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May 2013 4 May 4, 2013
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Today’s (5-4-13) headline of the Life section of my local newspaper (The Oklahoman) could hardly be missed: “Marks of the Beast? Scanners prompt biblical concerns.” The related headline also declares: “Technology renews questions on end time, ‘mark of the beast’” (by Carla Hinton). The article mentions a local woman who “said she was concerned that biometric palm scanners used by her hospital employer to collect patient in...Read More

May 2013 3 May 3, 2013
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One often hears that penal substitution is merely one model or theory of the atonement and thus should not be elevated as central to defining the way in which we are saved and reconciled to God. One author appeals to an analogy with golf. Just as Phil Mickelson, for example, would never think of playing in the U.S. Open with only a putter or a nine-iron, neither should we portray the saving work of Christ as if penal substitution were all there is to his sacrifice on th...Read More

May 2013 3 May 3, 2013

We’ve come to the third characteristic feature of those who identify themselves as Reformed. (3) To be Reformed means that you have sufficient confidence in divine providence that you will always look for the divine setup in every human setback. One of the greatest challenges we face as Christian men and women is the threat to our confidence in the goodness of God when circumstances turn bad. Therefore one of the greatest needs we have is the faith to believe tha...Read More

May 2013 2 May 2, 2013

“Don’t think of Christianity as having to do what a peevish God wants. Think of it as now being able to do what a good God demands” (Kevin DeYoung, The Hole in our Holiness, 112)....Read More

May 2013 2 May 2, 2013
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The news has been filled all this week with the announcement by professional basketball player Jason Collins that he is gay. Here in Oklahoma City, the local paper quoted several athletes who expressed their opinion (4-30-13). One came from the Thunder’s Kevin Durant, a professing Christian. I like Kevin Durant. By all accounts he’s not only a superb basketball player but a fine human being. But I wish he had given more thought to his response to Collins&rsqu...Read More

May 2013 1 May 1, 2013
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Aside from the biblical text itself, nothing has influenced me more than the writings of Jonathan Edwards. He is truly my favorite dead person (although, of course, he is very much alive in the presence of Christ)! In the course of my study of Edwards I’ve made it something of a hobby (an expensive one at that!) to obtain as many of the secondary works on his theology as my budget will allow (and oftentimes the budget is simply ignored; o.k., it’s always igno...Read More

May 2013 1 May 1, 2013

We are now ready to move on to the second thing entailed by the use of the word “Reformed.” (2) To be Reformed means that you attribute your salvation to God and God alone: from its inception at the time of the new birth, through the progressive sanctifying influence of the Spirit during the course of one’s Christian life, to its consummation at the moment Christ returns and we are finally and fully glorified. There are countless texts that affirm thi...Read More

Apr 2013 30 Apr 30, 2013

Dane Ortlund posted an interesting comment today regarding the eternity of hell and our knee-jerk response. He quotes Oliver Crisp: “The traditional doctrine of hell seems terrible to our modern ears because it is out of step with our modern intuitions about how God should behave. But our intuitions about these matters are hardly a reliable guide, given what Scripture says about the noetic effects of sin. To put it another way, the fact that an infinite punishme...Read More

Apr 2013 30 Apr 30, 2013

In the first article of this series I briefly surveyed definitions of the term “Reformed”. My aim in what follows is to provide an explanation of the word that describes how being reformed impacts daily life. (1) To be Reformed means that you consistently acknowledge, even though you do not fully understand, God’s providential design in even the most seemingly random and painful events. How do you cope in the face of tragic events? How do you respond ...Read More

Apr 2013 29 Apr 29, 2013
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“April really can be the cruelest month. The Boston bombings, the Deepwater oil spill (2010), the Virginia Tech shootings (2007), Columbine (1999), the Oklahoma City bombing (1995), and the Branch Davidian tragedy (1993) all occurred between April 15 and April 20” (The Week, May 3, 2013)....Read More