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The Sure Mercies of David, by Brandon Adams

By Brandon Adams, first published here Recently, someone asked “If the Davidic Covenant was indeed one of works, where do the ‘sure mercies of David’ fit in, which were unconditional?” It’s a great question, and not the easiest one to answer. The Davidic Covenant is not discussed very much in 17th century particular baptist works. Samuel... Continue Reading →

Ep. #33: Antinomianism

Josh, Dale and Drew discuss the error of antinomianism and make necessary distinctions on how this error can manifest itself in the life of Christians. Subscribe to our podcast!

Ep. #30 Evenings With Berkhof (No. 5): The Attributes of God

We discuss the attributes of God from Louis Berkhof's book, A Summary of Christian Doctrine.  We talk about the subject in the framework of his incommunicable and communicable attributes, drawing out the Creator/creature distinction and expressing how the gospel uniquely communicates to us God's attributes.   Subscribe to our podcast!

Ep. #29 The Trinitarian Nature of Christianity

Dale and Drew discuss the Trinitarian nature of the Christian faith and life.  They look at a definition of the Trinity, explain the progressive revelation of this doctrine, and look at several key Scriptures in both Old and New Testaments. Show Notes: "The Trinitarian Nature of the Christian Faith and Life" (post by Drew)  ... Continue Reading →

Ep #28 Legalism

In this episode Josh and Dale discuss what legalism is theologically and some of the more practical ways it finds its way into the life of the church.

Ep. #24 What Is God’s Will for Your Life?

We address the misguided understanding that many Christians have regarding God's will for their lives.  The will of God is not some mystical concept that is discerned through signs and subjective feelings.  Rather, the Bible is full of principles, wisdom, and instruction regarding God's will for us.   Subscribe to our podcast!

Ep. #17 Family Worship

We discuss the biblical mandate of fathers leading their families in the discipline of family worship.  We likewise discuss the various ways we have approached family worship and are honest with our shortcomings in this area. Show Notes: Family-Driven Faith (book by Voddie Baucham) Family Shepherds (book by Voddie Baucham) Family Worship (book by Donald... Continue Reading →

Ep. #15 Charitable Discussion on Eschatology

We briefly define the various eschatological views and then get into the importance of having a gospel-centered eschatology and addressing those who differ from our eschatological perspective with charity and understanding.  Oh, and Drew couldn't resist inserting brief arguments for the Amillennial perspective. Show Notes: The End Times Made Simple and More End Times Made... Continue Reading →

Interview with Pastor Sean Cole

It is with great pleasure that I make available to my reading audience this interview with pastor Sean Cole.  You can listen to Sean’s podcast, Understanding Christianity, and watch his video sermons here. 1) Tell us a little about yourself: How you came to Christ; Where you went to school; What your favorite subject was/is;... Continue Reading →

Gospel Pillars: God, Man, Christ, Response

The gospel is the good news about what God has done in and through Jesus Christ to reconcile sinners to himself.  The following framework, what I like to call “gospel pillars,” presents doctrinal truths by which we may rightly understand and receive the promises and blessings of the gospel.  While the section on Christ consists... Continue Reading →

Thankfulness and Prayer Habits

Perhaps we think of thankfulness in terms of gratitude, which is a correct way to think of being thankful for someone or something; but as Christians when we think of being thankful to God we are not merely expressing our gratitude to him, we are engaging in worship. In many opening paragraphs in Paul's epistles... Continue Reading →

The Meaning and Goal of God’s Sovereignty

What do we mean when we say that God is sovereign?  It is true that God’s sovereignty speaks to God’s kingship over creation.  However, some would attempt to define God’s kingship by first defining the kingship of men.  They use the pattern of an earthly king to influence and inform their understanding of God’s kingship,... Continue Reading →

Ep. #11 The Church Bound Together in Love

We discuss the various virtues Paul exhorts Christians to "put on" in Colossians 3:12-14, of which love serves as the binding principle.  We also discuss the importance of rooting these exhortations in the gospel, as Paul is careful to do. Show Notes: "Bound Together in Love" (post by Dale)   Subscribe to our podcast!

