The Kindness of our Creator

September 24, 2011Creation, Fred Zaspel, Marriage

by Fred Zaspel Thinking through the early chapters of Genesis the other day, I was struck again with the wonderful picture of God’s kindness that emerges in the creation narrative. God carefully brings into existence all that is — all, it seems, for the use and benefit of his newly created image-bearers (Gen. 1:26-29). He … Read More

Reformed Rap: Shai Linne

September 24, 2011Matthew Barrett, Reformed, Reformed Rap

by Matthew Barrett The Lord is doing something incredible today and this “something” has been termed by many as a “Reformed resurgence” or the movement of the “Young, Restless, and Reformed.” I am not ashamed to include myself in this category. Young Christians are tired of a small, small, small God, and are hungry – … Read More

What Does the Word “Law” Mean in Scripture?

September 24, 2011Law, Matthew Barrett

by Matthew Barrett Today I will begin a series of posts where I will be blogging through Thomas Schreiner’s new book, 40 Questions About Christians and Biblical Law (Kregel). In my own experience, Christians are often times confused when it comes to understanding what the Bible teaches about biblical law and how it impacts them … Read More

One Person, Two Natures

September 24, 2011Christology, Matthew Barrett

by Matthew Barrett The incarnation of Christ is a marvelous mystery. How is it that Christ is one person, yet two natures? Truly this is supernatural. I love how John Owen, puritan divine of the highest caliber, describes the person of Christ: “Each nature operates in him according unto its essential properties. the divine nature … Read More

The Classical Doctrine of God

September 24, 2011Attributes of God, Matthew Barrett

by Matthew Barrett It is very difficult to describe who God is in one paragraph. But I think the Westminster Confession does an excellent job of doing just that. However, the WCF’s description of God is considered to be an affirmation of the classical doctrine of God, a view of God that is not popular … Read More

How the Lord saved my “Christian” family

September 24, 2011Salvation

by Luke Hinton There are many Scriptures that describe the spontaneous nature of Christian conversion. The apostle Paul wrote to the Ephesians about this reality: “And you were dead in the trespasses and sins…But God, being rich in mercy, because of the great love with which he loved us, even when we were dead in … Read More

Which Comes First? Theology Proper or Christology?

September 24, 2011Karl Barth, Luke Stamps

by Luke Stamps Karl Barth and those who have come in his wake have often criticized traditional approaches to theology because they are supposedly too abstract and insufficiently Christological. Classical theology is faulted for beginning with an abstract view of the divine nature and only then moving on to consider the person and work of … Read More

Reflections on the Southern Baptist Convention 2011

September 24, 2011Baptists

by David Schrock This year’s Southern Baptist Convention in Phoenix, Arizona was the smallest gathering of Southern Baptists since World War II (1944). However, its diminutive size (approx. 4,800 messengers) should not discount the importance of the two-day convention (June 14-15). As Bryant Wright, this year’s president, put it, “I do believe it could prove … Read More

Discerning Divine Providence

September 24, 2011Providence

by Luke Stamps “The providence of God is like Hebrew words—it can be read only backwards.” This is an oft-quoted line from the Puritan John Flavel, but it bears repeating.  Of course, Flavel is referring to the fact that the Hebrew language is read backwards from our perspective–that is, right to left instead of left to … Read More

Mark Dever on Reformation in the Southern Baptist Convention

September 24, 2011Baptists, Reformation

by Matthew Barrett With the annual Southern Baptist Convention taking place in Phoenix just the other week, I was reminded of an article by Mark Dever from 1997 titled: “Three Reasons to Hope for Further Reformation in the SBC.” I especially appreciate Dever’s emphasis on the Word of God and inerrancy. Here is the introduction … Read More

Human Intellectual Autonomy: Rationalism and Irrationalism

September 24, 2011Revelation

by Matthew Barrett What is the main difference between a liberal view of revelation and an orthodox (biblical) view of revelation? Perhaps many differences could be mentioned. However, the main difference is the liberal affirmation of human autonomy, specifically in the area of human knowledge. In regards to revelation, the Bible does not sit in … Read More

To Know God is to Love Him

September 24, 2011Attributes of God

By Matthew Barrett When the Bible speaks of “knowing” God, is it merely cognitive? Or is there something much more, namely, not just knowledge but love for God? I believe if we look at the texts throughout Scripture we will see that when it speaks of knowing God, it is not mere knowledge in view … Read More

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