Biblical Worldview

The Christian and Recreational Marijuana: Rightly Ordered Affections Under the Lordship of Christ

Over the course of the past century, Canada has seen the prohibition of alcohol and its repeal, the legalization of abortion, the legalization of euthanasia, and, in the summer of 2018, it will see the legalization of marijuana for recreational use. Events like these...

Pastor, Are You Prepared to Shepherd Your Flock through Dementia?

A Common Challenge The tragedy of dementia is common and will become more so in the future. It is estimated that over 30% of the average church congregation will die with some form of dementia. That represents an enormous challenge in pastoral ministry. I would...

Pride Goes Before a Fall

“Pride goes before destruction, and a haughty spirit before a fall.” (Prov. 16:18) The word “pride” has been bantered around quite a bit of late, specifically in relation to the recent SCOTUS decision on gay marriage. Social media has been awash with “support pride”...
Charles Spurgeon – The Gospel’s Power in a Christian’s Life

Charles Spurgeon – The Gospel’s Power in a Christian’s Life

“Only let your conversation be as it becomes the gospel of Christ.” Philippians 1:27 The word “conversation” does not merely mean our talk, one with another, but the whole course of our life and behavior in the world. The Greek word signifies the actions and the...

John Hartnett – Where Materialism Logically Leads

John Hartnett – Where Materialism Logically Leads

First there was dark matter, then came dark energy, then dark photons and now there is talk of dark stars, dark planets and even dark intelligent life, in a whole dark galaxy within our Milky Way galaxy. In an article musing on such claims,1 where the van Gogh...

A. W. Pink – Evangelical Obedience

A. W. Pink – Evangelical Obedience

This article is designed chiefly for the enlightenment and comfort of those of God's people who are deeply exercised over their own obedience, and are often cast down by the defectiveness of the same. There is a real need for a Scriptural opening-up of this subject,...

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...

Sinclair Ferguson – Satisfaction and Contentment

Sinclair Ferguson – Satisfaction and Contentment

In 2004, Rolling Stone magazine listed “The 500 Greatest Songs of All Time.” At the top was Bob Dylan’s “Like a Rolling Stone.” Second on the list (presuming no bias in the choices made by the magazine) came the Rolling Stones’ “(I Can’t Get No) Satisfaction.” This...

John Piper – James 3:17–18: What Does It Mean to Meditate?

Do you ever stop to meditate on the Bible? Do you even know what it means to meditate? If we’re ever going to get the most out of our Bible reading, we have to learn to slow down and really think while we read. In this lab, Pastor John models one technique for...

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...

Aaron Menikoff – Is Meek Weak?

Aaron Menikoff – Is Meek Weak?

What’s the first word that comes to your mind when you hear the title “pastor”? My guess is it’s not “gentle.” The Iron Giant notwithstanding, our popular heroes are not known for their meekness. They tend to accomplish great feats through sheer might, skill, and...

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...

Joe Holland – God-Shaped Comfort

Joe Holland – God-Shaped Comfort

Practical atheism thrives on deficient views of God, eroding the joy that Christians should experience in their everyday lives, enveloping the disciple in a mist of uncertainty, confusion, and anxiety. The habits of Christianity (its diverse rituals and liturgies) can...

David Prince – Our Respectable Sin: Laziness

David Prince – Our Respectable Sin: Laziness

What if you have a child who is well-mannered, makes straight A’s at school, and is successfully involved in all sorts of extracurricular activities, but one day, that child comes home and begins cursing like sailor and curses at you in the process? I wonder, how...

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...

Sinclair Ferguson – What Is the Prayer of Faith?

Sinclair Ferguson – What Is the Prayer of Faith?

Years ago, the editor of a publishing company asked me to write a book on prayer. The theme is a vitally important one. The publishing house was well known. To be honest, I felt flattered. But in a moment of heaven-sent honesty, I told him that the author of such a...

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...

Charles Spurgeon – Fear Not

Charles Spurgeon – Fear Not

"Fear not, thou worm Jacob, and ye men of Israel; I will help thee, saith the Lord and thy redeemer the Holy one of Israel." Isaiah 41:14 I SHALL SPEAK this morning to those that are discouraged, depressed in spirit, and sore troubled in the Christian life. There are...

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...

J. C. Ryle – Fear of Man’s Opinion

J. C. Ryle – Fear of Man’s Opinion

"The fear of man" will indeed "prove to be a snare" (Proverbs 29:25). It is terrible to observe the power which it has over most minds, and especially over the minds of the young. Few seem to have any opinions of their own, or to think for themselves. Like dead fish,...

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,”...

James Buchanan – The Work of the Spirit as the Spirit of Holiness

James Buchanan – The Work of the Spirit as the Spirit of Holiness

The general work of the Spirit of God consists of two parts — the regeneration of sinners, and the edification of his people. Under the latter, several special operations of his grace are included, which are distinctly mentioned in sacred Scripture, and which may be...

Martyn Lloyd-Jones – Faith On Trial: The Problem Stated

Martyn Lloyd-Jones – Faith On Trial: The Problem Stated

The great value of the Book of Psalms is that in it we have godly men stating their experience, and giving us an account of things that have happened to them in their spiritual life and warfare. Throughout history the Book of Psalms has, therefore, been a book of...

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...

John Gerstner – Adoption: Belonging to God’s Family

John Gerstner – Adoption: Belonging to God’s Family

The first problem we have with being adopted into God's family is that we are born into another family, and we are not up for adoption. As a matter of fact, our father is very much opposed to our adoption and does everything he possibly can to keep us where we were...

Derek Thomas – The Christian and Joy

Derek Thomas – The Christian and Joy

“The Holy Spirit has exhorted the faithful to continue clapping their hands for joy until the advent of the promised Redeemer,” wrote John Calvin in a comment on Psalm 47:12. Paul would heartily concur! Writing from a prison cell from which he had no certain knowledge...

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...

