Posts from January 2012

What is the Reformed Faith?

The Reformed faith, or Reformed theology, is an understanding of the Bible’s teaching that centers on the glory and sovereignty of God (Isaiah 6:3; Ephesians 1:11; Revelation 4:11). Though those committed to Reformed theology – myself included – believe it is Scriptural, and therefore was the theology of Jesus, Paul, and the apostles, the Reformed…

Marriage and ministry

As I prepared this morning for Sunday’s sermon, something I read from Wayne Grudem’s commentary on 1 Peter made me think about marriage and ministry. First, here is the verse from 1 Peter: Likewise, husbands, live with your wives in an understanding way, showing honor to the woman as the weaker vessel, since they are heirs with…

Review – “Reforming Marriage,” by Douglas Wilson

Robyn and I first read Reforming Marriage as newlyweds, or maybe while we were engaged. I can’t remember now, but I do recall finding this book on marriage a useful guide to the biblical teaching on the subject. And having recently began pre-marital counseling with a certain couple, and having asked them to read the book, I…

Suffering as a Christian – Part 2

Everyone, to a lesser or greater extent, suffers in this world. And that is because when Adam sinned, he brought the judgment of God – death – upon the whole human race for his transgression (Gen. 2:17; Rom. 5:12). And with death came suffering. There is much good in this life, and life itself is…

Suffering as a Christian – Part 1

Peter has much to say about suffering in his first epistle, and in my preaching through 1 Peter I am just beginning to reach the bulk of Peter’s words on the subject. So, my thoughts have been on the significance of suffering in the Christian life. Though it may surprise the purveyors of a health-and-wealth…

The bigger threat to the well-being of the Church

Last Sunday I preached on these words from 1 Peter 2: “Be subject for the Lord’s sake to every human institution” (v.13). As I thought about the relationship between the Church and government, and how we as Christians often feel and express alarm at the prospect of living under a government hostile to the Christian…