On October 25, 1840, Robert Murray McCheyne preached a sermon on Galatians 6:14 (May I never boast except in the cross of our Lord Jesus Christ, through which the world has been crucified to me, and I to the world. [NIV]). In one part of the sermon McCheyne talked about Paul's "feelings towards the cross… Continue reading Giving Up Self-Righteousness (McCheyne)
Many of us have heard or even used the phrase "hail Mary." It often refers to a long and risky throw in football, when the quarterback unleashes a monster toss hoping the receiver will catch it. This term, "hail Mary," is how the "Ave Maria" prayer in the Roman Catholic traiditon starts: "Hail, Mary, full… Continue reading Entrusting Our Cares to Mary!?
(This is a re-post from December, 2015) I always think it’s ironic and comical when a Christian mocks or discredits creeds and confessions then turns around to favorably quote popular evangelical leaders on social media. While social media is new, this anti-confessional and pro-popular leader mindset is not new. It was a central characteristic of… Continue reading The Popes of Evangelicalism (Lints)
(This is a repost from September, 2011.) Heiko Oberman's Luther: Man Between God and the Devil is one of those books that I'll never forget reading. I first read it around 10 years ago; I could not set this book down. In fact, it led me to enjoy and appreciate church history in general, and Reformation history more specifically. … Continue reading My Conscience is Captive to the Word of God (Luther)
The following are words from the last few minutes of an address R. C. Sproul gave to the 2008 graduating class of Westminster Seminary California. "[In a sermon late in his life, Luther] wondered, why is it that [despite gospel preaching] people are still spending their money on indulgences and on what Luther called the Pope's… Continue reading The Pope’s Second Hand Junk