On Imitating Christ (Bavinck)

The Christian faith does have the concept of imitating others. Specifically, we're called to imitate the love and forgiveness of God (Eph. 5:1). Paul told the Corinthian church to imitate him as he imitated Christ (1 Cor. 1:11). Christians are called to model the faith in a way for others to imitate (1 Thess. 2:14). …

No More Chemo!?

(This is a re-post from February 2015) Cancer destroys (too) many lives.  Most of us know someone who has struggled or is struggling with some form of cancer. No doubt some of you are perhaps dealing with it right now in some way.  In this context, the question sometimes arises: should I undergo or forgo …

Theology Is An Eminenty Practical Affair (Vanhoozer)

Christian doctrine is not an end in itself. In other words, the Christian doesn't learn doctrinal truths just to learn doctrinal truths and brag that he knows quite a bit of doctrine. Instead, Christian doctrine helps the Christian live for God; it helps him or her live a life that pleases God. I appreciate how …

The Word and Assurance (Bavinck)​

 Here's a nice section on faith, the Spirit, the Word, and the Christian's assurance of salvation.  It's found in volume one of Bavinck's Reformed Ethics:  (Note: if you want to know why the language is somewhat choppy, see below.) "The Holy Spirit... brings us to that point; first, through the Word by making the major premise …

Sex, Humanity, Mind, Body

 I've mentioned this book before: Hooked by Joe McIlhaney and Freda Bush.  While it's not specifically a Christian book, it is a wisdom resource for thinking about sex, our minds, our bodies, our emotions, and our lives.  Below are two paragraphs from the last chapter of the book.  These paragraphs are helpful in and of themselves …

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