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Living Wisely #4: Godliness Over Gain

This here is a word sure to prick the hearts of many in the western world, for we are a society greedy with gain.  If godliness and gain were to be offered to you, what would you choose?  What would you see as of greatest significance?  Undoubtedly, many would choose gain – the treasures of…

Why You Need a Liberal Arts Education & How to Give Yourself One

A liberal arts education, especially from a Christian perspective, consists of learning from both general and special revelation, or nature and the Scriptures.  These are, as it has so often been said, God’s two books.  More generally, we can think of a liberal arts education as an education in wisdom.  It seeks to understand the…

Living Wisely #3: Family as the Bedrock of Wisdom

I like to think of Proverbs as a guide to or treatise on the fifth commandment: “Honor your father and your mother, that your days may be long upon the land which the LORD your God is giving you” (Exod. 20:12).  My reason for holding this view is because many of these proverbs consist of…

Turretin on the Existence of God

In his Institutes of Elenctic Theology, in the first volume, Francis Turretin (1623-1687) includes a section on the irrefutable demonstration of the existence of God. By the way, elenctics pertains to the persuading of non-Christians of the truth of the Christian faith (particularly the gospel). In the third topic of the first volume, the question…

Living Wisely #2: The Beginning of Wisdom

The riches of wisdom are to be found in none other than He who is all-wise.  This is essentially what is meant by Proverbs 1:7, “The fear of the LORD is the beginning of knowledge, but fools despise wisdom and instruction” (cf. 9:10). This fear of God is not a cowering fear, but a fear…

Living Wisely #1: What Is Wisdom?

Wisdom is more than knowledge. It is more than knowing the difference between right and wrong. This is indeed a part of wisdom, but it is not the whole. Wisdom is the putting into practice this knowledge. It is, in other words, living well, or living according to knowledge. This wellness is not a superficial…

Ministering Life at an Abortion Mill

Ministering life through truth at an abortion mill, where pre-born babies are being murdered and mothers and fathers may lash out in hatred toward the truth, is an extremely challenging thing. Emotions are high and the enemy is fast at work. No matter what, however, we must remember why we are there – to plead…

Nature, Wisdom & the Sciences

God speaks to us in His two books: nature and the Holy Scriptures. The former is an unwritten word; the latter a written word (Ps. 19). His written word, too, speaks to us of His unwritten word. For example, Proverbs 3:19 reads: “The LORD by wisdom founded the earth; by understanding He established the heavens.”…

On Justification: The Imputation of Christ’s Righteousness by Faith

This post looks at the doctrine of justification in five parts: 1) Protestant Doctrinal Statements; 2) Key Terms Defined; 3) Biblical and Theological Summary; 4) Conclusion; and 5) Application. Protestant Doctrinal Statements Following are four statements on justification from various Protestant sources: On the contrary, justified by faith is he who, excluded from the righteousness…

The Centrality of the Word in the Church’s Kingdom Mission

The book of Acts is a unique book in the New Testament Scriptures. It sits between the Gospels and the epistles, serving as an historical sketch of the early Church during the ministry of the apostles, with particular focus on the ministry of Peter and Paul. A key theme in this book, one that I…

An Imperfect Reflection of the Ideal Husband

It may seem to many that any discussion of “the ideal husband” is a waste of ink or pixels on a screen.  It is certainly a waste of time, they may opine.  After all, men are imperfect creatures – yes, creature is a fitting word for them – and so what purpose is there to…

The Gospel: God, Man, Christ, Response (A Tract)

God & CreationThere is one true God who is the holy, just, and good Creator of all things.  We were made to glorify Him and to enjoy Him forever. “Righteousness and justice are the foundation of Your throne; mercy and truth go before Your face.” – Psalm 89:14 “You are worthy, O Lord, to receive…

The Gospel: What Is It? (A Tract)

Gospel means “good news,” and it is the good news of God’s mighty work in bringing about peace with sinners in and through Jesus Christ. Although God made all things good (Genesis 1:31), the goodness of God’s creation was corrupted by the entrance of sin through our first parents, Adam and Eve. Since Adam served…