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May 2013 2 May 2, 2013

The news has been filled all this week with the announcement by professional basketball player Jason Collins that he is gay. Here in Oklahoma City, the local paper quoted several athletes who expressed their opinion (4-30-13). One came from the Thunder’s Kevin Durant, a professing Christian. I like Kevin Durant. By all accounts he’s not only a superb basketball player but a fine human being. But I wish he had given more thought to his response to Collins&rsqu...Read More

May 2013 1 May 1, 2013

Aside from the biblical text itself, nothing has influenced me more than the writings of Jonathan Edwards. He is truly my favorite dead person (although, of course, he is very much alive in the presence of Christ)! In the course of my study of Edwards I’ve made it something of a hobby (an expensive one at that!) to obtain as many of the secondary works on his theology as my budget will allow (and oftentimes the budget is simply ignored; o.k., it’s always igno...Read More

May 2013 1 May 1, 2013

We are now ready to move on to the second thing entailed by the use of the word “Reformed.” (2) To be Reformed means that you attribute your salvation to God and God alone: from its inception at the time of the new birth, through the progressive sanctifying influence of the Spirit during the course of one’s Christian life, to its consummation at the moment Christ returns and we are finally and fully glorified. There are countless texts that affirm thi...Read More

Apr 2013 30 Apr 30, 2013

Dane Ortlund posted an interesting comment today regarding the eternity of hell and our knee-jerk response. He quotes Oliver Crisp: “The traditional doctrine of hell seems terrible to our modern ears because it is out of step with our modern intuitions about how God should behave. But our intuitions about these matters are hardly a reliable guide, given what Scripture says about the noetic effects of sin. To put it another way, the fact that an infinite punishme...Read More

Apr 2013 30 Apr 30, 2013

In the first article of this series I briefly surveyed definitions of the term “Reformed”. My aim in what follows is to provide an explanation of the word that describes how being reformed impacts daily life. (1) To be Reformed means that you consistently acknowledge, even though you do not fully understand, God’s providential design in even the most seemingly random and painful events. How do you cope in the face of tragic events? How do you respond ...Read More

Apr 2013 29 Apr 29, 2013

“April really can be the cruelest month. The Boston bombings, the Deepwater oil spill (2010), the Virginia Tech shootings (2007), Columbine (1999), the Oklahoma City bombing (1995), and the Branch Davidian tragedy (1993) all occurred between April 15 and April 20” (The Week, May 3, 2013)....Read More

Apr 2013 28 Apr 28, 2013

I think it was A. W. Pink who once said that people love God everywhere, except on his throne. I think he was right. We love God when he performs miracles or when he heals. We love God when he blesses us with material prosperity. We love him when he answers our prayers in precisely the way we prefer and at precisely the time we think is best. And we love God when he reveals his glory. But when he sits enthroned, ruling in sovereignty over the affairs of men and women and...Read More

Apr 2013 27 Apr 27, 2013

“God doesn’t say, ‘Relax, you were born this way.’ But he does say, ‘Good news, you were reborn another way’” (Kevin DeYoung, The Hole in our Holiness, 100)....Read More

Apr 2013 27 Apr 27, 2013

I’ve always found it interesting that Peter warns Elders in the local church never to pastor or lead the flock of God “under compulsion, but willingly” (1 Peter 5:2). Why would anyone ever submit to pressure to serve as an Elder? What could possibly motivate a man to serve under compulsion? Here are some possibilities. his love or desire for the praise and approval of others his desire to avoid the disdain and rejection of those whose approval and ...Read More

Apr 2013 26 Apr 26, 2013

“Beloved brethren and sisters in Christ, I think that you and I can say, that to us the surest fact in all the world is that there is a God. No God? I live in him. Tell a fish in the sea there is no water. No God? Tell a man who is breathing that there is no air. No God? I dare not come downstairs without speaking to him. No God? I would not think of closing my eyes in sleep unless I had some sense of his love shed abroad in my heart by the Holy Ghost. ‘Oh!&r...Read More