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 offerContinue reading “Book Review: The Trellis and the Vine”

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 wayContinue reading “The Regulative Principle of Congregational Singing”

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 itContinue reading “An Introduction to The Regulative Principle”

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,Continue reading “An Open Apology to the Late R.C. Sproul”

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 tookContinue reading “Anselm of Canterbury: Father of the Satisfaction View of Atonement”

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 anContinue reading “Why Expository Preaching Matters”