The Great Benefits of Election (Boice)

The doctrine of election that Scripture teaches is not a dry, meaningless dogma that has no bearing on our Christian life. Yes, the Bible does teach unconditional election (cf. Eph 1, Rom. 9-11). And once we really think about election from a biblical perspective, we see it is very important, meaningful, and influential for us… Continue reading The Great Benefits of Election (Boice)

The Responsibility of the Preacher (Kuyper)

I appreciate how Abraham Kuyper discussed the call of the gospel and the pastor's duty in proclaiming that call: This “calling” is a summons. It is not merely the calling of one to tell him something, but a call implying the command to come; or a beseeching call, as when St. Paul prays: “As tho… Continue reading The Responsibility of the Preacher (Kuyper)

The “Countercultural Strangeness” of the Gospel

As we know from the stories in Scripture and the stories in church history, the gospel is often not well received. The apostle Paul did say that some view the gospel as foolishness. For others, the gospel is a stumbling block (1 Cor. 1:18-25). Sometimes people will get defensive, upset, and angry when they hear… Continue reading The “Countercultural Strangeness” of the Gospel

A Jew, an African, and Jesus (Hays)

(This is a re-post from September, 2019) The story in Acts 8 where Philip meets an important Ethiopian man is a great story.  The Ethiopian was on his very long trip home after worshiping Yahweh in Jerusalem.  The Holy Spirit led Philip to the point where he eventually shares the gospel with the Ethiopian starting… Continue reading A Jew, an African, and Jesus (Hays)

Exiles in a Post-Christian Society (Williams)

 I've been working through Exiles on Mission by Paul Williams.  So far I'm enjoying it - it's getting me to think about living as Christians in a post-Christian context. I don't agree with everything I've read, but it is surely a good resource on this topic. Here's a paragraph I read this morning that I marked… Continue reading Exiles in a Post-Christian Society (Williams)