Bible Studies, doctrine

What is 1689 Federalism and how should we respond to it?

What is Covenant Theology? Covenant theology is a particular theological discipline that seeks to understand the unified message of the Bible through the study of the biblical covenants and how they fit together. What is 1689 Federalism? 1689 Federalism is a version of covenant theology held by the majority of Reformed Baptists who produced the London Baptist… Continue reading What is 1689 Federalism and how should we respond to it?

Bible Studies

The Christian, the Sabbath and the Law of Moses.

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.

Bible Studies, Christian Life

The Christian, the Sabbath and Creation.

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.

Bible Studies, Christian Life, doctrine

The Danger of Being a Theological Sluggard.

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.

Bible Studies, Christian Life

Is time a cruel mistress?

  There is a time for everything,     and a season for every activity under the heavens:          a time to be born and a time to die,     a time to plant and a time to uproot,      a time to kill and a time to heal,     a time to tear down and a time to build,      a… Continue reading Is time a cruel mistress?

Bible Studies, Christian Life

Happiness and Task Completion

Ecclesiastes 2: 4-11 I undertook great projects: I built houses for myself and planted vineyards. I made gardens and parks and planted all kinds of fruit trees in them. I made reservoirs to water groves of flourishing trees. I bought male and female slaves and had other slaves who were born in my house. I… Continue reading Happiness and Task Completion

Bible Studies, Christian Life

Is there any point to pleasure?

I denied myself nothing my eyes desired;     I refused my heart no pleasure. My heart took delight in all my labour,     and this was the reward for all my toil. 11 Yet when I surveyed all that my hands had done     and what I had toiled to achieve, everything was meaningless, a chasing after the wind;… Continue reading Is there any point to pleasure?

Bible Studies, Christian Life, Uncategorized

Temporary and Lasting Pleasure

I said to myself, ‘Come now, I will test you with pleasure to find out what is good.’ But that also proved to be meaningless. ‘Laughter,’ I said, ‘is madness. And what does pleasure accomplish?’ I tried cheering myself with wine, and embracing folly – my mind still guiding me with wisdom. I wanted to see what was… Continue reading Temporary and Lasting Pleasure

Bible Studies, Christian Life

STILL HAVEN’T FOUND WHAT YOU’RE LOOKING FOR?

A person can do nothing better than to eat and drink and find satisfaction in their own toil. This too, I see, is from the hand of God, for without him, who can eat or find enjoyment? To the person who pleases him, God gives wisdom, knowledge and happiness, but to the sinner he gives the task… Continue reading STILL HAVEN’T FOUND WHAT YOU’RE LOOKING FOR?

Bible Studies, Christian Life

What is it like to be a Christian?

I was asked this question after giving a talk at a youth group and, I have to admit, it completely stumped me. I wanted to launch into rhetoric about how wonderful and exciting the Christian life is. I wanted to... but I just couldn’t bring myself to do it. The Christian life is wonderful. The… Continue reading What is it like to be a Christian?