The Casual Calvinism of 1 Peter

First Peter is not a classic proof-text for Calvinism and does not contain any detailed teaching on the doctrines of grace. Rather Peter demonstrates what I’m calling “casual Calvinism”. He doesn’t set out to teach it or prove it, really, but makes consistent casual reference to it. This is interesting Read more…

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The Trinity Explained for Muslims

It’s based on what exactly? My Muslim friends should agree with me that our theology about God’s nature should come from what he has revealed about himself in his Word. We need to accept what he says and not be swayed by the philosophies of men, or what makes sense Read more…

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Why can’t God just forgive?

John Owen speaks on the revelation of God’s wrath in the death of Jesus, and touches on why it would be impossible for God to “just forgive” people apart from the atonement: In him God hath manifested the naturalness of this righteousness [his wrath] unto him, in that it was Read more…

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How to read the Mosaic Law (Part 2½)

If there is any further need to prove that the approach to reading the Law which I laid out in Part 1 and Part 2 of this series is correct, the simplest proof is that many of the most important laws are incomprehensible without it. Don’t work on the Sabbath. Read more…

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How to Read the Mosaic Law (Part 2)

In Part 1, I discussed that although in Christ we are no longer under the Law, the Law still has value for us when we pursue the moral principles that stand behind its specific injunctions. In this part, I want to make the point that, to a certain degree, that Read more…

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How to Read the Mosaic Law (Part 1)

If your brother, the son of your mother, or your son or your daughter or the wife you embrace or your friend who is as your own soul entices you secretly, saying, ‘Let us go and serve other gods,’ which neither you nor your fathers have known, some of the Read more…

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