Becoming a Christian Cheaply (Kierkegaard)

I don't always agree with the Danish philosopher Soren Kierkegaard (d. 1855), but he always gets me thinking. For example, I recently read his essay For Self Examination, which has a section on Martin Luther, faith, and works. Although he doesn't use the terms, Kierkegaard was talking about legalism and antinomianism. Here's part of that… Continue reading Becoming a Christian Cheaply (Kierkegaard)

Do Not Build Faith upon Works (Watson)

Thomas Watson  (d. 1686) is one of my favorite Puritan authors.  He wrote clearly, concisely, and biblically. Here’s one great example from his discussion of faith and works in The Beatitudes. I originally posted this quote on October 6, 2014. Julian [a Roman emperor who renounced Christianity when he became emperor) upbraided the Christians that… Continue reading Do Not Build Faith upon Works (Watson)

Doing Little Things (Dickson)

Jesus said "one plants, another harvests" (John 4:37 NLT). Paul wrote "I planted, Apollos watered, but God caused it to grow" (1 Cor. 3:6 NET). These and other teachings in Scripture show that God uses various people to accomplish his purposes. One thing this means is that we aren't necessarily called as Christians to do… Continue reading Doing Little Things (Dickson)

The Unbiblical – and Common!! – Way to Handle Reports of Abuse in the Church

(This is a repost from October, 2014) In their helpful book on abuse in the church, Jeff Crippen and Anna Wood give an outline of what typically (and sadly!) happens when a victim goes to her pastor or church leadership for help.  In other words, the following is an outline of how abuse is sometimes… Continue reading The Unbiblical – and Common!! – Way to Handle Reports of Abuse in the Church

To the Women Facing Persecution (Calvin, 1557)

During the mid- to late-16th century there was much persecution of Protestant Christians in France. For one example, in 1572 between 5,000 and 10,000 Huguenots (French Protestants) were killed in Paris and other larger French cities on August 23-24. This mass persecution is called the Massacre of St. Bartholomew's Day. There are other examples of… Continue reading To the Women Facing Persecution (Calvin, 1557)