Historical Evidence That The Gifts Didn't Cease When The Apostles Died

This astonishing description by Iraneus of normal church life in the early centuries was cited on Lex Loizides' blog.‘So it is that in His name those who truly are His disciples, having received grace from Him, put it to effectual use for the benefit of their fellow-men, in proportion to the gift each one has received from Him.Some drive out demons really and truly, so that often those cleansed from evil spirits believe and become members of the church; some have foreknowledge of the future, v … [Read more...]

Adding Bible Content Automatically

Most Christian websites and blogs will have biblical references scattered throughout their text. But how much better would it be if that content could be automatically linked to one of the Bible websites that are out there? Well, I suspect it could be even better if, instead of merely inserting a link, you could automatically insert a little pop-up window that revealed the text without even leaving the website. That's exactly what I can now do here on the blog.That's just what those wonderful … [Read more...]

Theology Is For Women Too

Wendy Alsup is a woman who should be greatly honored. She lives in Seattle with her husband Andy and has trained many women in theology over the years.I have interviewed her previously. More recently, she has published a book, Practical Theology For Women: How Knowing God Makes a Difference in Our Daily Lives, in which she talks about how theology really is relevant for women. My wife has been enjoying the book.I just recently discovered Wendy Alsup's blog. I was so impressed with the blog, I … [Read more...]

Living with Somebody Watching Your Every Move

I was reading this piece about the latest in "reality TV" and wondering what is it about people that makes them want to volunteer to have somebody install cameras in their home and watch everything they do for several months. We all value our privacy, and I know I wouldn't want cameras to be broadcasting everything that happens in my home. We are a normal family, and so there are some things that, let's just say, I would rather keep private. There is, of course, no doubt that knowing such … [Read more...]

Pressing In To Know God

This quote from Martyn Lloyd-Jones should challenge us in our determination to truly relate to our glorious risen Saviour. Do you know God? Do you know anything of this familiar trafficking with Him, this communion with Him, which is real? I am not talking about just getting on your knees and saying your prayers. I am speaking about a realization of the presence of God—God the Father and God the Son and God the Holy Spirit. We are meant to enjoy that. These are some of the exceeding great and p … [Read more...]

ESV Study Bible – News, Samples, Interviews, and More

The ESV Study Bible (ESVSB) launch date of October 15th is approaching fast. The Study Bible team has been busy sharing samples and features online to entice us. Their goal is to help people know what's inside the Study Bible and how it might best serve them.From an e-mail sent out by the Study Bible team, here is a summary of what is available at this time:Free Book Introductions and Sample Chapters OnlineIn addition to the previous posts from Jonah, the Psalms, and Revelation, the … [Read more...]

Some Crossway Books and Their Blog

My friends at Crossway continue to outdo themselves in the area of excellence. I sometimes think I should just issue a blanket recommendation—buy ANYTHING they print. But for some specifics, I thought I'd post some mini-reviews today. They have also recently started a book blog which has already had some great posts, so I've decided to award them a "Warnie Award," which means that their headlines will appear in my sidebar from now on.Here are a few Crossway books that have helped me as I have d … [Read more...]

Piper on the New Birth

Even my regular readers may not remember that some time ago I decided I wanted to work my way through John Piper's sermons on the new birth. I know it has been awhile since I mentioned this, but I don't want to rush this process, and let's just say I'vebeen busy with other things. So far I have shared my quotes and thoughts from the first and second sermons.Watching this third video, it was very refreshing to see Piper emphasize that the new birth really does change us. It was a very helpful … [Read more...]

Does Multiculturalism Mean I Have To Eat Blood?

In the first of my series on multiculturalism, I spoke about eating whatever is set before us. Today I want to talk about one thing that, so far in my life, I have never managed to bring myself to eat. It is a good example perhaps of how some cultural values are so deeply entrenched it is impossible to shed them. I am speaking about a deep-seated revulsion I have to the concept of eating blood.Your reaction to the news that I will not eat blood will reveal a lot about your own cultural … [Read more...]

MLJ MONDAY – Reason, Understanding, and the Word

Last Monday I shared some of the things that Dr. Martyn Lloyd-Jones believed we should not do when weighing whether what appear to be gifts of the Spirit are genuinely from God. This week I am sharing his view on the positive ways of testing and examining these gifts. My paraphrase of his tests is as follows:1. We should use our human reasoning and understanding.It's interesting to see his stress on wisdom, led, of course, by the Scriptures, but the use of our brains nonetheless. It's a sad … [Read more...]


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