Remembering (Forgetting?) the Sins of My Youth (Boice)

In Psalm 25:7 David prayed this: "[LORD], do not remember the sins of my youth or my transgressions" (NASB) [חַטֹּ֤אות נְעוּרַ֨י וּפְשָׁעַ֗י אַל־תִּ֫זְכֹּ֥ר]. Obviously David was thinking about the sins he had committed as a boy - maybe when he was a teenager. He's basically asking the Lord to forgive his past sins. This is… Continue reading Remembering (Forgetting?) the Sins of My Youth (Boice)

“A Strange Anomaly in Contemporary Evangelicalism” (Boice)

James Montgomery Boice made some good points on the perseverance of the saints in these following paragraphs: This doctrine has a logical connection to the other Calvinistic distinctives, of course.  Because we are radically depraved and because salvation depends on God's sovereign acts in our salvation, we have a security that is based on his… Continue reading “A Strange Anomaly in Contemporary Evangelicalism” (Boice)

Self-Absorbed in Worship? (Boice)

 We've all heard the contemporary praise song that says "I will" more than a few times.   Phrases like "I will celebrate," "I will sing to God," "I will praise God," are sung and repeated many times in the same song.   Here are James Montgomery Boice's comments on such a song: The chorus seems to… Continue reading Self-Absorbed in Worship? (Boice)

Unconditional Election: A Motive to Missions

 Sometimes people say that the doctrines of grace (aka Calvinism) are a hinderance to missions and evangelism.  The reasoning goes like this: why share the gospel with someone if he might not be elect?  Why share the gospel with someone if Jesus didn't die for him?  While hypercalvinists might say "Good point!" to those questions, biblical Calvinists answer… Continue reading Unconditional Election: A Motive to Missions

Reforming Worship: According to the Word

This is a great book.  I'm sorry I put off reading it for a few years!  Phil Ryken, Derek Thomas, and Ligon Duncan edited Give Praise to God together as a festschrift for J. M. Boice, as sort of a tribute to Boice's emphasis on worship according to the Word.  The structure of the book… Continue reading Reforming Worship: According to the Word