Jeffrey Stivason
Matthew 6:19-24 is undoubtedly a difficult text to interpret. Why, you ask? Well, the verses are usually interpreted as if Jesus simply pasted them together. In other words, there is no context for verses 19-21 and the same goes for verses 22-23 and verse 24. They are treated as apothegmatic...Continue reading.
Jeffrey Stivason
I am preaching through Matthew's gospel these days and glad to have the Alliance Column from David Hall, First Truths from the First Gospel for the journey. I am currently in the Sermon on the Mount. Now, this isn't the first time I've laid eyes on this well-known and well-loved...Continue reading.
Pierce Hibbs
I just put down Robert Letham's The Holy Trinity, and while I thoroughly enjoyed it and recommend it as an introduction to the history and development of the doctrine, there is one gripe I can't seem to lay down. Throughout the nearly five hundred pages of discussion, he faults...Continue reading.
Jeffrey Stivason
We love lessons. As parents we wait for and even seek out teaching moments. But even more specifically, we love distilled instruction. We want the ideas boiled down. Give us three easy points and we are happy. You want proof for this mindset? Check out the endless series of books for Dummies...Continue reading.
Sam Renihan
The practice of baptizing professing believers is grounded upon two complementary foundations. The first is an argument from the covenants of Scripture. The second is an argument from the commands of Scripture related to those covenants. Credobaptists and paedobaptists often assume, or argue, that...Continue reading.
Brian Cosby
The two primary arguments against baptizing infants (paedobaptism) are: (1) there is no explicit Bible verse that shows us or teaches us to do so and (2) only true Christians are members of the new covenant and, therefore, infants-or any unbeliever-cannot be a member of the covenant community. Thus...Continue reading.
Michael Roberts
Try to think about what it must have been like to live before the fall. Of course that is impossible to do because all of our experience has been one of an acute sense of corruption, depravity, evil, and loss. We do not know anything else. We simply cannot relate to a world that is without these...Continue reading.
James Boice
Some time ago, in a question-and-answer period, someone asked, "Dr. Boice, is it possible for a Christian to commit murder?" I suppose the questioner held the view that there should always be a basic minimum of sanctification in a Christian that prohibits such things. But I answered as I...Continue reading.
Jeffrey Stivason
When Adam stood in the Garden of Eden before the tree of the knowledge of good and evil he was confronted with the absolute authority of God. The command from God could not have been more clear, "From any tree of the garden you may eat freely; but from the tree of the knowledge of good and...Continue reading.
James Dolezal
As Christians we worship the one God who is Father, Son, and Holy Spirit. According to the Nicene Creed the Son is very God of very God and is of the same substance as the Father. And the Spirit is worshipped and glorified together with the Father and Son. In the same creed we also confess that the...Continue reading.