The Clarity/Perspicuity of Scripture (Bavinck)

Reading through Herman Bavinck on the attributes of Scripture I ran across a helpful note on the clarity of Scripture. I was going to post it here but I found out I did already in August, 2021. Anyway, here it is again because it's good enough to share twice! I appreciate Herman Bavinck's explanation and… Continue reading The Clarity/Perspicuity of Scripture (Bavinck)

The Joy of Conversion (Sproul)

Here's an autobiographical note from R. C. Sproul in his book, Five Things Every Christian Needs to Grow. I've read these paragraphs a few times and they still bring a smile to my face when I read them again. The time of greatest joy in my life was my conversion to Christ, the defining moment… Continue reading The Joy of Conversion (Sproul)

Paul and the Old Testament Scriptures (Childs)

Here's an interesting book that gives an overview of the interpretation of Isaiah from the early church (Justin Martyr, Irenaeus, etc.) to the modern era: The Struggle to Understand Isaiah as Christian Scripture by Brevard Childs. I'm still making my way through the book, but so far it's been helpful. I don't always agree with… Continue reading Paul and the Old Testament Scriptures (Childs)

Sola Scriptura and Tradition (Vanhoozer/Muller)

There is some misunderstanding in evangelicalism about the meaning of "sola scriptura" (Scripture alone). It would take a bit of time and space to go into detail on this statement. For now, I just want to point out one aspect of sola scriptura that people almost always forget: the important place of tradition in biblical… Continue reading Sola Scriptura and Tradition (Vanhoozer/Muller)

To Seminary Students and Pastors (Newton)

John Newton's letters are pieces of literature that I often go back to in my life and ministry. Although there are other historical and Christian letters that have been a blessing to me, for some reason Newton's letters always strike a chord in my heart and mind. This afternoon as I was reading a certain… Continue reading To Seminary Students and Pastors (Newton)