Wilhemus à Brakel on the Image

Current theological discussion about the image of God is centered around a rather pragmatic view. “Ancient interpreters foolishly assigned the place of the image to the soul,” say contemporary scholars, “while we realize that man has no soul. Since man has no soul, the image was imbued purely to the work that God created man…

Poem: How few are they that love the news

My minor in College was creative writing with a poetry emphasis. I still write poems on occasion. This one is taken from my journal, after I meditated on a verse from Deuteronomy 4, “From there you will seek the Lord your God, and you will find Him if you seek Him with all your heart…

Eternal Functional Subordination…Continued

Debates in the Reformed circles of the Church range from petty to vicious to important, and I have no interest in jumping into unnecessary argumentation. But, I think the debate over whether Jesus is eternally, but functionally, subordinate to the Father in the Triune Godhead is an important one. The debate itself is basically over,…

Book Review: A Hot Peppercorn

A Hot Pepper Corn: Richard Baxter’s Doctrine of Justification in Its Seventeenth-Century Context of Controversy by Hans Boersma My rating: 4 of 5 stars A difficult yet rewarding read about the unique views of Richard Baxter regarding justification. Baxter’s controversies with John Owen are set within their appropriate historical context, and due diligence is paid…

Canon Videos

In doing research for ordination (I’ll be ordained in the PCA, Lord-willing), I’ve come across a few good videos about the development of the biblical canon.  Kruger is a thoughtful, tempered, godly voice in a world of scholarly speculation.      

Book Review: Transforming Homosexuality

Transforming Homosexuality: What the Bible Says about Sexual Orientation and Change by Denny Burk My rating: 4 of 5 stars This is a good, short look at a neglected topic in the discussion about homosexuality and Christianity: orientation. The authors have a helpful critique of secular explanations about orientation, and advance a more biblical explanation…

Spirituality of the Church & the Arts

In the Reformed world, transformationalism is the most prevalent view of Church-culture relations. This view espouses that because Jesus rules over all things, even culture is a part of Jesus’ kingdom. A general tagline for transformationalism is, “Christ transforms culture”. Practically, this view means that when a person becomes a believer in Jesus Christ, their…

A Short Critique of Liberation Theology

Liberation theology gets one truth correct about the gospel, which is that Jesus identifies with the oppressed. But there are two major issues with liberation theology’s understanding of this concept. First, though Jesus does “identify” with the oppressed in a sense, yet the cross is emptied of its power when it is seen merely as…