Thoughts on Godly Discipline and Instruction

Thoughts on Godly Discipline and Instruction

Proverbs 1:8-9 (CJB), My son, heed the discipline of your father, and do not abandon the teaching of your mother; they will be a garland to grace your head, a medal of honor for your neck.” This passage has long been one utilized as a springboard for a discussion...

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...

John Calvin – Sermon on 1 Timothy 1:18-19

John Calvin – Sermon on 1 Timothy 1:18-19

Now to the king of worlds, immortal and invisible, to God only wise, be honor and glory forever. Amen. 18 Son Timothy, I commend this commandment to thee, that according to the prophesies which were before (made) of thee, thou fight by them a good battle. 19 Having...

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...

Thomas Goodwin – The Greatness of God’s Love to His Elect

Thomas Goodwin – The Greatness of God’s Love to His Elect

"But God, who is rich in mercy, for his great love wherewith he loved us, even when we were dead in sins, hath quickened us together with Christ, (by grace ye are saved;) and hath raised us up together, and made us sit together in heavenly places in Christ Jesus."...

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...

Jon Bloom – How to Resist Temptation’s Mirage Moment

Jon Bloom – How to Resist Temptation’s Mirage Moment

Temptation is not sin. We know this because Eve was tempted before she fell and Jesus was tempted, “yet without sin” (Hebrews 4:15). Temptation is a disorienting, defiling experience when evil is presented to us as good. Destruction comes dressed up to look like...

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...

Ryan Reeves – What is Antinomianism and Who Teaches It?

Ryan Reeves – What is Antinomianism and Who Teaches It?

Steve Furtick used a bad sermon analogy, saying ‘God broke the Law for love’. Blogs have come out about it. At this point it is unclear to me if this is a case of sloppy sermonizing or bad theologizing (the two are not always the same). Let’s assume it’s the latter....

Erik Raymond – Fighting Lust With Lust

Erik Raymond – Fighting Lust With Lust

Like any pastor I find myself talking with men about pornography and other expressions of sinful lust. Through the years I have found that there is a biblical framework that is often neglected when counseling through this issue. I have laid it out in some detail here,...

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...

R. C. Sproul – Wisely Handling the Book of Proverbs

R. C. Sproul – Wisely Handling the Book of Proverbs

Every culture seems to have its own unique, collected wisdom, pithy insights of the wise. Oftentimes, these tidbits of wisdom are preserved in the form of the proverb. We have proverbial sayings in American culture. I am thinking of sayings such as “A stitch in time...

John MacArthur – What Is True Love?

John MacArthur – What Is True Love?

“All you need is love.” So sang the Beatles. If they’d been singing about God’s love, the statement would have a grain of truth in it. But what usually goes by the name love in popular culture is not authentic love at all; it’s a deadly fraud. Far from being “all you...

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...

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....

Josh Squires – A Recipe for Repentance

Josh Squires – A Recipe for Repentance

There are fewer deceptions that are more confounding than that of false repentance. When someone pretends to confess and turn away from sin, but in the depths of his heart means only to appease anger and escape consequences, it leaves in its wake an especially...

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...

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...

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...

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...

Paul Maxwell – Seven Things to Do After You Look at Pornography

Paul Maxwell – Seven Things to Do After You Look at Pornography

A lot of Christian advice about porn addicts is unhelpful — meaning, it doesn’t contribute to real progress in repentance, healing, restoration, and recovery. Most of all, it fails to address the issues that underlie porn use. Often, Christian advice either has its...

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...

Robert Dabney – The Decalogue, or Ten Commandments

Robert Dabney – The Decalogue, or Ten Commandments

Definitions. The word "Law," (hr;/T, nomo" ) is employed in the Scripture with a certain latitude of meaning, but always carrying the force of meaning contained in the general idea of a regulative principle. First, it sometimes expresses the whole of Revelation, as in...

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...

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...

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...

D. A. Carson – Are You Sure You Want God’s Justice?

D. A. Carson – Are You Sure You Want God’s Justice?

When we suffer, which we will, there will often be mystery. Will there also be faith? In Christian thought, faith is never naïve or gullible, but rather relies on the strength of its object. Faith that depends on a God who is a cruel tyrant or cheap trickster will be...

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."...

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...

John Piper – What Is the Source of Biblical Love?

“Love is a decision.” “You have to choose to love.” We’ve heard statements like these inside and outside of the church. Perhaps we understand what many are attempting to communicate. The sentiment is a reaction to the widely accepted notion that love is a feeling. But...

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...

Ed Welch – How to Slay the Dragon of Pornography

Ed Welch – How to Slay the Dragon of Pornography

Pornography raises many questions, but two of the most simple are also the most important. Why fight temptations? And how? So many resolutions to avoid porn fail with this first question. The how question is the easier one—we can quickly identify steps such as...

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...

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...

Martyn Lloyd-Jones – Why Do the Heathen Rage?

Martyn Lloyd-Jones – Why Do the Heathen Rage?

Psalm 2:1 - Why do the heathen rage, and the people imagine a vain thing? I should like to call your attention this evening to the message of the second Psalm. One of the two readings at the beginning of the service. The second Psalm which begins with these words:...

John Knox – A Treatise on Prayer

John Knox – A Treatise on Prayer

A Treatise on Prayer, or, a Confession, and Declaration of Prayers A declaration what true prayer is, how we should pray, and for what we should pray; set forth by John Knox, preacher of God's holy word. Unto the small and dispersed flock of Jesus Christ. How...

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...

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...

Carl Wieland – Living for 900 Years

Carl Wieland – Living for 900 Years

In the book of Genesis, the Bible routinely records human lifespans which seem outrageously different from our experience today. Adam lived to 930 years; Noah even longer, to 950 years (see graph below). These long lifespans are not haphazardly distributed; they are...

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...

