Whatever position one takes with regard to the cessation or continuation of the extraordinary gifts of the Spirit mentioned throughout the pages of the New Testament, there is one thing we can all be sure of--1 Corinthians 14:1-25 (see esp. vv. 20-25) is an incredibly difficult portion of Scripture to interpret. In addition to the question of what "tongues" (glossolalia) ...Keep Reading
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In recent years, our society has rapidly embraced what has come to be known as the "cancel culture." If someone has said or done something--at any point in his or her life--that cuts across the grain of the suppose moral rectitude of society, he or she is swiftly excoriated to the point of irremediable social ostracization. An immediate sentence is determined by the masses and pronounced on social media in order to ensure its execution. There is no mercy, no call to repentance, and no hope of restoration...The rashness and widespread nature of the execution is, in part, the thing that makes cancel culture so brutal. The bitter and self-righteous speech of those pronouncing judgment gives the unremitting banter a veneer of justice. This is what makes cancel culture such a powerful weapon; yet, I suggest, a weapon to be avoided by Christians. ...
Paul teaches that Jesus Christ is the source of all godliness. There is no godliness apart from Him. His Person and saving work is the singular and exclusive source of that godliness that God requires and provides. Our God gives what He requires of Himself by coming in the Person of Christ. ...
May we not fall into ritualistic, Christless, and imbalanced approaches to the means of grace in our churches. How we minister the means of grace in the context of public worship is more important than simply professing to be “an ordinary means of grace church.” May the ordinary means of grace be more than a Shibboleth to us....
There is a clear pattern in Scripture of the way in which God uses the praises of His people for their future deliverances and the evangelization of the nations. May we enter into His gates with thanksgiving and His courts with praise, knowing that our God is enthroned on the praises of His people. We need His deliverance and the watching nations need His salvation....
By restraining wrong opinions about His person and work...
A Divinely Inspired Anachronism of Eschatological Hope (or 'How God Enabled Abraham to Long for Heav
In his sermon "Heavenly-Mindedness," Geerhardus Vos explained how the partriarchs could be said to be "waiting for the city which has foundations, whose builder and maker is God" (Heb. 11:10), "seeking a homeland" (Heb. 11:14) and "desiring a better, that is, a heavenly country" (Heb. 11:16) when in fact they had not received an explicit word from God about a heavenl...Keep Reading
Throughout redemptive history a number of typological death and resurrection acts were revealed in Scripture to prepare us for the ultimate death and resurrection of the coming Redeemer. For instance, in the lives of covenantal figures, the life of Joseph is marked by two death and resurrection experiences: first when his brothers throw him in the well and then sell him to...Keep Reading
Normally, I'm the guy in the room who was redeemed out of the most extreme, outwardly rebellious lifestyle. That's one of the reasons why I love hearing the testimony of God's grace in Christ to other believers who were redeemed out of deep and dark rebellion. The grace of God in the Gospel is magnified in the lives of such wayward men and women (1 Tim. 1:15-16). Lowell Iv...Keep Reading
On October 7, 2012, Rev. Roland Barnes--of Trinity PCA in Statesboro, GA--came to New Covenant PCA to do a seminar on the government of the church and the future selection of officers for the establishment of a church plant. The sermon, lectures and Q A deal with the various aspects of choosing elders and the inner workings of a local church session. I especially recomm...Keep Reading
In recent years a number of volumes have been written which seek to deal with the biblical theology of the Tabernacle in the wilderness. This subject is important because the Tabernacle was, in a very real sense, the first stepping stone to the restoration of the dwelling of God with man which Adam forfeited in the Garden-Temple of Eden. The Tabernacle (which was in a very...Keep Reading
I know that when the Bible says, "Be anger and do not sin" it is clearly teaching us that there is such a thing as righteous anger. It is referring to that just angry which is a response to the evil of sin in relationship to the holiness of God. I doubt very much that any of us have experienced any act of undiluted righteous anger. In the heart of the godliest saint there...Keep Reading
It might sounds strange to hear someone speak of "the man behind monergism," since the word monergism--in theological parlance--is used to denote the singular working of God in Christ in the regeneration and justification of sinners. In that sense, you would be right to assume that I am referring to Jesus Christ, who is Himself the God-Man. However, I'm actually refer...Keep Reading
I have always been amazed at the way in which the healing accounts in the Gospels reflect something of the compassion and the power of Jesus; but even more than that, I have often wondered at the fact that it actually cost Jesus so much more than we realize at first in order for Him to make ceremonially unclean individuals clean again. As the Son of God, Jesus lacked no po...Keep Reading
In his outstanding chapter "The Quest for Wisdom," in Resurrection and Eschatology, Vern Poythress explains the redemptive historical fulfillment of what is one of the most interesting examples of the apostolic Christological interpretation of an Old Testament passage. Deuteronomy 30:11-14 reads: For this commandment that I command you today is not too hard for you, neith...Keep Reading
The seventh episode of East of Eden: The Biblical and Systematic Theology of Jonathan Edwards is out. This time we considered Edwards' 1739 "The Importance and Advantage of a Thorough Knowledge of Divine Truth." Here's the description of the sermon from from the Reformed Forum website: In 1739, at the brink of the Great Awakening in Northampton, Jonathan Edwards pre...Keep Reading
While there has been enormous debate over the issue of whether the charismatic gifts--(i.e. the extraordinary gifts of the Spirit) that we read about in the book of Acts and in 1 Corinthians 12-14--continue to function in the church today or not, there is an important aspect of these gifts that is often overlooked, namely, the significance of them being powerfully active ...Keep Reading
With the recent controversy fueled by Propoganda's new song "Precious Puritans" (see this, this, this and this), I thought I'd take the extremely unpopular and countercultural route of seizing the opportunity to promote a welcomed new resource in Puritan publishing. Jim O'Brien has recently launched New Puritan Press, an ebook publishing house devoted to modernizi...Keep Reading