"The Reformers insisted that Christians should be involved in the world. They should neither seek to escape it, like the monks, whose lives were often more 'worldly' than the world, nor seek to rule it, like the popes, whose own houses were not quite in order. Every believer is a 'priest' before God, and each … Continue reading In the World, Not of the World
Biblical and Historic Teaching of the Incarnation The Bible teaches that Jesus Christ, the Word who was with God and was God, "became flesh and dwelt among us" (John 1:1-3, 14). We learn from Scripture that in Christ "all the fullness of God was pleased to dwell" (Colossians 1:19), that "he is the radiance of … Continue reading What Does It Mean That “God Became a Man”?
Simply put, classical Christian theism is the biblical and historic model of Christian theism committed to upholding the confession that God "is infinite in being and perfection" (Westminster Confession of Faith, 2.1; cf. Psalm 145:3). As James Dolezal puts it, "the underlying and inviolable conviction [of classical theism] is that God does not derive any … Continue reading What Is Classical Christian Theism?
Let us first consider the practice of our own churches. If we have a children's ministry, teach and catechize our children, periodically call our children disciples, and let our children worship in "big church," then, yes, we should baptize our children. If this is our practice, then it's clear that we don't exclude our children … Continue reading Should We Baptize Our Children?
In a previous post I argued that we cannot "live out" or "display" the gospel. To assume that we can do that, I argued, confuses the biblical categories of law (what we are called to do) and gospel (what God has done to redeem us in Christ). The law gives us God's perfect rule of … Continue reading How God Displays the Gospel
This post and the previous one seek to answer the question: "What does it mean to be Reformed?" These posts are intended for those who might not know what it means to be Reformed, for those who disagree with Reformed theology but nevertheless want to learn more, and for professing Reformed Christians who want to … Continue reading What Does It Mean to Be Reformed? (Part Two)
This post and the next one seek to answer the question: "What does it mean to be Reformed?" These posts are intended for those who might not know what it means to be Reformed, for those who disagree with Reformed theology but nevertheless want to learn more, and for professing Reformed Christians who want to … Continue reading What Does It Mean to Be Reformed? (Part One)