Reformed Systematic Theology, Volume 3: Spirit and Salvation – Joel R.Beeke and Paul M. Smalley

Joel R. Beeke and Paul M. Smalley, Reformed Systematic Theology, Volume 3: Spirit and Salvation (Wheaton: Crossway Books, 2022), 1171 pp. Theology should draw readers close to the heart of God. It should stimulate and stretch the mind. It should warm and elevate the affections. It should soothe the soul. It should convict the heart.Continue reading “Reformed Systematic Theology, Volume 3: Spirit and Salvation – Joel R.Beeke and Paul M. Smalley”

When the Gavel Falls

It has been said that one of the greatest problems that plagues contemporary people is unresolved guilt. Sin squeezes the life out of unwitting victims. Sins of omission, sins of commission, sins of regret, neglect, fear, ungodly anger, broken relationships, and insubordination pose a massive threat to the well-being of well-meaning people. No one isContinue reading “When the Gavel Falls”

I am a Calvinist

I affirm the sovereignty of God in salvation and embrace a Calvinistic worldview where the glory and supremacy of God are the end of all things. Seven fundamental realities compel me to embrace Calvinism, what C.H. Spurgeon referred to as a “nickname for biblical Christianity.”1 Calvinism is rooted in Scripture. The sovereignty of God overContinue reading “I am a Calvinist”

Providence – John Piper

John Piper, Providence (Wheaton: Crossway Books, 2021), 710 pp. 2020-2021 were a years of pain, suffering, and anguish. COVID-19 impacted countless lives, crushed the economy, overwhelmed our health care system, and influenced the presidential election. By mid-December, the virus claimed over 300,000 lives in the United States alone. We were told what is classified asContinue reading “Providence – John Piper”

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 Eclipse of the Gospel and the School of Hard Knox

A Powerful Man I stood in the shadow of St. Giles Cathedral in Edinburgh, Scotland. Clouds gathered overhead and people walked curiously through the front doors. Here, the famous reformer, John Knox faithfully tended the flock until his death in 1572. Once inside this massive cathedral, I was transfixed by the sheer beauty of thisContinue reading “The Eclipse of the Gospel and the School of Hard Knox”

Why Francis Schaefer Matters: The Line of Despair – Part 3

 The Loss of Antithesis The loss of antithesis in American culture led to what Dr. Schaeffer coined the “line of despair” or giving up all hope of achieving a rational unified answer to knowledge and life.  Schaeffer outlines what he believes are the various steps below this line of despair.  He begins with the GermanContinue reading “Why Francis Schaefer Matters: The Line of Despair – Part 3”

Why Francis Schaeffer Matters: The Turning Point in Truth – Part 2

The Truth Crisis Francis Schaeffer sets the tone for his apologetical procedure by explaining the crisis of truth in America:  “We are fundamentally affected by a new way of looking at truth.  This change in the concept of the way we come to knowledge and truth is the most crucial problem facing America today” (The […]

Providence – John Piper

John Piper, Providence (Wheaton: Crossway Books, 2021), 710 pp. 2020 was a year of pain, suffering, and anguish. COVID-19 impacted countless lives, crushed the economy, overwhelmed our health care system, and influenced the presidential election. By mid-December, the virus claimed over 300,000 lives in the United States alone. We were told what is classified asContinue reading “Providence – John Piper”

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”