Joseph Franks – Dead and Obese Substitutes

Joseph Franks – Dead and Obese Substitutes

When I go to eat at one of the local Chinese restaurants in my city, a statue of Buddha can be seen perched near the front door. This pagan idol shows the allegiance of the business owners. It presents to their patrons that in which they trust. Sadly, their statue...

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...

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...

Kim Cash Tate – A Social Media Heart Check

Kim Cash Tate – A Social Media Heart Check

Before social media, life seemed simpler, uncluttered. You knew what you alone were having for dinner, not twenty others. Hours in a day were more productive. Focused. No scroll-and-click distractions. No blog hopping. You hunkered down and worked — or played with...

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...

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...

Lessons From the Garden: Existence, Relationships, and Processes

Lessons From the Garden: Existence, Relationships, and Processes

We spent some time last year engaging various issues I labeled as “Lesson from the Garden”. Why start at the beginning and focus so much on the book of Genesis? I firmly believe that until a proper and well-rooted foundation is built from those formative pages of...

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...

Malt­bie Bab­cock – This is My Father’s World

Malt­bie Bab­cock – This is My Father’s World

This is my Father’s world, and to my listening ears All nature sings, and round me rings the music of the spheres. This is my Father’s world: I rest me in the thought Of rocks and trees, of skies and seas; His hand the wonders wrought. This is my Father’s world, the...

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...

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...

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...

David Helm – Why Good Works Are Crucial for the Christian Life

David Helm – Why Good Works Are Crucial for the Christian Life

Living As Worthy Citizens What is required of us to live in this world as citizens worthy of all the wonders and relationships belonging to the next? The Apostle Peter gives us his answer in two simple words in 1 Peter 2: abstain (v. 11) and keep (v. 12). Abstain from...

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,...

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...

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....

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...

J. Ligon Duncan – The Covenant of Redemption

J. Ligon Duncan – The Covenant of Redemption

The phrase, The Covenant of Redemption (and I am not speaking of Robertson’s Covenant of Redemption, no), historically in the Reformed tradition refers to the intertrinitarian covenant, especially the covenant between the Father and the Son before the foundation of...

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...

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,...

Derek Thomas – Finding God in the Darkness

Derek Thomas – Finding God in the Darkness

Four times in Genesis 39 we read that God was with Joseph (39:2-3, 21, 23). The statements form a set of pillars at either end of the story of Joseph’s initial experience of Egypt. On the one end, they come at the beginning of the story after Joseph has been sold by...

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...

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...

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...

J. I. Packer – Where There’s Hope, There’s Life

J. I. Packer – Where There’s Hope, There’s Life

The Quest for Hope “Where there’s life, there’s hope” is a deep truth. Deeper, however, is the converse: “Where there’s hope, there’s life.” We humans are hoping creatures; we live very largely on and in our anticipations, things we know are coming and we look forward...

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...

John MacArthur – Why Integrity Matters

John MacArthur – Why Integrity Matters

As I regularly read in and through Scripture all the time, there are certain passages that, for whatever reason, maybe the Holy Spirit sort of causes to jump off the page to me. And there is such a passage in 2 Corinthians – 2 Corinthians, admittedly, one of my very...

John Piper – Who Is There to Harm You?

John Piper – Who Is There to Harm You?

It is astonishing to hear Peter say, “Now who is there to harm you if you are zealous for what is good?” (1 Peter 3:13). What could he possibly mean? No other book in the Bible addresses the issue of Christian, non-retaliating, unjust suffering more than 1 Peter. For...

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...

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...

Christina Fox – How the Laments Speak to our Fears

Christina Fox – How the Laments Speak to our Fears

We had planned the trip for months. I looked forward to seeing God’s wonders on display in the majestic peaks of Northern California. I couldn’t wait to hear the sounds of rushing water and stand beside the towering ancient pines. After a long hike, we waited for our...

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...

Sinclair Ferguson – Our New Affection

Sinclair Ferguson – Our New Affection

In 2004, Rolling Stone magazine listed “The 500 Greatest Songs of All Time.” At the top was Bob Dylan’s “Like a Rolling Stone.” Second on the list (presuming no bias in the choices made by the magazine) came the Rolling Stones’ “(I Can’t Get No) Satisfaction.” This...

Eric Davis – Safely Navigating Inevitable Relationship Battles

Eric Davis – Safely Navigating Inevitable Relationship Battles

It’s inevitable. Like every year, this is going to be a year where relationship struggle will not be absent. While we are here on earth, it will not be heaven, which also means that there will be not-so-heavenly people around you. Whether a relationship with a spouse,...

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,...

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...

Lessons From the Garden: The Sabbath

Lessons From the Garden: The Sabbath

Genesis 2:1-3, "Thus the heavens and the earth were finished, along with everything in them. On the seventh day God was finished with his work which he had made, so he rested on the seventh day from all his work which he had made. God blessed the seventh day and...

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...

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 --...

GraceAnna Castleberry – The Dior Woman and True Freedom

GraceAnna Castleberry – The Dior Woman and True Freedom

I usually do not give much notice to commercials (fast forwarding whenever possible), but recently an advertisement for the perfume, Miss Dior, did exactly what the producer intended – it caught my full attention. In the film, Natalie Portman stars as a runaway bride....

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...

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...

Lessons from the Garden: The Faults of the “Blame Game”

Lessons from the Garden: The Faults of the “Blame Game”

The book of Genesis is the book of beginnings. It is stated to be that of course because it outlines the creation of the universe. Another reason it is labeled in that manner is because it is a book of foundations – skip this book and you truly will have a difficult...

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...

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...

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,...

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...

Thoughts from The Theocratic Kingdom:  Proposition 8

Thoughts from The Theocratic Kingdom: Proposition 8

In Proposition 8, George Peters states: "The doctrine of the kingdom presupposes that of sin, the apostasy of man." Peters alluded to this proposition earlier, specifically with his statement of man rejecting God as Creator which is of course due to sin. Furthermore,...

