As a pastor or an elder, how do you do a hospital visit? This article offers some practical ways to conduct such visits.
Most discussions on infant and adult baptism focus on the role of faith. This article looks at this discussion from another angle, addressing the question: when is the grace that is symbolized in baptism given to the individual? The author shows that adult baptism sees it to be given in the past, whereas infant baptism is a promissory seal of grace to come.
Reflecting on the modern trend where the self has become the law, this article shows how rebellion against the law can be used by Satan to bring worldliness in the church. The cure can be found in keeping the balance between justification and sanctification. This is the fourth and final article in a series looking at some examples of worldly thinking infiltrating the church.
The distinction drawn between being spiritual instead of religious has resulted in negative thinking around formal religion. This has become a tool Satan has used to bring worldliness into the church. This is the third in a series of four articles looking at some examples of worldly thinking infiltrating the church.
Reflecting on the influx on immigrants from other countries into the West, this article seeks to keep the balance in thinking about national security, welfare, Christian care and morality. The author expresses the need for a rethinking among Christians on border security and immigration, with a call to show care and love to strangers.
This article shows how the church can become worldly by desiring to appear to be normal before the world. In this article, the author shows how Satan uses the desire for normality to bring a worldly influence into the worship service. This is the second in a series of four articles looking at some examples of worldly thinking infiltrating the church.
This article shows how the church can become worldly through distraction. In this article, the author shows how Satan can use distraction to negatively influence public worship in church. This is the first in a series of four articles looking at some examples of worldly thinking infiltrating the church.
This article tackles the objection raised against convenantal apologetics which rejects scripture's self-authenticity. The author examines the claim that scripture requires a form of reason to establish its authenticity, and finds that looking for this outside scripture is to make man the authority.
Looking at Christian eschatology and how it shapes the hope we have, this article shows how this understand calls Christians to develop an ascetical practice in this life. This way of life is achieved through being heavenly minded. It is only in being heavenly minded that Christians can be or real use in this life. Read on...
This article shows how the resurrected body of Christ directs our thinking on how we should view the continuity and discontinuity of our body, as well as our social duties in the old and new creation. Marriage is used as a example of this continuity and discontinuity. This is the fourth in a series of articles on the topic of eschatology.
Looking at the relationship between Genesis 1-2 and Revelation 21, this article shows how both these scripture passages highlight the presence of God as the center of everything. This perspective allows us to view God as the Creator of our hope. This is the second in a series of articles on the topic of eschatology.
Though commending the effort by Neo-Calvinists to raise the Lordship of Christ in all of life, this article shows that this has the tendency to root Christian hope in this world. This article calls for a balanced perspective in which the Lordship of Christ in all of life will not blind Christians to the reality of their spiritual hope. This is the first in a series of articles on the topic of eschatology.
Linking homosexuality and sexual orientation, this article shows how sexual orientation has redefined personhood. Man and woman are no longer defined in terms of being image-bearers. Instead, our being is defined by sexual orientation. This has robbed man of the opportunity to have his identity in the Triune God, and it has left him empty.
This article warns against the tendency to treat the Bible as a book that simply gives advice and principles for life. This way of reading scripture tends to promote a self-centered interpretation of scripture. The author also discusses the relationship between inspiration and illumination, the relationship between Word and Spirit.
Looking at Acts 28:17-31, this article looks at the speculation around why Luke ended the book of Acts in the way that he did. Here the author suggests that Luke wanted to show that with the completion of Paul's ministry, a once-for-all foundation had been laid for the Word of God to continue without hinderance.
The doctrine of divine blessedness has been objected to on the grounds that to call God blessed is pagan. This article shows that using the term does not mean that Christians have taken on its pagan meaning. Instead, Christians use it in a way that shows how God is distinguished from other gods, since He is Triune and engaged in history.
Looking at 1 Timothy 1:11, this article show what it means to speak about divine blessedness. Lamenting the loss of the blessedness of God in modern theology, the article calls for the rediscovery of this truth. The concept of a blessed God sums up the divine attributes of God, provides a bridge to the Trinity, and helps to interpret the anthropomorphisms of scripture.
This article looks at the Reformation attempts of Peter Martyr Vermigli, who sought to reform the Roman Catholic Church. Vermigli's efforts can be seen as a great lesson to those seeking to reform the Catholic Church and those hoping to work with her.
Due to the Fall, all individuals experience shame. This article discusses a right and wrong approach to dealing with feelings of shame.
The author of this article shows from the Bible and from history that Christians also experience depression. The church plays an important role in supporting and comforting those struggling with depression.
This article looks at the sixth tenet identified in Covenental Apologetics, written by Scott Oliphint. The author discusses how there are two kinds of people: those who are in Christ, and those who are in Adam. This understanding of man's position is unique to Reformed apologetics, and has implications for the practice of apologetics.
This article discusses the fifth tenet identified in Covenental Apologetics, written by Scott Oliphint. Looking at the text of Romans 1:18-21, the author shows that all people know God, and this knowledge entails covenental obligations. The author discusses what this means in relation to apologetics.
This article shows that legalism is a problem that confronts both justification and sanctification, and needs to be addressed in a balanced way.