As we reflect on the first commandment, we continue to consider how we can keep it. Last time we reflected on the exclusive worship of God. Today I want to consider the second of the three ways listed by Kevin DeYoung’s book The 10 Commandments. The second way to keep the first commandment is: shun … Continue reading How to Keep the 1st Commandment: Shun Idolatry
In the book Covenant, Justification, and Pastoral Ministry, W. Robert Godfrey writes a chapter entitled “Faith Formed by Love or Faith Alone”. Where he responds to those who are critical of the doctrine of justification by faith alone by examining the medieval definition of faith, Calvin’s definition of faith alone and examining the Apostle Paul. … Continue reading Calvin and sola fide
The idea that God changes or doesn’t change has significant impact not only on our theology but in our life and discipleship. Scripture speaks of God’s Law as being fixed rooted in the God of Scripture, who is the same yesterday, today and tomorrow. The universe is sustained and fixed in a law of order … Continue reading Does God Change?
1. What are the 70 weeks? The 70 weeks are literally 70 sevens. 70 and 7 are both numbers of completeness in Scripture, when multiplied together the number is the ultimate completeness. An example is found in Mat. 18:22 on the number of times to forgive. This is not interpreted literally 490 times. The time … Continue reading Daniel’s 70 Weeks (Daniel 9:24-27)
So what does the term “Diving Service” mean anyway? Literally it is a “Service of God”, a service where God is the actor and we are the recipients. He calls, he cleanses, he feeds, etc. He calls the church to come to him and be reminded of his goodness. It is a time of the … Continue reading What is the Divine Service?
The critique that in Reformed theology there is no free will is a great misunderstanding. Chapter IX of the Westminster Confession of Faith is entitled “Of Free Will”. Usually this misunderstanding is based off a different definition or lack of understanding of how free will/freedom is defined in Reformed theology. Therefore in the beginning we … Continue reading Free Choice in Reformed Theology
In David VanDrunen's book Living in God's Two Kingdoms he gives a helpful discussion of the Abrahamic Covenant. The Abrahamic Covenant, is a prominent covenant in Scripture. It is repeatedly pointed to in both the Old and New Testaments. In the Old Testament, Israel is reminded of the promises God made to Abraham. In the New Testament, … Continue reading The Abrahamic Covenant Made the Sacred Distinct from the Secular