Word and Sacrament
The Kingdom of God
Oaths and Vows
Law in Action
The Uniqueness of Jesus Christ: Some Evangelical Reflections
Grace in the New Testament is not...an impersonal energy automatically switched on by prayer and sacraments, but the heart and hand of the living almighty God.
There is nothing more irreligious than self-absorbed religion.
A Lost Art A tried and true way of teaching is needed again
Are You Serious? Christian gravitas in a narcissistic age
Infinite Worth God’s esteem is all that counts – and Christians have it
More Than Motions Why personal righteousness matters
Single-Minded Two minds are not better than one when it comes to faith
Strength in Weakness The way of the weak is the only healthy way
Wisdom Along the Way Finding God’s will is neither so vital nor difficult as many think
Hell’s Final Enigma Will the fate of the lost mar heaven’s joy?
What Did the Cross Achieve? The Logic of Penal Substitution
This essay attempts to explain the belief that the death of Christ on the cross had the character of penal substitution, and that it was by virtue of this fact that it brought salvation to mankind. First, the author clears up some questions of method. He then continues to explore what it means to call Christ's death substitutionary.
God Only Wise
What is wisdom? How is the wisdom of God different from human wisdom? This article shows how God is wise in leading and guiding the lives of man by describing how God worked in the lives of Abraham, Jacob, and Joseph.
This article considers the unity of the Trinity in Christ's command to baptize disciples.
Four Truths about Christian Giving
This article highlights four key truths about Christian giving: it is both a spiritual gift and a discipline of discipleship, a management of God's money, a ministry with God's money, and a mindset regarding God's money.
The article featured here centres on the doctrine of justification by faith and its place in the life of the church. The article traces the emergence of its prominence in the church of the Reformation. Further, the article considers the need for justification, the meaning of justification (including imputation of righteousness), and faith as the means of justification.
2 Corinthians 5:1-8 – Where There's Hope, There's Life
This article explores the matter of Christian hope, through the lens of 2 Corinthians 5:1-8.
The Devil Unmasked
This article aims to help us know and assess Satan so that we are better equipped to fight him effectively. It gives a portrait of Satan, including his mentality and tools, but also speaks of the fact that he is captive, and we have weapons to use against him.
Taking God Seriously – Taking Faith Seriously
What did the biblical writers mean when they spoke of faith? In Chapter 1 the author reflects on what the character and nature of this faith in the prophets, apostles, and other writers refers to. He also includes some questions for study and discussion.
Upholding the Unity of Scripture Today
The harmonious unity of Scripture has for centuries been the presupposition and belief of the church in the East and West. In this paper, Packer discusses the implications of the modern emphasis on the diversity in Scripture and focuses on the moral and ethical implications.
Solid Ground – On Knowing God: The World and the Word
In Chapter 1 the author explores what it means to know God. Knowing God is portrayed as the supreme gift of God’s grace, and the Bible is the means for knowing God.
In My Place Condemned He Stood – Penal Substitution Revisited
The author introduces the place, meaning, and importance of the doctrine of atonement through penal substitution.
What is the unpardonable sin? This article explains.
The office of elder is what Christ uses to shepherd his church. This article explains the elder's role.
Prayer is fellowship with God. It is a response to listening to God. This article explains the nature of prayer and its relation to the sovereignty of God
The Bible presents Jesus sitting at the right hand of the Father. This article shows that this has to do with Christ's authority and rule.
The ascension expresses to us Christ's omnipresence and his heavenly ministry. This article explains.
Why was Jesus baptized? The baptism of Jesus was a sign that he was identifying himself with us. How? This article explains.
Depravity Infects Everyone
"Original sin" is the reality that we sin because we are descendants of Adam, and the implication is our total depravity. This is what the article explains.
Demons are spiritual beings that are corrupt and hostile to God and man, with Satan as their chief. This article explains their nature and activity.
"Omniscience" describes the reality that God knows everything, and also sees everything. What does this mean for you life? The article explains.
The "wisdom of God" refers both to the eternal decrees of God and his commands. This article explains these two.
God is love, and God is good. These are well known phrases. What do they mean really? This article explains.
This article explains the transcendence, immutability, impassibility, and simplicity of God.
God revealed himself as Yahweh – the I AM. This article explains why God revealed himself in this way.
Baptism: A Sacrament of the Covenant of Grace
Christian baptism must be seen in light of the covenant. This article explains the nature of the covenant relationship between God and sinners, as well as the unity and continuity of the covenant in the Old and New Testaments. From these arguments it considers infant baptism.
Why Your Church and Family Need Catechesis
What the church historically has deemed to be essential for the nurturing of the church, is today neglected. What could that be? This article answers this question by pointing to catechesis.
From Scriptures to the Sermon: The Problem of Paradigms
For preaching to be effective, the preacher needs to understand the paradigms surrounding him. This article shows that there is a paradigm shift that preaching must take into consideration in three themes: God, man, and godliness. Understanding this shift is crucial for the faithfulness and effectiveness of preaching.
From the Scriptures to the Sermon: Some Perspectives on Preaching
Preaching is the event of God bringing to an audience a Bible-based, Christ-centred, life-impacting message of instruction through the words of a spokesperson. This article gives five factors that undermine the credibility of such preaching. It looks at what should constitute authority in preaching and what are the things that hinder such authority.
Theological Reflections on the Charismatic Movement (2)
This article picks up where part one ended. Focus is on the claims of Neo-Pentecostalism or the charismatic movement on baptism of the Spirit, glossolalia or speaking in tongues, gifts of the spirit, and healing, with the leading texts being Acts 2 and 1 Corinthians 12-1 Corinthians 14.
Theological Reflections on the Charismatic Movement (1)
In order to give a theological reflection on Neo-Pentecostalism or the charismatic movement, this article gives five characteristics that characterizes the movement, twelve affirmations that the movement seeks to stand for, and ten defects within the movement. This article explains them all. This is part one of the reflection; please also read part two for a complete reflection.
Towards a Confession for Tomorrow's Church
In order for true unity and ecumenicity to exist within the churches, there needs to be a convincing confession of faith. This article looks at the role confessions and creeds play in shaping such unity of churches. Attention is given to the need for confessions, the problems and challenges of adopting confessions, and the method for formulating them.
The Holy Spirit and the Local Congregation
The work of the Holy Spirit in relation to the local church is that he creates the local church, animates it, brings order within it, and causes growth. These are principle taught from 1 Corinthians 12-1 Corinthians 14 on the work of the Holy Spirit in the local church. This is what the article explains.
The Bible and the Authority of Reason
Humanism appeals to reason as its authority while Christianity appeals to Scripture as its authority. Can Christians appeals to reason? This article answers this question by looking at the authority of reason in religion, in Protestant theology, and in the Scriptures.
Seventeenth-Century Teaching on the Christian Life (2)
The Roman and Reformed tradition produced two different traditions on the Christian life. This article looks at these two tradition through the eyes of Francis de Sales, Richard Baxter, and John Owen. Here focus is on their view of faith and love.
Seventeenth-Century Teaching on the Christian Life (1)
The Roman and Reformed tradition produced two different traditions on the Christian life. This article looks at these two traditions through the eyes of Francis de Sales, Richard Baxter, and John Owen. Here focus is on their view of man and sin.
Reformation of the Church
Does the church need reformation today? This article shows that at times the call for reformation is directed by thinking that the Reformation itself was about getting doctrine, church order, and liturgy straight. Yet there is more to the Reformation than this, which the article also demonstrates.