The Divine Decree: Is God the Author of Sin?

Sometimes my children hear what they want to hear, not being careful to understand or represent my instructions accurately. Can anyone relate? One time at the dinner table, my young son said “Mommy, if you eat all your chicken I can have dessert.” Just a few days ago, I told my children “I’m planning to … More The Divine Decree: Is God the Author of Sin?

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

Particular Redemption Matters

I thoroughly enjoyed attending the Westminster Seminary California conference a couple of weeks ago! “Remembering the Canons After 400 Years” was a conference full of exciting history, challenging theology, and a restful focus on the gospel. I highly recommend checking out all of the speakers! Recordings of each session can be found here. The first … More Particular Redemption Matters

How Calvinism Saved the Reformation

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

Taking Comfort in God’s Providence

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

Covenant Theology and the Proto-Evangelium

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

Christmas Church Services: An Introduction to the Regulative Principle of Worship

Churches really like to pull out all the stops at Christmas, don’t they? Maybe you’ve been to an over-the-top evangelical church Christmas service, like I have? I read something just this week that gave advice for churches who want to go all out on a Christmas service: “Usually the goal is to create a ‘Wow!’ … More Christmas Church Services: An Introduction to the Regulative Principle of Worship

Are Nativity Scenes a Violation of the Second Commandment?

One of my favorite things to do during the Christmas season is to take walks through the “Candy Cane Lane” in our neighborhood. What a delight to feel the cool winter air, smell the wood fireplaces, and see all the colorful Christmas decorations and lights.   Several years ago, I began noticing more and more … More Are Nativity Scenes a Violation of the Second Commandment?

The Word Became Flesh: A Reflection at Christmas

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 probably … More The Word Became Flesh: A Reflection at Christmas