If the Lord’s Supper is a means of grace wherein the Holy Spirit brings to the souls of believers the benefits of Christ’s body and blood and, as a result, souls are nourished, then we ought to think seriously about the corporate attitude or climate during the Supper. Should the Supper be a celebration? Should there be joy in our hearts while partaking? Should the Supper be like a [ Read More ]
Archive for June, 2012
Many persons are horrified by the use of a theological term; they seem to have a notion that modern Christians must be addressed always in words of one syllable, and that in religion we must abandon the scientific precision of language which is found to be so useful in other spheres [e.g., medicine, science, technology, economics, history, art, etc.]. I am perfectly ready, indeed, to agree that the Bible and [ Read More ]
Part I. Part II.
Here is a discussion worth listening to. There is some confusion today concerning the mission of the church. What does the church owe to the community at large? What is the relationship between the mission of the church and the culture at-large? Should the church have a blood transfusion ministry? Is ancient Israel’s commission and the commission of the new covenant church one and the same? Should churches have social services [ Read More ]
1. Thy works, plus mine, O Christ, speak uncertainty to this heart; They tell me some is done; They bid assurance depart. To whom save we, Who canst alone for sin atone, Lord shall I flee? 2. Thy pains, plus mine, O Christ, upon the shameful tree, have paid a partial price to be fulfilled by me. To whom save we, Who canst alone for sin atone, Lord shall I [ Read More ]
Some argue that Rev. 21:24-26 teaches that worthy cultural products (Hoekema) make it into the new Jerusalem. A friend of mine pointed me to Venema on this. Here’s my reply: Venema is packed and I have not read him but he is probably saying what Hoekema said many years ago. I did read that and I have read others who claim things like the kings of the earth bring worthy cultural products [ Read More ]