Category Archives: Articles on Theology

Taking the Lord’s Name in Vain

Taking the Lord’s Name in Vain

What does it mean to take the Lord’s name in vain? In common understanding, the Commandment forbids using the word God as a profanity. And ultimately, this ends up being a legitimate concern, although I have come to believe that it misses the central point of the prohibition. The challenge we have here is that… Continue Reading

The Two Beatings of Jesus 

The Two Beatings of Jesus 

Each gospel records one instance in which Jesus was beaten just before His crucifixion, but it seems that a comparison of these accounts indicates that Jesus was beaten more than once. In trying to sort out the details, it is helpful to remember that a beating by the Romans could vary in intensity, and three… Continue Reading

Praying for what God has promised

Praying for what God has promised

The Scriptures teach us to pray for the things that God has promised. We often pray for things that we are unsure of. We often pray for health problems or for people to obtain employment or for a president to be of a certain political persuasions. This is good. We should continue to do this, for God… Continue Reading

Is Self-Love Always Selfishness?

Is Self-Love Always Selfishness?

This entry is part 1 of 1 in the series Reflections on Christian Love You can read more posts from the series by using the Contents in the right sidebar.

This entry is part 1 of 1 in the series”Reflections on Christian Love”You can read more posts from the series by using the Table of Contents in the right sidebar.We all say we’re against selfishness. But what is selfishness? And if God hates selfishness, why does our own happiness play such an important role in Biblical… Continue Reading

A Modest Proposal: One Loaf in Communion

A Modest Proposal: One Loaf in Communion

In 1 Cor 10:17 Paul says, Because there is one bread, we who are many are one body, for we all partake of the one bread. For many Christians, Paul’s words in that verse do not make as much sense as they might otherwise, because they break the their Communion bread before they see it.1 While I… Continue Reading

Are Christians free to love however they please?

Are Christians free to love however they please?

What is Christian love like? Where does it come from? Should we desire that our love be utterly spontaneous? Should we seek to love naturally? Is it inauthentic to love in a way other than that which first comes to us? Should our affections be unaffected? The impulse to say that the way a believer… Continue Reading

Some thoughts concerning Hymns on Christ’s Resurrection

Some thoughts concerning Hymns on Christ’s Resurrection

I know this post is somewhat badly timed, but I wanted to provide a bit of help for those who are looking for good resurrection hymns, either for personal devotion, to teach to their families, or to teach to congregations.1 Sometimes I hear the lament that there aren’t that many good Easter hymns. There are probably more… Continue Reading

The Invisible Impulse

The Invisible Impulse

One of the impulses among the earliest New Evangelicalism was to make a name for themselves. E. J. Carnell was probably the most explicit: Carnell, a dour and troubled scholar, in 1952 complained to Carl Henry of the “lukewarm reception” given his largely unbought, unread, unreviewed, unnoticed A Philosophy of the Christian Religion. Carnell aspired to… Continue Reading

A Psalm for Giving Thanks

A Psalm for Giving Thanks

This setting of Psalm 100 to “Old Hundredth” was composed by Ralph Vaughan Williams. The conductor is Sir David WIllcocks and the organist is Stephen Krahn. Also featured are the Abendmusik Chorus and Plymouth Brass. Continue Reading

All Things to All Men | Part 4: What the Passage Means (vv21-22)

All Things to All Men | Part 4: What the Passage Means (vv21-22)

This entry is part 4 of 6 in the series All Things to All Men You can read more posts from the series by using the Contents in the right sidebar.

This entry is part 4 of 6 in the series”All Things to All Men”You can read more posts from the series by using the Table of Contents in the right sidebar.I am writing a series of posts on the meaning of 1 Cor 9:19-23, in particular his comment in verse 22, “I have become all things… Continue Reading

All Things to All Men | Part 2: Interpretative Principles

All Things to All Men | Part 2: Interpretative Principles

This entry is part 2 of 6 in the series All Things to All Men You can read more posts from the series by using the Contents in the right sidebar.

