Christmas Is the End of History
Creation out of nothing was an awesome event. Imagine what the angelic spirits must have felt when the universe, material reality of which they had never imagined, was brought forth out of nothing by the command of God. The fall was an awful event, shaking the entire creation. The exodus was an amazing display of God's power and love. The giving of the law, the wilderness provisions, the conquering of Canaan, the prosperity of the monarchy — all these acts of God... Continue Reading
The Joseph Trilogy (Part 1)
A Painful Decision
When his mother Mary had been betrothed to Joseph, before they came together she was found to be with child from the Holy Spirit. And her husband Joseph, being a just man and unwilling to put her to shame, resolved to divorce her quietly. (Matthew 1:18-19)
Joseph felt a twinge of anxiety. He sensed something unusual in Mary’s request that he come.
When he arrived she was standing under the tree near her father’s house where, as a betrothed couple, they were given... Continue Reading
Interview with Bob Kauflin on the Theology and Practice of Worship
Bob Kauflin, author of Worship Matters (Crossway, 2008), recently joined us for an interview on the theology and practice of worship:
01:04 — How did you come to Christ and become a worship leader?
04:21 — Tell us about how God brought you through a battle with hopelessness.
07:59 — How should we think about worship as an event and as all of life?
11:35 — What does it mean for worship leaders to be clear and specific?
14:30 — What... Continue Reading
Wimpy Theology and True Womanhood
Pastor John, from the 2008 True Woman Conference:
Wimpy theology makes wimpy women. That’s my assumption that I bring to this evening. Wimpy theology simply does not give a woman a God that is big enough, strong enough, wise enough, and good enough to handle the realities of life in away that magnifies the infinite worth of Jesus Christ.
Wimpy theology is plagued by woman-centeredness and man-centeredness. Wimpy theology doesn’t have the granite foundation of God’s... Continue Reading
To See His Supernova God, Put Your Eye to Edwards' Telescope
I stand in awe of Michael McClymond and Gerald McDermott’s massive The Theology of Jonathan Edwards (Oxford University Press, 2011). Edwards is worthy of this scope of treatment.
But may I register a disagreement with one way this book is being commended.
Alistair McGrath said that it is “unquestionably the best starting place for anyone wanting to grapple with the ideas of America’s greatest theologian.”
And Kenneth Minkema said, “This volume... Continue Reading
Who Is Quirinius Anyway?
In those days a decree went out from Caesar Augustus that all the world should be registered. This was the first registration when Quirinius was governor of Syria. . . .
The Lord — holy, sovereign, utterly independent — became incarnate in the person of Jesus. . . when Quirinius was governor of Syria.
So, who is Quirinius? That he was governor of Syria is obvious enough. But this is such an apparently insignificant detail. What purpose does this serve in holy Scripture?... Continue Reading
Like a Grain of Mustard Seed: The Chinese Church Today
Both BBC News and Aljazeera have written recently about the tremendous growth and increasing influence of the evangelical church in China. The news is no surprise, especially to those who have been observing and writing about it for a while; but the fact that it is making headlines internationally is a good reminder to the global church of our ongoing need to know the welfare of our own Body.
A Call to Men to Take Responsibility
Pastor John, from Genesis 2:
This is a call to stoop down and to take the responsibility to be a leader—a servant leader in the various ways that are appropriate to every different relationship to women. It's a call to us men,
that we should take the risk of getting egg on our faces; that we should pray like we've never prayed for help in this tremendous responsibility; that we should be in the Word more than we ever have been to know what God expects of us; that we should... Continue Reading
Cling to Jesus with Childlike Confidence
The child, in danger of the fire, just clings to the fireman, and trusts to him alone. She raises no question about the strength of his limbs to carry her, or the zeal of his heart to rescue her; but she clings. The heat is terrible, the smoke is blinding, but she clings; and her deliverer quickly bears her to safety. In the same childlike confidence cling to Jesus, who can and will bear you out of danger from the flames of sin.