A common view in many churches is that the Christian gospel is comprehended by being born again. This, however, is the beginning, not the end, of faith. When it becomes the totality of the Faith, it is a departure from Christ. Its goal is then self-centered and wrong.
Twin errors afflict a great deal of the thinking about God's activities in the present world. The first error swallows up creation in the miraculous. The second error sequesters the miraculous from the created world as it exists today. These errors are somewhat analogous to the Christological heresies of the patristic era.
Pentecost is simply another name for the Old Testament holy day known as "the Feast of Weeks." The Feast of Weeks, one of three annual feasts appointed in the law of Moses for Israel to observe in the Land, was a holy convocation of the whole people in Jerusalem each spring for a celebration of the harvest (Lev. 23:15-22; Dt. 16:9-12).
Every aspect of my life is permeated with the expectation of the Spirit of God performing supernatural acts that extend the kingdom of God and glorifies Christ Jesus.
Through science, prospective parents can peer through the mother's belly and determine which color of clothes to buy. Through science, we can know where a hurricane is likely to hit land. Through science, we can see pictures of where a new star will be born. Truly these are wonders. We are blessed.
Our daughter, Rebecca, reminded me of an incident from when we were living on the Indian Reservation over fifty years ago.
The Rev. Steve Schlissel's recent articles in favor of junking the Regulative Principle of Worship (RPW) and replacing it with the Steve Schlissel Principle of Worship (SSPW) are provocative, interesting, and in need of a Reformed response.
When I was recently instructed to take the Nassau Expressway to get my Rebeccah to a certification course, I thought, "Where is the Nassau Expressway? It sounds familiar but I just can't place it."
If you, as an American reconstructionist, sometimes feel downcast at the prospect of reconstruction in America (and don't tell me that you are such a postmillennial optimist that you are thinking only in long-term Biblical visions at every moment of your life and never ever have to wonder whether this is only your operating intellectual defense against the worldly pessimism of other eschatological and humanistic views), then let me tell you, first, as much as you may admit your occasional doubts (though, perhaps, not openly), you should never succumb to pessimistic temptations that seek to rob you of your precious faith by undermining your world-transforming and divinely realistic eschatological position.
Scripture says we are to be as "salt." Salt is something that lends seasoning, tang, or piquancy (pleasantly sharp, stimulating, provocative or biting); salt is a preservative, and if salt has lost its savor, what good is it?