Another Sola?

During the Reformation, there were five “solae” (sola is Latin for “alone”) that attempted to sum up the doctrine of salvation. To the reformers, salvation is: by Grace alone through Faith alone in Christ alone as revealed in Scripture alone for the Glory of God alone This is right and good. But is it enough? Several years ago, a mentor posed the question to me: “I wonder how history would have changed had the reformers included another sola: for love alone.” There should be another. After all, “The aim of our charge is love that issues from a pure heart and a good conscience and … Continue reading Another Sola?

Let there be Light! No, seriously, turn on the lights!

Corporate worship is the highlight of the weekly rhythm for Christians. It is the time when we gather together to exalt Jesus and renew our covenant with God. We are to do this in accord with the way he has revealed himself with his word. Because of this, every aspect of corporate worship should be well-thought out. I think that evangelicals do a pretty good job, for the most part, in thinking through preaching, music, order of service, etc. when it comes to corporate worship. But what about the very non-essential matters? What about, say, how low we dim the lights? … Continue reading Let there be Light! No, seriously, turn on the lights!

Six “P’s” for Looking for Christ in the Old Testament

David Murray, professor at Puritan Reformed Theological Seminary, talks for a few minutes about the main ways to look for Christ in the Old Testament. This video is primarily for preachers, but there’s nothing explicitly sermon-oriented about it. Whether you are a preacher or not, this video will be a great help to you as you seek to gaze upon the glory of the gospel of Jesus in the Old Testament! Continue reading Six “P’s” for Looking for Christ in the Old Testament

Jesus: Prophet, Priest, King

If you had three words to describe Jesus, which words would you use? Gentle? Lord? Master? Kind? Loving? Gracious? Truthful? Teacher? Savior? Compassionate? These descriptors are all true, of course. The truest of true! But I want to challenge you to think big picture, and consider the background of the Old Testament–which all points to Jesus (see John 5:29; Luke 24:24-27, 44). In the Old Testament, there were only three offices in Israel: prophet, priest, and king. Jesus is the ultimate fulfillment of these offices, so whenever we read about them in the Old Testament, we need to keep one … Continue reading Jesus: Prophet, Priest, King

David Platt on How We Should Respond to the Gospel

You are not saved because you prayed a prayer or went to the front row during an evangelistic event. Here, David Platt talks about “the sinner’s prayer” and what a biblical response to the gospel looks like. If you are looking for a few resources on conversion and response to the gospel, let me suggest two books. J.D. Greear has written a wonderful little book called Stop Asking Jesus into  Your Heart. I recently reviewed this book. Also, Gordon Smith has written a more comprehensive and academic book on conversion called Transforming Conversion: Rethinking the Language and Contours of Christian Initiation. Smith’s book is … Continue reading David Platt on How We Should Respond to the Gospel

Monday Miscellanies: Law

A guest post by Jonathan Edwards 79. Law The natural reason why it is as Romans 7:8 ff. [says], “But sin, taking occasion by the commandment, wrought in me all manner of concupiscence,” etc. [The] reason why man has the more strong inclination to moral evil when forbidden, is because obedience is submission and subjection, and the commandment is obligation. But natural corruption is against submission and obligation, but loves the lowest kind of liberty as one of those apparent goods that it seeks; and when he disobeys, he looks upon it that he has broke the obligation. When he … Continue reading Monday Miscellanies: Law