Ep. #10 God-Centered vs. Man-Centered Evangelism

We progress through a two-column table in Will Metzger's book, Tell the Truth, where he contrasts a man-centered and a God-centered approach to evangelism under four categories: view of God, view of humanity, view of Christ, and view of response to Christ. Show Notes: Tell the Truth (book by Will Metzger) Approaches to Evangelism (pdf... Continue Reading →

Dr. Clark and Dr. Renihan

Dr. R. Scott Clark has begun a series of blog posts titled Engaging With the 1689. This series began due to him not being able to fully interact with some of the details surrounding Particular Baptist theology (due to word limit) in his latest project Recovering the Reformed Confession, so this series is sort of... Continue Reading →

Ep. #9 What Is Biblical Theology? with Chris Centola

Chris Centola, from Confessional Collective, joins us to discuss the nature and importance of biblical theology. Show Notes: "Book Review: What Is Biblical Theology? (by James M. Hamilton, Jr.)" (review by Drew) The Temple and the Church's Mission (book by G.K. Beale) According to Plan (book by Graeme Goldsworthy) God's Glory in Salvation through Judgment... Continue Reading →

Bound Together In Love

The Church of Jesus Christ is marked by certain virtues, and when these virtues are applied to the relationships of the church they hold those relationships together. This is brought out very clearly in Colossians 3:12-14 where Paul lists these virtues and tells the church that they are to "put on" certain things that are... Continue Reading →

God’s “Three Greats”

In the Bible, God has provided for us what I like to call his "three greats".  An understanding of these "greats" helps us to think through the relationship between the law, the gospel, and the Church's mission.  So, let us look briefly at these "greats".   1. The Great Commandment We find this "great" in... Continue Reading →

Christ for Us (Pt. 3): Jesus as Priest

Series Links: Christ for Us: Prophet, Priest, and King Jesus as Prophet We come now to the priestly office of Jesus.  Being that we have already considered his prophetic office, let us briefly note the distinctions between the two.  Again, I quote Berkhof: The Bible makes a broad but important distinction between a prophet and... Continue Reading →

Christ’s Active and Passive Obedience

"[Christ] perfectly met both the penal and the preceptive requirements of God's law.  The passive obedience refers to the former and the active obedience to the latter.  Christ's obedience was vicarious in the bearing of the full judgment of God upon sin, and it was vicarious in the full discharge of the demands of righteousness.  His obedience becomes the... Continue Reading →

Selfies and Selflessies

The word "selfie" was declared popular enough to grab a slot in the Oxford Dictionary in 2013. In a sense, the addition of this word was very appropriate given the nature of the generation who made it popular. That is to say that the Millennial generation has become one that is, among other things, defined... Continue Reading →

Ep. #5 Sean Cole Discusses Traditional Soteriology in the SBC

We have pastor Sean Cole on to discuss the theological emphases and historical roots of Traditional Soteriology in the Southern Baptist Convention. Show Notes: Traditional Theology & the SBC (e-book by Tom Ascol) "The SBC 'Traditionalist' Stream" (article by Sean Cole) Understanding Christianity (Sean Cole's podcast) Emmanuel Baptist Church Colorado Christian University   Subscribe to... Continue Reading →

Importance of Family Worship

"And verily there is one spring and cause of the decay of religion in our day which we cannot but touch upon and earnestly urge a redress of, and that is the neglect of the worship of God in families by those to whom the charge and conduct of them is committed." - from the... Continue Reading →

Ep. #4 Church Life – Ordinary Means of Grace

Dale and Drew discuss the concept of church life as consisting of the ordinary means of grace (word, ordinances, prayer) and fellowship as based on Acts 2:41-42.  They also interact with Q/A's from the Baptist Catechism on the means of grace. [Note: There's an instance where Drew refers to the Lord's Prayer but he meant to... Continue Reading →

Prophet, Priest, King

"First [Christ] appeared as Prophet, teaching and preaching, then at the end of His life He offered His sacrifice as Priest in order after the resurrection to receive His reward and to reign as King." - Geeerhardus Vos (Reformed Dogmatics, vol. 3, 91.)

