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...

2 Peter

What Are You Waiting for?

2 Peter 3:13, "But according to his promise we are waiting for new heavens and a new earth in which righteousness dwells."   Have you ever heard of this phrase, “already but not yet?” It’s the tension that we live in as Christians… “already, but not yet.” The best way...

Hope for the Present and the Future in Christ Alone

2 Peter 3:11-12, “Since all these things are thus to be dissolved, what sort of people ought you to be in lives of holiness and godliness, waiting for and hastening the coming of the day of God, because of which the heavens will be set on fire and dissolved, and the...

The Patience of the Lord and the Promises of God

2 Peter 3:9-10, “9 The Lord is not slow to fulfill his promise as some count slowness, but is patient toward you, not wishing that any should perish, but that all should reach repentance. 10 But the day of the Lord will come like a thief, and then the heavens will...

The End is Near

If you want to mock Christians, just haul out the old stereotype: An eager evangelist wearing a...

Condemned to Extinction

Condemned to Extinction

If “the fear of the Lord is the beginning of wisdom” (Proverbs 9:10), then we are wise to reflect on God’s judgments from the past. Peter reminds his readers of the tragic stories of the burning of Sodom and Gomorrah and the flood that destroyed everyone but Noah’s...

When Angels Sinned

When Angels Sinned

2 Peter 2:4, “For if God did not spare angels when they sinned, but cast them into hell and committed them to chains of gloomy darkness to be kept until the judgment;” In a day when many older heresies are being repackaged for people by television preachers and...

In Their Greed

In Their Greed

2 Peter 2:2–3, “2 And many will follow their sensuality, and because of them the way of truth will be blasphemed. 3 And in their greed they will exploit you with false words. Their condemnation from long ago is not idle, and their destruction is not asleep.” Thousands...

2nd Peter 2:1 and the Issue of Effectual Atonement

2nd Peter 2:1 and the Issue of Effectual Atonement

2 Peter 2:1, "But false prophets also arose among the people, just as there will also be false teachers among you, who will secretly introduce destructive heresies, even denying the Master who bought them, bringing swift destruction upon themselves." While this is a...

The Prophecy of Scripture

The Prophecy of Scripture

2 Peter 1:19-21, “19 And we have the prophetic word more fully confirmed, to which you will do well to pay attention as to a lamp shining in a dark place, until the day dawns and the morning star rises in your hearts, 20 knowing this first of all, that no prophecy of...

More than a Myth

More than a Myth

“Mythology is a search,” said G.K. Chesterton. “It is something that combines a recurrent desire with a recurrent doubt.” Humans have always shared “cleverly devised myths” that explore our relationship with the divine. The most outlandish and implausible myths,...

Everyone Needs a Reminder

Everyone Needs a Reminder

The Bible is a massive book. This may seem too obvious to be worth stating, but the truth is that these pages are full of history and prophecy and poetry make a very long book. It would be impossible to keep every idea in this book in the front of your mind. Anyone...

Make Your Election Sure

Make Your Election Sure

2 Peter 1:10-11, “10 Therefore, brothers, be all the more diligent to confirm your calling and election, for if you practice these qualities you will never fall. 11 For in this way there will be richly provided for you an entrance into the eternal kingdom of our Lord...

Unfruitful and Blind

Unfruitful and Blind

2 Peter 1:8-9, “8 For if these qualities are yours and are increasing, they keep you from being ineffective or unfruitful in the knowledge of our Lord Jesus Christ. 9 For whoever lacks these qualities is so nearsighted that he is blind, having forgotten that he was...

Supplement Your Faith

Supplement Your Faith

2 Peter 1:5-7, “5 For this very reason, make every effort to supplement your faith with virtue,[a] and virtue with knowledge, 6 and knowledge with self-control, and self-control with steadfastness, and steadfastness with godliness, 7 and godliness with brotherly...

Watered by God’s Grace

Watered by God’s Grace

Our summer garden has all but stopped producing vegetables. The bean plants were mostly eaten by invasive beetles, the peas never came up, and many of the cucumbers got too big and bitter before we could eat them. Half the tomatoes fell before we could use them. Weeds...

Peter, Servant of Jesus

Peter, Servant of Jesus

2 Peter 1:1-2, “Simeon Peter, a servant and apostle of Jesus Christ, To those who have obtained a faith of equal standing with ours by the righteousness of our God and Savior Jesus Christ: 2 May grace and peace be multiplied to you in the knowledge of God and of Jesus...