Paul’s Triad: Faith, Hope, and Love

The thirteenth chapter of Paul’s first letter to the Corinthians has rightly been called the Love chapter. But it also highlights what may be described as the paradigm of the Christian life. In verse 13 , Paul identifies what has come to be known as the theological virtues. So now faith, hope, and love abide,…

The Quiet Witness of Sarah

In the grand story of God’s redemption, Sarah might not be seen as a significant figure. Of course, she partakes of God’s promise to Abraham as his wife. And she is naturally recognized because it’s through her that the child of promise is born (Genesis 17:21). God also changes her name to indicate her status…

Why Apologetics Matter

Introduction It was probably the book Ready With An Answer, jointly authored by John Ankerberg and John Weldon, which first exposed me to the genre of Christian writing known as apologetics. I had grown up and come to Christ in an environment that had no room for doctrine, theology, or creeds, let alone apologetics. My…

What is Covenant Theology?

This excellent article gives a brief description of Covenant Theology. It was written by Dr. J. Ligon Duncan, a Presbyterian minister and current Chancellor/CEO of the Reformed Theological Seminary in the United States of America. The article was originally published in RPM Magazine, an online publication of Third Millennium Ministries. Covenant theology is the Gospel…

Book Note: Not By Bread Alone, by David Broughton Knox

Thinking biblically about contemporary matters is a vital need for Christians. While there is an abundance of ministries teaching some aspect of the Christian life or another, there are not so many resources providing a biblical understanding of modern social challenges and topics. This book is one of few meeting such a need. At less…

God’s Plan for Unity

World unity is no longer a distant goal; it is already an unfolding reality. If only the nations and leaders of the world would embrace the Christ and his Church in which this unity is being realized. According to Paul, the working out of God’s redemption in Christ brings about a unity between God’s erstwhile…

Between Marx and Christ

Karl Marx (1818-1883) famously derided religion as a myth. He described it as an opiate which people take to help them cope with oppression and social injustice. At the root of society’s problem was the existence of private property. The possession of property placed the owners in a class distinct from those who lacked property…

Are you a Wretch?

John Newton’s popular hymn has that jarring line: Amazing grace, How sweet the sound That saved a wretch like me. A wretch? Few of us would call ourselves by that term. We are far too respectable. With our advanced degrees and cultured upbringing, we are anything but wretches. However, one result of an awakened heart…

Recovering Reverence

I remember reading R.C. Sproul’s (1939-2017) book The Holiness of God several years ago. It awakened in me a sense of how little I apprehend God’s majesty. God had become so familiar and I had taken him for granted. And I realized this was by no means an individual problem; the modern church had fallen…