Who Was Amos? (part 1)

Who was Amos? Amos was a shepherd (1:1) and a keeper of Sycamore trees (7:14).  He was not the son of a prophet and was not formally trained for the office.  He was a member of the southern kingdom, but prophesied over northern Israel. What can you say of the city of Tekoa? Tekoa was … Continue reading Who Was Amos? (part 1)

CFTP Podcast: NCT & 1689 Federalism

Brandon Adams has a link to a very helpful discussion between adherents to New Covenant Theology and 1689 Federalism and he shares a few helpful comments: Source: CFTP Podcast: NCT & 1689 Federalism This is a very irenic and helpful discussion among Bible believing brothers and well your time to listen.

God’s Decrees Are… (Boston)

Christians don’t spend enough time meditating on the character of God. Below are some good thought from one of my favorite authors (Thomas Boston) on God’s decrees…

The Reformed Reader

The Works Of Thomas Boston: Volume 1 by [Boston, Thomas] The Bible teaches that God “works out everything in conformity with the purpose of his will” (Eph. 1:11 NIV). This means that whatever God decrees comes to pass and whatever comes to pass God has decreed.  This includes the details of creation, predestination, providence, and so forth.  I like how Thomas Boston defined the properties of God’s decrees using Scripture.  He said the following about God’s decrees:

  1. They are eternal.  God makes no decrees in time, but they were all from eternity. So the decree of election is said to have been ‘before the foundation of the world,’ Eph. 1:4.  …If the divine decrees were not eternal, God would not be most perfect and unchangeable, but, like weak man, should take new counsels, and would be unable to tell everything that were to come to pass.
  2. They are most wise: ‘According to the counsel of his will.’ God…

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Who Was Obadiah?

The questions below come from Chapter 1 of Volume 7 of BH Carroll‘s “An Interpretation of the English Bible.” 1. Who was Obadiah? He was an prophet of Judah, whose name means "Servant of Jehovah".  Nothing else is known about him. 2. What the theme of his prophecy? That Edom would be punished for taking … Continue reading Who Was Obadiah?

Happy Thanksgiving 2016!

Thanksgiving thoughts from 2015…

Abraham's Seed

Today is, in the United States, the national observance of Thanksgiving to God for all his blessings in 2015 and commemoration of the first American Thanksgiving which took place in the Plymouth Colony in 1621.

Background

Special days of fasting and mourning for sin and special days of feasting and celebration were common and frequent elements in the life of the 17th Century Puritans. What made that first recognized Thanksgiving celebration on US soil, in 1621, to be such a notable event is the fact that it is the first that was thoroughly documented. Those Plymouth Pilgrims suffered so many great difficulties in their first year in the New World, in their quest for religious freedom, that the first great harvest that God bestowed upon them was incredibly sweet.

Thanksgiving is my favorite day of the year! It is the quintessential Protestant Holiday! It is the hearty, sincere, and humble…

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Happy Reformation Day 2016

On October 31, 1517, Martin Luther nailed his 95 Theses to the door of Castle Church, Wittenberg, Germany.  There were certainly many reformers within the church both before, during, and after Martin Luther, but the unintended consequence of this seemingly insignificant event sparked a debate that would eventually roar across the Western Church like a … Continue reading Happy Reformation Day 2016

Matthew Henry’s “Notes”

Shane Lems has a great post today encouraging the use of Matthew Henry's commentary. ...I appreciate Henry because he had such a great knowledge of Scripture that he constantly alluded to other Bible passages in his commentary. Also, I like Henry because he understood the doctrines of grace and highlighted them in his comments. One … Continue reading Matthew Henry’s “Notes”

How Can God Be Known?

“Canst thou by searching find out God? Canst thou find out the Almighty unto perfection?” (Job 11:7) Theologians have always distinguished between two different sources of knowledge about God - general revelation and special revelation.  Those things that have been revealed to man through nature and by virtue of being made in His image are … Continue reading How Can God Be Known?

Reformation Sunday

Hopefully you took time today to reflect on the rich heritage that has been handed to us as heirs of the Reformation! In the spirit of Reformation Sunday, here is a clip from the 1953 movie Martin Luther. https://www.youtube.com/watch?feature=player_embedded&v=2xQsCtpcj_E Sola Scriptura et Semper Reformanda For more on Protestantism, see What Protestants Believe. The lines are … Continue reading Reformation Sunday