Mark Johnston
Almost from the very first time I read the Westminster Confession of Faith I remember being struck by its choice of words to describe the character of Bible translations. It says they should be in 'the vulgar language of every nation unto which they come' (WCF 1.8). ...Continue reading.
Mark Johnston
Given the frequency with which 'the fear of the LORD', or one of its variants, is mentioned in the Bible, it is more than a little unusual that so little seems to be said about it in the church today...Continue reading.
Mark Johnston
Democracy is a wonderful thing; but it has a major Achilles' Heel: the voters of which it is comprised. When the majority of the Demos wants something that is inherently wrong, nothing can stop them getting what it desires...Continue reading.
Mark Johnston
'New Perspective' has become something of a red flag in many Christian circles because of its associations with the so-called 'New Perspective on Paul'. But if we allow one dubious doctrine linked to contaminate a phrase - however bad the guilt by association may be - we end up...Continue reading.
Mark Johnston
In its definition of 'Saving Faith' the Westminster Confession of Faith enters a very significant caveat that is all too often overlooked. Namely, 'This faith is different in degrees, weak or strong; may be often and many ways assailed, and weakened, but gets the victory: growing up...Continue reading.
Mark Johnston
What does it mean to be 'Reformed'? Different things for different people, to be sure! For Arminian Dispensationalists it is an anathema. For some secular observers, it is the religious equivalent of being to the right of Genghis Khan. But even for those who call themselves 'Reformed...Continue reading.
Mark Johnston
We belong to a generation that is obsessed with its perceived 'entitlements'. From human rights to civil rights, gay rights to children's rights, the list is seemingly endless as to the permutations of personal fiefdoms people want to protect by law...Continue reading.
Mark Johnston
I came across one of those stories recently that are funny, but true. It was in a church on the island of Lewis in the Scottish Hebrides - probably the last place in the British Isles that still feels the lingering afterglow of a spiritual awakening that took place over half a century ago. Some who...Continue reading.
Mark Johnston
What makes for sermons that are well delivered and readily received? In some ways it is easier to answer that in the negative. There are may examples of Reformed and evangelical preaching that look good on paper and are beyond reproach in content, but have little or no impact on those who listen...Continue reading.
Mark Johnston
'Diversity' has become one of the buzzwords in evangelical Christianity in recent times. At one level, this is a good thing, but at another its trendy inclusion may come at an unwelcome price. Just as a perfectly good adjective like 'missional' became a cover for some less than...Continue reading.

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