Preach Only the Christ of the Bible

by J. I. Packer“If we do not preach about sin and God’s judgment on it, we cannot present Christ as Saviour from sin and the wrath of God. And if we are silent about these things, and preach a Christ who saves only from self and the sorrows…

Christianity’s High View of Women

by Nancy Pearcy”Sexual hedonism is another expression of a low view of women. In ancient Greek and Roman culture, it was widely accepted that husbands would have sex with mistresses, concubines, slaves, and prostitutes (both male and female). An ancien…

The Most Dangerous Prayer a Christian Can Pray

by Darrell Bernard HarrisonPrayer is essential to the Christian life.It is essential to the Christian life because prayer was essential to the life of Jesus (Matthew 6:1-15, 14:23; Luke 5:16, 22:39-41; Hebrews 5:7.)Theologian Andrew Murray, who arguabl…

Three Types of Calvinist

by Steve Hays

There are different perspectives on Calvinism. Different ways of approaching Calvinism. Differences of emphasis or orientation:
 
1. Soteriological
 
This orientation stresses doctrines like unconditional election, reprobation, special redemption, spiritual inability, sola gratia, monergistic regeneration, perseverance. It has special reference to the human situation. This is typically the focus of Reformed pastors, preachers, and evangelists. 
 
2. Theological 
 
This orientation stresses doctrines like absolute predestination and meticulous providence. It operates at a more cosmic level. It lays more emphasis on God’s relation to the world in general rather than God’s relation to mankind in particular.  There are people who incline to (1), but distance themselves from (2). 
 
3. Philosophical 
 
This orientation piggybacks on (2). If (2) is true, then everything happens for a reason. There are no random, aimless events. No brute facts. No fortuitous accidents. Everything serves a purpose in a part/whole, means/ends relation. God leaves nothing to chance. Everything unfolds according to his master plan for world history. 

This dovetails with the principle of sufficient reason. There are no inherently inexplicable truths. And that’s a condition of intelligibility. In principle, there’s a rational explanation for everything, although many things may be inscrutable to humans, given our epistemic limitations.

Dead Babies On Display at the Museum

Yesterday evening my son and I went to the Oregon Museum of Science and Industry. His school rented the place for the evening. Lots of cool and interesting things to see and do there for kids. But just before we left we passed through an exhibit that s…

Dead Babies On Display at the Museum

Yesterday evening my son and I went to the Oregon Museum of Science and Industry. His school rented the place for the evening. Lots of cool and interesting things to see and do there for kids. But just before we left we passed through an exhibit that s…

Why Biological Evolution is not a Scientific Fact.

I recall in one of our discussions you asked me about biological evolution and my thoughts on it. Given the broad nature of this topic at the time I only was able to give you a superficial overview of my thoughts… so today I wanted to give you a more…

For Those Who Seek to Eradicate Christianity

When I hear atheists and liberals mock and attack Christianity I always encourage them to migrate to a country where none of the influences of Christianity are present. I tell them that it would be better for them to live in a country where none of the…

Pop Culture Coram Deo Lists Top 50 Christian Pop Culture Blogs

Yesterday Jared Moore, the mastermind behind the Pop Culture Coram Deo Blog listed the top 50 Christian (orthodox evangelical) blogs based on web traffic. We are grateful to see that two of our websites made the list:  Monergism.com at #9 and Refo…

A Sound Conversion

by Richard SibbesIt is evident that our conversion is sound when we loathe and hate sin from the heart.A man may know his hatred of evil to be true, first, if it is universal- he that hates sin truly, hates all sin.Secondly, true hatred of sin is fixed…