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A thought on glorifying God

“We glorify God when we show the world the goodness of his attributes and the goodness of his gospel, including our unity in Christ.”   Vanhoozer, Kevin. Biblical Authority After Babel: Retrieving the Solas in the Spirit of Mere Protestant Christianity (Brazos Press: Grand Rapids, MI, 2016). 180.

Rules and outcomes for Theological debate

Theological debate is a necessary part of the the church’s existence, unfortunately not every debate is useful, nor carried on with the right motives.  John Webster provides 4 purposes for which a theological debate must aim: “Theological debate must (1) be within the communion of saints and have as its aim the furtherance of communion; (2) magnify the truth of the…

The necessity of prayer

“It is, therefore, by the benefit of prayer that we reach those riches which are laid up for us with the Heavenly Father. For there is a communion of men with God by which, having entered the heavenly sanctuary, they appeal to him in person concerning his promises in order to experience, where necessity so demands, that what they believed was not vain, although he…

Faith, works and salvation by grace

Here are some thoughts from John Calvin on the relationship between faith and good works.   we define justification as follows: the sinner, received into communion with Christ, is reconciled to God by his grace, while, cleansed by Christ’s blood, he obtains forgiveness of sins, and clothed with Christ’s righteousness as if it were his own, he stands confident before…