There might not be a more difficult exegetical onion in all of the Scriptures than 1 Corinthians 11:1-16. Throughout the centuries many commentators and theologians have scratched their heads (no pun intended) as they sought to understand the historical situation, the flow of Paul's argumentation and what should be the application of the text to the church of their day. As...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...
Back in 2005, Sinclair Ferguson gave a lecture on the New Perspective on Paul at Bethel Church PCA in Dallas, TX. The audio has not been available for about a year now. Because we believe that this is one of the most important critiques in the history of the debate, we're making the lecture available here....Keep Reading
Every other week I meet with a group of men and women at New Covenant's Study Center to consider various aspects of Biblical Theology. We have considered such topics as "Adam, Covenant and Christ," "A Tale of Two Seeds," "The Noahic Covenant and Christ" and "Jesus as True Israel." The next meeting will be Tuesday October 16, 2012 at 6:30 PM. If you would like to attend p...Keep Reading
The fourth episode of "East of Eden" is out. This time the panelists are joined by Dr. Ken Minkema, the executive editor at the Jonathan Edwards Center at Yale University, in order to discuss the formation of the Center and the resources available there. We also briefly spoke with Dr. Minkema about his doctoral dissertation on the history of the Edwards’ family, The E...Keep Reading
Since the very first time I heard him preach, I've had an enormous admiration for--and have been fascinated by--the preaching of Sinclair Ferguson. The creativity which he exhibits in the pulpit makes his sermons seem more like spiritual and intellectual works of art than mere logical and informative lectures. Some of that creativity obviously has to do with personality, ...Keep Reading
Last week we met at New Covenant Presbyterian Church's study center for the 12th installment of "The Emmaus Sessions." We began to give consideration to the Mosaic Covenant and Christ. The lecture was divided into four sections: (1) The Law in redemptive history; (2) The tripartite division of the Law; (3) The fulfillment of the Law in Christ; and (4) the three uses of the...Keep Reading
In his 475th entry in Notes on Scripture, Jonathan Edwards expounded Exodus 25:23–40 with regard to the Christological typology of the showbread and the lampstand in the holy place of the Temple. He wrote: These both were to stand continually in the holy place before the veil of the holy of holies, one on the north side and the other on the south. Each of these seems t...Keep Reading
The second Professor at the Theological Seminary of the Presbyterian Church at Princeton, NJ (now Princeton Theological Seminary) was the Rev. Dr. Samuel Miller. As the lone colleague of Archibald Alexander during the first few years of the seminary, Miller is well remembered for his voluminous catalogue of writings on ecclesiology, Christian ministry and theological tr...Keep Reading
The most recent episode of "East of Eden: The Biblical and Systematic Theology of Jonathan Edwards" is now out. You can find it here. Originally preached in Northampton in 1735, and then preached again in 1752, The Most High, a Prayer Hearing God was preached on a fast appointed on the account of epidemical sickness at the eastward of Boston. In this sermon, Edwards foc...Keep Reading
I must have read Hebrews once a week as a young Christian. Nothing thrilled my heart more than seeing the One by whom I had been redeemed being exalted to the place of highest honor when the writer contrasted Christ with His forerunners in redemptive-history. I fell in love with biblical theology by sitting at the feet of the writer of Hebrews. The Scriptures made sense. R...Keep Reading
The second episode of "East of Eden: The Biblical and Systematic Theology of Jonathan Edwards" is out. This time Craig Beihl, Dave Filson, Jeff Waddington and I sit down to discuss Edwards' first published sermon, "God Glorified in Man's Dependence." You can listen to or download the episode over at the Reformed Forum. Here is a summary of the episode: Originally preach...Keep Reading