[To listen to the sermon on this topic, click here.] In the previous post, we discussed the topic of the first mark of a true church as identified by the Reformers: the pure doctrine of the gospel. You may remember I noted that someone may be deceived by a false gospel and yet be saved. Nevertheless, … More Baptism and the Marks of a True Church
The gospel is truly the sine qua non of the church. This means that it is absolutely essential and indispensable to the church. Without it, a congregation is not a congregation of the one true God. They may be a congregation of people meeting together, but they do not qualify as a congregation (or “church”) of God. … More The First Mark of a True Church
If people are encouraged and empowered to be independent, responsible, critical thinkers in the church, they are more prone to be independent, responsible, critical thinkers in the state. On the other hand, if church members are in a system where they are governed from the top-down, they are far more likely to be disengaged in the civil sphere, abdicating their responsibility to those “over” them. … More The Connection Between Church Polity and Civil Engagement
It isn’t just important that we look back at history. We must look back at history and ask the right questions. The church today is flooded with teachers who are promoting a view which causes Christians to look to the days ahead with little more than doom and gloom. The future, it is proclaimed, will … More Post Tenebras, Tenebras?
The Puritan sermon remains one of the most majestic memorials to an incredible period in church history. Every Puritan sermon stands as a testament to a devotion to Scripture and its logical consequences in daily living. Jonathan Edwards, arguably the greatest American theologian to have lived, has left behind a legacy for posterity. Among this … More An Analysis of a Sermon on the Exaltation of Christ Above All Evils
[Dr. Kenneth Gentry graciously published my article on his site, PostmillennialismToday.com. You can read the full article here. Also, someone translated the article into Spanish: found here.] One of the practical implications of a robustly postmillennial theology is the need to transform our society according to the Word of God. To the great detriment of … More Did Paul Try To Transform Society?
I am working on my thesis for the M.A. degree in Literature at Baptist Bible College. As part of my preliminary readings, I have been working through William Bradford’s Of Plymouth Plantation. This book is the exciting account of the Pilgrims’ journey and settlement in New England nearly four hundred years ago. When the Pilgrims … More John Robinson and Taking Offence