Category Archives: Articles on Theology

Authority, Soul Competence and Vocation

Authority, Soul Competence and Vocation

This entry is part 15 of 17 in the series Ten Mangled Words You can read more posts from the series by using the Contents in the right sidebar.

This entry is part 15 of 17 in the series”Ten Mangled Words”You can read more posts from the series by using the Table of Contents in the right sidebar.Soul competence and the priesthood of the believer are two sides of one doctrine that Baptists cherish. Indeed, they make up part of the matrix known as… Continue Reading

A Worship Catechism (15)

A Worship Catechism (15)

This entry is part 15 of 15 in the series A Worship Catechism You can read more posts from the series by using the Contents in the right sidebar.

This entry is part 15 of 15 in the series”A Worship Catechism”You can read more posts from the series by using the Table of Contents in the right sidebar.97. What is our ultimate hope? Our ultimate hope is to see God’s glory in His realized presence (Rev 21:2-3, 22:4; Joh 17:21-26), where we will behold… Continue Reading

A Worship Catechism (14)

A Worship Catechism (14)

This entry is part 14 of 15 in the series A Worship Catechism You can read more posts from the series by using the Contents in the right sidebar.

This entry is part 14 of 15 in the series”A Worship Catechism”You can read more posts from the series by using the Table of Contents in the right sidebar.91. What are the disciplines of perpetual worship? The disciplines of perpetual worship are gratitude, discernment, fasting , and stewardship, which seek to behold, reflect, and magnify… Continue Reading

Horatius Bonar on Trendiness in Religion

Horatius Bonar on Trendiness in Religion

Every pastor and Christian leader feels a certain pressure to be relevant. We do not want Christianity to slip away into an oblivion. We do not want the church to go “backward” during our watch. This impulse has led many to the conclusion that Christianity must “keep up with the times.” One of the criticisms… Continue Reading

A Worship Catechism (13)

A Worship Catechism (13)

This entry is part 13 of 15 in the series A Worship Catechism You can read more posts from the series by using the Contents in the right sidebar.

This entry is part 13 of 15 in the series”A Worship Catechism”You can read more posts from the series by using the Table of Contents in the right sidebar.84. What are the disciplines of public worship? The disciplines of public worship are recognition, service, discipleship, and corporate worship, which seek to behold, reflect and magnify… Continue Reading

A Worship Catechism (12)

A Worship Catechism (12)

This entry is part 12 of 15 in the series A Worship Catechism You can read more posts from the series by using the Contents in the right sidebar.

This entry is part 12 of 15 in the series”A Worship Catechism”You can read more posts from the series by using the Table of Contents in the right sidebar.76. What disciplines will nurture faith and maintain abiding in God’s presence? We must embrace disciplines of private worship, public worship, and perpetual worship. 77. What are… Continue Reading

A Worship Catechism (11)

A Worship Catechism (11)

This entry is part 11 of 15 in the series A Worship Catechism You can read more posts from the series by using the Contents in the right sidebar.

This entry is part 11 of 15 in the series”A Worship Catechism”You can read more posts from the series by using the Table of Contents in the right sidebar.67. How is faith nurtured? Faith is nurtured through the grace-enabled practice of the spiritual disciplines (2 Pet 1:5-7). 68. What is spiritual discipline? Spiritual discipline is… Continue Reading

A Worship Catechism (10)

A Worship Catechism (10)

This entry is part 10 of 15 in the series A Worship Catechism You can read more posts from the series by using the Contents in the right sidebar.

This entry is part 10 of 15 in the series”A Worship Catechism”You can read more posts from the series by using the Table of Contents in the right sidebar. 60. What is the Spirit’s work in this cycle also known as? Grace: He grants the grace of conviction, the grace of cleansing, the grace of… Continue Reading

Adoring With Caravaggio

Adoring With Caravaggio

Take some time to consider Caravaggio’s Adoration of the Shepherds. Don’t scan and speed-read, but if you have the time, stop and stare. First, where is the focal point of this painting? Where does our gaze go first, and where does it seem to land? Is there more than one focal point? Are we above,… Continue Reading

A Worship Catechism (9)

A Worship Catechism (9)

This entry is part 9 of 15 in the series A Worship Catechism You can read more posts from the series by using the Contents in the right sidebar.

