Robin Hood, History, and Neo-Atheists (Copan)

Some people have "issues" with aspects of the Old Testament.  In the OT you find stories of stoning, incest, polygamy, bloody warfare, and so forth.  Neo-atheists try to make hay out of these OT stories and argue that God is immoral, unjust, blood-thirsty, hateful, and sexist (etc. etc.).  What do Christians do in light of… Continue reading Robin Hood, History, and Neo-Atheists (Copan)

When Darkness Hides His Face

Sometimes life for the Christian is just plain hard.  We're not exempt from the effects of Adam's sin, so we face debilitating illnesses, allergies that nearly cripple us, mental anguish that makes for dark days, and other people often are like thorns in our flesh.  Sometimes we still wander and stumble into sin.  Following Jesus… Continue reading When Darkness Hides His Face

As The Sun Shines on the Dung Hill (Or: Grace and Works Inconsistent)

 Thomas Boston (d. 1732) was a preacher-theologian who clearly preached and taught the gospel truth that a sinner is justified through faith alone apart from works.  God justifies a sinner only by grace, and faith is a God-given instrument that receives God's free gift of Christ's righteousness.  In a sermon on Ephesians 1:6, Boston noted… Continue reading As The Sun Shines on the Dung Hill (Or: Grace and Works Inconsistent)

Paralyzed by Fear? (Stott)

 The 1977 publication Our Sovereign God is a nice collection of articles from J. M. Boice, R. C. Sproul, J. I. Packer, John Stott, and so on.  The book is actually a collection of the addresses from the Philadelphia Conference on Reformed Theology from 1974-1976.  This is a good resource to own.  Here's one excerpt from John Stott's… Continue reading Paralyzed by Fear? (Stott)

It Does Not Depend Upon Any Uncertain Condition (Witsius)

In Reformed theology distinctions are quite important.  There's a distinction between the law and the gospel, between justification and sanctification, and between the covenant of works and covenant of grace  (just to name a few).  Here is how Herman Witsius explained the difference between the latter: Here we are to observe a remarkable difference between… Continue reading It Does Not Depend Upon Any Uncertain Condition (Witsius)