Friday, November 30, 2012

Thank God Regenerate Christians Aren't Totally Depraved

Dr. Richard Phillips has written an excellent article over at Reformation 21 titled "Thank God that Christians are not Totally Depraved." Great theology leads me to heart-felt doxology.

Here is an excerpt:
"To be sure, Christians remain dependent on Christ's grace for sanctification, just as we have for justification. Yet it is because Christians are no longer totally depraved but born again in union with Christ that the apostle urges, 'work out your own salvation with fear and trembling, for it is God who works in you' (Phil. 2:12-13). Thank God that regeneration does not leave Christ's people in the situation of those who reject him in unbelief. We are certainly still dealing with sin in the totality of our beings, but thank God that we are no longer totally depraved. Praise God that, as Paul wrote, 'if anyone is in Christ, he is a new creation. The old has passed away; behold, the new has come' (2 Cor. 5:17)."

Wednesday, November 21, 2012

A Time for Thanksgiving: Psalm 65

Psalm 65
There will be silence before You, and praise in Zion, O God,
And to You the vow will be performed.
2 O You who hear prayer,
To You all men come.
3 Iniquities prevail against me;
As for our transgressions, You forgive them.
4 How blessed is the one whom You choose and bring near to You
To dwell in Your courts.
We will be satisfied with the goodness of Your house,
Your holy temple.
5 By awesome deeds You answer us in righteousness, O God of our salvation,
You who are the trust of all the ends of the earth and of the farthest sea;
6 Who establishes the mountains by His strength,
Being girded with might;
7 Who stills the roaring of the seas,
The roaring of their waves,
And the tumult of the peoples.
8 They who dwell in the ends of the earth stand in awe of Your signs;
You make the dawn and the sunset shout for joy.

9 You visit the earth and cause it to overflow;
You greatly enrich it;
The stream of God is full of water;
You prepare their grain, for thus You prepare the earth.
10 You water its furrows abundantly,
You settle its ridges,
You soften it with showers,
You bless its growth.
11 You have crowned the year with Your bounty,
And Your paths drip with fatness.
12 The pastures of the wilderness drip,
And the hills gird themselves with rejoicing.
13 The meadows are clothed with flocks
And the valleys are covered with grain;
They shout for joy, yes, they sing. (NASB)

Tuesday, November 20, 2012

An Atheist Philosopher Predicts Scientific Naturalism Will One Day Be Laughable

An Atheist Philosopher Predicts Scientific Naturalism Will One Day Be Laughable, from The Gospel Coalition. This article is excellent. As I've shared with a others who work with college-aged believers, just when the tides are starting to turn academically, we Christians must be very cautious not to jump ship. A few solid Bible teachers I know have started to buy into the BioLogos theistic evolution and the theological dualism that goes with it (ie, science explains the material world; God's revelation deals with spiritual realities only) Reading this article and quite a few others (like this one:  that I've come across in scholarly journals is quite encouraging.