As followers of Jesus, we believe that God still speaks. Or, like Francis Schaeffer noted well in the title of a book, He Is There And He Is Not Silent. There are scores of passages in Scripture that talk about listening to God. Jesus' sheep hear and know his voice (John 10:3). The Holy Spirit… Continue reading Hearing God in the Uneventful (Willard)
One of the principle aspects of the 16th century Protestant Reformation was the repeated emphasis on the sufficiency and authority of Holy Scripture. The Reformers, using Scripture, constantly referred to God's Word as the highest authority in the Christian life and in the Christian church. The Belgic Confession notes this very clearly in Article VII.… Continue reading The Holy Spirit Speaking in Scripture (Shaw)
In the story of David's rise in Israel there seems to be a discrepancy in 1 Samuel 16-17. In chapter 16 the narrative tells us about one of king Saul's servants recommending David (Jesse's son) to play music for the purpose of combating Saul's evil/bad spirit/mood. However, after David defeats the Philistine Goliath, Saul asks… Continue reading Saul, David, and Errors in 1 Samuel 16-17?
Many of us have heard about or even read the various books that have titles something like this: "Three Views on the Church." On the one hand, these books might be somewhat helpful. On the other hand, we might want to think twice before saying they are helpful without offering any critique or caveat. Speaking… Continue reading “X Views on Y” Books (Carson)
Philip Melanchthon's Loci Communes Theologici (Fundamental Theological Themes) was published early on in the Reformation - in 1521 when Melanchthon was only 24 years old. Melanchthon's Loci is something of a summary of the main Christian themes in Scripture. Martin Luther hailed the Loci more than once and said it should be included in the… Continue reading The Gospel is Sprinkled Throughout Scripture (Melanchthon)