For those who love the truth of Romans 3:27 and 4:5—that we are justified by faith alone apart from works of the law—Romans 2:6-16 can be a tough, even unsettling passage. But it is vital that we understand this passage so that our minds and hearts remain clear and our walk with Christ unhindered. Every … Continue reading Justification, Works, and the Final Judgment: Making Sense of Romans 2:6-16
Are there times when our desire for spiritual growth could hinder us from walking in the truth of the gospel? For Christians serious about making progress in their spiritual lives, such a question sounds either intuitively wrong-headed or so easy to answer that it doesn't even merit a response. Growth in godliness and right affections is one of … Continue reading Replacing Christ with Spiritual Growth
John Piper’s Brothers, We Are Not Professionals is simultaneously a challenging and encouraging read. Pastoral ministry is serious work. It is not to be taken casually or viewed as a less strenuous alternative to a other professions. It is a glorious, demanding, painful, thrilling, satisfying endeavor with eternal ramifications. Pastors are charged with the accurate handling of God’s … Continue reading Two Lessons Learned from John Piper's 'Brothers, We are Not Professionals'
Martin Luther described the doctrine of justification---the topic of this book---as the article of faith that determines whether the church is standing or falling. Speaking of Luther, James Buchanan writes, By this he meant that when this doctrine is understood, believed, and preached, as it was in New Testament times, the church stands in the … Continue reading ‘The God who Justifies’ by James White