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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John Calvin on the Essence of Christianity

"If it be inquired, then, by what things chiefly the Christian religion has a standing existence amongst us, and maintains its truth, it will be found that the following two not only occupy the principal place, but comprehend under them all the other parts, and consequently the whole substance of Christianity: that is, a knowledge, … Continue reading John Calvin on the Essence of Christianity

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

Bible Commentary: Introduction to Isaiah

Isaiah prophesied during the reigns of the kings of Judah Uzziah, Jotham, Ahaz, and Hezekiah, from around 740 B.C. to at least 681 B.C.. The breadth of content in Isaiah is breathtaking – he prophesies concerning the grace of God through judgement for pre-exile Judah; concerning comfort for his people exiled in Babylon; and concerning … Continue reading Bible Commentary: Introduction to Isaiah