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

Discussions surrounding Catholics and Evangelicals continue to heat up, especially since the early ’90s (for most of the history, see my study). I just learned there is a fine exchange that I highly recommend between Timothy George and Frank Beckwith, moderated by Chris Castaldo (see a review of Castaldo’s newestContinue Reading

Part 1 outlined the issue of “generational sin.” Some problems with “generational sin” for believers were addressed in Part 2. This final post highlights how the cross of Christ releases any stronghold of the past for believers and shows the new orientation given by regeneration. BELIEVERS’ SOLUTION TO GENERATIONAL SINContinue Reading

I just learned that Islamic holy month, Ramadan, begins today. So why an image of the Return of the Prodigal Son painted in 1622 by the Dutch painter Rembrandt Harmenszoon van Rijn? Quite simply because any image portraying God’s actions would not be tolerated in Islam. As Craig Hazen’s intriguingContinue Reading

Part 1 outlined the issue of “generational sin.” This second post addresses the problems of “generational sin” for believers and Part 3 suggests a solution. PROBLEMS WITH GENERATIONAL SIN How might “generational sin” mesh with the following texts? Exodus 34:6-7 reads: And he passed in front of Moses, proclaiming, “TheContinue Reading

This is the first of three posts addressing the notion of “generational sin.” Part 2 will present some biblical and theological problems with generational sin for believers and Part 3 will suggest a solution. INTRODUCTION Do the sins of parents get passed down to their believing children? Is there suchContinue Reading

Speaking of neighbors, I recently returned from Colorado and while I was absent a neighbor graciously agreed to pick up our mail and look after the house. I decided to provide a small gift to show our appreciation and the response I got, though very thankful, was not unusual. ItContinue Reading

Evodius (asking Augustine): “Since God foreknew that man would sin, that which God foreknew must come to pass. How then is the will free when there is apparently this unavoidable necessity?” Augustine: “God by his foreknowledge does not use compulsion in the case of future events . . . GodContinue Reading