This article shows how to be a Christian is to be a church member. It shows that there are four elements cast aside when one does not belong to a local church.
This article is an excerpt from Boyce's Abstract of Systematic Theology, on the advantages of studying theology systematically.
What should parents teach their children about death? This article offers five truths to explain to children when death happens close to them: death and judgment are coming to us all, death is not how it is supposed to be, death for the believer is to be with Christ, death will one day be destroyed, and death is something we all must think about. The article also explains what to say about the death of unbelievers.
This article discusses the benefit of Advent, as a help for training to wait, which is for our sanctification and relates to God's divine purposes.
This article makes the case for teaching children about the Reformation. Such teaching brings them to know about God's faithfulness to his church, that the church is always in need of reforming, defending the Bible is dangerous but worth the risk, God does extraordinary things through ordinary people, and the gospel is everything. It ends with some suggestions on how to teach them, and some resources worth using.
This article recounts the theological discovery of Martin Luther that God is indeed merciful.
This article offers advice for every aspiring missionary, to cultivate certain habits in preparation.
In spite of claims that the doctrines of Protestantism are closer now to those of the Roman Catholic Church, this article explains that there remains a vast difference between the two traditions. It considers such differences in the doctrines of justification, Scripture and tradition, church and sacraments, Mary and the saints, indulgences, and purgatory.
This article highlights two illusions that the wife of a pastor needs to stop believing, that ministry will be free of hardship, and having deep friendships both inside and outside the local church is unimportant.
This article discusses the fundamental importance of hospitality in the church, and provides five ways to pursue it, with 1 Corinthians 16 as springboard.
This article explains how the idol of pornography can take over one's life, and how to avoid it or turn from it. It explains that isolation is a breeding ground for sin, but sanctification is pursued in community.
Have you ever started a Bible reading plan only to get bogged down part way through? This article offers four strategies to consider if you have quit such a plan. It suggests reading the Bible in large portions, in small portions, with repetition, and on a whim.
This article offers five points of encouragement for every new pastor, much in line with the encouragements Paul gave to Timothy.
This article draws lessons from the ministry of John the Baptist to encourage ministers to preach with confidence, freedom, and joy.
This article suggests that increasing evangelism in the church is crucial for supplementing the health of the church. It has a way of promoting biblical literacy, Christian unity, and personal holiness,
This article considers the matter of work ethic for the Christian. It stresses that Christians ought to be marked by diligence, integrity, and eternity in their work.
This article argues that beneath any legitimate type in Scripture is a covenantal topography that rises and falls throughout Israel's covenant history. It demonstrates how biblical types follow this topography from historical prototype, through covenantal ectypes, to their intended antitype—Christ.
This article discusses how Boaz in the book of Ruth is a type of Christ, and Jesus is a true and greater Boaz. The author first defines a Christological type. Then he addresses whether Christological types can be identified in the Old Testament even if the New Testament authors did not identify them. Afterwards, he notes the correspondences and escalation between Boaz and Christ. Finally, he draws some conclusions.
This article shows how Mark 11–Mark 12, and the Old Testament quotations therein, expound typological correspondences with Israel’s historic temple. That temple is judged and a new temple is erected, the temple of the community of Christ's followers. In the process, Mark 11:24 becomes clear: “whatever you ask in prayer” is meant in reference to the ministrations of the temple now fulfilled in such followers. In short, the events of Mark 11–12 comprise an extended temple antitype.
This article considers a typological pattern developing in Scripture, namely, that of an Adamic figure, Joseph, within the Pentateuch and then stretching through the exilic figures of Mordecai and Daniel, and into the New Testament. The author considers this in light of the question of whether such typology stands merely as an act of reading or as a part of writing. He argues that such typology exists within the OT as an act of writing and not merely a way of reading.
This article provides five important reasons why it is vital for every Christian to gather weekly for corporate worship.
This article explains how when the church makes use of God's ordinary means of grace, God's power shines through. With five reasons it encourages the building of a ministry around these means of grace.
