The Keys of the Kingdom

In Matthew 16:19 Jesus taught his disciples about the keys of the kingdom: I will give you the keys of the kingdom of heaven; whatever you bind on earth will be bound in heaven, and whatever you loose on earth will be loosed in heaven (NIV). Because the teaching of the keys of the kingdom… Continue reading The Keys of the Kingdom

God’s Word Is Not Bound!

In his second letter to Timothy, Paul wrote this wonderful truth: The word of God cannot be chained (NLT) (ὁ λόγος τοῦ θεοῦ οὐ δέδεται NA28) [2 Tim. 2:9b]. When studying this phrase today I found a great short comment on this verse by Chrysostom (d. 407). Any cloud passing over our skies may from… Continue reading God’s Word Is Not Bound!

The Humbling Aspect of Preaching (or: Glad I Must Fail At Last)

I'm very much enjoying this excellent book on preaching: Heralds of God by James Stewart. I'll write more about it later, but for now let me say that if you're a preacher and you haven't read it, you should get it! If you're not a preacher, this is a good one to get your pastor… Continue reading The Humbling Aspect of Preaching (or: Glad I Must Fail At Last)

Calvin’s Forgettable Sermon

This book, Registers of the Consistory of Geneva in the Time of Calvin is a fascinating look into the historical context of the Protestant Reformation in one city: Geneva, Switzerland. The book is an English translation of the notes that the consistory of the Reformed church in Geneva took between 1542 and 1544. It's full… Continue reading Calvin’s Forgettable Sermon

Preaching and the Lord’s Supper (Vos)

The Christian pastor's duty is to consistently and clearly preach the whole counsel of God which has Christ at the center (Acts 20:27; 2 Cor. 1:20; 1 Cor. 9:16, etc.). Christian sermons must come out of the Christian Scriptures which are all about Christ. And this reality also has to do with the Lord's Supper.… Continue reading Preaching and the Lord’s Supper (Vos)