Holiness: The Beauty of Grace in the Christian

Crucified with Christ: How the Cross Kills Sin

The most graphic image that Scripture uses for the killing of sin is crucifixion. The cross has rightly stood at the center of Christian theology throughout church history. Crucifixion was so painful that a word was invented to describe it: excruciating, which...

Recommended Reading on Holiness

In this issue of Theology for Life Magazine, we’ve been considering the subject of holiness in the Christian life, and what that means for daily life and ministry. We understand that we haven’t covered everything on this topic, but it is our prayer that, hopefully,...

How Scripture Empowers Personal Holiness

Godliness, Christlikeness, and Christian spirituality all describe a Christian becoming more like God. The most powerful way to effect this change is by letting the Word of God dwell in one richly (Colossians 3:16). When one embraces Scripture without reservation, it...
Why We Need J.C. Ryle’s Teaching on Holiness Today

Why We Need J.C. Ryle’s Teaching on Holiness Today

There is a large, two-sided cart at my local library with a faded laminated sign that reads, “Books, a dollar a bag.” I make it a point to visit that cart every time I stop by in search of the proverbial needle in the haystack, and I am always struck by the number of...

Who is J.C. Ryle? An Interview with Ben Rogers

Who is J.C. Ryle? An Interview with Ben Rogers

T4L: Hello, Dr. Rogers, and welcome to Theology for Life Magazine. Can you tell us a bit about yourself, including the current ministries you are involved in? Ben Rogers: I am the husband of Christie, the father of Henry and Hugh, the pastor of a small church, and the...

Indicative and Imperative

Indicative and Imperative

Running, as a constant motif through Romans 6, is the interplay between what is called the indicative and the imperative. In the former mode, Paul insists that God has accomplished our decisive break with sin: “We died to sin” (Romans 6:2); “our old self was crucified...

The Necessity of Spiritual Discipline for Every Christian

The Necessity of Spiritual Discipline for Every Christian

Imagine a woman named Jane (a person you’ve never met). She is a mature and growing Christian who loves Jesus, gives wise counsel, and helps others come to know more about Jesus…but she does not pray, read her Bible, or go to church. What did you think as I describe...

Four Ways to Handle Temptation When It Comes

Four Ways to Handle Temptation When It Comes

How do you handle temptation? I’m not talking about the fleeting, seemingly benign thought of sin that may hold initial allure, but is easily dismissed (though we should be on guard against these kinds of thoughts, too). No, I’m talking about that moment when you’ve...

Union with Christ Drives Us To Extraordinary Prayer

Union with Christ Drives Us To Extraordinary Prayer

Many of us are dissatisfied with our prayer life. It could be that we never really got started on one. It may be that we are not entirely convinced of its importance. Most do not pray like Martin Luther, Jonathan Edwards, or George Whitfield. We don’t give four hours...