The Theme of Conversion in Paul’s Letter to Philemon (Pao)

  David Pao's commentary on Philemon has been helpful for me as I've preached through this letter Paul wrote to Philemon and the church that met in his (Philemon's) house.  Today I read Pao's concluding application remarks and found some good and appropriate points based on Paul's appeal to Philemon to receive Onesimus back as a brother… Continue reading The Theme of Conversion in Paul’s Letter to Philemon (Pao)

Preaching and the Holy Spirit (Kuyper)

 Most of us know that God uses preachers to bring the gospel to the lost (Rom 10:14).  It's equally true that the preacher is not the one who deserves credit when someone comes to saving faith in Christ (cf. Acts 16:14).  In Reformed theology, we say that ordinarily God effectually calls the elect by the… Continue reading Preaching and the Holy Spirit (Kuyper)

The Radical Duality of Anabaptist Ecclesiology (Bavinck)

(This is a repost from August 2015) One thing that Herman Bavinck did so well was put his finger on the pulse of the radical Anabaptist theology in the post-reformation era.  Here’s one of his many penetrating insights into the Anabaptist dualism. “Anabaptism proceeded from the premise of an absolute antithesis between creation and re-creation,… Continue reading The Radical Duality of Anabaptist Ecclesiology (Bavinck)

When The Rebellious Will Is Renewed… (Murray)

I always enjoy reading John Murray's sermons.  I recently read a brief sermon Murray gave on John 6:37, where Jesus said, "All those that the Father gives me will come to me, and whoever comes to me I will never drive away" (NIV).  Here's a helpful section in which Murray talks about the Father's donation… Continue reading When The Rebellious Will Is Renewed… (Murray)

Various Ways to Faith

I've often heard it said that though there is only one way to the Father - through Jesus - there are many ways to Jesus.  In other words, there are various ways people come to faith in Christ.  Therefore, we should never make our experience of coming to Christ a paradigm for others when they… Continue reading Various Ways to Faith