I have lived in the Pacific Northwest since I was four years old. I have seen mountains. I have seen lakes. I have seen waterfalls. I have seen meadows, beaches, and trees. I have visited Mount Rainier, the Columbia River, and Hurricane Ridge at least a dozen times each. I know what sixteen feet of…Details
Christianity is not just an experience, we need to remember, but it is about truth. The experience of being reconciled to the Father throughout the Son, by the work of the Holy Spirit all happens within a worldview. This worldview is the way God has taught us in his Word to view the world. That…Details
Preface: The Need for Studying the Doctrine of the Church “For too many Christians today, the doctrine of the church is like a decoration on the front of a building. Maybe it’s pretty, maybe it’s not, but finally it’s unimportant because it bears no weight. Yet nothing could be further from the truth. The doctrine…Details
How the Gospel Frees Us To Risk “[R]isk is inherent in every kind of other-directed life… Courage isn’t protecting yourself in a cocoon from these possibilities. Courage is walking forward, and embracing others in love, even though you may suffer greatly in ways you could never imagine now. Jesus walked that way before you, and…Details
And what is man? A little breathing dust. God is infinitely above us, and so strangely condescends, in having a tender care of us, that the psalmist was swallowed up in ecstasy and amazement at the thought of it: “What is mankind that You are mindful of them, human beings that You care for them?”…Details
Martin Luther sends 95 theses (points for debate) about the abuse of indulgences* to Archbishop Albrecht of Mainz. It is possible that he also nailed his theses to the door of the Wittenberg church, though there is no firm evidence that he did so. While the theses themselves were not particularly revolutionary, the controversy they…Details
Introduction The “Book of the Month” for May will be The Church: The Gospel Made Visible by Mark Dever. While a book of theology, even a brief one like this, may seem challenging, it is a challenge worth taking. What you believe about the church makes a very real and practical difference in the way…Details
One must get one’s framework of assumptions—one’s presuppositions—from somewhere. If one does not get them from healthy, biblically grounded systematic theology, one will most likely get them from the spirit of the age, whether that be Enlightenment rationalism or postmodern relativism or historicism.
Vern Poythress, Kinds of Biblical Theology, Westminster Theological Journal 70/1 (2008), pg 134
Don’t forget that after the evening service tonight we will have a coffee and cookies book discussion in the equipping center—but only for those who have read God’s Smuggler, April’s book of the month. Reading it has been quite an adventure and I look forward to our discussion!