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“The word ‘catechism’ derives from the Greek word katecheo which is found in several places in Scripture. The most familiar is Luke 1:4, where Luke explains why he wrote his Gospel: ‘that you may know the certainty of those things in which you were instructed [catechichized].’ Like many Greek words katecheo is put together from…

Fourth Sunday after Epiphany: Exodus 15:1-21 The Song at the Sea

IntroductionIn the beginning God created a sanctuary; He created the universe and blessed it. And on the seventh day, He rested from His work named it holy. His work was completed, His work was to be enjoyed, and His work was to be shared. The Text:We can divide the song into three parts: First, celebrating…

Top 20 Christian College Professors

College Crunch ranks the top 20 Christian college professors. Not sure what all the criteria were for this. But still interesting to see who is considered particularly influential and important in the academic world. Ben Carson, Robert P. George, Alister McGrath, Al Mohler, Alvin Plantinga, Marilynne Robinson, and N.T. Wright make the list. You can…

Legalists & Antinomians

Douglas Wilson adds this bit to a recent flurry of blog posts and articles: “For many among the contemporary Reformed, a legalist is someone who loves Jesus more than they do, and an antinomian is one who appears to enjoy loving Jesus like that. And if this ever happens on a large scale, it will…

The Grace of the Law

“By reclaiming Luther’s grand discovery of justification by faith, Christians again embrace the law with David, Paul, and James. The law leads to Christ, plainly outlines the extent of Christ’s payment, defines his righteousness, protects believers from sinning against God’s love, and enables them to give concrete expression to their love for God by deeds…

The Good Old Days are Now

“… if we must go through what seems the worst of times, we are held in the best of all hands, inseparable from the best of all loves (Rom. 8:38-39)” Donald Van Dyken, Rediscovering Catechism, 2.

Time, Space, and Holiness

All the days of creation are concerned with the creation of matter in various states: light, land, plants, animals, etc. And the days “stack” up on top of each other. The first day is the creation of light and darkness: Day and Night. And that is necessarily the beginning of the “evening and morning” cycle….

Dealing with Porn and Lust Part 4

Once while Jesus was up on the mountain with three of his disciples, being transfigured, the other disciples were down below having a hell of a time trying to deal with a stubborn demon. When Jesus comes back down the mountain, the desparate father of the afflicted boy asks Jesus if He can help. There…

More on Bonhoeffer

Jordan Ballor adds to the Bonhoeffer discussion over on the Touchstone blog this morning. He writes: “In response, I’ll point out that part of the academic critique is simply what academics are wont to do when looking at a popular book. There isn’t enough nuance here, this detail is wrong there, and so on. As…

Counterfeit Bonhoeffer?

Some interesting stuff on recent scholarship on Bonhoeffer from Tim Challies. He writes: “I’ve made no secret of the fact that I enjoyed reading Eric Metaxas’ biography of Dietrich Bonhoeffer. Actually, it’s one of my all-time favorite biographies; it’s readable, engaging and it deals with a fascinating part of history. But lately I’ve come across…