Luke Stamps discusses why justification and sanctification are inseparable in the experience of the elect because they are inseparable in the saving intention of the triune God.
Why Study Theology at the University
heological education has changed. When I started my first semester of seminary nearly twenty years ago, it remained a brick-and-mortar, residential experience. At the time, I served a church located 95 miles from the campus, which introduced all sorts of complexity and inconvenience. Yet, it was simply understood that suffering inconvenience was part of the effort to be equipped. Then … Read More
Theology is Tricky
Theology is tricky. Among the many reasons for this, I’ll mention two. First, while theology can be studied in systematic fashion, theology isn’t a system and its primary source, the Bible, wasn’t written along a systematic, topical trajectory. Second, while doing theology requires human reason, it’s difficult to discern where biblical evidence ends and human conjecture begins—although theological maturity requires … Read More
Scripture and Tattoos
As an older Old Testament professor, occasionally I’ll receive random emails asking for the translation of certain English phrases into Hebrew. When I do, I can typically predict reason for the request: Tattoos are becoming increasingly common among the younger generation of believers. Some well-intentioned Christians have attempted to buck the trend by mustering biblical texts that seemingly prohibit the … Read More
Stargazing With King David and Psalm 8
Psalm 8 reveals that instead of feeling small in light of the vastness of creation, Christians should realize how the Creator God has reached down in special love for them.
Great Expectations at Christmas
Instead of settling for what is paltry and passing at Christmas, Christians should adopt the attitude and outlook of Zechariah, the father of John the Baptist.
Recognizing Christ in Christmas Chaos
In the “Song of the Suffering Servant” we have a prophetic text that helps us to recognize the significance of Christ’s work at Christmas.
Theology Matters… A New Poll Shows Why
A new LifeWay Research poll shows the need for biblically-grounded, theological education.
Children & Conversion: When is a Child Ready?
Parents often feel unable to determine if a child is responding to the message of the gospel or simply mimicking his or her surroundings in an evangelical culture.