A brief theology of death

Recently, I have been making my way, rather slowly, I might add, through Suicide—A Christian Response: Crucial Considerations for Choosing Life. The book takes the form of a collection of essays by various evangelical writers who comment on issues of euthanasia and physician-assisted suicide….

TULIP

The following excerpt, which serves as a summary of the five points of Calvinism, is taken from The Doctrines of Grace by James Montgomery Boice and Philip Graham Ryken.1 The doctrines of grace—these words are shorthand for five distinct Bible teachings that were linked…

Destiny’s child (part 3): What does the text say?

In my ongoing thinking through the issue of infants (and the mentally handicapped) who die, and their eternal destiny, I have thus far sought to set forth the overriding argument as I understanding it, and to deal with some objections and other issues relating…

Straw man theology

In a sermon titled “How to Meet the Doctrine of Election,”1 Charles Spurgeon sought to give a biblical defence of the doctrine of election. In his defence, he noted that opponents of the Calvinistic interpretation of election often resort to misrepresentation in order to…

Destiny’s child (part two): Objections and other considerations

Previously, I outlined my basic assertion that those who die in infancy, or who are too severely handicapped to wrestle intellectually with the implications of the gospel, experience God’s salvific grace. It appears to me that, by his own decree, God’s judgement is based…

Destiny’s child (part one): The overriding argument

The Bible teaches in no uncertain terms that everyone has sinned and has consequently fallen short of God’s divine standard. Sin separates us from God, and God’s just decree is that sin is punishable by death. But Jesus Christ took the penalty for our…

The transforming power of biblical Christianity

In my previous post, I made reference to a piece on MyNews24, in which the writer expressed his opinion that biblical Christianity “causes many of the negative aspects of our society, and I would far rather have reason, critical thinking and scientific knowledge affect…

The “immorality” of Christianity

The technological landscape is an ever-changing one. One of the more obvious areas in which this is true is in the world of Facebook. Those who are subscribers are all-too-familiar with the frequent alterations to the way the social media site works. Sometimes the…

Where the grass is greener

My attention was captured recently by a post on a friend’s Facebook wall. This friend, who emigrated from South Africa to New Zealand, and then to Australia some years later, posted an image of three men standing in a South African courtroom with a…

“Daddy, I don’t love God”

This morning, during our Family Bible Hour opening at church, we sang that old children’s favourite, “Jesus Loves Me.” In the particular three-verse rendition that we sing in our church, a verse of response is added: I love Jesus, does he know? Have I…