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

A Number of Different “Reformations”

The term “Reformation” is used in a number of senses, and it is helpful to distinguish them. As used in the historical literature, the term “Reformation” generally refers to reform movements in dif… Source: A Number of Different “Reformations”

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 Well Can God Be Known?

In the prior 2 posts, I discussed how God can be known: personally and through special revelation.  In this post, I will briefly discuss how much (in what manner) we can actually know about God.  In other words, can the finite mind comprehend infinite wisdom? This is really a question that answers itself.  Obviously, if … Continue reading How Well Can God Be Known?

Can God Be Known Personally?

In the last post, I discussed the ways that man can know God - through general and special revelation.  In this I discuss the nature of our knowledge of God. Not only can God be known about, but he can be known on a personal basis.  We distinguish between knowing about someone and actually knowing … Continue reading Can God Be Known Personally?

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?

Does God Exist?

The Scriptures themselves never set about to prove the existence of God.  The Scriputres assume the existence of God.  The Bible tells us that this knowledge is planted in the soul of every man, but that men repress it because of their sin.  Not only do they repress this inner sense of God, but they … Continue reading Does God Exist?

What Is the Sufficiency of Scripture?

The question regarding the sufficiency of Scripture is this: Is Scripture enough, of itself, to reveal everything man needs to know about God, the nature of man, sin, and salvation; and to be the final authority in all matters of faith and practice? The Argument Scripture includes all of the revelation that God intends for … Continue reading What Is the Sufficiency of Scripture?