My friend Dan Tsouloufis recently wrote a short essay explaining the Reformed (Calvinistic) understanding of salvation and election. It’s really helpful, biblical, and balanced. Definitely worth the ten minutes or so it takes to read it: “I wanted to share some of my thoughts on the Reformed/Calvinist view of salvation, since in some circles it’s still deemed controversial, due to such characteristic doctrines as predestination, unconditional election, limited atonement, and
What my idle, indecisive heart needs to see: O Courageous Christ, By the power of the Spirit, You perfectly loved the Father. Never paralyzed with fear, Never frozen with indecision, Your trust never wavered. As the Lord of life, you showed us how to be strong; As the Author of life, you died for our cowardly and willful rebellion. Reconciling God and man, you turn spineless cowards into brave saints. You tell us dear Lord, ‘Love God and do whatever you want.’ What freedom! What hope
Oh Idle Indecision, You cover me like a blanket, Warming me with your whispers of security: ‘Give it some more time.’ ‘Better off really thinking if over.’ ‘No harm in waiting another day.’ The pages of my calendar revolve, But your claims are anchored deep. I think I am safe, But really I am deceived: You numb the sharp edges of my conviction; You cool the fires of my passions and dreams; You exchange the dangerous pursuit with banal distractions; You shift m
Please keep me in prayer, I’ll be guest preaching again this Sunday at church in Zion, IL: http://www.meadowridge.org/ Preaching on 2 Sam 11 (David and Bathseba). Pray that I am faithful in my exposition, that the gospel goes forward, and that God brings deeper repentance in my heart and the hearts of the hearers for His glory.
This past Sunday I had the opportunity to preach on Isaiah 59, and I used sentence diagramming to help me understand the text. Diagramming a passage is when you lay out the text in the form of a diagram, separating out clauses and modifiers, and adding notes about significant ideas and reoccurring motifs which you find in the argument. This exercise forces you to deal with the text and is very helpful for getting the flow of an author’s argument. Isaiah 59 begins with an indictment agai
23 Truths For The Redeemed In Christ To redeem a thing is to take something that is broken/corrupt/enslaved and to deliver it, making it complete/cleansed/liberated. The Bible teaches us that God Himself redeems a people to be His own possession, a people who are greatly in need of redemption: they are enslaved to sin; they have rebelled against Himself; they have chosen to follow false gods; they have traded living for God’s pure and eternal glory for that which is fleeting and false; th
The Gospel According to Gordon Ramsay Stories of redemption and redeemers abound in our culture. We love seeing something that is broken/defiled/enslaved/ruined/destroyed come out fixed/purified/liberated/cleansed/saved. It makes our hearts happy. One example of this is found in Fox’s television program “Kitchen Nightmares” starring Gordon Ramsey. In the show, master-chef Ramsey goes into a failing restaurant and delivers it from its ruin by bringing change and hope for the future. It is tru