Scaling the Heights of Hebrews 1:3

There are certain passages in Scripture that effortlessly rocket our thoughts and affections into the heavenlies where Christ is. Paul’s letters are brimming with such passages: Colossians 1:15–20, Ephesians 1:3–14, 1 Corinthians 15:42–49, Philippians 3:20–21, and so on. Think also of the glorious visions…
Trueman, Luther on the Christian Life

What Was Luther Thinking? The Reuchlin Affair and Luther’s 95 Theses

We know that on October 31, 1517 Martin Luther nailed his 95 Theses to the church door in Wittenberg, igniting a continent-wide reformation of the church. But what was he thinking? Was this a novel, even revolutionary move to engage in…

The Five Solas: Sola Fide

On October 31st, 1517, Martin Luther nailed his ninety-five theses to the church door in Wittenberg. These were dark, dark days; the gospel had been shackled by the superstitions and idolatries of the Roman Catholic Church and consigned to her dungeon…

Knowing Nothing Except Jesus Christ (Part 1): Reductionistic or Cosmic?

While ministering at the church in Corinth, Paul resolved to know nothing except Jesus Christ and him crucified (1 Cor. 2:2). The tactic sounds admirable and rings as worthy of imitation in the ear of the believer, but what exactly did…

Children of Promise and Curse: A Lesson from Rahab and Achan

The stories of Rahab and Achan serve a greater purpose in the book of Joshua when they are understood as literary foils that complement one another and not just as isolated units. These two characters and their fate shed light on each…

From Promise to Fulfillment through Judgment (Joshua 3–4)

Joshua 3–4 takes us on a journey with Israel as she undergoes that monumental transition from the wilderness into the promised land of Canaan by crossing the Jordan River. For three days Israel lingered by the waters of the Jordan that…
Earth from Space

Already Living in the World to Come

Geerhardus Vos speaks of the Christian as “a peculiar chronological phenomenon.”[1] As is often the case with Vos, we need to reflect for a moment on what he means—especially since he’s speaking about us here. The phrase comes in his discussion on…
Cornelius Van Til

Van Til’s Pastoral Wisdom on the Doctrine of Scripture

Cornelius Van Til concludes his chapter on Scripture in his Introduction to Systematic Theology with a note of pastoral wisdom. It is not sufficient … to instruct the church in certain positions of Scripture or to make them memorize a great deal…

From Bondservant to Brother: Relating to One Another in the Church (Philemon)

Paul’s letter to Philemon is the gospel in street clothes; it’s the gospel on the ground and at work in real life. It’s for this reason we need this personal, yet powerful letter because isn’t this often where the challenge…
Paul at the Areopagus

Pentecost and Missions

The book of Acts is filled with stories of missionary exploits that can excite us to bold acts of faith. But at times it can unfortunately become a heavy club to strike the sheep for their lack of zeal for the…

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