Edwards on the Expensiveness of Gospel Blessings

Going through Jonathan Edwards’ Sermons on the Lord’s Supper for my PhD work has been fun. I’m not an Edwards scholar by any means, but I think these sermons capture the pastoral heart of this amazing genius. There are many gems like this one: But we shall show in some particular instances how gospel provisionContinue reading “Edwards on the Expensiveness of Gospel Blessings”

Why Study the Medieval Period?

In chaotic times, we search for direction. What do you do in the middle of a pandemic? Riots? Racial strife and wars? A collapsing economy? Christians have been through all of this before. This is one of the main reasons we should study history. We realize that, though our times are full of trials andContinue reading “Why Study the Medieval Period?”

Jesus, the True Shepherd

One of the tragedies of contemporary American Christianity is our neglect of the Old Testament. Most Christians haven’t really read it, and don’t know what to do with it. Many people are down with Jesus, but don’t like the “angry” God of the Old Testament. But if we don’t read the Old Testament, we can’tContinue reading “Jesus, the True Shepherd”

Parenting & the Way of the Cross

Yesterday, I posted about Tim Keller’s insight that all true love is sacrificial love. For love to truly make a difference in the lives of others, it must be substitutionary love. In other words, it requires us to stand in for others, to take hits for them, to help carry their burdens–to be, in someContinue reading “Parenting & the Way of the Cross”

Easter and Sacrificial Love

Easter, the day when Christians celebrate the resurrection of Jesus Christ, can be confusing. For some, the meaning of Easter is lost among the chocolate bunnies and colorful eggs. It’s just another cultural holiday, an empty shell of an egg that was once filled with religious meaning. For others, it might still be a religiousContinue reading “Easter and Sacrificial Love”

Chesterton on Modern Science & Morality

“There is one aspect of modern science and machinery that nobody has noticed. It is quite new, and it is enormously important. It is this; that the very fact of using new methods makes it easier to fall back on old morals, especially if they are very immoral morals.” These prescient words came from theContinue reading “Chesterton on Modern Science & Morality”

Training the Next Generation of Reformers

Martin Luther did not mean to start the Reformation. In 1517, Luther, a teacher of theology in Germany, posted some items for an academic discussion on the church door in Wittenberg (really a community bulletin board back then). At this point in his career, he had no intention to break away from the Roman CatholicContinue reading “Training the Next Generation of Reformers”

A Shoe in the Wilderness

When the blood started flowing, God provided a shoe for my son … We recently had a chance to escape from the oppressive Southern heat and humidity and enjoy the cooler temperatures of the Northwest. Although I love living in Raleigh and appreciate being within a days drive of either the mountains, ocean, and funContinue reading “A Shoe in the Wilderness”