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...

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...

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...

Thomas Chalmers – The Expulsive Power of a New Affection

Thomas Chalmers – The Expulsive Power of a New Affection

"Love not the world, neither the things that are in the world. If any man love the world, the love of the Father is not in him." 1 John 2:15 THERE are two ways in which a practical moralist may attempt to displace from the human heart its love of the world - either by...

Thoughts from The Theocratic Kingdom:  Proposition 2

Thoughts from The Theocratic Kingdom: Proposition 2

In Proposition 2, George Peters states, "The establishment of this kingdom was determined before, and designed and prepared from, the foundation of the world." Such a declaration is supported by passages such as John 17:24, Hebrews 4:3, 1 Peter 1:20, Revelation 13:8,...

Lessons From the Garden: The Concept of the Seed

Lessons From the Garden: The Concept of the Seed

There is an interesting concept that can be observed in the formative pages of Scripture, namely that of seeds. We find God creating the vegetation with the command in Genesis 1:11 of “Let the earth bring forth grass, the herb that yields seed, and the fruit tree that...

Thomas Manton – God’s Word in Our Hearts

Thomas Manton – God’s Word in Our Hearts

“Thy Word have I hid in my heart, that I might not sin against Thee” (Psa. 119:11). The duty of God’s children is to hide His Word in their hearts, and in so doing there must be a right end; their knowledge of it and delight in it is to be directed to practice. One...

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...

Jared Wilson – Remembering the God Who Remembers You

Jared Wilson – Remembering the God Who Remembers You

"But God remembered Noah and all the beasts and all the livestock that were with him in the ark. And God made a wind blow over the earth, and the waters subsided" (Genesis 8:1). The chapter and verse numbers in the Scriptures are not inspired, of course, but there is...

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...

Resolute Resolutions

Resolute Resolutions

It is that time of year again when people begin to think about their goals and aspirations for the upcoming year. A new year is a time of new beginnings and with it comes the so-called “New Year’s Resolutions”. For some their goal will be to lose weight (guilty). For...

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...

Richard Lints – Thinking Clearly About the Clarity of Scripture

Are the Scriptures clear? Most of us would tend to answer: "sometimes yes, sometimes no." There are passages that seem straightforward and other passages that appear really confusing. What else could we expect of a collection of books written over the course of 1,500...

Horatius Bonar – The Surety’s Cross

"The cross of our Lord Jesus Christ." Galatians 6:14 The death of the cross has always been, above every other, reckoned the death of shame. The fire, the sword, the axe, the stone, the hemlock, have in their turns been used by law, as its executioners; but these...

J. C. Ryle – Christ Crucified

There is no doctrine in Christianity so important as the doctrine of Christ crucified. There is none which the devil tries so hard to destroy. There is none which it is so needful for our own peace to understand. By “Christ crucified,” I mean the doctrine that Christ...

B. B. Warfield – Jesus Only

Acts 4:12 — And in none other is there salvation: for neither is there any other name under heaven, that is given among men, wherein we must be saved. A NOTABLE miracle had been wrought. As Peter and John were entering the temple at the hour of afternoon prayer, they...

Mark Jones – Adam Broke 10 Commandments in the Garden

What commandments did Adam break in the Garden when he and his wife ate from the tree which God commanded them not to eat from (Gen. 2:16-17; 3:6)? I believe he broke all ten commandments, not just one or two specific commandments (cf. James 2:10). He broke the first...

Richard Sibbes – A Description of Christ

Behold my servant, whom I have chosen; my beloved, in whom my soul is well pleased: I will put my Spirit upon him, and he shall shew judgement to the Gentiles. He shall not strive, nor cry; neither shall any man hear his voice in the streets," - Matthew. 12:18 The...

Martyn Lloyd-Jones – By Grace Through Faith (Ephesians 2:8-9)

For by grace are ye saved through faith; and that not of yourselves: it is the gift of God: Not of works, lest any man should boast. For we are his workmanship, created in Christ Jesus unto good works, which God hath before ordained that we should walk in them." -...

Thomas Watson – Effectual Calling (Romans 8:28)

"And we know that all things work together for good to those who love God, to those who are the called according to His purpose." Romans 8:28 The second qualification of the people to whom this privilege in the text belongs, is—they are the called by God. "All things...

Thomas Watson – Why All Things Work for Good (Romans 8:28)

"And we know that all things work together for good to those who love God, to those who are the called according to His purpose." Romans 8:28 1. The grand reason why all things work for good, is the near and dear interest which God has in His people. The Lord has made...

Joel Beeke – Definite Atonement

The things we have to choose between are an atonement of high value, or an atonement of wide extension. The two cannot go together.' - B. B. WARFIELD In The Other Side of Calvinism, Laurence Vance says that Calvinists defend limited atonement with a vengeance, which...

Mark Chanski – The Hermeneutics of the Emergent Church

Pastor Mark Chanski serves as a professor of biblical studies for Reformed Baptist Seminary and teaches the seminary’s course on hermeneutics (i.e., the science of interpretation). In the spring of 2014, Mark gave a special lecture on the Hermeneutics of the Emergent...

Thomas Boston – Regeneration (1 Peter 1:23)

Being born again, not of corruptible seed—but of incorruptible, by the word of God, which lives and abides forever." 1 Peter 1:23 We proceed now to the state of grace, the state of begun recovery of human nature, into which all who shall partake of eternal happiness...

Jeff Robinson – 8 Reasons We Need the Puritans

For many years before entering vocational ministry, I worked as a journalist in the dog-eat-dog world of secular media. While working as a reporter for a metropolitan daily newspaper in Georgia, one of my more progressive colleagues teased me good-naturedly about...

Herman Bavinck – Sanctification and Perseverance

From the beginning God’s plan of redemption included sanctification and glorification. Israel was called to be a holy people; purity of heart and act was the goal, beyond mere proper cultic conformity. Having been forgiven, the disciple of Jesus is called to follow...

