Francis Schaeffer – The Age of Non Reason
Francis Schaeffer – The Age of Fragmentation
James Dolezal – The Eternality of God (Part 2)
“And his disciples came and took up the body and buried it, and went and told Jesus.” Matthew 14:12
As if to illustrate the nature and test the efficacy of His great and gracious expedient of saving sinners, it pleased the redeeming God that the first subject of death should be a believer in the Lord Jesus. Scarcely had the righteous Abel laid his bleeding lamb upon the altar — that altar and that lamb all expressive of the truth, and radiant with the glory of the person and work of the coming Savior — ere he was called to seal with his blood the faith in Christ he had professed. But if the first victim, he was also the first victor. He fell by death, but he fell a conqueror of death. He lost the victory, but he won the battle. Thus was the “last enemy” foiled in his very first assault upon our race. The point of his lance was then turned, the venom of his sting was then impaired, and, robbed of his prey, he saw in the pale and gory form his shaft had laid low the first one of that glorious race of confessors, that “noble army of martyrs,” who in all succeeding ages should overcome sin, hell, and death, by the blood of the Lamb.
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What do we do when the Bible turns up a doozy of a passage?
Rape, incest, murder, genocide, racism, sexism, other isms. Sometimes reading texts which are about very ancient peoples and cultures – but which we expect will inspire and inform contemporary faith – is a challenge. I’ve read a number of blogs recently, particularly on the subject of sexuality and gender identity, where people have done things with the biblical text which show this is a genuinely pressing subject – not just a hypothetical discussion for Bible nerds. How young adults make sense of challenging biblical passages is informing their lived faith in a very real way and we need to help people do that wisely.
It has made me reflect. What have I/we consciously or unconsciously taught them to do when faced with a tricky text? Ignore it? Skip over and turn to something comforting instead? And what are the long term implications of people losing confidence in Scripture because it’s often a challenging read?
To continue reading Ruth Perrin’s article, click here.
God is sovereign in creation, providence, redemption, and judgment. That is a central assertion of Christian belief and especially in Reformed theology. God is King and Lord of all. To put this another way: nothing happens without God’s willing it to happen, willing it to happen before it happens, and willing it to happen in the way that it happens. Put this way, it seems to say something that is expressly Reformed in doctrine. But at its heart, it is saying nothing different from the assertion of the Nicene Creed: “I believe in God, the Father Almighty.” To say that God is sovereign is to express His almightiness in every area.
God is sovereign in creation. “In the beginning, God created the heavens and the earth” (Gen. 1:1). Apart from God, there was nothing. And then there was something: matter, space, time, energy. And these came into being ex nihilo—out of nothing. The will to create was entirely God’s. The execution was entirely His. There was no metaphysical “necessity” to create; it was a free action of God.
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For there is one God, and one Mediator between God and men, the man Christ Jesus” (1 Tim 2:5). Some unregenerate men, who deny the God-head of Christ, imagine they find something in this verse which supports their system of infidelity, but this only serves to make the more evident the fearful blindness of their minds. As well might they reason from Galatians 1:1 (where we read, “Paul, an apostle, not of men, neither by man, but by Jesus Christ”), that the Lord Jesus is not Man, as to infer from 1 Timothy 2:5 that He is not God. As we shall show in what follows, none could possibly heal the breach between God and men save one who partook of each of their natures.
“For there is one God, and one Mediator between God and men, the man Christ Jesus” (1 Tim 2:5). “In that great difference between God and men, occasioned by our sin and apostasy from Him, which of itself could issue in nothing but the utter ruin of the whole race of mankind, there was none in heaven or earth, in their original nature and operations, who was meet or able to make up a peace between them. Yet this must be done by a mediator, or cease forever. This mediator could not be God Himself absolutely considered, for ‘a mediator is not of one, but God is one’ (Gal 3:20). And as for creatures, there was none in heaven or earth, there was none meet to undertake this office. ‘For if one man sin against another, the judge shall judge him; but if a man sin against the Lord, who shall intreat for him?’ (1 Sam 2:25)” (John Owen, 1616-1683).
To continue reading A. W. Pink’s article, click here.
Blessed is the man who walks not in the counsel of the wicked, nor stands in the way of sinners, nor sits in the seat of scoffers; but his delight is in the law of the Lord, and on his law he meditates day and night. (Psalm 1:1-2)
What is meditation?
The concept has been corrupted in modern thought. In the minds of many Christians, meditation is associated with eastern religions, like Hinduism and Buddhism – belief systems that don’t acknowledge God as Father or Jesus as Savior and Lord. This association leads many to believe that meditation in any form opens the mind to evil spirits or untrue teaching.
But that robs us of an important way of interacting with Scripture.
When I began staying home with my kids, I was overwhelmed. While I suspected such an endeavor would be hard, I wasn’t prepared for the ways it challenged me. My daily time in the Bible kept me rooted in Christ; my weekly Bible study kept me digging into Scripture; but the thing that reassured me that I was in Jesus’ hands was meditation on his holy Word.