This article discusses the value of reading aloud to your children, from babies in the womb to teenagers. It offers some principles of reading, as well as some recommended literature.
This article discusses the value of the Christian's reading fiction. It suggests that fiction ignites our God-given imagination, offers insight to the human condition, and fosters empathy for others.
This article discusses one approach to memorizing books of the Bible, and how to retain them in memory.
This article considers what the consequences would be if there was no resurrection of Christ from the dead. Then Good Friday is just another Friday, and there is no hope for Christians.
This article offers three key components that should be in a funeral message: acknowledge the need to grieve, make the hope of the gospel clearly known, and call your hearers to respond to the gospel.
This article considers the interaction that John Owen had with the Socinians. It puts it into historical perspective, explaining the heresy of Socinianism, namely, its anti-Trinitarian view. The author goes on to assess the way Owen linked the Socinians with others, especially Richard Baxter and Hugo Grotius.
This article raises common objections to church discipline, such as the claim that the sin of others is not one's business, and evaluates each of them.
This article discusses the biblical image of the pastor as a watchman. From this it shows the responsibility of today's pastor to act as watchman, by delivering God's Word to his people and keeping watch over their souls.
This article explains how it can happen that someone regards their devotional life over time as more of a burden than a blessing, with the end result that their life collapses into a sinkhole of sin. It stresses not to give up devotional time even when life becomes busier.
How do Christ's undershepherds come to grips with the truth that they are sinners preaching to sinners? This article explains that preachers have to sit under their own preaching and teaching.
This article offers a suggestion as to when a pastor could take a break from his sermon series.
This article considers the background and life of John Owen.
What does Hebrews 13:7 mean when it instructs us to have spiritual heroes? This article explains that such heroes speak God's Word to us, share insights we have not been given, and may thus protect us from error.
This article considers what the Bible teaches on how we use our words. It provides nine propositions as a guide.
This article considers why some preachers improve over time, and others don't. The difference lies in the matters of calling, teachability, passion, and the risk of being a fool for Christ.
This article discusses how the biblical teaching on homosexuality, from Leviticus 20:13, needs to be read in its historical and covenantal context in order to see that it does not permit violence against homosexuals. The article shows how this intersects with what the Quran teaches on the subject. It also discusses how capital punishment in the church has developed into excommunication.
When God accomplishes radical transformation in us, he does not eliminate any part of what makes us human. Instead, he calls us to live the Christian life with all our human faculties. This article addresses the comments that some make that when it comes to our sanctification, we are completely passive. It shows how Christlikeness requires effort.
This article attempts to define what a disciple is. It evaluates a number of definitions before coming to its own.
Here are five common rookie pastor mistakes: having high expectations of the church, failing to embrace the church's uniqueness, invoking pastoral authority without earning pastoral credibility, mistaking preference for conviction, and showing fear or anger in the face of opposition.
This article offers five tips for overcoming relational barriers to reaching out to people different than you, with a view to evangelism opportunities.
This article offers some questions a church could ask someone who is interested in becoming a missionary and looking for support: Are you ready to leave? Are you committed to stay? With whom will you work? To whom will you be accountable?
This article considers the question regarding the length of a sermon by emphasizing the preparedness of the preacher. His sermon must be full of biblical substance, he must consider how to adorn the gospel with thought-provoking delivery, he must weave application into explanation, and develop audience awareness.
This article discusses how the entire Bible is a prayer book. It shows how especially the Psalms allow the believer to pray in response to God.
This article explains that if Muslims believe Islam's scripture, they should also affirm the authenticity, inerrancy, and trustworthiness of the Bible. The Quran refers to the Bible and identifies pre-Islamic believers as people of the Book. The author argues that there is no verse in the Quran that undermines the Bible.
This article considers what the Bible says about stewardship of the resources God has given us. It explains that everything is God's, unequal distribution of resources is part of God's design, gifts are given for his glory and the good of others, faithfulness is key, and what we do with our resources here will echo for eternity.