Loving God and Neighbour

Everyone who believes that Jesus is the Christ has been born of God, and everyone who loves the Father also loves the one born of him. This is how we know that we love God’s children: when we love God and obey his commands. 1 John 5:1-2, CSB When Jesus was asked what the most important … Continue reading Loving God and Neighbour

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What Does the Messiah’s Death Mean?

While listening to Jordan Peterson lecture on his new book, 12 Rules for Life: An Antidote to Chaos, I heard an interesting discussion by Dr. Peterson about the meaning of the death of the Messiah in his discussion of rule 7 of his book (beginning at 58:45). There, he ponders the meaning of the story, and then he … Continue reading What Does the Messiah’s Death Mean?

Is Forensic Justification a Reformation Novelty?

Objection: The idea of Justification as forensic imputation is a novelty invented by the Reformers, and was unknown in the early church. Answer: In St. Augustine's “On the Spirit and the Letter,” he describes the meaning of Justification. There, he states that to be justified is to be considered, or reckoned as just. There, he … Continue reading Is Forensic Justification a Reformation Novelty?

Particular Baptist Essentials: A Reader

Image taken from the website of the Association of Reformed Baptist Churches of America (ARBCA) Recently, I created a new Facebook Page called 1689 Puritans, with the purpose of promoting historic Particular Baptist theology and history. As part of that page, I decided to create this Reader to help acquaint readers with Christian theology and … Continue reading Particular Baptist Essentials: A Reader

For You and Your Children: The Book of Acts in Baptism Debates

In the perennial debate between Credobaptists and Paedobaptists over the validity of infant baptism, the book of Acts frequently becomes the battleground over which both sides attempt to display the exegetical superiority of their baptismal stance over the other. Thus, for example, Presbyterian theologian Gregg Strawbridge, in his attempted rebuttal to the pro-Credobaptist book A … Continue reading For You and Your Children: The Book of Acts in Baptism Debates

Tim Staples vs. Augustine, Thomas Aquinas and Martin Luther on “Works of the Law”

The following argument is excerpted, with some modifications, from two sources: The appendix to my essay Why Justification Still Matters, and from my essay De Iustificatione Dei, which compares the soteriologies of Augustine and Martin Luther. highly recommend that those interested in this debate read those two essays in full after having read this excerpt for more information … Continue reading Tim Staples vs. Augustine, Thomas Aquinas and Martin Luther on “Works of the Law”