(This blog post was originally published in June, 2018) Sin, of course, is not a good thing. Sin is evil; sin is lawlessness. However, in God’s sovereignty, he can use sin for the benefit of his people. Paul said it very clearly: All things work together for the good of those who love God (Rom.… Continue reading When We See the Sins of Others (Watson)
There are times in the Christian's life when God's providence is not pleasant. What I mean by this is sometimes God in his sovereignty allows hard trials to befall his people. The 30-year-old Christian man gets the diagnosis that he has lymphoma. A Christian mother has to go through the painful and heart-breaking experience of… Continue reading A Frowning Providence – Why?
Some people do almost anything they can to avoid any kind of pain and suffering. If there's any risk of pain or suffering some people will not take the risk no matter what. This is what has been called the great untruth of fragility: what doesn't kill you makes you weaker (Lukianoff/Haidt). If a person… Continue reading Pain and Suffering in the Christian Life (Carson)
In 1559 Antoine Chandieu and John Calvin wrote the first draft of the French Confession (also called the Gallican Confession). That same year the Synod of Paris edited and adopted it. In 1571 it was revised and adopted by the National Synod in La Rochelle, France; therefore sometimes this confession is called the "Confession of… Continue reading By His Sovereign Will
Many Christians have memorized the great promise of Romans 8:28: "And we know that in all things God works for the good of those who love him, who have been called according to his purpose (NIV)." Although afflictions and trials usually cloud our judgment and cause us to sometimes second guess this promise, it is… Continue reading Afflictions as Medicine, Providence as a Whole (Manton)