Should we be Creedalists? A Book Review of The Creedal Imperative by Carl Trueman

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With Christianity on the wane in Western culture, some leaders have urged Christians to deemphasize secondary doctrines in order to stand united on gospel essentials.  Our numbers are too small, they say, for Christians to continue nit picking at each other on long disputed matters of theology.  Let me suggest, however, that doctrinal minimalism is…



Ecclesiological Implications of the Sabbath (Part 1)

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*This post is the latest in a series looking at the Sabbath. Previous posts include:Sabbath Typology and Eschatological Rest, Paul and the Sabbath,  Jesus and the Sabbath,  The Sabbath and the Decalogue in the OT, a look at God’s Rest as Prescriptive, an examination of the Sabbath as a Creation Ordinance.   Accepting or rejecting the Sabbath as…



Dear Timothy: Two watchwords for your pastoral ministry, Part I “Contentment”

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A few years ago, Founders Ministries published an excellent, multi-author work, titled Dear Timothy (A must-read for young pastors and thankfully still available). The book was written as a series of letters from the veteran pastor, Paul, to the young upstart pastor, Timothy. In the spirit of that fine publication, I offer the following letter as…



Where to Look in Dark Times

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“Then I saw in my dream, that the Interpreter took Christian by the hand, and led him into a place where was a Fire burning against the wall, and one standing by it, always casting much water upon it, to quench it; yet did the Fire burn higher and hotter.” There are times when theology…



Mercy for Street Boys

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I just returned from spending a week in a major city on the African continent. While I have traveled much in the past twenty-five years, I had never been to Africa until this trip. I found it both eye opening and remarkable in many ways as a local pastor who regularly prays for mission work…



Threefold Imputation in Salvation

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 The Idea of Imputation in the Bible When we speak of imputed righteousness in relation to justification what we mean is that the righteousness of God in Jesus Christ (that is not ours by nature and is completely outside of us, or “alien” to us) is credited to us in such a way that God now…

 

“Infant Salvation” by Loraine Boettner

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There has been a good deal of discussion lately among Southern Baptists about the future of infants when they die.  Some say that Calvinism implies infants will not be saved in death.  But Loraine Boettner shows that infant salvation only finds a logical place within Calvinism, while non-Calvinistic systems are inconsistent to affirm it: “Most…



Sabbath Typology and Eschatological Rest

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*This post is the latest in a series looking at the Sabbath. Previous posts include:Paul and the Sabbath,  Jesus and the Sabbath,  The Sabbath and the Decalogue in the OT, a look at God’s Rest as Prescriptive, an examination of the Sabbath as a Creation Ordinance. Now that a brief survey of Sabbath throughout the canon has…



Spurgeon’s “Three R’s”: A Useful Paradigm for Evangelism and Preaching

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Over the past few weeks, members of the congregation I pastor have been proclaiming the Gospel in the neighborhoods and apartment complexes in the neighborhood surrounding the church. Executing door-to-door, “cold call” evangelism is not without its challenges in the modern context. Rejections of the Gospel run the gamut from angry to flaky: One man…