Just about everything in our lives is being affected by the pandemic - big things like holidays, weddings, etc.; and small and common things like family get-togethers, grocery shopping, etc. It is pretty standard, then, for each of us to be concerned about our own situation as well as for the situations of those around us whom we care about. But when this concern overwhelms us and consumes us, it can become a dangerous sinful spiral which can have a significant negative effect on our spiritual life.
In December, in a far-away land, China battled with a virus that, if you are like me, you never thought would ever come here. But it has. Thinking about what that means for us as believers has drawn me to Isaiah 6:1-7.
Hyper-Calvinism, is not biblical and is not what true Calvinists actually believe. One author has correctly called Hyper-Calvinism a rationalistic perversion of true Calvinism.
The following is part of a series of blogs written for the Covenant Reformed Church website. In the simplest of terms the doctrine of irresistible grace, or better effectual calling, points to the clear biblical reality that Christians cannot take credit for their salvation. Since we are totally depraved and totally unable to come to Christ … Continue reading Amazing Grace: Irresistible Grace
The following is part of a series of blogs written for the Covenant Reformed Church website. 'Election'... 'Predestination'... say these words to a room full of Christians and many of them begin to feel very uneasy, if not outright contempt. (Technically these are slightly different theological concepts, the latter being broader than the former, but we … Continue reading Amazing Grace: Unconditional Election
The following is part of a series of blogs written for the Covenant Reformed Church website. My students know that I have two tenets which guide my scholarship and theological thinking; and I demand that it guides theirs as well. Ironically, both were gleaned from an Arminian (at least he got these two things right). … Continue reading What is Reformed Theology – Dealing with Misconceptions
I want to make sure that we understand the overall context of the Bible's opening verses and what they are saying in a big picture way. Too often we get bogged down in details, examining small phrases, that we forget the over-arching context which includes the literary material as well as the cultural material that … Continue reading Faith and Science: A Fly-over Genesis 1:1-2:3
I want to get into the first two verses of Genesis 1 as we begin to look at the opening chapters of the Bible and their implications for our current cultural context. But before we get too far, I want for us to remember what kind of text we are dealing with so that we … Continue reading Faith and Science – Genesis 1:1-2
This coming semester I will be teaching my Faith and Science course at Steinbach Bible College for the fourth time. (If you are interested in this topic, I would encourage you to come and audit the course.) In preparation for it, I have been rethinking a number of things after reading some good and not … Continue reading Faith and Science – A look into Genesis 1-2
To properly understand where we are in v. 26, we need to understand where Paul has brought us in ch. 11. Kim Riddlebarger offers us a nice contextual summary, Paul’s hope for the future conversion of Israel is connected to the fact that the root – Abraham and the patriarchs – remains holy, not because … Continue reading Romans 11:26 – What does Paul mean that “ALL Israel will be saved”?