“No Creed but the Bible” & Sola Scriptura

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Bible 5One of the foundational theological convictions of my life and ministry is the principle of Sola Scriptura, the biblical doctrine that Scripture is the only infallible authority of Christian faith and practice.  Directly related to this conviction is my belief in the sufficiency of Scripture: the truth that in the Scriptures, we have every divine word needed to live a life that honors God.  As Paul puts it so memorably in a letter to his student, Timothy: “All Scripture is breathed out by God and profitable for teaching, for reproof, for correction, and for training in righteousness, that the man of God may be competent, equipped for every good work” (2 Timothy 3:16-17, italics mine).… Continue reading

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God’s First Impression

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UnknownFirst impressions are said to last a life time. For the Christian, this is not true. When I meet a young Christian, I know he will be different and more mature next year. God conforms people to be in his image (2 Corinthians 3:18). A 40 year old Christian will look more like Christ than a brand new (6 week old) Christian (time references the new birth, not natural here). This is a life-long process in one sense. The Lord teaches me something, shapes my thinking, changes my actions, and matures me to be more like Him (Hebrews 5:14). But even unbelievers mature.… Continue reading

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Conflict of Interest: Resolving Conflict One “Fear” at a Time

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ArgumentsDo me a favor. “Put your finger in this webpage” and jump over to Facebook or Twitter, whichever you find yourself using the most. Don’t be shy. You have an account. I know you do. You probably found this article through one of those mediums. Now . . . what do you see? It’s likely I would get many different responses from people, because everyone’s feed is filled with different content. But you know what I see? Controversy. That’s what stands out more than anything. I bet you agree with me. Contention. Dissension. Conflict. You can’t hide from it.Continue reading

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Reprise: I Prayed About It Again

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Last Friday, I attended a conference at my former church where Dr. Stuart Scott gave an excellent presentation of bad methods Christians use to make decisions (among other dimensions of decision-making). It was very helpful and I encourage you to download it here when available: Sermon Audio – Grace Community Church. To provoke your thinking on the matter, here’s what I wrote a while back on one of the many “wrong” ways to make decisions. 

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Previously, I wrote a post talking about the dangers of misusing prayer in the decision-making process. But I neglected to specify the ways God does get directly involved in influencing the decisions we make.… Continue reading

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Psalms and Hymns: Preach the Psalm Headings

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The psalm is a hymn that is sung to an instrument, either a lyre or a psaltery. According to the spiritual or analogical sense, the poem is a contemplation of truth that happens not only in the mind but also in the music as with measured harmony. The psalm denotes actions that are done according to right reason; so as one sings he follows the way of an effective life; he sings who follows a life of contemplation.[1]

Didymus the Blind (ca. 313–398 AD) was an Alexandrian exegete whom Jerome admired. Origen influenced Didymus in his exegesis and theology. Origen interpreted, taught, and preached from the Psalter’s headings.… Continue reading

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