New Year's

New Year’s Idols

I enjoy making New Year’s resolutions. It’s an opportunity to put aside past mistakes and failures and start over in the coming year. I can start anew with my devotional or exercise program that I abandoned last year. My gym sent me an e-mail which declared this to be the “year of . . . you”. The e-mail went on to say, “It’s 100% your choice. It’s your decision. It’s in your hands. YOU are in control. YOU.” That’s the kind of talk I like – talk that centers around me. Of course, as a Christian I immediately recognize this to be worldly thinking, but I need to be careful. My thinking about resolutions can easily end up as worldly thinking masked by a thin veneer of Christian language.

Ten Reasons for the Supremacy of Expository Preaching

What is essential for a great preaching? Some say creativity, others story-telling, others cite the use of powerful metaphors, and still others point to the ability of a preacher to connect a passage to one or two practical applications. While such things are not inherently bad, it is my conviction that more important than any of these is one’s underlying approach to preaching. And, of the various approaches to preaching, I am convinced of the supremacy of expository preaching.

Faith Alone – The Doctrine of Justification: What the Reformers Taught…and Why It Still Matters

Schreiner approaches the reformer’s doctrine of justification from several perspectives. The book breaks down into three main sections. The first section contains six chapters, and includes a study of justification during different eras of the church. In doing so, he addresses one of the common objections to the Reformation understanding of justification, namely that the reformers deviated from the way previous generations had understood the doctrine.