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Wisdom and Biblical Theology

When you consider the topic of wisdom, do you think of intellect or philosophy? Perhaps Solomon or the book of Proverbs comes to mind. Maybe it is time we dust off our old definitions of wisdom, evaluate them, and adjust them as we walk through Scripture and attempt to grasp the essence of wisdom. The […]

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Family Visiting Notes and Observations

The work of an elder in Christ’s church is a noble and holy calling from God. The elder has reason to rejoice greatly while overseeing professions of faith, baptisms, and celebrations of the Lord’s Supper. It is also, at times, a very distressing and sorrowful task; yet we are comforted knowing that Jesus is the […]

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“The entire Scriptures consist of two parts, of the law and the Gospel.” This unambiguous distinction between the law and the gospel in Scripture was relentlessly taught by Martin Luther from about 1517 until his death in 1548. Phillip Melanchthon (1497–1560), Luther’s colleague, also taught the difference between the law and the gospel. He said, […]

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The Covenant of Works in Dutch Reformed Orthodoxy

The doctrine of the covenant of works has come under fire once more in Dutch Reformed churches. Some Dutch Reformed Christians have called the covenant of works an unscriptural theory that must be rejected outright. The covenant of works, they say, has traces of Arminianism or Roman Catholicism in it. Of course, the battle rages […]

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“God can only be found in suffering and the cross.” Martin Luther (1483–1546) wrote these words in 1518 as he was preparing for the Heidelberg Disputation, a discussion of his “new” evangelical teachings. At Heidelberg, Luther used the terms “theology of glory” and “theology of the cross.” From there, although his theology developed, Luther never […]

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On Being Named

John 1:35–51 “What’s in a name?”  Names usu­ally mean a lot, don’t they?  We love naming our children and our children love naming their toys and animals.  We have nicknames, middle names, and last names. Names are important. Naming is what we do by nature.  We do not want our family names defamed; we want […]

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Christ the Builder

“Then spake the Lord to Paul in the night by a vision, ‘Be not afraid, but speak, and hold not thy peace: for I am with thee, and no man shall set on thee to hurt thee: for I have much people in this city.’” (Acts 8:9, 10) The world is a visual place.  The world […]

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The Mission of the Church: Be a Church!

There is an odd thing in the world today. It is strange, peculiar; it makes people ask questions; it makes people uncomfortable and uneasy. Some people love it and give their whole lives to it. Others hate it and do all they can to get rid of it. They wish it would just go away. […]

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Latter Day Saints: A Summary and Evaluation of Mormonism

Mormonism is on fire. The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints is burning up the religious landscape in the United States. In 1800 there were no Mormons; in 1950 there were around two million; estimates today are around thirteen million. Recently the Mormon church has been brought to the spotlight through Mitt Romney’s […]

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