On September 25th 2017 I began to hyperventilate. This was because of a statement made by one of the most influential Christian pastor/theologians in my life, John Piper. I have read almost everything he has written and listened to hours upon hours of sermons, conference messages and seminars that he has produced. I always knew there were… Continue reading A Brief Response to John Piper’s Article on Salvation by Faith Alone.
In order to talk about the application of the Sabbath to the Christian, we first have to see it in its biblical-theological context. When speaking of the Sabbath, most Christians think of the 4th commandment. If this is all that there is to the conversation, it is like watching a snippet from the middle of a… Continue reading The Christian, the Sabbath and Creation.
Having thought about the difficulty of discerning the difference between primary and secondary doctrines, we now turn to consider another related problem... that the distinction between primary and secondary doctrines often gets interpreted as "important" and "non-important" doctrines. At this point, we begin to spiral fairly quickly into the theological abyss. Just because something isn't… Continue reading Matters of First Importance (Part 3)
Last week we began to think about the Evangelical tendency to categorise doctrines into matters of primary and secondary importance. "Primary" refers to those doctrines that are essential to all Christians everywhere and "secondary" referring those doctrines that are non-essential. In this article, we begin to consider some of the problems arising out of this… Continue reading Matters of First Importance (Part 2)
Evangelicalism walks a very fine line between maintaining unity and contending for the faith. It is a joyous and treacherous position to be in. Stray too far to the one side and you fall off the cliff of heresy. Stray too far in the other direction and we find ourselves mixed up in the Colossian… Continue reading Matters of First Importance (Part 1)
Distracted from the Real Warning? Hebrews 5 and 6 has to be among the most controversial passages in the Bible. The controversy is mainly between Calvinists like me who argue that you cannot lose your salvation and...well, everybody else. However, as is sadly the case with any Bible passage that has become caught up in… Continue reading The Danger of Being a Theological Sluggard.
There is a time for everything, and a season for every activity under the heavens: a time to be born and a time to die, a time to plant and a time to uproot, a time to kill and a time to heal, a time to tear down and a time to build, a… Continue reading Is time a cruel mistress?
How Does Pastoral Care Happen? The bottom line principal of biblical pastoral care is that it is the ministry of every member of the church, rather than of only a select few within the church. Every Christian is to love one another. Until every member sees this as their responsibility the church will not be… Continue reading Are we confused about pastoral care? Part 4
We Still Need to Love One Another Just because the activities we have traditionally associated with pastoral care are not in keeping with the biblical language, does render them unimportant activities. All that it means is that we’ve started to call it by a different name. In fact, what people often mean when they use… Continue reading Are we confused about pastoral care? Part 3
I heartily recommend taking the time to read this article. It teaches us so many great things, particularly on why we need our local churches. Seriously...read it now. Source: A Pastor, His Dying Wife, and Their Church—A Group Text