Zacharias Ursinus – The Imputation of Christ’s Righteousness

How art thou righteous before God? Answer. Only by a true faith in Jesus Christ; so that, though my conscience accuse me that I have grossly transgressed all the commands of God, and kept none of them, and am still inclined to all evil; notwithstanding God, without...

Stan Gale – In the Name of Grace

It was at a CCEF conference on “Sex Matters” that I heard a speaker give one of the most perceptive approaches to celibacy in singleness that I had heard to date. She said two things that struck me. One, she said we often look at singleness as a problem to be solved...

Tim Challies – You Are Dust, Not Divine

We Christians put on a good face, don’t we? Each of us shows up on Sunday morning looking like we are doing just fine, like our lives are on cruise control, like we have had the best week ever. But ask a couple of leading questions, and probe just beneath the surface,...

Clint Archer – Do You Grieve Over Sin?

If you were to line up all 15 billion or so people who have ever lived in order of most godly to most vile, whereabouts would you place Jonathan Edwards? I’m not asking for exactitude, just a rough estimate, rounded off to the nearest billion. Factors you might want...

Joe Thorn – Every Pastor Needs a Theology Coach

Every pastor needs “coaching.” Though they have gone by different names over the years (mentors, teachers, etc.) the ideas of mature men helping others mature in leadership has always been around. Pastors need seasoned leaders that can speak into their lives to help...

Heath Lambert – Parenting in a Hyper-Sexualized Culture

Q: As a father, how do you shepherd your children in our hyper-sexualized culture? The issue of how you shepherd your children in a hyper-sexualized culture is what keeps me up at night, quite literally. I have three kids: a nine year-old boy, a four year-old boy and...

Jason Meyer – Think of Yourself Less

I joked with some people whether being asked to give this talk on pride is an example of typecasting. I am very qualified to speak on pride because I am so proud. I hate my pride, but what I take even more seriously is how God hates it so much more. Pride is our...

Marshall Segal – Is Theology Your Idolatry?

We have often loved what we’ve learned about God more than God himself. The Bible warns us about the dangers that come with our knowledge of God, especially for the theologically refined and convinced. “You cannot serve both God and theology.” Good theology is a means...

Nick Batzig – Sing Your Heart Out to God

Many years ago, I had an employer who was intent on trying to provoke me with a variety of sacrilegious jokes and statement. Having just come back from visiting her parents over one Easter weekend, she told me how she had visited their church that Easter Sunday. What...

Jonathan Akin – Is Proverbs 22:6 a Promise for Parents?

Is Proverbs 22:6 a promise? Many Christian parents feel guilty when their children do not “turn out right.” They ask questions like, “What did we do wrong? What else could we have done?” What is more problematic is that the guilt so many Christian parents feel finds...

Chris Castaldo – Christ and the Conflagration of Canaan

A New York Times article recently described the Islamic State’s persecution of Christians in Iraq and Syria as “a slow-motion genocide.” Atrocities such as beheadings, burnings, crucifixions, and mass burials (sometime of live victims) defy human comprehension....

Michael Roberts – Why Church History Always Matters

“Those who don’t know history are destined to repeat it.” But how does one know such a danger exists unless one already possesses an interest in, and respect for, people who lived and thought and wrote in the past? And in order to avoid this historical pitfall, the...

David Hall – Praying that is Not Presumptuous

The next example from the first Gospel that we’ll consider briefly concerns praying that is not presumptuous. The same principles hold for prayer as for almsgiving. All one needs to do to appreciate Our Lord’s wisdom in these verses is to attend a prayer meeting where...

Matt Fretwell – Can We Practice Sin & Belong To Christ?

“If God made me then why wouldn’t he accept me as I am? Did he make a mistake? If so, then your God is not perfect, right?” This is a real question that I fielded recently from a young millennial. The answer seems easy to those who are awakened by the Spirit of God,...

Michael Kruger – Inerrancy: Why It’s Essential

Inerrancy is not a popular term in the world of biblical studies today. For many, it is viewed asananti-intellectual, fear-motivated invention of nineteenth-and twentieth-century American fundamentalists who were tryingto protect the Bible’s authority from the rising...

Mart-Jan Paul – Behemoth and Leviathan in the Book of Job

Behemoth and leviathan, the two enigmatic animals mentioned in the book of Job, are commonly equated with a hippopotamus and a crocodile, respectively. Exegesis of Job 40 and 41 indicates that a hippopotamus and a crocodile are not likely candidates for these enormous...

Nick Batzig – The Cursed and Blessed Ground

In recent years it has become common for theologians to give focused treatment to the sphere (i.e. the sacred space) in which redemption occurs. The Temple motif--from the Garden of Eden to the Heavenly City (i.e. the New Jerusalem)--is traced out in such noteworthy...

Richard Sibbes – The Faithful Covenanter

I will establish my covenant between me and thee, and thy seed after thee, in their generations, for an everlasting covenant, to be a God to thee, and to thy seed after thee. — Genesis 17:7 GOD having framed man an understanding creature, hath made him fit to have...

J. D. Greear – Our Everyday Obedience is Our Best Witness

A few weeks ago I reflected on the ways that Titus 2 showed gospel change in four different life stages. (You can read that series here.) As I compiled that series, though, something began to jump out at me. Paul might have been giving different specifics to young...

Mathew Sims – A Discussion on “Submission” from Eph. 5

If we’re going to think properly about submission within marriage, we need to think about it within the context of the sacrificial love for Jesus. Jesus spent part of his earthly ministry dialoguing with the religious leaders of his day. Often times that took the form...

Jason Helopoulos – Rejoice in the Midst of Suffering?

We only need to read the headlines in the morning paper or turn on the evening news to have confirmed what we already know to be true, suffering is an ever-present companion in this world. As a result of the Fall, every individual throughout the history of humanity...