Marks of a Healthy Church

When we speak of marks of a church we are speaking of its various principles, characteristics, and practices, which work together to make it a healthy or sound church.  So, we are answering the question, What does a healthy church, according to the Bible, look like?  Acts 2:41-42 serves as a summary of important marks... Continue Reading →

Christ for Us (Pt. 2): Jesus as Prophet

Series Links: Christ for Us: Prophet, Priest, and King. Jesus as Priest In considering the biblical evidence and theological significance of the Messianic offices of Jesus, we begin with his prophetic role, proceed to his priestly role, and conclude with his kingly role.  This order is not arbitrary but reflects the exercise of Jesus’ earthly... Continue Reading →

Bible Doctrines with Louis Berkhof

We will be starting a lengthy podcast series in the near future titled "Bible Doctrines".  For this series, we will be using Louis Berkhof's Summary of Christian Doctrine as a structural guide.  This resource will serve as a springboard for our biblical and theological discussion.  This resource is a summarized version of his Manual of... Continue Reading →

Covenants and Scripture

"We can't truly understand the Scriptures if we don't understand the covenants God made with his people... The covenants are the backbone of the storyline of the Bible; they help us to unfold the biblical narrative... We can't grasp how the Scriptures fit together if we lack clarity about the covenants God made with his people."... Continue Reading →

Social Media Fosters Shallow Theology

Perhaps one of the most influential people in my life and development as a Christian has been my pastor, who has mentored me for the last 3 years. While my time studying under him has been beneficial on several fronts, one of the most valuable practices I have learned is to be humble. Now, I... Continue Reading →

The Glory of God

"What is the glory of God?  I would suggest that the glory of God is the weight of the majestic goodness of who God is, and the resulting name, or reputation, that he gains from his revelation of himself as Creator, Sustainer, Judge, and Redeemer, perfect in justice and mercy, loving-kindness and truth." - James... Continue Reading →

Covenant Theology

"Since biblical history occurs entirely within these [biblical] covenants, it is imperative to understand their nature and their role in order to correctly interpret the Scriptures.  Consequently, covenant theology provides a context which allows for an understanding of the global structure of the plan of redemption by making the distinction between the parts and the... Continue Reading →

Church Life – Acts 2:41-42

So those who received his word were baptized, and there were added that day about three thousand souls.  And they devoted themselves to the apostles’ teaching and the fellowship, to the breaking of bread and the prayers. - Acts 2:41-42 The apostle Peter had just finished preaching Christ and him crucified, resurrected, and enthroned.  God... Continue Reading →

Means of Grace

"The preaching of the Word (or, the Word preached) and the administration of the sacraments (or, the sacraments administered) are the means officially instituted in the Church, by which the Holy Spirit works and confirms faith in the hearts of men." - Louis Berkhof (Systematic Theology, 605)

Christ for Us: Prophet, Priest, and King

When we think of Christ, we should think of him as the Anointed One, as that is what "Christ" means; it is the Greek equivalent of Messiah.  As the Anointed One, we should think of him as Prophet, Priest, and King.  It was, after all, these three offices in the Old Testament that received anointing... Continue Reading →

The Continuity of the Church in Hebrews

Hebrews 3:1-6 provides one of the more clear texts that we can use to discuss the unity of the Church throughout history. It is primarily aimed at providing a comparison and a contrast between Jesus and Moses in order to convince the Hebrews of Jesus' superiority, and in the course of doing that the author... Continue Reading →

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