To continue reading Brad Archer’s article, click here.
One of the downsides of living in the technological age is that we are constantly overwhelmed with what we allow to stream into our minds and hearts from our newsfeeds, social media debates, conversations about world affairs, social agendas, personal opinions and every sort of religious and political ideology. All of this, in turn, has the propensity to animate anxiety, depression, fear, anger, hatred and misplaced zeal in our hearts. People are crying out for change without recognizing that there is only one remedy for all of the social ills–and for the burdens of our own lives.
J.C. Ryle, the great 19th Century Anglican Calvinistic pastor/theologian, would walk to the window of his study every morning, and–looking up–would say, “Maybe today, Lord, maybe today!” Ryle was longing for the coming of Christ. This is one of the definitive marks of every true believer. The Apostle Paul declared that his greatest inner desire was “to depart and be with Christ” (Phil. 1:23). The better part of the New Testament focus on the return of Christ; and, in doing so, links our sanctification in the present to the hope we have of His coming in the future. In short, this teaches us that our actions are directly correlated to the hope that we have in our hearts to see Christ and to be with Him.
To continue reading Nick Batzig’s article, click here.
As believers, we are called by God to always be ready to share with others the reason for our hope and faith in God and His Word. At times this can involve back and forth interaction in the form of debate or perhaps just a friendly discussion over a certain topic. As one who often frequents forums on various social media outlets, I have noticed more often than I should the tendency for individuals (to include myself) to be focused on being the one who is proven right at the end of the conversation. This urge is in stark opposition to what should be the focus of the chat, namely the pursuit of what is right and the seeking of truth as revealed in Scripture.
This is really a battle of right vs. right. On one side are those solely interested in trying to make themselves the focus or those desiring to have all the right answers to the questions presented. Now there is nothing wrong with having answers to questions. We are after all commanded by God to study His Word because in Scripture are the answers we seek to life’s most probing questions and issues. With that said, there is a distinct difference between the need to be right and to essentially be puffed up with knowledge and that of sharing with others what God has revealed and doing so with an attitude of humility.
If we are not operating in that attitude of humility, sharing the truth in love as declared in Ephesians 4:15, then we are no better or useful than a noisy gong or a clanging cymbal. Speaking truth in pride, while perhaps making one feel good about themselves, ultimately will cause more harm than good. Winning the debate through prideful truth bombs is in actuality not winning anything at all. Conversely, if our approach is rooted in walking through Scripture together in a spirit of love and understanding the reality that people are at different stages in their walk with God and comprehension of biblical truth, the result will be much more profitable for all involved. Since the result should be sharing the beauty of God’s Word and how it contains food for our lives and how it is the lamp to our feet and light to our path, it is clear that the prideful attitude of being right should always take a back seat to what is right – speaking truth in love.
This is not easy. The urge to puff oneself up is a temptation many of us have a hard time resisting. There are many times when we engage in conversation with the best of intentions but after a few pats on the back from people, there is the tendency to lose focus on what is right in favor of the glory of being known as “Mr. (or Mrs.) Know it All”. If that is where you are at, your faith is not better than the Pharisees that Jesus excoriated for taking that very approach. It is not a good place to be nor is it a godly approach in our pursuit of truth.
Be on the lookout for those times when you are tempted to lose focus on what is right in favor of being right. If you are seeking the glory instead of God being given the glory then that should be a clear sign priorities need to be assessed immediately. In the battle of right vs. right, God receiving the glory is the side of the ring we must always seek to find ourselves.
It is here that God begins His actual application of salvation unto His elect. God saves us from the pleasure or love of sin before He delivers us from the penalty or punishment of sin. Necessarily so, for it would be neither an act of holiness nor of righteousness were He to grant full pardon to one who was still a rebel against Him, loving that which He hates. God is a God of order throughout, and nothing ever more evidences the perfections of His works than the orderliness of them. And how does God save His people from the pleasure of sin? The answer is, “By imparting to them a nature which hates evil and loves holiness.” This takes place when they are born again, so that actual salvation begins with regeneration. Of course it does: where else could it commence? Fallen man can never perceive his desperate need of salvation nor come to Christ for it, till he has been renewed by the Holy Spirit.
To continue reading A. W. Pink’s article, click here.
Parenting is sacred, smelly, exciting, crushing, frustrating and expensive. It’s the most important thing that people ever do and to be completely honest with you, it scares the life out of me.
Who is sufficient for these things?
What should I be teaching my kids? What guidance should I be giving? Where do I go to learn how to raise and disciple sons and daughters of the King?
There is really only one place I can think of. The Book of Proverbs is presented as the counsel and wisdom of a royal couple to their son. “Hear, my son, your father’s instruction, and forsake not your mother’s teaching” (Proverbs 1:8 ESV).
It is an entire God-breathed and Divinely authorized manual on how to raise little kings and queens.
It is well worth reading from start to finish. Until you get a chance to do that, here are 10 things that the King and Queen in Proverbs say to their child that you should say to yours.
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