In Chapter 1 the author introduces the main contention of this volume on the doctrine of the Word of God, that the speech of God to man is real speech. God’s speech can be understood and man can be held accountable to respond appropriately. Frame’s thesis is that God’s Word is a personal communication from him to us.
In chapter 1, John Frame wants to give an answer to the question, “What is worship?" He emphasizes that it should be God-centred, gospel-centred, and it is worship of the triune God. He also explores how in worship attention should be given to the relationship with our fellow believers and society as a whole. Frame also explains his understanding of worship in a narrow and broader meaning.
Looking briefly at the history of cultural involvement of the church, this article looks at art and discusses whether Christians should embrace high art. Though high art can be good, this article shows that Christians must learn to start where people are and work for their growth, while being careful of the influence of the secular world in setting the standard.
Reformed churches sometimes struggle in reaching out to minority groups. In this article, the author discusses some reasons for this. Focus is given to the idea of "learned ministry" - the high educational requirement for entering ministry within the Reformed churches - which hinders such growth of multi-ethnic churches. Rethinking mission work and evangelism may be one way to change things.
Looking at the relationship between intellect, will and emotions, this article shows that the Reformed view has formed a hierarchy of the three with the intellect at the top. Looking at the biblical evidence, the author shows that there is no ground for this hierarchy. The author maintains that Scripture addresses emotions, and based on this he urges Christians to care about the feelings of others.
This article shows that there are some strong biblical grounds to rule out cloning as wrong due to the destruction of life. However, the author also proposes a few arguments in support of cloning.
The Bible clearly puts a limit on the teaching role of a woman. However, the author of this article distinguishes between the general and special teaching offices. This article shows that Scripture does not forbid women from teaching; however, it should not be at the expense of compromising the limits of Scripture. In addition, the woman must be submissive to the elders, and should not teach based on the false notion of the oppression of women.
This article is on the topic of education. The author discusses the responsibility of parents in raising children in a God-saturated environment.
Showing that parents have the ultimate responsibility for the education of their children, this article calls on parents to take this responsibility in sending their children to Christian schools or to home school their children. The author argues that there are very few, if any, reasons for Christian parents to send their children to public schools.
This article discusses the relationship between state, church and the kingdom of God. The author maintains that there is no neutral government in terms of religion. The knowledge that the kingdom of God will last forever has bearing on how the church thinks about the state in relation to redemptive history.
Looking at the participation of Christians in electing civil government, this article discusses a biblical way of thinking about the state and the way biblical law must be applied in relation to the civil government. In this article some principles are given which must govern Christian thinking on this topic.
Calling for Christians to rethink the use of "bathroom" and sexual slang, this article shows that while on occassion Scripture does have some slang language, its use is different from how it is used today. Considering the use of God's name as slang, this article calls for reverence to God in our speech.
This article discusses the relationship between genes and innate behaviour, using the issue of homosexuality as a key example. The author maintains that our genetic makeup does not mean that we are not responsible for our choices and our sin. The author also discusses living with our limitations, specifically in terms of disability.
Starting from the conviction that the church in both the New Testament and Old Testament is one church, this article draws the beginning of the church from Adam and Eve to the New Testament church. From the beginning God intended to build one united church, and the division of the two kingdoms and the exile shows that sin separates God's people.
With a view towards Roman 3:1-8, Romans 5:1-5 and Romans 8:28-39, this article shows how understanding God as Lord, Saviour and Spirit is crucial to dealing with the questions around the evil and suffering in this world. This understanding helps to encourage believers to trust and rely on the righteousness and goodness of God.
This article examines God's character, looking at the relationship between the changeableness of God and His unchangeability. Applying this to the story of redemption, the author shows that it is possible to speak about both the unchanging nature of God as well as the biblical records of God changing His mind.
The author of this article argues for a distinction between disease and sin, stating that disease is not always a direct result of individual sin. The author discusses moral responsibility in relation to physical disability, and examines the relationship between human responsibility and freedom. He also looks at predispositions to sin and responsibility
This article shows that, grounded in God's mercy and love, Christians have a calling to stand for the unborn. Systematically refuting the arguments raised by pro-abortionists, the author shows that Christians have a role in defending the unborn and to fight against abortion through taking part in supporting and working together with pro-life organisations.
This article shows that the Word of God cannot be equated with the Bible. God's Word includes His powerful speech (stating what will happen), authoritative speech (stating what ought to happen), and His personal presence. This is the self expression of God, or His Word. This article is about the nature of Scripture.
The unique aspect of the Reformed faith is its understanding of the covenant Lordship of God as the framework for understanding scripture. This article shows that this Lordship emphasizes the control of God, His authority, and His presence over all creation. This makes the Reformed faith applicable as a theology to any context, culture and time.
This article discusses three misunderstandings with regard to Sola Scriptura: the idea of reformation, creativity and the work of the Spirit.