David Hall – Religion should be Shown—not a Show

Jesus opposed ostentatious piety. Tell that to your friends and also to yourself. And he was not fooled by the counterfeit. In Matthew 6, he developed these important ideas. Our Lord called for giving that is not ostentatious. The ancient practice of almsgiving...

John Piper – How to Read the Bible for Yourself

1. Read for the author’s meaning, not your own. When we read, we want to know what an author intended us to see and experience in his writing. He had an intention when he wrote. Nothing will ever change that. It is there as a past, objective event in history. We are...

Jeff Robinson – Contentment in Christ, Part 2

As Tom Hicks outlined in a recent post here, so unusual is contentment in a fallen human being, that Puritan Jeremiah Burroughs called it “a rare jewel.” Nothing exhibits Christian maturity like contentment in Christ and nothing unmasks our immaturity like...

Paul Tripp – What Makes a Man

My son came to me carrying the New Testament given to him by a popular men’s ministry. Sandwiched inside the pages were pictures and biographies of “great” Christian men. They were all rough-and-tumble men; Olympic champions and professional athletes. He was in art...

Alyssa Poblete – 3 Reasons Why Women Need Good Theology

“Just be careful. You don’t want women becoming spiritual leaders in the home or, even worse, wanting to become pastors.” This was the response from a pastor friend of mine when he heard about a theology blog for women that I had recently launched with some friends....

Nick Batzig – Jesus and the Flaming Sword at the East Gate

There is absolutely nothing arbitrary about the details pertaining to the great works of God recorded in Scripture. From the earliest recorded revelation in the history of redemption, the Lord gave tiny details that were meant to serve as “time-bombs” planted into the...

C. Michael Patton – Four Characteristics of Legalism

Legalism is something we all lean toward in one way or another. Humanity has been plagued by this from the very beginning as we see in Job’s friends. Why is this? Well, we like to have everything under control. We don’t like risk. We don’t like it when things get...

Martyn Lloyd-Jones – The Essential Foundation (John 3:1–8)

There was a man of the Pharisees, named Nicodemus, a ruler of the Jews:The same came to Jesus by night, and said until him, Rabbi, we know that thou art a teacher come from God: for no man can do these miracles that thou doest, except God be with him.Jesus answered...

A. W. Pink – Christian Fools

“Then He said unto them, O fools and slow of heart to believe all that the prophets have spoken.” Luke 24:25 Those of you who read the religious announcements in the newspapers of yesterday would see the subject for my sermon this evening is “Christian Fools.”...

John Bradford – A Fruitful Sermon of Repentance

The life we have at this present is the gift of God, in whom we live, move, and are, and therefore he is called Jehovah. For this life we should be thankful, and we may not in any wise use it after our own fancy, but only to the end for which it is given and lent us;...

John Piper – Sweetly Devastated by Grace

A deeper, truer knowledge of your sin — of your absolute lostness and wickedness apart from Christ — will devastate and liberate you. It will devastate you, because you will see darkness in yourself and the horrors you deserve like never before. But it will also...

John Flavel – Gospel Unity

Now I beseech you, brethre, by the name of our Lod Jesus Christ, that ye all speak the same thing, and that there be no divisions among you; but that ye be perfectly joined together in the same mind, and in the same judgment" (1 Cor. 1:10) When I consider this healing...

Scott Redd – Avoiding a Spirit of Lethargy (Part 2)

The previous post in this two-part series began with the problem of spiritual lethargy which led us to the passage in Heb 6:1-12, a passage that is written for the expressed purpose that it would help against spiritually lethargy (v.12). One might raise the question...

Matthew Poole – Gossip

"He that backbiteth not with his tongue, nor does evil to his neighbor; nor takes up a reproach against his neighbor." Psalm 15:3 Among the many sins for which God is contending with England, and especially with the professors of religion in it, I doubt not but one,...

Scott Oliphant – Around and Around We Go

Since we completed our discussion of the "Ten Tenets" last month, I thought it might be useful to comment on some of the common objections to a Covenantal approach to apologetics. One of the most common objections against a "Covenantal" (or presuppositional) approach...

Nick Batzig – The Curse Reversed

One of the great keys to understanding the nature of Jesus’ saving work is to understand the nature of the curse pronounced by God on His rebellious image bearers. No sooner did Adam sin against God, bringing guilt and corruption to the who human race, that God came...

Micah Fries – Why You Should Care for Creation Now

Gnosticism was at the heart of much of the New Testament writers’ objections. At its root, Gnosticism argued that the material world was bad, and the spiritual world, or realm, was good. The majority of Gnostics, then, practiced a mix of asceticism and even...

Austin Brown – Reflections in Genesis 3:15

The Lord God said to the serpent, ‘Because you have done this, cursed are you above all livestock and above all beasts of the field; on your belly you shall go, and dust you shall eat all the days of your life. I will put enmity between you and the woman, and between...

John MacArthur – The Cost of Compromise

Martin Luther wasn’t prone to compromise. He famously said in his sermon “Knowledge of God’s Will and Its Fruit”: The world at the present time is sagaciously discussing how to quell the controversy and strife over doctrine and faith, and how to effect a compromise...

John Piper – Charles Spurgeon: Preaching Through Adversity

WHY MIGHT SPURGEON TEACH US? Throughout the years of my pastoral ministry, I often turned to Charles Spurgeon, and he helped me. But why? That is the first question to consider. What is it about Spurgeon that makes him such a model saint for modern saints? I offer...

J. C. Ryle – 10 Marks of the Holy Spirit in a Believer

What then are these general effects which the Spirit always produces on those who really have Him? What are the marks of His presence in the soul? This is the question which now remains to be considered. Let us try to set down these marks in order. 1. All who have the...

William Ross – Dear Rules, I Love You

If there were Seven Wonders of the Hebrew Bible, Psalm 119 would top the list. At 176 verses in length, it is the Mt. Everest of the Psalter. If you have ever unwittingly begun reading Psalm 119 and given up part way, don’t feel bad. No one has ever unwittingly...

