Some Practical Consequences Of Reformed Covenant Theology (1)

Some Practical Consequences Of Reformed Covenant Theology (1)

It is exciting to discover what are sometimes called “the doctrines of grace,” i.e., the teaching that even though by nature we are dead in sins and trespasses, we came to faith because God loved us in Christ from all eternity and the Holy Spirit...
Choose Your Metaphors Carefully: The Church Is A Pasture Not A Business

Choose Your Metaphors Carefully: The Church Is A Pasture Not A Business

35 years ago, when I began seminary, the “church growth” movement was hitting its stride. In a course taught by an adjunct professor with a Harvard MBA we were taught how be efficient just the way successful CEOs are. Later, in the church growth literature with which...
On Samuel, Social Justice, And The Prophetic Office Of The Church (2)

On Samuel, Social Justice, And The Prophetic Office Of The Church (2)

In the first part of this two-part series, I sketched some of the background to explain how and why, in our late-modern period, it seems plausible to so many to regard the institutional church as an agent for social change. On the face of the New Testament, this would...
On Samuel, Social Justice, And The Prophetic Office Of The Church (1)

On Samuel, Social Justice, And The Prophetic Office Of The Church (1)

It is not difficult to find calls for the church to be “prophetic” especially toward the end of “social justice.” Of course we should favor social justice since nature and Scripture (e.g., Rom 13:1–7) both teach us that it is the function of the civil magistrate to...