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
A lot of young college-age millennials have been listening to Dr. Jordan B. Peterson as of late. Being a University of Toronto student, I heard about Peterson long before he became famous. I found myself listening to many of his lectures, and lately, so have many of my friends. It is a remarkable phenomenon--how could … Continue reading Jordan Peterson and Christianity
I left Islam because I studied Muhammad's life. I accepted the Gospel because I studied Jesus' life. #MyStory #SeekingAllahFindingJesus These are the words that are pinned at the top of Nabeel Qureshi's Twitter page. It summarizes Nabeel's life from early childhood to the last days of his life, as explained in more detail in his … Continue reading In Memoriam: Nabeel Qureshi
Whose choice is it when a person is saved? Is it the person’s choice, or God’s? Some answer that it’s the person’s choice; others say it’s God’s. Some say that it’s both, but that pushes the question back further: Who chose first? Does God choose those who choose Him first, or the other way around? … Continue reading The Doctrines of Grace
Apart from the nature of Justification, one of the other major issues separating Protestants from Roman Catholics is the issue of authority. Protestants believe that the Bible alone is the only infallible authority on matters of faith and morals. While this doesn't preclude the possibility of there being other sources of authority, these other sources … Continue reading Essay: Upon This Rock I Will Build My Church
In less than half a year, we will be approaching the 500th anniversary of Luther's nailing of the 95 Theses to the castle church door in Wittenberg, which is traditionally regarded as the beginning of the Protestant Reformation. As we approach that time, it is important to remember why the Reformation happened. Ultimately, it was … Continue reading Essay: Why Justification Still Matters
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
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?
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?
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
Above: 100,000 pink and blue flags planted around Parliament Hill in Ottawa to represent the 100,000 infants who are killed every year by abortion in Canada. (Source) The topic of abortion has flared up again recently in Canadian political discourse, thanks to a controversial move by the Trudeau government to force Canadian charities applying for the … Continue reading Abortion and the Myth of Religious Neutrality
“And He will stretch over it the line of desolation And the plumb line of emptiness.” (Isaiah 34:11, NASB) These words form part of an oracle by God against the sinful nations around Israel and Judah. Here, He warns them that He is ready to execute vengeance against the injustices that they’ve been committing, and … Continue reading The God Who De-Creates and Re-Creates
The king went up to the house of the Lord and all the men of Judah and all the inhabitants of Jerusalem with him, and the priests and the prophets and all the people, both small and great; and he read in their hearing all the words of the book of the covenant which was found in the house … Continue reading Rediscovering the Word of God
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”