In Reformed theology, everything is built on Scripture alone–Sola Scriptura. We don’t build our theology on the New Testament by itself. The Old Testament is the bedrock and foundation for the New. As Paul said, our theology is built on the foundation of the apostles AND the prophets (Eph. 2:20). With this in mind, it’s … More Why is the Mosaic Covenant Important for Christians?
In two sentences, what is a Calvinist? From the first time I learned Mere Calvinism was coming out I’ve been excited. My initial thought was this would be C.S. Lewis’ Mere Christianity meets two other P&R classics: The Five Points of Calvinism by David Steele & Curtis Thomas and The Reformed Doctrine of Predestination … More Book Review: Mere Calvinism
What is the Abrahamic Covenant? As mentioned in my previous article on the covenant of grace, the outward administration of the covenant of grace began with Adam in Genesis 3:15. In the Abrahamic Covenant, that seed is beginning to germinate and blossom. God’s promises and plans become more revealed to Abraham. Meredith Kline said it … More Is the Abrahamic Covenant a Part of the Covenant of Grace?
After Adam’s colossal defeat in keeping the covenant of works, we desperately needed redemption. We literally had to have a Champion who could represent us. This is really the purpose of the covenant of grace: To deliver us the mediator we urgently required in order to save us from total destruction! It’s a rescue operation … More The Covenant of Grace
Last weekend, I attended the Westminster Seminary Conference in Escondido, California with my friend Angela, her husband, and another good friend. It was definitely time and money well spent as we learned about the history and theology of the Synod of Dort. In the first and second plenary session, Dr. W. Robert Godfrey spoke about … More How Calvinism Saved the Reformation
This past Christmas we enjoyed a wonderful time with family. Both of our sons were able to take leave from the Navy and returned home for the festivities. At the end of a Christmas day spent eating, drinking, and being merry…darkness fell. My mom disclosed she had breast cancer and would soon be undergoing surgery. … More Taking Comfort in God’s Providence
When my children were young they loved to build with Legos. They loved to construct magical Lego worlds and then play in them. As a dad, this often served as a backdrop creating the perfect opportunity to explain the covenant of works and the covenant of grace. I’d have them imagine they had the power … More Covenant Theology and the Proto-Evangelium
I love the Christmas season! One of my favorite things to do is take walks through the “Candy Cane Lane” in our neighborhood. What a delight to the senses to feel the cool winter air, smell the wood fireplaces, and see all the colorful Christmas decorations and lights. Several years ago I noticed more … More What About Nativity Scenes at Christmas?
Who Is Jesus Christ? The Word became flesh and dwelt among us, and we have seen his glory, glory as of the only Son from the Father, full of grace and truth ~ John 1:14 The Gospel of John is my favorite gospel—I was literally saved by reading it! I know this feeling isn’t exclusive to me. Many of you … More The Word Became Flesh: A Reflection on Christmas
What Is A Covenant? When my family and friends ask me why I joined a Presbyterian church they’re always surprised when I don’t mention the Five Points of Calvinism. It may surprise you too, but here’s why: While I love the five points and view them as essential to being Reformed, they’re only a gateway! … More Covenant Basics and the Covenant of Works