoes (or sandals in this case) of the Jewish people while they were in exile. They had been...

Charles Hodge – The Protestant Rule of Faith

Charles Hodge – The Protestant Rule of Faith

1. Statement of the Doctrine. All Protestants agree in teaching that "the word of God, ascontained in the Scriptures of the Old and New Testaments, is the only infallible rule of faith and practice." In the Smalcald Articles, the Lutheran Church says "Ex patrum --...

Thoughts from The Theocratic Kingdom:  Proposition 20

Thoughts from The Theocratic Kingdom: Proposition 20

In Proposition 20, George Peters states: "To comprehend the subject of the kingdom, it is necessary to notice the belief and the expectations of the more pious portion of the Jews." What Peters is noting here is the need to note the differences in expectation of the...

Jim Hamilton – Scripture: The Evangelical View

Jim Hamilton – Scripture: The Evangelical View

The Sixty Six Books of the Protestant Canon Are Inspired by the Holy Spirit and Therefore Inerrant Evangelicals are first and foremost people of the gospel. With Jesus at the Father‘s right hand and the Apostles gone to their reward, we evangelicals hold that our sure...

Thoughts from The Theocratic Kingdom:  Proposition 19

Thoughts from The Theocratic Kingdom: Proposition 19

In Proposition 19, George Peters states: "The New Testament begins the announcement of the kingdom in terms expressive of its being previously well known." Arguably, this is a proposition many might not have thought about. There is no explanation of the kingdom or a...

Thoughts from The Theocratic Kingdom:  Proposition 18

Thoughts from The Theocratic Kingdom: Proposition 18

In Proposition 18, George Peters states: "The prophecies relating to the establishment of the Kingdom of God are both conditioned and unconditioned." This may seem like somewhat of a contradictory or confusing proposition at first, but let's think about this one for a...

Josh Squires –  Christian Conflict: Five Ways to Fight It

Josh Squires – Christian Conflict: Five Ways to Fight It

I wish I never had to deal with conflict. I am a card-carrying conflict avoider. Whatever the reason (character, context, sin, etc.) I would rather run away from conflict than take it head on. It wasn’t until I began my training as a counselor at nearly...

Lessons from the Garden: God’s Covering of our Nakedness

Lessons from the Garden: God’s Covering of our Nakedness

Over the past couple of weeks at a Bible Study I have been attending, we have been exploring some fundamental aspects of Scripture and theology in general. As a starting point, a necessary one I might add, the discussion has centered on Genesis 1-4 for it is in these...

Thoughts from The Theocratic Kingdom:  Proposition 17

Thoughts from The Theocratic Kingdom: Proposition 17

In Proposition 17, George Peters states: "Without study of the prophecies, no adequate idea can be obtained of the kingdom." This is an important point Peters is proposing. He has previously noted the connection between the Old and New Testaments, some issues...

Thoughts from The Theocratic Kingdom:  Proposition 16

Thoughts from The Theocratic Kingdom: Proposition 16

In Proposition 16, George Peters states: "This kingdom cannot be properly comprehended without acknowledging an intimate and internal connection existing between the Old and New Testaments." This is a truly important proposition. Far too many view the front and back...

Thoughts from The Theocratic Kingdom:  Proposition 15

Thoughts from The Theocratic Kingdom: Proposition 15

In Proposition 15, George Peters states: "The doctrine of the kingdom can become better understood and appreciated." This is truly one of the reasons Peters wrote his treatise. There is a great need, both in his day and continuing to the current time, to grasp this...

Albert Mohler – Do Christians and Muslims Worship the Same God?

Albert Mohler – Do Christians and Muslims Worship the Same God?

A statement made by a professor at a leading evangelical college has become a flashpoint in a controversy that really matters. In explaining why she intended to wear a traditional Muslim hijab over the holiday season in order to symbolize solidarity with her Muslim...

Thoughts from The Theocratic Kingdom:  Proposition 14

Thoughts from The Theocratic Kingdom: Proposition 14

In Proposition 14, George Peters states: "Some things pertaining to the kingdom not so easily comprehended as many suppose." Once again it seems somethings just never change. Apparently back in 1884, Peters noted something that still happens today, namely the attempt...

Lessons from the Garden: Talking Snake or Anointed Covering Cherub?

Lessons from the Garden: Talking Snake or Anointed Covering Cherub?

There is one specific element of Genesis 3 that has recently fascinated me and that is the question as to why Eve is not portrayed as being surprised when the “Serpent” spoke to her. One of the traditional views can be found in the artwork that is often used to depict...

Thoughts from The Theocratic Kingdom:  Proposition 13

Thoughts from The Theocratic Kingdom: Proposition 13

In Proposition 13, George Peters states: "Some things pertaining to the kingdom, intentionally revealed somewhat obscurely." Peters again builds on what he has been stating over the past couple of propositions, here noting that not all things have been revealed...

