Since the seventeenth century, Particular Baptists have been referred to often as ‘Anabaptists’. In fact, to this very day, the same charge can be found swirling around Facebook discussions from our paedobaptist brethren to fellow Reformed Baptists. Is there any truth to this identification? If not, to what extent are the early Particular Baptists and, … Continue reading The Anabaptist Connection (?)
In present-day Jerusalem sits the “Dome of the Rock,” which now houses a Mosque for Muslim worship. This Muslim place of worship sits on, or next to, the original site of king Solomon’s temple, and the subsequent second temple which the Jews built following their return from captivity in Babylon. Many Jews and Christians look … Continue reading What is the Future Temple?
When the Reformers and the post-Reformed referred to the “sufficiency of the Scriptures,” they specifically meant the adequacy of the Scriptures to communicate saving knowledge, to guide the Christian’s living, and to instruct the church in worship. Throughout the biblical narrative, God always told His people how to conduct worship. There is never an example, … Continue reading The Sufficiency of Scripture in Worship
The Calvinist has no shortage of biblical ammunition to combat universalism of Arminianism or Roman Catholicism. The battle for a “Reformed” soteriology takes many forms. Philosophical reasons are often given for why Arminianism, for example, fails to give sufficient explanation for its doctrine of salvation. And the same goes for Roman Catholicism. These are often … Continue reading Limited Atonement in Ephesians
Etymology tells us theology just means “the study of God.” But defining theology has not always been so simple. Giving a definition of the term according to etymological considerations alone leaves questions open such as, “Does theology only have to do with the study of an object?” “Is theology distinctly Christian?” “Can any religion have a … Continue reading What is Theology?
“I like it simple.” That’s what one of my friends once told me. I get the feeling he’s not the only one who likes his theology “simple.” This is the general milieu in “theological America.” Buffet theology, we may call it, wins the day because it takes less time, less energy, less commitment, and the … Continue reading Duh, Theology Is Hard!