What is Reformed or Calvinist theology- a book review of a modern defence of Calvinism

R.C Sprouls book "What is Reformed Theology is the best available simple explanation of Reformed Theology I have seen. You may have never heard of Reformed theology or youmay have rejected out of court what you believe Calvinism stands for. The truth is that despite its current neglect the theology Sproul so clearly explains in this book has been immensely influential in the centuries since the reformation. Sproul explains what the so-called "solas" mean, and outlines each of the so-called "five … [Read more...]

Galatians: the magna carta of Christian Liberty

Pyromaniac recommended I get ahold of a book on Galatians by Boice. The first paragraph is almost enough to sell it to me- sadly I doubt I can get a free review copy though! Just catch this classic Boice which I read on the Amazon website:Not many books have made such a lasting impression on mens mind as the epistle of Paul to the Galatians, nor have many done so much to shape the history of the western world. Galatians has been called the "Magna Carta of Christian Liberty" and this is quite … [Read more...]

Around the sermon sites…..

Phil Johnson is preaching through Galatians whilst at the same site, Don Green is preaching on the Beatitudes from Matthew 5. Meanwhile, John Stott (yes he is still preaching!) and others from All Souls are preaching through the gospel of John. C.J.Mahaney, Josh Harris and the rest from covenant life church are preaching through Acts (as is a certain london church I know!). John Piper continues his long running Romans series, the notes for which are worth their weight in gold. Seven sessions … [Read more...]

How does the ESV compare to other versions

Eternal Perspectives in a tongue-in-cheek way accuses me of being obsessed and says that the NASB and ESV are very similar. This prompted me to choose a passage of scripture and illustrate the way different translations have translated it. I will do this in order with more literal and/or difficult English first and less literal and/or paraphrased English last. This roughly represents the spectrum of versions we are fortunate enough to have. And lest anyone think I am totally obsessed, I firmly … [Read more...]

"Why Did Jesus die?" my Alpha talk

This is the rough outline I used for last thursday's Alpha talk on "why did jesus die?" Just to make clear to anyone who thinks I am into the penal substitutionary view as an exclusive explanation of the cross, I have no problem with using the outline Alpha proposed (which is almost identical to this one)Why did Jesus Die?For God so loved the world that he gave his one and only Son that whoever believes in him will not perish but have everlasting life John 3:16 For all have sinned and fall short … [Read more...]

The divine transaction- the basis for the simple gospel

John Piper exmplains the gospel in wonderful transactional language.I will try to show that Christ has become our substitute in two senses: in his suffering and death he becomes our curse and condemnation (Galatians 3:13; Romans 8:3). And in his suffering and life he becomes our perfection (2 Corinthians 5:21). On the one hand, his death is the climax of his atoning sufferings, which propitiate the wrath of God against us (Romans 3:24-25); on the other hand, his death is the climax of a … [Read more...]

The implications of denying the simple gospel of penal substitution

Have just been reading Dabney on the atonement online. People wonder why many of us prefer theology by a bunch of dead guys to some of the modern stuff.Dabney catelogues many scriptural proofs of penal substitution and highlights Galatians 3:10-14 as one of the foremost texts: "For all who rely on works of the law are under a curse; for it is written, 'Cursed be everyone who does not abide by all things written in the Book of the Law, and do them.' Now it is evident that no one is justified … [Read more...]

Repent and Believe

Parableman explains the close association between these two concepts. They really are the foundation of the Christian gospel. To me, to repent is to change your mind and your direction in order to think different things about God, and trust him alone for your salvation. It involves changing the very core of your being in such a way that the direction of your life has changed. If faith is not worked out in life it isn't faith at all.As someone once said, it is faith alone that saves, but … [Read more...]

Now I'm in trouble…….

Anyone who reads this blog with any degree of regularity will know that this blog is in the running to be awarded with the first King of the Blogs prize.Well, the results of the first round are in and I have progressed into a three way fight with the evangelical outpost and eTALKINGHEAD, two very worthy opponents.Despite all appearances to the contrary with my attempt at a humouress campaign to influence the results, generally speaking I am really not into blog promotion. I decided to … [Read more...]

Will my faith save me?

Following on from my post about Pastor Daniel Ekechukwu having been told by an angel that he would go to hell because of his unforgiveness, I was asked in a recent e-mail WHat happened to the cross forgivving me all sins past and present ? By my actions I shall always fall short on a day to day basis. This highlights a vital issue. When I visited another church recently I preached on Law and Grace from Galatians. I was very clear that legalism is a bad idea and that we must believe that Grace … [Read more...]