Rick Segal – Staying Godly in a Godless Workplace

Rick Segal – Staying Godly in a Godless Workplace

Very few, if any, awake one morning and decide all of a sudden, “Today is the day I’m going rogue. Enough with all that honesty stuff. From now on, I’m all about corruption.” It typically begins as an indiscernible leak of integrity, at least in terms of...

Thoughts from The Theocratic Kingdom:  Proposition 12

Thoughts from The Theocratic Kingdom: Proposition 12

In Proposition 12, George Peters states: "There is some mystery yet connected with the things of the kingdom." This proposition was alluded to in our discussion of proposition 11. It is a fact that not all things in God's divine plan have taken place. Thus, there are...

Thoughts from The Theocratic Kingdom:  Proposition 11

Thoughts from The Theocratic Kingdom: Proposition 11

In Proposition 11, George Peters states: "The mysteries of the kingdom were given to the apostles." Peters avers that such a proposition is derived from passages such as Mark 4:11 and Matthew 13:11 which state "To you has been given the secret of the kingdom of God,...

R. C. Sproul – Perfectly Human

R. C. Sproul – Perfectly Human

Over the past two centuries, much has been written in evangelical circles on the deity of Christ. This has been good and necessary, for many people deny that Jesus is the Son of God incarnate. Sometimes I fear, however, that this emphasis on Christ’s deity has led to...

Thoughts from The Theocratic Kingdom:  Proposition 10

Thoughts from The Theocratic Kingdom: Proposition 10

In Proposition 10, George Peters states: "This kingdom should be studied in the light of the Holy Scriptures, and not merely in that of creeds, confessions, formulas of doctrine, etc." This is giant pet peeve of mine as there is a great tendency, most notably among...

Thoughts from The Theocratic Kingdom:  Proposition 9

Thoughts from The Theocratic Kingdom: Proposition 9

In Proposition 9, George Peters states: "The nature of, and the things pertaining to the kingdom, can only be ascertained within the limits of Scripture." This proposition is intimately connected with proposition 5 in which Peters declared that the doctrine of the...

Michael Oard – What Caused the Ice Age?

Michael Oard – What Caused the Ice Age?

Secular scientists have challenged creation scientists to explain the Ice Age. Also, they claim that there were numerous ice ages, possibly up to fifty, at intervals of 100,000 or 40,000 years over the past 2.6 million years. Bible believers need to respond to this...

Joseph Franks – High Law … High Grace … High Worship

Joseph Franks – High Law … High Grace … High Worship

  The Law comes from our good God. The Law comes as a good gift from our good God. The Law is a good presentation of God’s standard of goodness. It tell us that which is really good in the sight of God. The Law is a good magnifier of our non-goodness. It does a...

Thoughts from The Theocratic Kingdom:  Proposition 7

Thoughts from The Theocratic Kingdom: Proposition 7

In Proposition 7, George Peters states: "The kingdom being a manifestation of the supernatural, miracles are connected with it." I am enjoying the flow of Peters' argument thus far as he is building slowly but surely on his propositions, establishing a theological and...

Thoughts from The Theocratic Kingdom:  Proposition 6

Thoughts from The Theocratic Kingdom: Proposition 6

In Proposition 6, George Peters states: "The kingdom of heaven is intimately connected with the supernatural." This is yet another simple yet profoundly important statement. While the kingdom as previously noted by Peters has as its location earth, it is also...

Gavin Ortlund – 5 Strategies for Daily Bible Reading

Gavin Ortlund – 5 Strategies for Daily Bible Reading

I’ve always been amazed by Jesus’ response to Satan’s first temptation: “if you are the Son of God, command these stones to become loaves of bread” (Matthew 4:3). I picture Jesus there, looking at the stones. His ribs are poking out, and his body is worn away after 40...

John Piper – 1 Peter 2:9–10, Part 2: Why You Exist in the World

Can you explain why you exist in the world? When God created you, and then saved you and made you new, why did he do it? The Bible gives us unbelievable clarity. In this lab, John Piper explains the purpose of your life. We exist not to call attention to ourselves,...

Thoughts from The Theocratic Kingdom:  Proposition 5

Thoughts from The Theocratic Kingdom: Proposition 5

In Proposition 5, George Peters states: "The doctrine of the kingdom is based on the inspiration of the Word of God." This is a short yet important statement to make. After all, Peters has declared the importance of this doctrine and how it is rooted in Scripture....

Thoughts from The Theocratic Kingdom: Proposition 4

Thoughts from The Theocratic Kingdom: Proposition 4

In Proposition 4, George Peters states: "The literal, grammatical interpretation of the Scriptures must (connected with the figurative, tropical, or rhetorical) be observed in order to obtain a correct understanding of this kingdom." With this proposition, Peters...

Joe Holland – Christian Knowledge and Action

Joe Holland – Christian Knowledge and Action

You’d think Pavlov invented it, that characteristic sound of a new instant message, the "buh-ding." That’s what Jack heard in his cubicle that morning, before caffeine had cleared the fog in his head. He clicked over to his messenger application as routinely as if...

