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.
This article looks at the development of the printing press by Johann Gutenberg, showing how it was used by Martin Luther during the Reformation. Here attention is given to how the printing press was used by Luther for the printing of new Bible translations, tracts, and other books, and how the invention of the press changed Europe.
An objection frequently raised against the existence of a good God is the existence of suffering and evil. This article shows that this objection has no grounds, because in scripture it is clear that evil and a good God do exist and that this existence is not incompatible. The author shows how through apologetics one can move from this objection to the heart of the gospel.
Satan can deceive us by making us think that our reasoning is independent of Christ and through this autonomy we are able to win people for Christ. This article shows that following such a path is to fall in the hands of the Satan and his craftiness. Apologetics and evangelism are only done in dependence on Christ.
How should we practice apologetics with unbelievers? This article discusses how we can share the gospel with those who remain dead in Adam instead of alive in Christ.
Looking at the relationship between Deuteronomy 21:23 and Galatians 3:13, this article shows how Christ fulfilled the text of Deuteronomy through the crucifixion. The author shows how Christ's fulfillment of the law and His obedience to the point of being hung on a tree contrasts with Adam's disobedience of eating from the tree.
Looking at Philippians 2:7, this article shows what it means that Christ "emptied Himself". Does it mean that Christ was not God anymore?
Should Christians celebrate Christmas, since it has its background in pagan roots? This article discusses why Christians should celebrate Christmas.
This article shows how the link to the covenantal heads constitutes the antithetical view to life. Individuals are connected either to the first Adam or the second Adam - Christ Jesus. This connection shapes the practice of apologetics for Christians. The author discusses the antithesis from Romans 5:12-21.
This article looks at the character and views of Martin Luther, discussing whether or not they are in line with the modern evangelical church.
This article discusses the two kingdoms doctrine. This article shows how the perspectives around the kingdom of God and the kingdom of this world were used during the Reformation to argue against the separation of church and state, and is used today to support the social gospel. This warrants a new look into the discussion of the two kingdoms.
This article looks at the relationship between apologetics and the use of Scripture.
This article looks at the relationship between sexual freedom, sexual violence, morality, and evolution. How do we decide what is right and wrong? The author shows that if we reject God's standards, we are left with only pragmatic arguments - the ethics of consequences. This article shows that true freedom is found by delighting in God's law and His gracious forgiveness.
Is there room for pragmatism in Christianity? This article discusses pragmatism in church worship and evangelism.
Looking at the hesitance to use the word religion to describe the Christian faith, this article shows that opting to describe Christian faith as just a relationship with God does injustice to the faith. The author calls for a proper use of the word religion.
This article is a biography of Jonathan Edwards, looking at his early life and ministry.
Looking at the epistle of John, this article identifies four indicators that provide assurance that one is a Christian: accepting God's remedy against sin, devotion to God and His glory, pursuing holiness, and being part of God's people, the church. These four things are signs that one is a Christian.
Looking at Luke 23:41-42, this article shows that the way Desiderius Erasmus treated the text did not do it justice. The dying thief who received forgiveness is not an example of "mere Christianity." The text shows that the thief knew a lot about Christ and His kingdom. The author of this article argues that the thief could have learned this from his childhood; thus, this text can be used to encourage parents in their parenting call.
This article argues for the importance of preaching for the life of the church. Without true preaching, the church will die.
This article looks into the question of preaching a sermon which is not yours; with modern technology, laziness in preparing sermons is becoming a serious temptation. Though preachers may want to use sermons of other individuals in their preparation, they should do it in such a way that their sermon remains theirs.
This article celebrates the qualities and historical influence of the King James Version of the Bible.
This article is about the gift of salvation for believers. Christians are powerless, ungodly, dependant, guilty sinners. However, God met these needs and shortcomings with the gift of His Son.
Modern art and culture often includes nudity. The author of this article discusses how nakedness took on a new meaning after the Fall. Nakedness was no longer a sign of beauty and perfection, but rather of sin and unholiness. Therefore, there is no justification or reason for having nudity in art or culture.
Church history should be part of the devotional life of a Christian. Through church history we see the sovereignty of God, learn to talk about the biblical teaching, recognize heresies, remain rooted, understand church practices, and live courageously for Christ.
