Doctrine, Preaching, Theology

General Atonement in 1 John 2:1-2

“My little children, I am writing these things to you so that you may not sin. But if anyone does sin, we have an advocate with the Father, Jesus Christ the righteous. He is the propitiation for our sins, and not for ours only but also for the sins of the whole world.”[1]1 John 2:1-2 John’s[2]first epistle […]

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Theology

Book Review: The Trellis and the Vine

Colin Marshall and Tony Payne have written a book that every pastor needs to obtain and read and apply to their ministry. In The Trellis and the Vine: The Ministry Mind-Shift That Changes Everything, the authors portray just that idea: a ministry mind-shift. In the age of consumerism and seeker-sensitive movement popularity, Marshall and Payne offer […]

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Ministry, Theology

The Regulative Principle of Congregational Singing

“To obey when it is a matter of God’s express prescription is true liberty; anything else is bondage and legalism.”[1] There are many opinions – biblical and unbiblical – about how we try to organize and execute our congregational worship on a Sunday morning gathering of believers. How far does the Bible reach in the way […]

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Doctrine, Ministry, Preaching, Theology

An Introduction to The Regulative Principle

The regulative principle is often times mentioned exclusively within the context of congregational singing. Most would convey that congregational singing may be the best way to apply the regulative principle. But is it?  Most theologians, the ones I’ve read mainly, only relate the regulative principle to congregational singing and how we are to methodize it […]

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Doctrine, Life, Ministry, Reflection, Theology

An Open Apology to the Late R.C. Sproul

As a Reformed Arminian, sometimes the doctrines we believe can be misunderstood, miscommunicated, and misrepresented by those who differ. I have often made some stabbing comments toward Calvinist brothers who have made jabs at Arminians saying things like: “Arminianism is pagan theology.” “You cannot believe the Bible and be Arminian.” Recently, I was browsing through YouTube, […]

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Ministry, Theology

Satisfaction or Substitution?

This post is a bit of a piggy-back off of the previous post “Anselm: Chief Communicator of the Satisfaction View of Atonement.” You can find it here. It is vitally important to distinguish the two words satisfaction and substitution. Do these definitions require distinction? Can they both work in conjunction as a part of the […]

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Theology

Anselm of Canterbury: Father of the Satisfaction View of Atonement

Anselm’s work, Why God Became Man (Cur Deus Homo), was the foundational work on the satisfaction view of atonement. However, the ideas of satisfaction and substitution were not first ever spoken of by Anselm. They had been communicated by Athanasius in the fourth century and by others to follow. In his discourse with the Arians, he took […]

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Theology

Why Expository Preaching Matters

Preaching in the local church is the foremost aspect of worship among the gathering of believers. The Reformation stigma “Sola Scriptura” is indicative of such truth. That Scripture alone is our only foundation for worship is what fueled the Protestant Reformation in its entirety. Although there is a revival of expository preaching, there is an […]

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Doctrine, Life, Theology

Is all sin the same?

We, in the evangelical world, often hear phrases like this: “To God, sin is just sin. There’s no bigger sins or smaller sins.” And from the onset of phrases like these, I understand the idea to be communicated. I do believe that God is a forgiving God of all sins, whether great or small. I […]

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