Celebrating Reformation 500

Today is the 500th Anniversary of the Protestant Reformation, recalling the day Martin Luther posted his 95 Theses on the Wittenberg Church door. Of course, other reformers came before him and many came after him. But this day in 1517 was certainly a watershed moment in history and the one we most remember.

In honor of that here is a series of messages I’ve been listening to on key theological tenets that the reformation recovered. These particular messages are from First Baptist Church of Manhattan, but there are many churches doing similar series to mark Reformation 500.

Soli Deo Gloria (only for God’s glory)

Sola Scriptura  (Scripture is our authority)

Solus Christus (Christ alone)

Sola Fide (Faith alone)

Sola Gratia (Grace alone)

Charles Spurgeon Recounts His Salvation

While writing my post the other day about grace and the doctrine of salvation I found this extended quote from Charles Haddon Spurgeon’s autobiography and wanted to share it:

Spurgeon wrote:

When I was coming to Christ, I thought I was doing it all myself, and though I sought the Lord earnestly, I had no idea the Lord was seeking me. I do not think the young convert is at first aware of this. I can recall the very day and hour when first I received those truths in my own soul—when they were, as John Bunyan says, burnt into my heart as with a hot iron, and I can recollect how I felt that I had grown on a sudden from a babe into a man—that I had made progress in Scriptural knowledge, through having found, once for all, the clue to the truth of God.

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Is There Evidence That Christianity is True? (Video)

Screen Shot 2016-06-26 at 2.38.13 PMWhile we can’t go back in time and be eyewitnesses to the historical events, whether they be the creation of the world, the exodus from Egypt, or the resurrection of Christ, I do not believe that the Christian faith is a 100% blind faith. There is logic, rationality, historical evidence and more that supports our faith in Jesus Christ.  Continue reading

Thinking Biblically about Race and Class from the book of Acts

My church has been studying the book of Acts verse-by-verse for months now. We finally wrapped up Acts 11 today, and I was extremely grateful that my pastor has been pointing out how both Acts 10 and 11 condemn racism and elitism of any kind. In Acts 10, a gentile (non-Jewish) man named Cornelius was seeking the true God and God sent the Apostle Peter to explain the gospel to him and Cornelius was saved.  Continue reading

Audio: Phil Johnson on Fundamentalism

PhilJohnsonEveryone’s heard the term “fundamentalism” or fundamentalist applied to Christianity, but what did that mean originally, how did it change over time, what did it have right and wrong, and what is its relationship to evangelicalism?

Phil Johnson answers those questions and many more in this lecture from several years ago Fighting for the Faith dug up. Check it out.

Don’t Miss List for April 12, 2016

Victoria Osteen Puts Words in Jesus’ Mouth

VOsteenThe Museum of Idolatry has this 44-second gem on display, providing further proof that neither Joel Osteen or his wife Victoria, have any idea what the Bible actually says or means.

One of my favorite Shepherd’s Conference Messages

I intended to post this sooner, but life and surgery got in the way. But I think this session from ShepCon 2016 by Nathan Busenitz is a must listen. Titled “Evangelicalism’s Quest for Popular Acceptance,” Busenitz delves into the risks of choosing intellectualism, political influence or even the noble goal of trying to reach more people over biblical fidelity. These are all tempting alternatives to biblical faithfulness that must be rejected.

Berean Research on the Azusa “Revival”

The Azusa event took place over the weekend and Berean Research has a post about it.

Iran’s Underground Church Continues to Grow

I wrote this article for WORLD recently about the growth of Christianity under severe persecution in Iran.

Entreating Favor on the Psalms

I really loved this Psalms edition of EF’s “Best Book of the Bible” series from Nate Pickowicz. I love the Psalms, for this is helpful place to start if you’re not quite sure what this huge book of poetry is doing in the middle of your Bible.

A Quote From Martyn Lloyd-Jones

“One of the greatest exponents of the Christian faith that the world has ever known was the mighty apostle Paul, and he tells us that we are as we are because of the sin of Adam and that we all sinned with him and we all fell with him. And Paul says that over against Adam is the Lord Jesus Christ: ‘For as in Adam all die, even so in Christ shall all be made alive’ (1 Corinthians 15:22).”

– Martyn Lloyd-Jones, The Gospel in Genesis: From Fig Leaves to Faith

Facts and Historical Support for the Resurrection of Jesus

11095935205_3afc3fbb74_zChristianity rests on claims of historical events: specifically that Jesus was God and man, that he really lived on this earth, was put to death by crucifixion and rose from the grave as “he said he would.” (Matthew 28:6)

It is not an understatement to say that if those things did not happen, there is no Christianity. There is no good news of the gospel. There is no hope in Jesus Christ, because we remain dead in our sins and separated from God.

Paul wrote in 1 Corinthians 15: “Now if Christ is preached, that He has been raised from the dead, how do some among you say that there is no resurrection of the dead? But if there is no resurrection of the dead, not even Christ has been raised; and if Christ has not been raised, then our preaching is vain, your faith also is vain. Moreover we are even found to be false witnesses of God, because we testified against God that He raised Christ, whom He did not raise, if in fact the dead are not raised. For if the dead are not raised, not even Christ has been raised; and if Christ has not been raised, your faith is worthless; you are still in your sins. Then those also who have fallen asleep in Christ have perished.  If we have hoped in Christ in this life only, we are of all men most to be pitied.” Continue reading