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Where Has Church Discipline Gone?

October 5, 2007

“If you were the pastor of a paedobaptistic church, and an unmarried couple asks you to baptize their infant child, would you?” I asked this question to my students at the Bible school. Six out of eleven said no, for various reasons. The other five said they would, also for various reasons which include: if […]

The Malling of Evangelicalism

September 7, 2007
The Malling of Evangelicalism

Non-threatening. Relevance. Love. Coffee shop. Fun and games. These are the code words for today's evangelical churches. But what about church words like these: Offense of the cross. Sin. God's wrath. Liturgy. Sacrament. Suffering. None of that irrelevance - the Bible is out, Starbucks (or Purpose-Driven Life) is in.

“Lord, please nuke them!”

August 18, 2007

Probably not many Christians will pray a prayer like this, but a Southern California pastor might as well do. He encourages his flock to pray for the death of those who opposed his endorsement of Republican presidential candidate Mike Huckabee by using his church’s stationery and Internet program. Pastor Wiley Drake of the First Southern […]

The One True Church?

July 11, 2007
The One True Church?

Does the Roman church exhibit any of these three marks? Maybe some, maybe sometimes. For sure, the true gospel of justification by faith alone in Christ alone by grace alone is not preached. Does the Roman church properly administer the sacraments in believing the doctrine of transubstantiation and baptismal regeneration? No. Does the Roman church exercise discipline among its clergy and people? We know it certainly does not.

“One Nation Under God”?

May 8, 2007

I’m re-posting this article I wrote back in May 2007. In view of the May 14 midterm elections in the Philippines, and of the current presidential campaign in the United States, I have been pondering the age-old question of how a Christian should relate to the culture around him. What must the Christian’s response be […]

The Reason for So Much Mindless Christianity?

May 3, 2007

“For ‘everyone who calls on the name of the Lord will be saved.’ How then will they call on him in whom they have not believed? And how are they to believe in him of whom they have never heard? And how are they to hear without someone preaching?” (Romans 10:13-14) What do students, professionals, […]

God’s Friday

April 6, 2007
God’s Friday

"Good Friday" is a national holiday in the Philippines. Ever wondered why this day, a commemoration of the Lord's crucifixion c. A.D. 33, is paradoxically called "Good"? Some say it comes from the German "Gottes Freitag," which means "God’s Friday..."

Donatist, Anabaptist, and Presbyterian Confusion

March 23, 2007

For a printer-friendly version (PDF) of this article, click here. Infant Baptism Among Evangelicals In the classes I’m teaching at a Presbyterian school, the discussions frequently turn to the question of infant baptism. The questions and comments are interesting, to say the least, and sometimes shocking. One pastor described how his church baptizes an adult […]

Calvinist? Reformed? Who are They?

March 15, 2007

In 1993, Dr. Richard Muller, Professor of Historical Theology at Calvin Seminary (Grand Rapids, MI), published an essay entitled “How Many Points,” republished in: http://kimriddlebarger.squarespace.com/how-many-points/ Here, he demonstrates the fallacy of the claim that believing in the so-called “Five Points of Calvinism” makes one a Calvinist. This reminds me of a controversy in our former […]

Demythologizing 7 Popular Christmas Myths

January 9, 2007
Demythologizing 7 Popular Christmas Myths

December 25 was not an accommodation to a pagan festival. Rather, it was regarded as the actual historical date of Jesus' birth since the 2nd century.

That There is Only One God

November 27, 2006

Many Christians wouldn't know what to say when confronted with the question: "What is God" or "Who is God." But we don't have to conjure up vague answers in our mind: the Confession already has a comprehensive one. Let's look briefly at each portion of the Confession's definition of God, and then think about some misconceptions related to that portion.

Introduction to the Belgic Confession of Faith

November 27, 2006

To start the theological discussion in this blog, I think it would be best to go through one of the great confessions of faith of the 16th century Protestant Reformation: the Belgic Confession of Faith. This Confession is one of the “Three Forms of Unity” (Heidelberg Catechism, Belgic Confession of Faith, and the Canons of […]

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