Doctrine and Devotion

In every generation there have been those who have downplayed the importance of doctrine. These detractors claim that it doesn’t matter what one believes so long as one lives a life of love and compassion. Doctrine causes division, they say. It is far better…

A confessing community: The sovereign God

Greg Boyd is a prominent proponent of open theism. In his book, God of the Possible, he tells the story of a young woman named Suzanne. One Sunday, Suzanne approached him, very angry at God. After he had worked through some of her initial…

A confessing community: God, self-existent

Gretta Vosper pastors West Hill United Church, a congregation in the United Church of Canada. Three years ago, she declared herself an atheist. Following that revelation, two-thirds of her congregation left the church, and denominational leaders sought to remove her from her position arguing…

A confessing community: The living and true God

Christian worship can be defined as a reverent response to divine revelation. To properly worship God, therefore, requires that we properly understand the nature and character of God as it is revealed in Scripture. The Sola 5 Confession of Faith begins with a definition…

A confessing community: Introduction

I am a member of Brackenhurst Baptist Church in Johannesburg, South Africa, which is in turn a member of Sola 5—an association of God-centred evangelical churches in Southern Africa. All member churches affirm Sola 5’s Confession of Faith. As a church, we are currently…

Here I stand

I recently listened to a recorded conversation between Christian author and speaker Skye Jethani and American journalist Jonathan Merritt. During an interview with Eugene Peterson last year, Merritt asked Peterson, a member of the liberal Presbyterian Church (USA), if he would consent to conducting…

Heresy hunters

I recently joined the Reformed Baptist Fellowship & Theology Forum group on Facebook. This group exists ostensibly to foster theological discussion between Reformed-minded Baptists. A wide array of topics is discussed and, for the most part, discussion is civil and friendly. However, just a…