The Church as the Ultimate Barrier Breaker

I often find myself forgetting that I am one individual member of an absolutely enormous body called the Church. Still more, I forget this Church is a Body that is incredibly diverse.  Spending 2009 in South Africa helped me in this, but I’m still learning to think outside of my own little kingdom.  This Body…

Wayne Grudem on God’s Presence in Hell

At the end of January, I posted some of my thoughts on hell.  There I argued that hell is not the separation from the presence of God.  I wrote that hell is the “separation of people from the majestic, glorious presence of the Lord.” To help flesh this out, I think Wayne Grudem’s thoughts from his…

What is Justification?

Series Index What is Justification? What Does Justification Do? (Part 1) What Does Justification Do? (Part 2) Jesus Became Sin For Us Christ’s Imputed Righteousness Justification by Grace Justification by Faith Does James Contradict Paul? Part 1 in an 8 part series. View series intro and index. During the Reformation, Martin Luther and others recaptured…

Baptism and Fullness

John Stott’s Baptism and Fullness is a short, systematic theology of the Holy Spirit’s work in the life of the believer and the church at large.  It was first published in 1964 and since then, as we know, the Holy Spirit’s work has been increasing in interest and controversy with the surging of the Charismatic…

Grudem on 1 Peter 1:15-16

To be holy ‘as God is holy’ includes a full and pervading holiness that reaches to every aspect of our personalities. It involves not only avoiding outward sin but also maintaining an instinctive delight in God and his holiness as an undercurrent of heart and mind throughout the day. – Wayne Grudem, 1 Peter,  p. 79