The Standard for True Piety and Godliness (Kuyper)

                Sometimes when one Christian sees another Christian's practices of piety he or she thinks, "That's a good practice, I should do it." At one level, this isn't a bad thing. Those who follow Jesus in faith and obedience should be good examples for others who follow him.… Continue reading The Standard for True Piety and Godliness (Kuyper)

Christian Women, Braids, Clothes, and Jewelry

In 1 Timothy 2:9 Paul tell us that adult Christian women "are to dress in suitable apparel, with modesty and self-control. Their adornment must not be with braided hair and gold or pearls or expensive clothing, but with good deeds..." (NET Bible). Peter says something similar to Christian wives in 1 Peter 3:3: "Your adornment… Continue reading Christian Women, Braids, Clothes, and Jewelry

The Two Kingdoms and Christian Ethics

One of the worst misrepresentations of the Reformation teaching of God's two kingdoms that I've heard goes like this: "Two kingdom theology means that we only have to live as Christians on Sunday but not the rest of the week."  This notion is completely mistaken in every way; it is absolutely not at all an… Continue reading The Two Kingdoms and Christian Ethics

Godliness: Not By Our Strength

One of the best books on the topic of godliness is Willem Teellinck's (d. 1629) The Path of True Godliness.  These lines stood out for me as I was writing a sermon on godliness: "We must therefore begin to practice [godliness], not in our own strength, which means absolutely nothing, but in the power of… Continue reading Godliness: Not By Our Strength

Bonhoeffer’s Prison Prayers

   This is a sweet book.  It captures many of my interests at once.  First, I appreciate Dietrich Bonhoeffer's writings in general.  These letters and papers are especially edifying because I can see what is "behind" some of his other works, so to speak.  Second, I love reading about the tough issues: What does it… Continue reading Bonhoeffer’s Prison Prayers