A Religion of Merit or a Religion of Grace? (Machen)

Many endorsements of many new Christian books say things like "must read" or "must have on your shelves" or "this book is a modern classic." The cynic in me rolls my eyes at these kinds of endorsements; in some ways it is just hype. Forgive me for my cynicism! Now I do believe there are… Continue reading A Religion of Merit or a Religion of Grace? (Machen)

The Bible, Violence, and the Gospel

Even if we haven't seen many examples of violence up close and in real life, we are very familiar with it. From news stories about shootings and mob riots to movies and TV series full of serious violence, we know what it is. And we know it's not good! Speaking of violence, there's a helpful… Continue reading The Bible, Violence, and the Gospel

Biblical Unity in Diversity (Linne)

Revelation 7:9-10 is a beautiful passage that describes the church triumphant: After these things I looked, and here was an enormous crowd that no one could count, made up of persons from every nation, tribe, people, and language, standing before the throne and before the Lamb dressed in long white robes, and with palm branches… Continue reading Biblical Unity in Diversity (Linne)

A Gospel Primer: Review

I recently picked up this book: A Gospel Primer for Christians by Milton Vincent (Focus Publishing, 2008). A Gospel Primer is something like a devotional that teaches people to meditate upon the gospel every day. Or, in Vincent's terms, "This book is offered as a handy guide to help Christians experience the gospel more fully… Continue reading A Gospel Primer: Review

The Passive Obedience of Christ (Murray)

In Reformed theology we sometimes talk about the passive obedience of Christ. This is a reference to Jesus' suffering in the place of and for sinners. But we do need to know what "passive obedience" means and what it does not mean. Here's a nice explanation of this phrase by John Murray: The term ‚Äúpassive… Continue reading The Passive Obedience of Christ (Murray)