Preservation, Perseverance, Persistence

I was reading Hebrews' comparison of Moses and Christ (Heb. 3:1-6) when I found the following helpful comments by Raymond Brown in his commentary on Hebrews (note: this is not the same Raymond Brown who has written Roman Catholic works and commentaries). Right before these comments, Brown noted the great balance in Hebrews between the… Continue reading Preservation, Perseverance, Persistence

Disciples and Stewardship: Give Without Expecting Anything Back

"...[T]he Bible's teaching about material possessions is inextricably intertwined with more 'spiritual' matters."  So writes Craig Blomberg in his helpful Bible survey of money, wealth, and possessions: Neither Poverty Nor Riches (Downers Grove: InterVarsity Press, 1999).  Specifically thinking of Jesus' teaching and parables about wealth/possessions, it's important to note that stewardship is a big part… Continue reading Disciples and Stewardship: Give Without Expecting Anything Back

The Privilege and Responsibility of Following Christ

Being loved, chosen, called, changed, and kept by Christ is a privilege that comes with a responsibility.  Jerry Bridges puts it well: Privilege: Our positions of being justified, adopted, and a new creation in Christ are ours, but they are basically privileges.  God has done it all through Christ.  We who used to be in… Continue reading The Privilege and Responsibility of Following Christ

Christian Duty

“Duty” is a word that has been used throughout history in the positive sense of the term.  From soldiers to civil servants to police officers to doctors to common laborers, many people have done their tasks because they believed it was their duty to do so.  This sense of duty is usually a good thing.… Continue reading Christian Duty

Systematic Theology For Children

One of the blessings of the Reformed/Presbyterian tradition is the emphasis and practice of training covenant children in the way of the Lord.  Early on in the Reformation, the Reformers wrote and preached not just for adults, but for children as well.  In fact, the Heidelberg Catechism and the Westminster Shorter Catechism were written to… Continue reading Systematic Theology For Children