Reenchanting Humanity: A Theology of Mankind – Owen Strachan

Owen Strachan, Reenchanting Humanity: A Theology of Mankind (Geanies House: Christian Focus Publications, 2019), 418 pp. I was recently asked by a parishioner to evaluate a professing Christian author. My response was tenuous as the author under consideration is notoriously difficult to nail down. Is he a Calvinist or an Arminian? A Complementarian or anContinue reading “Reenchanting Humanity: A Theology of Mankind – Owen Strachan”

The Nature and End of Excommunication – Jonathan Edwards

The Nature and End of Excommunication is a timely and practical sermon.  For many churches in our generation simply refuse to exercise church discipline on the unrepentant.  This act of passivity is not only cause for grave concern; it is a violation of Scripture. Edwards utilizes 1 Cor. 5:11 as his text: “But now I amContinue reading “The Nature and End of Excommunication – Jonathan Edwards”

The True Excellency of a Minister of the Gospel – Jonathan Edwards

In this masterful sermon, Jonathan Edwards sets forth what sets apart a minister of the gospel. He establishes his doctrine at the beginning of the sermon: ‘Tis the excellency of a minister of the gospel to be both a burning and a shining light. Six propositions guide the doctrinal assertion: I would show that Christ’sContinue reading “The True Excellency of a Minister of the Gospel – Jonathan Edwards”

Divine Blessing and the Fullness of Life in the Presence of God – William R. Osborne

William R. Osborne, Divine Blessing and the Fullness of Life in the Presence of God (Wheaton: Crossway Books, 2020), 159 pp. The notion of “blessing” is familiar to most people. It has a broad range of meaning that ranges from the theological to the pragmatic. Yet, if we are honest, most have failed to probeContinue reading “Divine Blessing and the Fullness of Life in the Presence of God – William R. Osborne”

Nothing But the Truth

Scripture warns, “See to it that no one takes you captive by philosophy and empty deceit, according to human tradition, according to the elemental spirits of the world, and not according to Christ” (Col. 2:8, ESV). As followers of Christ, we need to be vigilant, constantly on guard, and discerning good from evil. One ofContinue reading “Nothing But the Truth”

A Puritan Theology: Doctrine For Life – Joel Beeke and Mark Jones

A comprehensive assessment of A Puritan Theology: Doctrine for Life by Joel Beeke and Mark Jones is something akin to sharing one’s thoughts or emotions while gazing at the Grand Canyon, Niagara Falls, the Statue of Liberty, or the Lincoln Memorial.  This magnum opus is like oxygen for the barren soul, light for a blind man,Continue reading “A Puritan Theology: Doctrine For Life – Joel Beeke and Mark Jones”

Biblical Apologetics: How Shall We Respond to Unbelief?

Unbelief is in the air.  Unbelief is gaining ground in postmodern culture.  Over 100 years ago, the German philosopher, Friedrich Nietzsche wrote, “I call Christianity the one great curse, the one great innermost corruption, the one great instinct of revenge, for which no means is poisonous, stealthy, subterranean, small enough – I call it theContinue reading “Biblical Apologetics: How Shall We Respond to Unbelief?”

CHARLES HODGE: The Pride of Princeton – W. Andrew Hoffecker

Who says reviews don’t matter?  “I could not put Hoffecker’s book down.”  Seven simple words uttered by Dr. John Frame prompted me to pick up Charles Hodge: The Pride of Princeton by  W. Andrew Hoffecker.  The author makes a solid contribution to P & R’s American Reformed Biographies Series. I first encountered Charles Hodge in Seminary.Continue reading “CHARLES HODGE: The Pride of Princeton – W. Andrew Hoffecker”

Renewing Our Commitment to Biblical Authority

Yesterday, we examined three important truths that emerge in Psalm 19:7. We learned that the Word of God is perfect, that it is the means of conversion and that God’s Word is reliable and trustworthy. God’s Word is the anchor that enables us to stand firm in a culture that scoffs at the notion ofContinue reading “Renewing Our Commitment to Biblical Authority”

Standing on the Authority of God’s Word

As we embark on yet another year, the challenges before us may seem daunting. We live in a culture that relies heavily on hunches, intuitions, and feelings. The emphasis on the subjective has led many to deny biblical Christianity and reject any notion of truth. The witty British writer, G.K. Chesterton poetically described the plightContinue reading “Standing on the Authority of God’s Word”