R. C. Sproul – What Difference Does an Inerrant Bible Make?

Does it matter whether the Bible is errant or inerrant, fallible or infallible, inspired or uninspired? What’s all the fuss about the doctrine of inerrancy? Why do Christians debate this issue? What difference does an inerrant Bible make? Before answering that...

Matthew Holst – 10 Wisdom Principles on Hearing and Speaking

1. “Whoever restrains his words has knowledge, and he who has a cool spirit is a man of understanding” (Proverbs 17:27-28). Restraint in speech, both in content and manner, is a mark of a Christian. How we say something can be as beneficial or harmful as what we say....

Herman Bavinck – The Spirit’s Means of Grace: Proclamation

How does Christ communicate his benefits to his people, to the church? Does he use means? Mystics deny this; Rome insists that they are essential and tied to the sacramental power of the institutional church’s priesthood. The Reformation adopted a position in between...

Joe Thorn – 6 Rules of Cultural Engagement

What do people mean when they say "cultural engagement?" That phrase is often spurned as if it means thoughtless syncretism between the church and culture. In my reading it rarely means that. It is certainly not what I mean. I am a fan of that three-fold approach to...

Stephen Wolfe – You might be an Antinomian, if…

Strive for...the holiness without which no one will see the Lord. ~ Hebrews 12:14 This list has been published in a few blogs, notably by Kevin DeYoung at The Gospel Coalition. But it is worth another publishing. Mark Jones brought the list to our attention with his...

Rick Phillips – The Ten Commandments as God's Moral Law

Many Christian commenters today are expressing concern about antinomian tendencies in the church. We are especially seeing attempts to downplay the role of God's law as a guide to Christian living (the so-called third use of the law). One question that comes into play...

A. A. Hodge – The Holy Scriptures: The Canon and Inspiration

I. I AM to speak this afternoon of the Bible, its genesis and its inspiration. The word "Bible" means book, the word "Scripture" means writing, and it is by the common consent of men that these words are applied to this one subject, because it is a Book of books, and...

Herman Witsius – A Treatise on Christian Faith

"Without Faith, it is impossible to please GOD" - Hebrews. 11:6 PREFACE OF all enquiries, which employ the minds of men, I know not any that can be reckoned important, in comparison of that which was once made by a trembling jaylor at Philippi, viz. What Shall I do to...

Austin Gohn – 3 Reasons We Must Not Forget the Psalms

A few weeks ago, someone asked me, “How can I be a disciple if I must endure highs and lows, faith and doubt, trust and fear? I feel like I must doing something wrong.” If someone had asked me that question a year ago, I would have responded with a solution and a...

William Philip – We Pray Because God Is a Sovereign God

Approaching the subject of prayer from the perspective of explanation—what prayer actually is, why prayer exists, and why it is possible at all—is much more encouraging than merely hearing exhortations to pray, because instead of focusing on ourselves, we focus on...

Joe Thorn – Christ's Love and Obedience

His Love For the love of Christ controls us, because we have concluded this: that one has died for all, therefore all have died; and he died for all, that those who live might no longer live for themselves but for him who for their sake died and was raised. 2...

Thomas Manton – The Oppression of Man

“Deliver me from the oppression of man: so will I keep Thy precepts” (Psa. 119:134) In the former verse the man of God had begged grace with respect to internal enemies—to the bosom enemy, the flesh—that no sin might have dominion over him. Now he begs for deliverance...

Cameron Buettel – The Genesis Crisis

Most of us are familiar with politicians who obfuscate simple questions with complex political answers. Who can forget Bill Clinton’s “It depends upon what the meaning of the word ‘is’ is”? Unfortunately, obfuscation exists in the realm of theology as well. God may...

A. W. Pink – 7 Personal Excellencies of the Savior

"...in these last days he has spoken to us by his Son, whom he appointed the heir of all things, through whom also he created the world. 3 He is the radiance of the glory of God and the exact imprint of his nature, and he upholds the universe by the word of his power....

Russell Moore – Women, Stop Submitting to Men?

Those of us who hold to so-called “traditional gender roles” are often assumed to believe that women should submit to men. This isn’t true. Indeed, a primary problem in our culture and in our churches isn’t that women aren’t submissive enough to men, but instead that...

Eric Davis – Some Things to Look for in Faithful Preaching

Faithful Bible preaching is not always easy to find. In some churches the Bible is barely opened, much less preached. And even when it is preached, how do we know that what is happening is faithful and helpful by God’s standards? Things like our feelings or filled...

Mark Johnston – Tempted, Tried, but Never Failing

The temptations of Christ are recorded in three out of the four Gospels, so clearly they are meant to highlight a significant component of Jesus’ mission to save. But, despite their prominence in the Gospels, they have been subjected to a range of interpretations –...

David Mathis – Communing with Christ on a Crazy Day

We’ve all been there. Maybe even today is one of those days for you. The crazy day. At least spiritually speaking. Hopefully you have your regular routine and go-to “habits of grace,” your own when and where and hows for seeking daily communion with God. Perhaps...

Nick Batzig – A Match Made in Heaven

Genesis 2:18-25 is one of the most wonderful–as well as most neglected–portions of Scripture. It contains the first recorded human words spoken: “This is now bone of my bone and flesh of my flesh; she shall be called woman for she was taken out of man” (Gen. 2:23). No...

Tom Hicks – What is Contentment?

Jeff Robinson has started a great series on contentment, but the topic has been on my own heart as well. I’ve been reading Jeremiah Burroughs’ classic book, The Rare Jewel of Christian Contentment, and wanted to share a bit of it here. If you haven’t read this book,...

Scott Redd – Avoiding a Spirit of Lethargy (Part 1)

Do I have what it takes? It’s a question that all of us have asked ourselves. Some of you ask it every day. Do I have what it takes to succeed in this life? What if I don’t? What would they say about me? The pressure of the question can be so great that some of us are...

