This past Sunday I received the opportunity to preach, which I haven’t done in some time. I greatly enjoyed it, and thank God that my message was well-received. In my preparations, I wrote a manuscript, and I decided I would upload that as a post. It’s long, mind you, since it’s an entire sermon, but I hope someone … Continue reading "Why Did Jesus Come “In the Flesh?”"
The life of Jesus: Jesus was born of a virgin. He lived the perfectly obedient human life. He died an atoning death. He rose victoriously from the grave. The end. Okay, that’s not the whole story. There is a part I left out. Did you spot it? After He rose again, Jesus spent 40 days … Continue reading "Ascension Day: What Did Jesus Going to Heaven Do for Us?"
“Now none of this matters if you don’t already have a relationship with Jesus Christ,” the preacher says with a shift of tone. “Without Him, you can’t live an abundant life. So here’s what I want you to do. With eye head bowed and every eye closed, if you want to accept Jesus Christ into … Continue reading "Every Eye Open If You Want to Get Saved"
“Do this and you will live.” This statement, taken from the Bible, has become the main basis for the idea in Reformed theology of a “covenant of works.” What is the covenant of works? Here’s Reformed covenant theology 101: In covenant theology, there are two or three primary covenants revealed in redemptive history. The first, … Continue reading "There Is No Life Possible in A Covenant of Works"
This is post 3 of 5 in the series “A Different Kind of Calvinism” Probably the most defining doctrine of classical, TULIP Calvinism (TC here, as in my previous posts) is the U, “unconditional election.” It is this doctrine which most people associate with the word “predestination.” In order to explain how Evangelical Calvinism (EC, remember) retools election, … Continue reading "A Different Kind of Calvinism: Jesus’ Unconditional Election"
This is post 2 of 5 in the series “A Different Kind of Calvinism” In my last post, I introduced my recent (somewhat in progress) transition from classical, TULIP Calvinism (“TC”) to Evangelical Calvinism (“EC”). I did not elaborate much, of course. That is the point of the rest of the series. Before I get … Continue reading "A Different Kind of Calvinism: Some Quick Background and the Gist"
Not everything in your Bible may have come from the Bible. “What do you mean, Caleb?” you ask. Well, the Bible has a very long history. It was written over a period of more than 1000 years, and was passed on for nearly 2000 since its completion. The timeframes for when some of the books of the … Continue reading "John 7:53-8:11 (Are Today’s Bibles Reliable?)"
It isn’t enough to say that Jesus died to pay the price for our sins. While it is a true statement, it is only part of the picture. So I want to revisit a basic question: What did Jesus intend to accomplish (and, since He rose again, we can confidently say that He did accomplish) in His death? … Continue reading "What Did Jesus’ Death Do, Exactly?"
As Christians, most of us do quite a bit of Bible study in some form or another. We always have a topic to talk about, a sermon to listen to, or theological issue to study. Isn’t this to be expected, though? We have 66 books (73 if you’re Catholic) which we hold to be our ultimate authority. We’re told … Continue reading "Don’t Forget to Love"
If you’ve ever had a debate with an atheist or other skeptic about Christianity, you’ve probably heard it. Those four terrible words. “The Bible contains errors.” Suddenly, at least from their perspective, your entire argument is worthless. For we know how it goes: If they’re convinced there is one error in the Bible, that should mean … Continue reading "Sidestepping Abiathar: Arguing for Christianity without Fighting for Inerrancy"