The Gospel and the Christian Life

10 Things You Should Know about the Reformation

1. The Pope started the Reformation. The fourteenth century was a bad time for the papacy. For a period, there were two rival popes and the papacy was under pressure from the French monarchy. It wasn’t a good time for the city of Rome either—seven successive popes...

Into Holy Places

Hebrews 9:23–24, “23 It was necessary, then, for the copies of the heavenly things to be purified with these sacrifices, but the heavenly things themselves with better sacrifices than these. 24 For Christ did not enter a sanctuary made with human hands that was only a...

Being the Friend Who Stays

Ecclesiastes 4:9-10, “Two are better than one, because they have a good reward for their toil. For if they fall, one will lift up his fellow. But woe to him who is alone when he falls and has not another to lift him up!” I am very familiar with encouraging people with...

Without Blood

Hebrews 9:21–22, “21 And in the same way he sprinkled with the blood both the tent and all the...

A Covenant in Blood

Hebrews 9:18–20, “18 Therefore not even the first covenant was inaugurated without blood. 19 For...

The Will Takes Effect

Hebrews 9:16–17, “For where a will is involved, the death of the one who made it must be...

Reformation Theology: Soli Deo Gloria

Reformation Theology: Soli Deo Gloria

Soli Deo Gloria – for the glory of God alone – is the motto that grew out of the Protestant Reformation. At the core of this motto is the pulse beat of Christianity – we have been saved by grace to the praise of His glorious grace (Eph. 1:6). All things lead to the...

New Covenant Mediator

New Covenant Mediator

Hebrews 9:15, “Therefore he is the mediator of a new covenant, so that those who are called may receive the promised eternal inheritance, since a death has occurred that redeems them from the transgressions committed under the first covenant.” The example of Abraham...

Luther: The Monk of Wittenberg

Luther: The Monk of Wittenberg

When tasked with writing about Martin Luther, there are many ways to approach the man. There are books on his influence on the Christian life, biographies aplenty, commentaries on his Tabletalk’s commentaries on his letters and writings, there are even books devoted...

The Blood of Christ

The Blood of Christ

Hebrews 9:13-14, “For if the blood of goats and bulls, and the sprinkling of defiled persons with the ashes of a heifer, sanctify for the purification of the flesh, 14 how much more will the blood of Christ, who through the eternal Spirit offered himself without...

10 Things You Should Know about Reformed Theology

10 Things You Should Know about Reformed Theology

1. Reformed theology celebrates the glory of God. The heart and soul of Reformed theology is the glory of the triune God (Ps. 96:3; John 17:1). For this reason, it is often called “God-centered” theology. B. B. Warfield said, “The Calvinist, in a word, is the man who...

His Own Blood

His Own Blood

Hebrews 9:11–12, “But when Christ appeared as a high priest of the good things that have come, then through the greater and more perfect tent (not made with hands, that is, not of this creation) 12 he entered once for all into the holy places, not by means of the...