David Hall – What If We Practiced This?

Some Christians have become so allergic to work or effort that they blanch at the prospect of practice, virtually cursing any kind of effort as a legalistic bogeyman of some sort. However, it’s no mistake that the competitors for this year’s Super Bowl practice—a lot....

Tim Keller – How Christians Should Mortify Sin

HOSTILE TO GOD Romans 8: 7 is simple and stark: “The sinful mind is hostile to God .” The mind is not neutral ground, and cannot love one preoccupation without rejecting the other. A mind “that is set on the flesh” (ESV translation) must also be treating God and the...

Augustus Strong – Sin, or Man's State of Apostasy

SECTION I.—THE LAW OP GOD. As preliminary to a treatment of man's state of apostasy, it becomes necessary to consider the nature of that law of God, the transgression of which is sin. We may best approach the subject by inquiring what is the true conception of I. Law...

Louis Berkhof – The Results of the First Sin

The first transgression of man had the following results: 1. The immediate concomitant of the first sin, and therefore hardly a result of it in the strict sense of the word, was the total depravity of human nature. The contagion of his sin at once spread through the...

Thomas Ridgley – What Are the Punishments of Sin in this World?

QUESTION XXVIII. What are the punishments of sin in this world? ANSWER. The punishments of sin in this world, are either inward, as blindness of mind, a reprobate sense, strong delusions, hardness of heart, horror of conscience, and vile affections; or outward, as the...

Stephen Charnock – Discourse on the Wisdom of God

Romans. 16:27.—To God only wise be glory, through Jesus Christ, for ever. Amen. THIS chapter being the last of this Epistle, is chiefly made up of charitable and friendly salutations and commendations of particular persons, according to the earliness and strength of...

J. J. Scott – Not as God Made It But as Sin Marred It

The Fall affirms that humanity now experiences the universe, in the oft repeated phrase, ‘not as God made it but as sin marred it.’ The disobedience of Adam and Eve, described in Genesis 3, was a violation of God’s law and, therefore, rebellion against his sovereign...

Nick Batzig – A Biblical Theology of the Trees of the Garden

At the outset of the biblical record, two trees stood at the center of the God’s covenantal dealing with man–the Tree of the Knowledge of Good and Evil and the Tree of Life. Far from being mythological concepts, these trees were–in a very real sense–just like any...

David Garner – Truth and Idolatry: I Am Not an Idol Worshiper

As believers in the one true God, we know that idolatry is wrong. We know God hates it. We know first two of the Ten Commandments explicitly demand exclusive worship of the one true God. We even know that idolatry is not merely worshiping a false god, but even...

Mathew Sims – The Meaning of Mundane Work

In the beginning was work. God orchestrates the ordering of the world and crowns His work by breathing life into dust. “[T]he Lord God formed the man of dust from the ground and breathed into his nostrils the breath of life, and the man became a living creature” (Gen...

Clint Archer – 5 Signs of Spiritual Maturity

Let me start by saying that it’s not wrong for a new believer to be immature any more than it’s wrong for a child to be childish. Puerility is only annoying in an adult. When a four year old dons a cape and wears his underwear over his pants, claiming x-ray vision...

Mark Johnston – The Day the Church Forgot

For some reason – possibly Superbowl Sunday – the past few weeks have seen a flurry of articles relating to the Sabbath being published online. As pastors across the US braced themselves for a major drop in attendance at their evening service [if they actually had...

Stephen Charnock – The Necessity of Christ’s Death

“Ought not Christ to have suffered these things, and to enter into his glory?” — Luke 24:26 Let us here see the evil of sin. Nothing more fit to shew the baseness of sin, and the greatness of the misery by it, than the satisfaction due for it; as the greatness of a...

Geoff Thomas – Was Adam a Historical Figure?

Therefore, just as sin came into the world through one man, and death through sin, and so death spread to all men because all sinned (Romans 5:12). Many people are fascinated with their family trees. There are hundreds of websites, and an active department in the...

Herman Ridderbos – Indicative and Imperative

The preceding discussion has made clear how much the new life is a work of God. This life finds its origin in the death and resurrection of Christ, comes into being through the Holy Spirit, and in its realization in the individual man is new creation, regeneration,...

William VanDoodewaard – Reading as Parenting

When we think about parenting, the word “books” probably isn’t the first thing that comes to mind. But reading to our children is a fundamental aspect of parenting little people, though we rarely talk about it in the context of raising children. Most of us are already...

J. D. Greear – The Gospel in Three Directions

If you were to ask the average Christian, “How can you become more self-controlled, more upright—essentially, more in line with God’s will?” what would the answer be? Greater will power, perhaps. Or maybe more theological knowledge. Having accountability partners....

Richard Sibbes – Judgments Reason (1 Corinthians 11:30-31)

For this cause many are weak and sick among you, and many sleep. For if we would judge ourselves, we should not be judged,'— 1 COR. 11:30-31. I intend at this time especially to stand upon the duty of judging, as being fittest for the occasion.* But yet, by God's...

Phil Newton – What are You Teaching?

“I’ve been a Southern Baptist all of my life but I’ve never heard these things. Why didn’t they teach this to me?” The question struck a nerve. I had just finished an hour-long discussion with several people, including the lady who asked the question. We had talked...

Mike Riccardi – Gospel-Driven Integrity

In 2 Corinthians 1, Paul is defending himself against the accusations of the false apostles, who were taking every possible opportunity to bring reproach upon Paul and his ministry in the eyes of the Corinthians. In what was actually a desire to be loving and...

Tim Bertolet – The Law: Basics on Paul and the Law

Throughout the history of the church countless gallons of ink have been spilt trying to expound on the issue of ‘the Law’ in Scripture. In general when theologians, especially in Reformed circles, speak of ‘the Law’ they are speaking of the commands of God that reveal...