In Praise of God Romans 11:33-36 July 26, 2020 John Wesley Powell was a government explorer who led a boat expedition through the Grand Canyon in 1869. He wrote a description of his impressions of that trip entitled, “The Most Sublime Spectacle on Earth” in his book, Canyons of the Colorado (1895): The Grand Canyon […]Read More Sermon: In Praise of God
As far as life callings go, this one came late. He already had a significant career in public service when he went through his mid-life crisis at age 40. Some might have said that his experience at 40 was not a crisis, but a total breakdown. He was influential and well-known until his fortieth year, […]Read More The Help of God’s Eternal Nature
The two means by which God revealed Himself to mankind were through general and special revelation. General revelation is that which may be generally known and understood by all men, regardless of their relationship with God. It includes that which can be known about God through creation (Rom. 1:20), through an inner “testimony” or reason […]Read More What’s the difference between general and special revelation?
This has been a good book reading year for me; so far I am significantly ahead of my goal for the number of books I would read this year (and I’ve already read more than I did all last year), so I thought that at the mid-year point, it might be good to reflect on […]Read More Best books of the year (so far)
Who is the Holy Spirit? Selected Scriptures February 16, 2014 It seems that we live in a time when theological error is particularly thriving. There have always been false teachers. They just seem to abound today: There is confusion about the church and unity — should we embrace every entity that calls itself a church […]Read More Sermon: Who is the Holy Spirit?
A few theological thoughts about while doing today’s Bible reading (Exodus 5-8): Pharaoh’s initial response to Moses’ request to release the Israelites was similar to and a precursor to the way many unbeliever’s today reject God — “why should I do that? Who is God and why should I obey Him?” (Ex. 5:2) God actively […]Read More God and Exodus
Martin Niemöller was a pastor in Nazi Germany who interned in Sachsenhausen and Dachau concentration camps from 1938 to 1945 for so-called activities against the state. Following his release he revealed how the Bible sustained him during those years: What did this book mean to me during the long and weary years of solitary confinement […]Read More Sunday Leftovers: Teach Me, Lord
“When Your World Caves In” (Paul Levy) — a sober reminder of the cost of sin in general and the cost (and protection against) sexual sin in particular: “Recently I’ve spent some time with two friends who were in ministry but have fallen morally and so now find themselves out of a job that they loved, […]Read More Grab bag
I led a pretty sheltered life growing up. I grew up in a home that loved and honored Christ and the Word of God. No matter where we lived participation in a local church was assumed and I was raised in several outstanding churches. I attended a Christian school in my elementary years. The dominant […]Read More Sunday Leftovers: Make sure no one deceives you
How great is God’s love to make you His child? God has told us that we are to look for, examine, contemplate, and be overwhelmed by the richness of God’s love for us (“See how great a love the Father has bestowed on us…” 1 Jn. 3:1). So here are some ways in which we […]Read More Sunday Leftovers: How great is God’s love?
Jesus Christ is the infinite God-Man. And that simply stated truth has been under attack since the advent of Christ. In the early church in Asia Minor, some heretics suggested Christ was deity but not man, but were that a case, Christ could not identify with us and could not bear our sin on the […]Read More Sunday Leftovers: Christ as the infinite God-Man
Bible Training has made a copy of Berkhof’s Systematic Theology available in both .pdf and epub formats. This was the primary theology text I used in the first couple years of seminary, and I have repeatedly returned to it and found it helpful. The eschatology section in this book won’t be as helpful, but most […]Read More Berkhof’s Systematic Theology
Watch this. It’s a little long (just shy of 20 minutes). But it’s worth the investment of that time. HT: Challies.Read More The Supremacy of Christ
From Desiring God: Doctrine Matters is the theological summary of one preacher’s lifetime of investment in a local church. Completing three decades of pastoral ministry at Bethlehem Baptist, John Piper gave a final sermon series on the doctrinal emphases from his years of preaching. These ten emphases, delivered as ten sermons in 2012 and now […]Read More Doctrine Matters — free ebook by John Piper
In a sermon titled “The Dark Garden,” Tim Keller explains how he came to understand that a god without wrath and Hell is not as loving as the God we find in the Bible. Because Hell exists, our comprehension of the magnitude of God’s love is expanded. Because [a cup of poison] was the method […]Read More Because Hell exists, God’s love is more comprehensible