Sola Scriptura Contra The Anabaptists In 1523–24

In his second disputation with Balthasar Hubmair, in 1523, Huldrych Zwingli well articulated the formal principle of the Reformation: “For in all controversies concerning faith and religion, the divine Scripture alone ought to be our measure and rule rather than oral tradition.” . . . Continue reading →

We Need Each Other: Christian Fellowship as a Means of Perseverance

Christians don’t fly solo. Our faith won’t survive unless brothers and sisters in Christ keep us accountable.

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The Worst Consequence of Skipping Church

We are a culture of convenience, of personalization, of individualism. We have a million ways of customizing our lives to perfectly suit our every preference. When things are difficult, we think little of pulling away from responsibilities, of reorienting our lives away from whatever causes inconvenience. This can even extend to something as good and as central as our commitment to the local church. All of us who are involved in local churches have seen people waver and wander in …

The Eschatological Insufficiency of the Archaic

In the church, as in life, it’s often hard to give up things that have become old friends. Sometimes, it’s hard to know when they have outlived their usefulness, and we must exercise wisdom in removing archaic fixtures.

You might have seen that Basking Ridge Presbyterian’s 600-year old white oak tree has died. Under that tree in Bernards, New Jersey, George Whitefield preached to over 3,000 people in 1740. Legend has it that George Washington picnicked beneath its outstretched limbs. My own ancestors worshiped at that church; indirectly, the shade of that tree has helped shape my own soul. That which served so well has died and must be removed.

Remove archaic fixtures we must, because devotion to the archaic reveals in us an insufficient eschatology. Loving what met needs in the past over what meets the need of the moment fails to anticipate the glory that is to be revealed. It trades a vision for the glory of Christ for earthly forms that are passing away. With the Apostle Paul, we must always seek fidelity to Christ as we count everything as loss for the sake of Christ that we may ultimately attain the resurrection from the dead. With Paul, we forget […]

A La Carte (April 26)

Today’s Kindle deals include quite a few good books, including two that my girls used for devotions when young. Westminster Books has a deal on an excellent place to begin in your studies of church history. An Important but Neglected Tool for Clear Thinking Justin Taylor shares an important but neglected tool for clear thinking. And while he is more concerned with the tool than the example processed through it, I think it’s useful in both ways. The Forgotten American …

A La Carte (April 26)

Today’s Kindle deals include quite a few good books, including two that my girls used for devotions when young. Westminster Books has a deal on an excellent place to begin in your studies of church history. An Important but Neglected Tool for Clear Thinking Justin Taylor shares an important but neglected tool for clear thinking. And while he is more concerned with the tool than the example processed through it, I think it’s useful in both ways. The Forgotten American …

In the Beginning…

The first sentence of sacred Scripture sets forth the affirmation upon which everything else is established: “In the beginning, God created the heavens and the earth” (Gen. 1:1). Three fundamental points are affirmed in that first sentence…

Email Question: Resources on the Song of Songs?

My answer to a question from a reader who wanted advice on resources for teaching the Song of Solomon.

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Keep Looking

This simple habit will transform your Bible reading. One reason we see so little is that we simply do not give ourselves long enough to look.Watch Now