In the first of these reflections on the Sabbath, we considered it in the context of God's creation. If you missed it, you can find it here. In this instalment, we are going to jump ahead to the 4th commandment and think about the Sabbath day in the context of the Law of Moses. It… Continue reading The Christian, the Sabbath and the Law of Moses.
On September 25th 2017 I began to hyperventilate. This was because of a statement made by one of the most influential Christian pastor/theologians in my life, John Piper. I have read almost everything he has written and listened to hours upon hours of sermons, conference messages and seminars that he has produced. I always knew there were… Continue reading A Brief Response to John Piper’s Article on Salvation by Faith Alone.
In order to talk about the application of the Sabbath to the Christian, we first have to see it in its biblical-theological context. When speaking of the Sabbath, most Christians think of the 4th commandment. If this is all that there is to the conversation, it is like watching a snippet from the middle of a… Continue reading The Christian, the Sabbath and Creation.
Having thought about the difficulty of discerning the difference between primary and secondary doctrines, we now turn to consider another related problem... that the distinction between primary and secondary doctrines often gets interpreted as "important" and "non-important" doctrines. At this point, we begin to spiral fairly quickly into the theological abyss. Just because something isn't… Continue reading Matters of First Importance (Part 3)
I'm sharing this article from Carl Trueman because I think it is terrifyingly insightful. Agree or disagree, this commentary is well worth your time. In Book Three of his work, The Gay Science, Nietzsche begins with a legend of how, years after the Buddha’s death, his shadow, large and terrifying, appeared on the wall of… Continue reading The Mod | It’s The End of the World As We Know It — The Mod | Textual Criticism: What It Is And Why You Need It
Last week we began to think about the Evangelical tendency to categorise doctrines into matters of primary and secondary importance. "Primary" refers to those doctrines that are essential to all Christians everywhere and "secondary" referring those doctrines that are non-essential. In this article, we begin to consider some of the problems arising out of this… Continue reading Matters of First Importance (Part 2)
How ‘No Creed But the Bible’ Subverts the Bible https://www.thegospelcoalition.org/article/no-creed-bible-subverts/ — Read on http://www.thegospelcoalition.org/article/no-creed-bible-subverts/ I heartily agree with this. It is a concept that is so often misunderstood...and it fits in with the current theme of my blog so I thought it worthy of a repost.
Evangelicalism walks a very fine line between maintaining unity and contending for the faith. It is a joyous and treacherous position to be in. Stray too far to the one side and you fall off the cliff of heresy. Stray too far in the other direction and we find ourselves mixed up in the Colossian… Continue reading Matters of First Importance (Part 1)
Distracted from the Real Warning? Hebrews 5 and 6 has to be among the most controversial passages in the Bible. The controversy is mainly between Calvinists like me who argue that you cannot lose your salvation and...well, everybody else. However, as is sadly the case with any Bible passage that has become caught up in… Continue reading The Danger of Being a Theological Sluggard.
"Religion is bad. Just look all of those ridiculous and irrational things those Calvinist Christians did during the Salem witch trials." Have you ever heard something like this before? I wouldn't be surprised if you had. It's a common argument. To be honest, as a Christian, I have never really enjoyed spending that much time… Continue reading Christianity and the Salem Witch Trials