Leaving Rome

On the one hand, the Roman Catholic Church seems impressive with her history, symbols, liturgies, popes, and rituals.  Some people become Catholic because they appreciate these types of religious things.  However, others are leaving Rome because amidst the rituals and symbols, they cannot find the gospel.  In Stepping out in Faith, Mark Gilbert has collected… Continue reading Leaving Rome

Corban

What does the concept and word “Corban” mean in Mark 7:11-13 and Matthew 15:5? James Edwards has a helpful explanation of “Corban” in his commentary on Mark.  This is the story where Jesus tells the Pharisees that their religious traditions have led them away from the commandments of God and have made them hypocrites who… Continue reading Corban

Traditions, Conscience, and Law

One huge strand of Reformation theology that is woven into many other parts of it is our rejection of human traditions to bind the conscience apart from the written Word (i.e. Belgic Confession 32).  Today, Rome still has "evangelical counsels" which basically amount to church laws in addition to the laws in the Bible.  For… Continue reading Traditions, Conscience, and Law

The Church as Cultural Ghetto?

 These are outstanding words from Don Carson, found in his chapter ("Challenges for the Twenty-first Century Pulpit") of Preach the Word, a collection of essays on preaching in honor of R. Kent Hughes (edited by Leland Ryken and Todd Wilson).  In one section of his chapter, Carson talks about how the United States and Canada are becoming… Continue reading The Church as Cultural Ghetto?

The Beauties of Concordia (The Lutheran Confessions)

 Earlier, I mentioned this reader's edition of the Book of Concord earlier: Concordia, The Lutheran Confessions.  As I said, it's a great read, a great resource to have.  Sometime in the (near?) future, I'll show some areas of similarity and difference between the Reformed/Presbyterian confessions and the Lutheran ones.  Though there are significant differences, there are also many… Continue reading The Beauties of Concordia (The Lutheran Confessions)