The apostle Peter said that Christians have been born again by the word of God, which is the preaching of the gospel (1 Pet. 1:23, 25). The Holy Spirit gives life to dead hearts through the preaching of good news: Jesus' life, death, and resurrection. The Spirit uses the words, sounds, speaking, and hearing the… Continue reading Creation A Sacrament? (Horton)
Michael Horton In the opening section of Michael Horton's two volume work on justification he gives a helpful explanation of this doctrine in contrast to the newer perspectives on Paul: So I remain unmoved by dismissals of the Reformation's formulation of justification and it's broader quest as little more than the product of an early… Continue reading Not an Invented Sort of Religion (Horton)
I always appreciate Michael Horton's balanced approach to biblical doctrine and theology. Here's one example of how Horton strikes a biblical balance concerning the topics of church, mission, and the work of the Holy Spirit. Note how he explains that we cannot separate the institutional church from work of the Holy Spirit in missions: For… Continue reading The Spirit, the Church, and Mission (Horton)
Some people talk about a "second blessing" or a "baptism of the Spirit" that not all Christians receive. This view is based on several places in Acts where some people were baptized and then later received the Holy Spirit. For example, in Acts 19 a group of people from Ephesus were baptized into John's baptism… Continue reading Spirit-Baptism, Second Blessing??
There are several different biblical reasons why Reformed churches baptize both infants and adults. Louis Berkhof, Francis Turretin, Charles Hodge, John Calvin, and others have pointed out the various biblical reasons why Reformed churches baptize infants as well as adults. There's obviously more to the discussion, but I appreciate how Michael Horton put it: From… Continue reading Why Do Reformed Churches Baptize Infants? (Horton)