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Power of Preaching

Sep 10, 2018

“For I am not ashamed of the gospel, for it is the power of God for salvation to everyone who believes, to the Jew first and also to the Greek. For in it the righteousness of God is revealed from faith for faith, as it is written, ‘The righteous shall live by faith.’” (Romans 1:16–17) What is Paul saying in these two verses? In order to grasp the magnitude of what he’s saying, it’s important that we understand, briefly, what Paul has said in Romans 1:1–15. There are two important points to note. First, in vv. 1–15 Paul is giving a directional understanding to…

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Righteous Anger

Jul 16, 2015

Our Wednesday night study dealt with the issue of “love is not easily provoked” (1 Corinthians 13:5). Of particular interest was the idea of righteous anger and when it is okay to be angry. I offer the following brief points for consideration: (1) There is no denying in the Bible that God is “angry.” Therefore, anger in and of itself, is compatible with righteousness, holiness, love, goodness, and all of God’s other divine attributes. (2) Because Christ as the God-man exhibited “anger” (Mark 3:5), anger is not opposed to our humanity. There are occasions where Christians have a license, and…

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A Weeping Church

Jun 26, 2015

  I’m not much of a crier; you can ask my wife. I do a good job keeping the tears back. But today seems to be a day where tears won’t be shed in vain. It seems that what our world needs are the tears of the church.

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The Discouragement of Preaching

Jun 10, 2015

There aren’t a few people who can walk away from a sermon feeling greatly discouraged. It is, perhaps, a complaint that many ministers have heard in the course of their ministries. Now we certainly don’t advocate discouragement for discouragement’s sake. But there is a merciful discouragement. I think we’d all do well to think about the veracity of the following: But you say my sermon is discouraging–had you not better ask, “Is it true?” A person has been building a house and we see him piling up stone, but he has never dug out a foundation! It is certainly discouraging him…

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What is Outside the Church?

Apr 21, 2015

I’ve been struck lately with our confessional statement: “Out of [the visible church] there is no ordinary possibility of salvation” (WCF 25.2). Throughout history there have been a number of proponents who have stated as much. And while the Reformed don’t agree with the Roman Catholic understanding of this doctrine, it is, perhaps, surprising to read it. So what does our confession mean when we say that there is no ordinary possibility of salvation?

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Why Does the Church Exist?

Apr 20, 2015

  We live in a day and age of dysfunctional ecclesiology.

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Why I Changed My Mind: Calvinism

Apr 8, 2015

Life is filled with choices and changes. I am far different than I ever thought I would be. And I have come, in many ways, very far from where I started. My theological journey has not been a static one. I was born into a Lutheran church, raised in a broad evangelical church, and I am currently a minister in the Orthodox Presbyterian Church (www.OPC.org). The theological landscapes are vastly different. And I have come here, not by happenstance, but through a series of many changes. In this post I’d like to address: Why I Changed My Mind: Calvinism.

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Jesus Loving Judas

Feb 24, 2015

In stories, antagonists have a way of driving the plot line forward in an emotional and often startling way. And typically when it comes to antagonists, we have a subtle joy in their destruction. It’s difficult not to get a bit joyful when the Third Age of Middle Earth closes with the final defeat of Sauron by the destruction of the Ring of Power, executed by two insignificant hobbits, and the return of Isildur’s heir to the throne. We all have a sense of inward justice that appreciates the downfall and destruction of the antagonist.

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General Revelation

Feb 17, 2015

This lengthy quote by Herman Bavinck is a fantastic explanation of the importance of general revelation from a Reformed perspective. Finally, the rich significance of general revelation comes out in the fact that it keeps nature and grace, creation and re-creation, the world of reality and the world of values, inseparably connected. Without general revelation, special revelation loses its connectedness with the whole cosmic existence and life. The link that unites the kingdom of nature and the kingdom of heaven then disappears. Those who, along with critical philosophy, deny general revelation exert themselves in vain when via the way of…

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The Reviving Law

Feb 4, 2015

Good quote by Calvin on how to understand David’s extolling of God’s law and Paul’s speaking of the death the law brings: It is certain, that if the Spirit of Christ does not quicken the law, the law is not only unprofitable, but also deadly to its disciples. Without Christ there is in the law nothing but inexorable rigour, which adjudges all mankind to the wrath and curse of God. And farther, without Christ, there remains within us a rebelliousness of the flesh, which kindles in our hearts a hatred of God and of his law, and from this proceed…

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