But even if you should suffer for the sake of righteousness, you are blessed. And do not fear their intimidation, and do not be troubled, but sanctify Christ as Lord in your hearts, always being ready to make a defense to everyone who asks you to give an account for the hope that is in you yet with gentleness and reverence; and keep a good conscience so that in the thing in which you are slandered, those who revile your good behavior in Christ will be put to shame. 1 Peter 3: 14-16
John Newton, the slave-ship captain and self-described chief of sinners turned wise and gracious Anglican pastor:
Of all people who engage in controversy, we, who are called Calvinists, are most expressly bound by our own principles to the exercise of gentleness and moderation.
If, indeed, they who...
David Powlison died peacefully at his home in Glenside, Pennsylvania, at 11 am (Eastern Time) on Friday, June 7, 2019, after suffering from pancreatic cancer.
He was 69 years old.
Dora Powlison, David’s mother, went by “Dodie.” She was born in Port Townsend, Washington,...
On May 23, 2019, David Powlison was scheduled to give the closing comments at the Westminster Theological Seminary Graduation Ceremony. He was unable to attend, however, because he is receiving hospice care at home, suffering from stage IV pancreatic cancer. His remarks were read in his...
In the entire history of the world, there may have been some greater philosophical and theological mind than Augustine,
but I don’t know who that could possibly be, except Thomas...
For the past few years, the elders at New Covenant Bible Church (where I serve) have begun every meeting by reading an adapted form of the following from Zack Eswine’s The Imperfect Pastor: Discovering Joy in Our Limitations through a Daily Apprenticeship with Jesus (Cross...
We all know that:
And God said, “Let there be an expanse in the midst of the waters, and let it separate the waters from...
Prolific Bible teacher Warren Wiersbe died on May 2, 2019, at the age of 89.
Warren Wendel Wiersbe was born on May 16, 1929, to Fred and Gladys Anna (Forsberg) Wiersbe in East Chicago, Indiana, at that time the most industrialized city in the United States.
Wiersbe traced his call to ministry to May...
Theologian Kevin Vanhoozer:
Why does doctrine matter?
Primarily because without it, we could not answer Jesus’s question to his disciples, “Who do you say that I am?” (Matt. 16:15).
Christian doctrine sets forth in speech
It is the greatest and truest news in all the world:
Jesus is risen!
This is how his followers felt and we should still feel today.
Authors: Justin Taylor...
George Herbert (1633):
Oh blessed body! Whither art thou thrown?
No lodging for thee, but a cold hard stone?
So many hearts on earth, and yet not one
Sure there is room within our hearts good store;
For they can lodge transgressions by the score:
Thousands of toys dwell there,...
Caroline Cobb and Sean Carter provide a great example of biblical theology through song, from the album The Blood + the Breath: Songs That Tell the Story of Redemption:
There’s a promise in our veins But it’s faded by all these years in chains Send a prophet, send the plagues That...
Andrew Peterson asks, “Is he worthy?
We respond: “He is.”
And I saw a mighty angel proclaiming with a loud voice, “Who is worthy to open the scroll and break its seals?”
And no one in heaven or on earth or under the earth was able to open the scroll or to look into it,...
Spiritual adoption is a big deal for the practical theology of J. I. Packer.
In Knowing God J. I. Packer writes:
If you want to judge how well a person understands Christianity, find out how much he makes of the thought of being God’s child, and having God as his Father.
If this is not the...
The foreword by D. A. Carson to Vern Poythress’s new book, Interpreting Eden: A Guide to Faithfully Reading and Understanding Genesis 1–3 (Crossway, 2019).
Some topics are notoriously complex, and few, if any, are more complex than the doctrine of creation.
This complexity springs in...
The success of the contemporary pro-abortion rights movement depends on at three two things: (1) retaining their reign within the most visible, powerful, and effective means of public communication (education, media, and the courts); (2) downplaying the ghastly nature of what they are really...
Theologian John Murray once defined common grace as “every favour of whatever kind or degree, falling short of salvation, which this undeserving and sin-cursed world enjoys at the hand of God” (Collected Works, II:96).
Pastor-theologian Sam Storms writes:
As we approach the second...
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