In my last post, I spoke metaphorically of the necessity of recognizing the characteristics attributed to ducks by Scripture, and the importance of being able to thereby identify otherwise unnamed waterfowl. If an animal looks like a duck and quacks like the same, we ought to understand that Scripture is telling us that the animal is, in fact, a duck. That is, we need to be able to read Scripture holistically and identify things in it by their description, even though they might not be directly named for us. • • • Read More • • •
It’s been a while since I’ve written one of these posts, but to be fair, my last post dealt with points 1.7 and 1.9 of the Confession, so I’m not actually that far behind. This week, we’re looking at the translation of Scripture: • • • Read More • • •
The things covered in this series thus far have been plain from Scripture with little need for advanced hermeneutics. But God’s Word is not always an easy thing to understand. There is a reason why we are commanded to study and meditate on it. Many things, especially those things which are necessary for salvation, are clear. Not all things, however, are quite so clear. God does not hand us all doctrine on our first reading; He expects us to read Scripture many times and to think about it long and hard. He also expects us to read Scripture in the context of the church and to rely on the Holy Spirit to guide us into all truth. • • • Read More • • •
After taking a week off (because I was traveling), I’m back to blogging through the Westminster Confession. This week, we’re looking at point 1.7, which concerns the clarity of Scripture. • • • Read More • • •
Watch the news.
That was discouraging, wasn’t it? You’re welcome. The world can be an amazingly horrific place. I’ve not watched the news in a while myself, but last time it was filled with reports of murders, robberies, rapes, political scandals, wars, rumors of wars, and the rest of it. All of this is happening everyday throughout the world whether you’re paying attention or not.
We live in a universe that God is speaking. God spoke light, planets, oceans, llamas, and the rest of it into existence from nothing. Jesus is holding all things together by the Word of His eternal power. We speak in words while God speaks things. He doesn’t simply describe light with His speech, He causes things to come into existence and stay that way by His Word. This is what Scripture tells us. • • • Read More • • •
This week, we’ll be looking at the Westminster Confession of Faith as it addresses the sufficiency of Scripture. • • • Read More • • •
I’ve decided to write a series of posts as an introduction to Reformed Theology. This is in large part because of the misconceptions about Calvinism that seem to be more common than fleas on a stray dog—and just as troublesome too. It seems some people’s idea of defending doctrine is playing the role of bully in the playground of biblical interpretation. There are more straw men in this debate than can typically be found in a scarecrow factory. • • • Read More • • •
Today we’ll be looking at why we believe Scripture is God’s Word, why we believe it to be infallible, why we esteem it so highly. • • • Read More • • •
I don’t often venture into the field of creative writing, so this post is something of an adventure. A lot of people try to write short stories and other creative pieces that take place within the Biblical narrative and use as characters persons from the same, but I don’t know that I’ve ever seen anyone try to teach Biblical theology through them. Whether this is a good idea or not, I’ll let the reader decide.
What follows is an absurd depiction of something that almost might have happened in the days of King David. The actual story elements are silly (so no one thinks I’m purporting them as real), but I have made a serious attempt to show how David might have understood Scripture and the world. • • • Read More • • •
For those who are who aren’t aware, I’m blogging through the Westminster Confession of Faith every Lord’s Day. This week, we’re looking at article 1.4: • • • Read More • • •
This is a throwback post (what with it being Thursday and all) to something I wrote about two years ago. I’ve updated it a bit to include some things I’ve learned as well as some new book recommendations. • • • Read More • • •
Parables are often tricky things to interpret and there are certainly those who abuse them. It’s easy to lose the real meaning of a parable while spending so much time and effort defending the thing against those who want to make the ninety-nine lost sheep out to be the members of the UN in 1947. But the fact that a mistake is easy to make does not make it an okay one to make. We shouldn’t forget the meaning of a parable in our struggles to defend them against exegetical silliness, but this is our tendency with many of the parables. The one I’d like to talk about today is that of the wheat and the tares. I’ll include the full text below:. • • • Read More • • •
In so far as time permits, every Lord’s Day, I intend to post a portion of the Westminster Confession and a small commentary on the same. I may skip around a bit or go straight through. I also might take a break and use parts of other confessions (like my favorite, the Belgic Confession). We’ll see how it goes. • • • Read More • • •