This entry is part 9 of 15 in the series”A Worship Catechism”You can read more posts from the series by using the Table of Contents in the right sidebar.52. What is meant by consecration? Consecration is dedicating something to the holy glory of God. 53. What are we to consecrate to God? Whatever cannot be… Continue Reading

A Worship Catechism (8)

A Worship Catechism (8)

This entry is part 8 of 15 in the series A Worship Catechism You can read more posts from the series by using the Contents in the right sidebar.

This entry is part 8 of 15 in the series”A Worship Catechism”You can read more posts from the series by using the Table of Contents in the right sidebar.46. What is meant by confession? Confession is the agreement of the mind and heart with God’s conviction (1 John 1:9). The mind agrees with the sinfulness… Continue Reading

Augustine on that which deserves the name “love”

Augustine on that which deserves the name “love”

Too often, contemporary Christianity sees all emotions or affections as essentially equal. For this reason, many conclude as long as some kind of religious emotion is evoked, some good has been done. Augustine did not believe that all loves were equal. In fact, he distinguished between different kinds of genuine spiritual love. This comes out… Continue Reading

A Worship Catechism (7)

A Worship Catechism (7)

This entry is part 7 of 15 in the series A Worship Catechism You can read more posts from the series by using the Contents in the right sidebar.

This entry is part 7 of 15 in the series”A Worship Catechism”You can read more posts from the series by using the Table of Contents in the right sidebar.39. What is meant by imagination? Imagination is that faculty which interprets and construes reality, and enables us to understand both what is seen and unseen. 40.… Continue Reading

A Worship Catechism (6)

A Worship Catechism (6)

This entry is part 6 of 15 in the series A Worship Catechism You can read more posts from the series by using the Contents in the right sidebar.

This entry is part 6 of 15 in the series”A Worship Catechism”You can read more posts from the series by using the Table of Contents in the right sidebar.33. What is meant by communing with God? Communing with God is beholding of the glory of the Triune God, directly and indirectly, in the face of… Continue Reading

Implications from Isaac Watts’s Trinitarian Controversy

Implications from Isaac Watts’s Trinitarian Controversy

Yesterday at the national meeting of the Evangelical Theological Society, I presented a paper evaluating Isaac Watts’s Trinitarian views. I hope to get the paper published soon, but in the meantime, here are several of the very relevant implications I drew related to the boundary of Christian fellowship, the importance of church tradition and creeds,… Continue Reading

A Worship Catechism (2)

A Worship Catechism (2)

This entry is part 2 of 15 in the series A Worship Catechism You can read more posts from the series by using the Contents in the right sidebar.

This entry is part 2 of 15 in the series”A Worship Catechism”You can read more posts from the series by using the Table of Contents in the right sidebar.8. Can we love anything or anyone besides God? Ultimate love for God demands that we love all that God loves, for His sake (Matthew 10:37). 9. How… Continue Reading

Democracy of the Dead

Democracy of the Dead

Tradition means giving votes to the most obscure of all classes, our ancestors. It is the democracy of the dead. Tradition refuses to submit to the small and arrogant oligarchy of those who merely happen to be walking about. -G. K. Chesterton Continue Reading

Tozer’s First Concern – Illumination

Tozer’s First Concern – Illumination

It would be easy – or more precisely, lazy – to dismiss Tozer’s concern with the doctrine of illumination 1 as a form of flakey quasi-prophecy or dreamy mysticism. Presumably, some of Tozer’s contemporary critics did just that. Among Evangelical Rationalists, the truth is in the text, and the Philosopher’s Stone is solid hermeneutics. Apply… Continue Reading

The Holy Spirit and decent and orderly worship

The Holy Spirit and decent and orderly worship

In the fourteenth chapter of 1 Corinthians, Paul rebukes the church for its chaotic worship. It seems that the problems included women teachers (14:33b-35), the incoherence of foreign langues (14:13, 19, 27-28), and even people speaking over each other in the services (14:27-32). Paul rebukes them strongly for this. As he wraps up his discourse,… Continue Reading

Prophecy: To Be Continued . . .

Prophecy: To Be Continued . . .

Mark 13:11 promises that followers of Jesus will be given words by the Spirit to speak when they stand before civil and religious authorities in the context of persecution. Below is but a brief theological explanation as to why this promise is not for us today but for those in the Tribulation, a time of… Continue Reading