A Hard Heart, Or a Hardened Heart?: St. Augustine’s Theology of God’s Sovereignty and Human Free Will

Augustine of Hippo was an interesting dude. He authored probably one of the most honest and transparent confessions (aptly titled, Confessions) in church history. He also is probably the most influential theologian in the history of the church. He regularly interpreted the Bible allegorically. His theological writings provided the foundation for the emergence of Calvinsim…

Like a Runaway Train

Surely we're saved, but sin is like a bully, right? We try to fight it, but it dominates us? Nope...We're not slaves to sin. It doesn't have power over us. We have been "set free" from it...It's not sin that is unstoppable--it's grace --Owen Strachan, Risky Gospel, pp. 55-56    

God’s Glory in Salvation through Judgment–A Review (Kind of)

Does the Bible have a main point? Is there an overarching unity—or a center—which binds Scripture together? Those are the types of questions that Jim Hamilton seeks to answer in God’s Glory in Salvation through Judgment. In short, Hamilton argues that—you guessed it—the main point of the Bible is God’s glory in salvation through judgment.…

A to Z of the Christian Life

The gospel is not just the ABCs but the A to Z of the Christian life. It is inaccurate to think the gospel is what saves non-Christians, and then Christians mature by trying hard to live according to biblical principles. It is more accurate to say that we are saved by believing the gospel, and…

Tips and Resources for Bible Intake

Where can you come to know Jesus Christ more? Through God's Word, the Bible. The life of God's new creation community, the church, is marked by a devotion to the Scriptures: "Let the word of Christ richly dwell among you" (Colossians 3:16). Below are seven practical ways to take in more of God's Word. Read the Bible…