This entry is part 2 of 6 in the series”All Things to All Men”You can read more posts from the series by using the Table of Contents in the right sidebar.Before us are Paul’s words to the Corinthians in 1 Corinthians 9:19-23: For though I am free from all, I have made myself a servant to… Continue Reading

Christian Worship is Trinitarian

Christian Worship is Trinitarian

The Christian faith is Trinitarian. We worship the one God in three persons, Father, Son, and Holy Spirit. One of the ways we rightly respond to the truth of the doctrine that God is one and three is that we as Christian congregations worship that Triune God. Indeed, our worship should be Trinitarian. Our worship should be Trinitarian… Continue Reading

Congregational Authority (part 1)

Congregational Authority (part 1)

This entry is part 1 of 1 in the series Congregational Authority You can read more posts from the series by using the Contents in the right sidebar.

This entry is part 1 of 1 in the series”Congregational Authority”You can read more posts from the series by using the Table of Contents in the right sidebar.There are several examples from Scripture that demonstrate the fact that congregations exercise authority over certain matters. For my own sake, I have divided a number of these… Continue Reading

What Is an Apostle? Requirements from Acts 1:21–26 (Part 1 of 2)

What Is an Apostle? Requirements from Acts 1:21–26 (Part 1 of 2)

This entry is part 1 of 5 in the series A Theology of Apostles and Apostleship You can read more posts from the series by using the Contents in the right sidebar.

This entry is part 1 of 5 in the series”A Theology of Apostles and Apostleship”You can read more posts from the series by using the Table of Contents in the right sidebar.“What is an apostle?” This is an important question to answer because many people in Christendom claim that there are apostles for today or… Continue Reading

Article 7: On Scripture Regulated Worship

Article 7: On Scripture Regulated Worship

This entry is part 8 of 16 in the series A Conservative Christian Declaration You can read more posts from the series by using the Contents in the right sidebar.

This entry is part 8 of 16 in the series”A Conservative Christian Declaration”You can read more posts from the series by using the Table of Contents in the right sidebar.This is a series to further explain the articles of “A Conservative Christian Declaration.” . We affirm that the worship of God is regulated through his Word.… Continue Reading

Article 5: On the Appetites

Article 5: On the Appetites

This is a series to further explain the articles of “A Conservative Christian Declaration.” . We affirm that manipulation of the visceral appetites is dangerous to rightly ordered worship and Christian piety (Phil. 3:19). We deny that the transmission of biblical truth can be rightly administered through the use of methods that appeal to the appetites.… Continue Reading

What 2 Peter taught me about Christian ministry

What 2 Peter taught me about Christian ministry

Any time we closely study Scripture, we come away learning God’s will, valuable lessons about Christian living, and new emphases we had not previously took seriously enough. I recently spent some time studying and teaching the book of 2 Peter, and I have found a valuable theme returning to my mind as I consider my own… Continue Reading

Luther on the centrality of the Word in worship

Luther on the centrality of the Word in worship

Martin Luther did not want to revolutionize completely the traditional worship of the Western church. He did, however, believe that preaching of the Word had been sorely neglected. In 1523, he published some instructions on the “Order of Public Worship,” and therein he identified three errors that were common in papal worship services: (1) the… Continue Reading

William Ames on the connection between prayer, singing, and outward expressions

William Ames on the connection between prayer, singing, and outward expressions

In the second book of The Marrow of Theology, William Ames’s (1576-1633) classic Post-Reformation work, Ames deals with a number of matters related to practical theology. The ninth chapter discusses prayer.1 As you will see, Ames’s approach to this topic is helpful from a historical and practical perspective. Prayer, Ames says, can be outward or inward–mental or audible.… Continue Reading

The Lord’s Day, part 4

The Lord’s Day, part 4

This entry is part 2 of 2 in the series The Lord's Day You can read more posts from the series by using the Contents in the right sidebar.

This entry is part 2 of 2 in the series”The Lord’s Day”You can read more posts from the series by using the Table of Contents in the right sidebar.In considering a discussion of the Lord’s Day, it is helpful to do so in connection with the Old Testament Sabbath Day. This can help us establish… Continue Reading