Reading through this book could make one think it was written in the last few years.
Posted in Book Review, Christian Life, Christian living, Christianity, Godliness, holiness, Lou Priolo, Reformed, Reformed Theology, responsibility, Sanctification, Theology on July 28, 2016 | 6 Comments »
Lou Priolo. Faithfulness: No More Excuses. Phillipsburg, NJ: Presbyterian and Reformed Publishing, June 30th, 2016. 48 pp.
This is an excellent resource on Christian living using biblical principles and God centered motivation. I realize the term “faithfulness” can be rather broad and my only real critique of this book is that it might have been better titled “Responsibilities” or something along that line so readers understand right away what the book is about. I totally enjoyed this book and found it immensely practical and helpful. Even for those who would say they are quite responsible would benefit from this book as the beginning of this work made clear that the more one grows in responsibilities, the more one sees one’s shortcoming and need for grace for improvement. With such an introduction I was compelled to read this all the way through.
Posted in Bible contradiction, bible difficulties, christian apologetics, Christianity, Doctrine of God, John Frame, Presuppositional Apologetics, presuppositionalism, Reformed, Reformed Theology, theological method, Theology on July 5, 2016 | 6 Comments »
As regular readers of our blogs know, from time to time I tackle some of the alleged contradictions of the Bible. You can read them in our provisional Listing of Our Posts Answering Bible Contradictions.
I thought I share with you a quote from John Frame’s book on the Doctrine of God on apparent contradiction that I think is important to keep in mind when dealing with “apparent contradictions” in theology and apologetics:
Charles H. Spurgeon. Soul Winning. Pensacola, FL: Chapel Library, July 1st, 2015. 16 pp.
This is an adaptation from an 1869 sermon by the famous preacher Charles Spurgeon. Spurgeon’s message is based upon Proverbs 11:30 which in the King James says “He that winneth souls is wise.” This booklet focuses on Christians evangelizing the lost. Spurgeon explains the term winning as understood in different context and lays out the reason why it is wise to engage in “soul winning.” I enjoyed reading this because it wasn’t addressed primarily towards Pastors but towards all the members of the church. He also gave practical suggestions on reaching the lost which I appreciated very much. Evangelism isn’t just only done on non-Sundays; he even talked about reaching people who are visiting the church in which one should talk to strangers about the sermon after the service is over. Again very practical and spiritually motivating. For our own church I had one of the small groups read through it together and I am currently having this as a must read for some of the guys who does evangelism with me.
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Posted in Book Review, Calvinism, Christianity, Gospel, J.V. Fesko, Justification, Law of God, Reformed, Reformed Theology, Salvation, Salvation & Justification, Theology on October 24, 2015 | 5 Comments »
J.V. Fesko. What is Justification by Faith Alone? Phillipsburg, NJ: Presbyterian and Reformed Publishing, February 15th, 2008. 32 pp.
This is a booklet in the Basics of the Reformed Faith series. I picked it up out of the curiosity of wanting to see what an example of a short theological summary of the doctrine of justification looks like and also for my spiritual edification and whether this booklet is something I can recommend to others. This booklet is divided into five parts. The first part surveys how God intended to create and judge Adam and His creation. The second part looks at God pointing to His Son as the one who will justify us in the Old Testament with the third looking at how Jesus’ life death and resurrection is the building blocks of the doctrine of justification by faith alone. The fourth survey how this doctrine was expressed historically within the Reformed tradition and lastly the fifth part answers some common questions.
In order to understand Christ as our Savior we must first understand the biblical teachings concerning the lostness of man. Man’s chief problem is offending a good God. The Bible teaches us all of humanity have sinned against God (Romans 3:23) with sin being behavior and thoughts that goes against God’s Law or lawlessness (1 John 3:4). Any attempt by man’s own effort towards “righteous deeds are like a filthy garment” (Isaiah 64:6). Proverbs 13:15 and 13:21 teaches us that sins have terrible consequences even on this side of eternity but we must not forget the biggest problem is that fallen humanity is guilty in their sin against God and one day Jesus will call sinners to give an account of their lives since God the Father has “given all judgment to the Son” (John 5:22 cf. John 5:27).
The consequences of man’s lostness after death in their sins is devastating: Those who are lost and whose name is not written in the book of life will appear on Judgement Day before Christ’s great white throne and be thrown into the lake of fire (Revelation 20:15). Here too we see Jesus’ involvement as judge since Matthew 13:41-42 indicates there is a place of torment in which Jesus as the Son of Man will commission his angels to throw the lost into “that place” where “there will be weeping and gnashing of teeth.”