Thoughts from The Theocratic Kingdom:  Proposition 3

Thoughts from The Theocratic Kingdom: Proposition 3

In Proposition 3, George Peters states: "The meanings usually given to this kingdom indicate that the most vague, indefinite notions exist concerning it." I find this true regarding a number of theological terms, perhaps most notably the recent focus on naming...

Albert Mohler – Relativity, Moral Relativism, and the Modern Age

This intellectual revolution began with four lectures in late 1915 presented to the Prussian Academy of Sciences. The lectures were given by Albert Einstein, and before the end of the year Einstein would publish his argument for a “General Theory of Relativity.” Those...

Herman Bavinck – The Greatness of God

Herman Bavinck – The Greatness of God

On the very first page of the Bible the absolute transcendence of God above His creatures comes to our attention. Without strain or fatigue He calls the whole world into existence by His word alone. By the word of the Lord were the heavens made, and all the host of...

A Relook at the “Lessons from the Garden”

A Relook at the “Lessons from the Garden”

Late in 2015 I began a series titled “Lessons from the Garden”. It is my firm belief that in order to understand Scripture, one must begin with the beginning pages of Genesis. If we are to understand sin, we have to look at how Genesis presents life before and after...

Scott Swain – What Is Doctrine?

Scott Swain – What Is Doctrine?

When I was young, I only thought of my future: Whom would I marry? What vocation would I pursue? Where would I live? Now that I am the father of four children, I think only of their futures. As he approached the final days of his ministry, the Apostle Paul set his...

Avery Foley – Did Adam Step on an Ant Before the Fall?

Avery Foley – Did Adam Step on an Ant Before the Fall?

Often Christians, pastors, and theologians who try to fit millions of years into Genesis 1 object to a literal, recent six-day creation by arguing, “So Adam never stepped on an ant in the Garden of Eden? That can’t be true. There had to be death before sin.” But is...

Francis Turretin – 21 Questions on The Doctrine of Scripture

Francis Turretin – 21 Questions on The Doctrine of Scripture

The Necessity of Verbal Revelation QUESTION 1: Was revelation by the word necessary? Affirmative. I. Since the word of God is the unique foundation (principium) of theology, its necessity is properly investigated at the very beginning: was it necessary for God to...

Douglas Wilson – Surveying the Text: Ezekiel

Douglas Wilson – Surveying the Text: Ezekiel

Introduction: In taking a book of the Bible a week, we are not really doing justice to any of them. We can certainly give an orientation. We can describe the basic themes. We can perhaps give you a taste for the book, such that you want to pursue a deeper reading on...

Timothy Paul Jones – Reza Aslan and “The Jesus of History”

“The more I probed the Bible,” Reza Aslan declares in the introduction to his bestseller Zealot: The Life and Times of Jesus of Nazareth, “the more distance I discovered between the Jesus of the gospels and the Jesus of history” (xix). The result of this discovery—at...

John Murray – Catechizing: A Forgotten Practice

It is surely an indictment of the Church today that in dealing with the subject of catechizing we have to begin by explaining the very meaning of the term. What was looked on as a necessary and beneficial practice by the early church and by the Reformers has now...

Tim Challies – 6 Great Reasons To Study Doctrine

I love doctrine. Doctrine is simply the teaching of God or the teaching about God—the body of knowledge that he reveals to us through the Bible. I guess I’m one of those geekly people who loves to learn a new word and the big idea behind it. But I hope I do not love...

Fred Butler – Hard Truths For Theistic Evolutionists (Part 3)

Genesis as absolute beginning out of nothing Christianity has historically affirmed that the first chapter of Genesis describes God speaking the material universe into existence for the first time out of nothing. What is traditionally called creation ex nihilo by...

Fred Butler – Hard Truths For Theistic Evolutionists (Part 2)

On Death, Dying, and Suffering Theistic evolution is the belief God brought about the present variety of life on earth by the process of evolution. In a manner of speaking, the very term “theistic evolution” is oxymoronic. A radical discontinuity exists between the...

Fred Butler – Hard Truths For Theistic Evolutionists (Part 1)

God’s Character and the Doctrine of Inspiration Theistic evolution has emerged in recent years as the “go to” explanation that attempts to accommodate the historical narrative of Genesis with the evolutionary theory of life. Even though theistic evolutionary...

Tim Ward – An Introduction to the Bible

When we say that the Bible is ‘the Word of God’, what we are actually claiming about it? It is to answer this question, which is both theological and also deeply practical and vital, that the branch of theology called ‘the doctrine of Scripture’ has been developed....

Thomas Watson – Christ’s Humiliation In His Incarnation

'Great is the mystery of godliness, God manifest in the flesh.’ I Tim 3: I6. Q-xxvii: WHEREIN DID CHRIST’S HUMILIATION CONSIST? A: In his being born, and that in a low condition, made under the law, undergoing the miseries of this life, the wrath of God, and the...

J. C. Ryle – Faith and Assurance

“I have fought a good fight, I have finished my course, I have kept the faith; henceforth there is laid up for me a crown of righteousness, which the Lord, the righteous judge, shall give me at that day; and not to me only, but unto all them also that love His...