As Christians, it is important for us to understand the culture and world in which we find ourselves, discerning it’s strengths and weaknesses, and helping our fellow Christians to overcome these weaknesses and anti-Christian biases that are present.  In this post, I want to look at one area where I believe that a weakness of […]

Inspired by Challies, I have just finished reading “A Godly Man’s Picture” by the Puritan Thomas Watson.  Without a doubt, this book is certainly the classic that it is claimed to be.  Written in 1666, it is filled with exhortation after exhortation to live a godly life, the bulk of the book written to describe […]

Hymns are one of my favorite genres of praise songs, they typically have very deep and meaningful lyrics coupled with an easy to remember tune.   They connect us with the church through the ages and give us a glimpse into the thoughts of the great men of faith that have come before us. They […]

Several years ago in undergrad, I went with some friends to a talent show hosted by one of the residence halls to celebrate international coffee day.  To be honest, we were mostly interested in the free food and coffee that they were offering, but you had to watch at least part of the talent show […]

In 2009 IVP Academic published a book presenting three views on baptism edited by the late David Wright.  In it, the views of credobaptism, paedobaptism, and dual-practice are all defended and critiqued by very capable scholars.  So what are their main arguments? Bruce Ware: Credobaptism Bruce Ware kicked off the series of essays with a […]

As I’m working my way through Thomas Flint’s excellent book on Divine Providence, I enjoyed a short argument of his for libertarian free will which I think gives a nice formalization to an intuitive reason that many people have for being libertarians.  First, we will define some terms as Flint presents them and then present his […]

One of the fascinating aspects of the Pastoral Epistles (1 & 2 Timothy and Titus) is Paul’s use of preformed matter.  Preformed material is a fixed expression or formulaic saying that is quoted by the author, but is not original to the work in which you read it.  Examples of these in the New Testament […]