Challenging the modern trend of divorcing morality from God, this article shows that sin is primarily an attack on God. The author discusses this using the example of adultery and envy. The fact that God is the Creator causes sin to be against Him, and sin mars the character of God. The author highlights implications of this for pastoral care.
This article contends for the historicity of Adam and Eve and the belief that Adam was the first person and the father of all. Denying the historicity of Adam is equal to denying the Christian account of sin and evil, a Christian understanding of God, and the rationale for the incarnation, cross and resurrection of Christ.
Is simply preaching scripture sufficient for evangelism? This article reflects on expository preaching, showing that modern entertainment has made many preachers question the adequacy of scripture in spreading the gospel. The author shows that the strength of expository preaching lies in a firm belief of the sufficiency of scripture. The author also discusses application in preaching.
The author of this article discusses the challenge of the mid-life crisis. The author states that it is important to throw away the lie that every individual is unique and special, which makes us out to be like messiahs. Only Christ is unique and only the church has a special destiny. The sooner that is embraced, the better individuals can appreciate old age.
This article is on the topic of evolution. The author shows how evolutionism has moved from being a biological theory to faith in the limitless advancement of science, technology, and social engineering, as well as optimism regarding man's position in the cosmos. The author discusses how C.S Lewis' criticism of evolutionism can still be applied today.
Is the Reformed Church lacking joy? The author of this article attributes the lack of joy within the Reformed Church to the desire to be unique and the challenge to preserve doctrinal truth. This article points to the covenant of grace as the cure to finding and expressing joy in God.
This article highlights some concerns around the new "young, restless and reformed" (YRR) movement.
This article looks at the reasons God allows suffering. The author shows that suffering reveals our trust of Christ, convict us of sins, corrects us, and focuses our happiness on Christ.
This article gives reasons why we can thank God for the lives of those who served God faithfully. The author shows how John Calvin upheld the biblical truth and sought to glorify Christ. Calvin's exposition on election describes the foundation for Christian assurance.
The book of James is Christ-centered, and draws attention to the wisdom of Christ, the reality of the second coming of Christ, and the words of Christ.
How should Christians live? This article discusses being righteous before God.
This article discusses the relationship between Christians and modern culture. The author calls Christians to focus on the doctrine of scripture and upholding biblical standards rather than getting caught up in modern culture and entertainment.
This article discusses how in modern times many young people remain immature and fail to take responsibility for their actions. The author discusses the root of this problem, and how to counteract this culture of youth.
While thankful that young people are embracing the Reformed teaching, this article warning against the danger of making personal reformation an end in itself. It calls young reformed Christians to get engaged in ministry of mercy.
The modern church often shuts the Old Testament out of the church. This article discusses the reasons for this.
This article discusses how Christians can participate in the Lord's Supper for their benefit.
This article is a response to the idea that the book of Proverbs does not speak about Jesus. The author shows how Proverbs points to Christ's life, his being, the gospel, and his resurrection.
This article shows that the problem facing modern theology, scholarship, and church life is the loss of God's holiness. Without a clear view of God holiness, individuals have an improper view of scripture, and God is viewed as an object.
Bridging the gap between those who resist any use of creeds and those who uphold creeds above scripture, this article proposes a healthy way of viewing creeds. The author maintains that creeds should be viewed historically (unifying the church of all times and places) and doctrinally (identifying the cores of the Christian faith). Having this perspective on the creeds, however, does not mean that confessions cannot ever be improved or changed.
Looking at church history, this article shows how history can be used to deal with ideologies the church faces. The author looks at Islam and its history, and the history of conflict between Muslims and Christians. The author also draws some conclusions about how Christians should live today in light of this history.
"We Christians are caught in a dilemma: it is captured succinctly by Amos: "Does disaster come to a city, unless the LORD has done it?" (Amos 3:6). It is simply not an option for us to remove God from the context of evil and then suddenly invoke him when the sun shines". This article is about God and evil, suffering, the goodness of God and disasters.
In this review on a book by Rebecca Jones, the author looks at the role of the woman.
Is it possible that (according to the Gospel of Judas) Judas was in fact a hero, and that Jesus revealed to him alone the secrets of salvation? Does it make a difference to the gospel of Jesus Christ?