Bible Reading Plan available via app for iPhone

You may recall the Daily Bible Reading Plan published on our website from a few years ago.  This reading plan has now been added to an app for the iPhone making it easy to follow throughout the year.   The app is called ReadingPlan and is available in the Apple App Store. Once you have […]

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Hays: Difficulties for contemporary Christian theology

Richard Hays: Difficulties for contemporary Christian theology “Difficulties for contemporary Christian theology arise whereever acute awareness of continuity with Israel’s scripture is lost – whether  unwittingly forfeited or deliberately rejected. Many Christian congregations today are in fact naïvely Marcionite in their theology and practice: in their worship services they have no Old Testament reading, or […]

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Biddison: Conditions Precedent & Conditions Subsequent

“Since the creation of contract law within the English common law there have been the bookends of “conditions precedent” and “conditions subsequent.” Practically speaking, all contracts include conditions precedent, i.e., those conditions without whose satisfaction the contract is never consummated and its benefits are never realized. Likewise, virtually all contracts, once agreed to, include conditions […]

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Goodwin: Works of Obedience Are Necessary to Salvation

“Works of new obedience are required as necessary to the possession of salvation [i.e. how we maintain it], but faith is that alone which puts us into a condition of having the title and right to it, by the blood and righteousness of Christ [i.e. how we gain it].” —Thomas Goodwin, The Works of Thomas […]

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The Doctrine of Apostasy

Apostasy, the unforgivable sin (i.e. blasphemy of the Holy Spirit, falling away) is the result of refusing to obey the official prescription of repentance/justice[1] issued by Christ’s church (through her elders/judicial committee). Simply put, it is unrepentance in re: to the church. Biblical Support: 1.1. Rejecting the authority/power of the Holy Spirit is an unforgivable […]

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A Church Under the Lordship of Jesus Christ

A church under the Lordship of Jesus Christ is one whose firm and unflinching commitment is to: be holy NOT happy (1Pe 1; 1Ti 6) contending for Biblical truth NOT compromise (Jud 1) loving God NOT the world (1Jo 2) the glory of Christ (His church) NOT our own glory (2Th 2 w/2Co 8) making […]

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6 Statements Regarding Unconditional Love

All love has conditions. Who or what determines the condition(s) of our love also reveals who or what controls us. The other person, the one we are extending “unconditional love” to, is the actually the one determining the conditions of our love. Unconditional love therefore just means it is that person, the one we are extending […]

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The Justice System established for God’s Church

“Justice and only justice you shall seek” – Deu 16:20 1. Jesus establishes a justice system for the New Covenant community (Mat 18:15-20). 1.1. Jesus is not inventing something new but rather re-instituting the system of justice established by God for the Old Covenant community. That system of justice was dependent on the following 4 […]

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Quotable “Christian” Heresy

“My salvation rests solely in God’s faithfulness to me, not mine to Him. Sadly I am aware that at my best I fail miserably every day, but I know beyond a shadow of a doubt I’m saved having accepted Christ’s free gift of salvation through His death on a cross for my sins.  I am […]

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Understanding Justice and Repentance

The relationship between Justice and Repentance is inextricable. Therefore, to understand one, we must understand both. With that mind, consider the following regarding Repentance and Justice: 1. As it relates to Justice: 1.1. God loves justice and those who pursue it. This was also His goal in creating a people for Himself. They would be […]

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BIBLICAL JURISPRUDENCE

ju·ris·pru·dence = a legal system One of the first things Jesus makes clear during His earthly ministry is that the entire content of the Law (the legal system established by God under the OC) remains intact for the New Covenant Community/Church (Mat 5:17-20). In the words of the Reformers, the Law changes not in substance, […]

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Priestly Activity of Worship

“The activity of Christians on the Lord’s Day is analogous to the activity of the priests on the Mosaic Sabbath; it is service to God in worship. It is this priestly activity of worship that has been transferred from the Sabbath to Sunday.” – Richard J Bauckham

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Capital Crimes

One of the first things Jesus makes clear during His earthly ministry is that the entire content of the Law (“every jot and tittle”) remains intact for the New Covenant Community (Mat 5:17-20). In the words of the Reformers, the Law changes not in substance, only in application. This includes also its jurisprudence (i.e. system […]

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ACT LIKE MEN

1 Corinthians 16:13 In her book, The Feminization of American Culture, Ann Douglas describes how the men in our nation have been “emasculated.” How true and how sad. Men – including Christian men, have neglected to guard this most important of posts – and even the women in this country are noticing (and writing about […]

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The Obedience of Faith

This is from Don Garlington’s PHD dissertation:  The Obedience Of Faith: “The (phrase) ‘obedience of faith’ is primarily a commitment to God’s covenant as embodied in the totality of the law of Moses; disobedience correspondingly, is predominately apostasy from the covenant.  Because of this denotation of the ‘obedience of faith’ in Jewish theology, Paul’s phrase […]

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E.P. Sanders on the New Covenant

“We must grant that there is a good deal to be said for the view that Christianity is a new covenant which, once established does function somewhat as does the old: for those in it there is salvation; for those outside condemnation and death, while remaining in it requires obedience, and disobedience leads to expulsion […]

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Law/Gospel Dichotomy?

Dr Elmer Martens’ conclusion on Paul’s view of the Law in his essay, Embracing The Law: A Biblical Theological Perspective “Paul is fighting on two fronts: against those antinomians who hold that Christ’s coming abrogates law, and against super nationalists who maintain Jewish exclusivism on the basis of the law. So Paul can be heard […]

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