The highest science, the loftiest speculation, the mightiest philosophy, which can ever engage the attention of a child of God, is the name, the nature, the person, the work, the doings, and the existence of the great God whom he calls his Father. There is something exceedingly improving to theContinue Reading

It’s only fitting on the eve of one of our nation’s most revered holiday celebrations, July 4th, that a post from Augustine is in order. (For last year’s post, see here). In De Libero Arbitrio (On Free Choice of the Will) Evodius asks Augustine, “Since God foreknew that man wouldContinue Reading

Does water baptism convey God’s grace in salvation? Is water baptism the condition for or the consequence of receiving God’s saving grace? If faith, as the Reformers argued, is the sole means of becoming born again into the family of God, what is the place of water baptism? Could individualsContinue Reading

UPDATE: Do check out my post on forgiveness, which should bring some clarity to this notion presented here. You may ask, “what is a PoNR principle?” Well, that’s a good question and my response is “The PoNR principle is an abbreviation for Point of No Return.” A question that I’veContinue Reading

I’m reposting this since there is a resurgence of interests in and reading of The Shack. Since reviewing The Shack, I had a chance to discuss the book with my dear friend and intellectual mentor, Louis McBride. Recently, he was one of the panelists leading a discussion for Baker BookContinue Reading

“I don’t care what he [an author] thinks about God. I just want my daughter to accept Christ.” As always, Louis McBride has an interesting post dealing with a customer in a Christian bookstore. Check out The Legacy of The Tower of Babel: “God Abuse”.Continue Reading

Kevin DeYoung has a fine post on God’s providential care and the practical implications of it. After listing numerous passages for supporting God’s meticulous hand in all things, DeYoung admonishes us to “move past merely tolerating God’s sovereignty to joyously embracing it. If God’s providence is found so often inContinue Reading

In an earlier post, I mentioned originale peccatum (original sin) and offered some thoughts there. Here I’d like to balance that out just a bit with this offering from John Calvin: “There is within the human mind, and indeed by natural instinct, an awareness of divinity. This we take toContinue Reading

Three reasons: 1. Because I do believe that Satan is real and the following passages from Scripture are true. Paul recounting Jesus’ words to him on the Damascus road: the Lord replied. ‘Now get up and stand on your feet. I have appeared to you to appoint you as aContinue Reading

For he chose us in him before the creation of the world to be holy and blameless in his sight. In love he predestined us for adoption to sonship through Jesus Christ, in accordance with his pleasure and will— to the praise of his glorious grace, which he has freelyContinue Reading