A confessing community: Salvation promised

The church’s Christology (its doctrine of Jesus Christ) was solidified through centuries of discussion, dominating the attention of the Christian church for at least the first eight hundred years of new covenant history. This is understandable, because the nature of Christ is one of…

A confessing community: Salvation secured

In November 1785, Scottish poet Robert Burns was ploughing his field when he accidentally destroyed a mouse’s nest, which it needed to survive the winter. Burns’s brother claims that the poet was still holding onto the plough when he composed one of his most…

A confessing community: Salvation appointed

In a recent online conversation about Christian universalism, one commenter opined: “My problem with Christian universalism is the same exact problem I have with Calvinism. It’s God forcing us to love him.” The comment reveals a grave misunderstanding of the biblical doctrines of grace….

A confessing community: Salvation revealed

The Bible is a collection of inspired writings, spanning an array of genres, written by forty-plus authors over a span of some four thousand years. Yet it presents a single, united message. It is easy to miss this central theme in the complexity of…

A confessing community: Salvation provided

Sola 5, whose Confession we are studying in this series, is an association of God-centred evangelical churches in Southern Africa. While there is a degree of doctrinal diversity between the churches, all churches confess certain core doctrines. Most core to the identity of the…

The greatest

Every year, BibleGateway.com, which bills itself “the world’s most visited Christian website,” publishes a list of the most read Bible verses on its website. Every year, the list includes a number of well-known and beloved verses, such as Proverbs 3:5–6; Psalm 23:4; 1 Corinthians…

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…

“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…