Oh This Heart of Stone! (Newton)

The kind folks at "The John Newton Project" recently sent me a sample of some of the work that they've been doing: transcribing Newton's handwritten diaries for publication. I've been blessed and encouraged by Newton's other writings, and so far these diaries have also been wonderful to read. You can learn more at "www.johnnewton.org". This… Continue reading Oh This Heart of Stone! (Newton)

The Gospel is Sprinkled Throughout Scripture (Melanchthon)

Philip Melanchthon's Loci Communes Theologici (Fundamental Theological Themes) was published early on in the Reformation - in 1521 when Melanchthon was only 24 years old. Melanchthon's Loci is something of a summary of the main Christian themes in Scripture. Martin Luther hailed the Loci more than once and said it should be included in the… Continue reading The Gospel is Sprinkled Throughout Scripture (Melanchthon)

Justifying Faith: Receiving Christ (Owen)

When the Westminster Confession explains justifying faith, it uses the term "receiving."  Here's chapter XI.2: "Faith, thus receiving and resting on Christ and his righteousness, is the alone instrument of justification..." (emphasis mine).  The Heidelberg Catechism also uses this word in answer 30: "For either Jesus is not a complete Savior, or they who by… Continue reading Justifying Faith: Receiving Christ (Owen)

The “Old Mire” of Works-Righteousness (Luther)

  Although I appreciate almost any sermon by Martin Luther, there are some that brilliantly stand out to me. One of those is a sermon called "Concerning the Sum of the Christian Life."  It's a sermon on 1 Timothy 1:5-7:  "But the goal of our instruction is love from a pure heart and a good… Continue reading The “Old Mire” of Works-Righteousness (Luther)

I’ll Keep On by NF (Music Monday)

  I realize that rap or hip-hop is not everyone's favorite music genre or style. And, of course, some rap and hip-hop songs are explicit, downright filthy, and not for Christian ears.  But I really enjoy this style of music when it steers clear of the filth and explicit themes.  Unlike some other music, rap/hip-hop can say… Continue reading I’ll Keep On by NF (Music Monday)