Archive for the 'Reformed Theology' Category

How fallen are our wills?

Is God’s morality so foreign to us that it can be expected to get mistaken for immorality by even devout followers of Jesus? In my last post I began discussing this thorny question by ruling out the claim that the tension between the Old and New Testament conceptions of God’s nature is only apparent; while it is certainly […]

Wednesday, August 12th, 2015

Does God play by the same rules?

Are you one of those who finds it difficult to reconcile many of the acts attributed to God within the Hebrew scriptures with the dominant picture of God painted by the life and teachings of Jesus? If so, you’re not alone. I’ve talked about this problem extensively in the past, but I return to it again because, […]

Tuesday, July 28th, 2015

What God looks like?

Why is it important to be stunned by the God-centeredness of God? Because many people are willing to be God-centered as long as they feel that God is man-centered. It is a subtle danger. We may think we are centering our lives on God, when we are really making Him a means to self-esteem. Over […]

Wednesday, March 30th, 2011

Hell, election, and arrogance

Despite Robert Burns’ own considerable moral indiscretions, he certainly had no trouble decrying religious phonies such as he saw in William Fisher, elder in Mauchline Kirk in 1785. In “Holy Willie’s Prayer”, Burns paints a vivid picture of a womanizing hypocrite whose excuses and even theological justifications strike me as authentic and potentially accurate. But forget those […]

Tuesday, March 8th, 2011

A bit of a rant about limited atonement and unlimited smugness

Come to the table of grace; seek Him who gave you His life Remember the price that was paid, the gift of His sacrifice Come to the table of grace; love there to comfort and hold Remember the cost of His life, given to free ev’ry soul. Come to the table, the table of grace from “Come to […]

Monday, March 7th, 2011

The yet unfinished work of Christ

Does your Christian tradition teach or imply that it is better to err on the side of faith than works? Yesterday I posted a quote from MacDonald that indicted the doctrine of imputed righteousness as an inoculation from pursuing personal holiness. As luck would have it, that same morning a web-only Christianity Today article by Jason […]

Tuesday, January 25th, 2011

When inerrancy is truly evil

Now the glory of the God of Israel had gone up from the cherub on which it rested to the threshold of the house. The Lord called to the man clothed in linen, who had the writing case at his side; and said to him, “Go through the city, through Jerusalem, and put a mark […]

Tuesday, January 11th, 2011