Westminster Larger Catechism on Improving Your Baptism

Q. 167. How is our baptism to be improved by us? A. The needful but much neglected duty of improving our baptism, is to be performed by us all our life long, especially in the time of temptation, and when we are present at the administration of it to others; by serious and thankful consideration of … Continue reading Westminster Larger Catechism on Improving Your Baptism

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The Telos of the Human Body and Sexual Ethics

I taught a couple of weeks ago on 1 Corinthians 6:12-20 and was amazed at what is there: 12 “All things are lawful for me,” but not all things are helpful. “All things are lawful for me,” but I will not be dominated by anything. 13 “Food is meant for the stomach and the stomach for food”—and … Continue reading The Telos of the Human Body and Sexual Ethics

Movement from Creation to New Creation in Genesis 1-9

We're reading through the Scriptures in our young adults group, and I noticed a chiastic structure in Genesis in the period between Creation and the New Creation of the flood. Initially I structured it this way: A. The Spirit of God hovers over the face of the waters (1:2) B. God creates animals (1:24,25) C. … Continue reading Movement from Creation to New Creation in Genesis 1-9

What is glossa in 1 Corinthians 14?

Today I read a cessationist’s post about the evil and error of continuationism (the view that the miraculous gifts have not ceased to be given to the church), and about how it is contrary to historical-grammatical exegesis, context, and so on (as internet Calvinists hopped up on a heavy dose of fear mongering and eisegesis … Continue reading What is glossa in 1 Corinthians 14?

McKnight Sneaks in a Complementation Straw-man

In his reply to Crossway's announcement of the ESV Permanent Text, Scot McKnight commented that Crossway "sneaked" in a translation that is both "mistaken and potentially dangerously wrong." McKnight refers to the translation of Genesis 3:16. In previous ESV text, it read [bold indicates changes]: "Your desire shall be for your husband, and he shall rule … Continue reading McKnight Sneaks in a Complementation Straw-man

What we pray for when we pray, “Your kingdom come.”

Pray then like this: "Our Father in heaven, hallowed be your name. Your kingdom come, your will be done, on earth as it is in heaven. Give us this day our daily bread, and forgive us our debts, as we also have forgiven our debtors. And lead us not into temptation, but deliver us from … Continue reading What we pray for when we pray, “Your kingdom come.”

“Did you receive the Holy Spirit?” Part 1 – Acts 8: Receiving the Word, Receiving the Spirit

Why being born again and believing are experiences distinct from and different to receiving the Spirit/baptism in the Spirit/being filled with the Spirit, and why it is important "But there was a man named Simon, who had previously practised magic in the city and amazed the people of Samaria, saying that he himself was somebody … Continue reading “Did you receive the Holy Spirit?” Part 1 – Acts 8: Receiving the Word, Receiving the Spirit