One of John Owen's many volumes is called "The Doctrine of the Saints' Perseverance Explained and Confirmed." As you might guess, it's a great exposition of the "P" In "TULIP." I haven't read it all yet, but so far it's been very helpful and edifying. Below is one section I ran across this morning. It's… Continue reading Gospel Promises and Perseverance (Owen)
There are several different biblical reasons why Reformed churches baptize both infants and adults. Louis Berkhof, Francis Turretin, Charles Hodge, John Calvin, and others have pointed out the various biblical reasons why Reformed churches baptize infants as well as adults. There's obviously more to the discussion, but I appreciate how Michael Horton put it: From… Continue reading Why Do Reformed Churches Baptize Infants? (Horton)
The Apostle Paul is very clear that a sinner is justified by faith alone apart from works (Rom 3.28, Gal 2:16). He also says that we are justified by grace (Titus 3:7). When it comes to being justified by God, being declared righteous by him, it is not at all based on anything we've… Continue reading “Of Pure Grace and Most Unmerited Favor” (Witsius)
When he brought them out of Egypt, Yahweh made a covenant with his people from Mt. Sinai. It is often called the Mosaic or Sinaitic covenant. The details and terms of this covenant are found in various parts of Exodus and Numbers and also in Leviticus and Deuteronomy (and other parts of Scripture). I appreciate… Continue reading Hodge on the Mosaic Covenant
One recent and popular Christian book called Parenting spent a chapter talking about how our kids are "lost." It wasn't a minor theme mentioned in three sentences; it was a major point of the entire chapter that Christian parents are raising "lost" children. For example, Paul Tripp wrote, "Our children are not just disobedient; they are disobedient because they… Continue reading Are Our Children Lost?