Great Grace and a Swelling Tone of Joy! (Warfield)

Scripture teaches that the way of salvation begins and ends with God's grace (John 1:16, Rom. 11:6; 1 Cor. 15:10, etc.). We are justified and saved by grace alone. This truth gives the Christian great joy! I like how B. B. Warfield talked about this. Note how he links together grace and joy: It belongs… Continue reading Great Grace and a Swelling Tone of Joy! (Warfield)

Paul or the Papists? (Latimer)

Hugh Latimer was a 16th-century English preacher who came out of the Roman Catholic church to join the Reformation because of its biblical foundation and emphases. The following is a selection from a 1552 sermon by Hugh Latimer which contrasts the Roman Catholic view of salvation with the Reformation view.   You can read more… Continue reading Paul or the Papists? (Latimer)

The Plan of Salvation (Hodge)

I always appreciate Charles Hodge’s clear explanation of Christian doctrine and teaching.  I was recently reading volume two of his Systematic Theology - specifically his discussion of God’s sovereign plan of salvation.  After talking about other views, Hodge mentions the Augustinian view.  This is, of course, the view Hodge takes.  After he mentions this view he… Continue reading The Plan of Salvation (Hodge)

Why I Am A Christian: Freedom (Stott)

  "If the Son sets you free, you are truly free."  "So Christ has truly set us free. Now make sure that you stay free, and don’t get tied up again in slavery to the law" (John 8:36 & Gal. 5:1 NLT).  John Stott wrote well about this  freedom we have in Christ: "The fifth reason… Continue reading Why I Am A Christian: Freedom (Stott)

Sweet the Sound of Grace Divine (Cowper)

 William Cowper, a friend of John Newton and the author of many hymns (including "God Moves in A Mysterious Way") suffered from bouts of depression and panic attacks from a young age.  Some historians say it ran in his family.  Things became so dark for him that he tried to take his own life several… Continue reading Sweet the Sound of Grace Divine (Cowper)