The Masculine Gospel: All Girls Allowed


Biblical Meditations, Christian Life, Church Life, Galatians, Romans, The Gospel, Theology
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“Therefore you are no longer a slave, but a son; and if a son, then an heir through God” (Gal 4.7). The gospel of Jesus Christ is decidedly masculine but it is neither discriminatory nor chauvinist.  In fact, the glory of the gospel is wrapped up in its masculinity rightly understood.  Given the context of […]

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March 8, 2017

The Faith That Saves (Part 2)


Biblical Meditations, Christian Life, Church Life, The Gospel, Theology
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(Re)read Part 1. Imagine walking on railroad tracks with a friend. You see a faint light growing larger and conclude a train barrels toward you.  You and your friend begin to argue about what sort of train it is.  You’re sure it’s a coal train from Pittsburgh.  Your friend insists its a passenger train from Chicago.  You argue your […]

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October 29, 2015

The Faith That Saves (Part 1)


Biblical Meditations, Christian Life, Church Life, The Gospel
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Calvinists and nonCalvinists have fought about the origin of saving faith for centuries.  Calvinists insist God grants saving faith to the elect at the moment of conversion.  NonCalvinists insist God has granted everyone the ability to believe the gospel and must be rightly persuaded.  No one has any ability or everyone has some ability.  Important distinctions, to be sure. But […]

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October 27, 2015

Evangelizing Louisa Payson (and Our Children, Too)


Quotes of Interest, The Gospel
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In A Pastor’s Daughter, Louisa Payson Hopkins (a.k.a. Maria) recounted how her father, Edward Payson, taught her gospel truth.  She recorded this riveting exchange with her father (pp129-130): “Suppose you had been guilty of a crime for which you were tried; and of which, if you were convicted, the punishment would be death. While you are lying in prison, […]

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September 16, 2015

Salvation > “Getting Saved”


Biblical Meditations, Christian Life, The Gospel, Theology
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A popular Christian radio show recently debuted a new book.  It sounded like a beneficial book to help young girls mature in faith and love.  The author was most proud of her last chapter that presented “the plan of salvation” and “the sinner’s prayer.”  Her highest desire was that young girls would “read and repeat” […]

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July 27, 2015