Monthly Archives: September 2014

Review of Sinclair Ferguson’s Chapter on Limited Atonement & Assurance in “From Heaven He Came & Sought Her”

Sinclair Ferguson’s chapter appears in the practical section of the volume and addresses the issue of assurance in pastoral ministry from the perspective of limited atonement. The bulk of the chapter is an analysis and critique of the 19th century Scottish Presbyterian pastor Macleod Campbell’s view of definite atonement and assurance. Campbell’s The Nature of   …Continue Reading

Review of Daniel Strange’s Chapter on Those Who Never Hear the Gospel in “From Heaven He Came and Sought Her”

The final three chapters in From Heaven He Came and Sought Her address practical matters. In this chapter, Daniel Strange deals with the issue of the unevangelized.   Introduction. In his introduction, Strange thinks universal atonement (UA) presents “insurmountable theological difficulties” (587). He suggests that unlimited atonement cannot be the basis of a well-meant gospel   …Continue Reading

Sermon Notes – Romans 6:1-14, Part 3

Paul’s main point in Romans 6:1-14 is v. 11: “Consider yourselves to be dead to sin but alive to God through Christ Jesus.” This is the first imperative in Romans! “Consider yourself” is logidzomai in Greek. Notice the first three letters of the Greek word are equivalent to our word “log.” A log is a   …Continue Reading

Review of Henri Blocher, Chapter 20, “Systematic Theology of Definite Atonement” in From Heaven He Came and Sought Her

Blocher’s chapter is the final chapter in the section on theology, and appropriately so since he attempts to develop something of a systematic theology of definite atonement. The chapter is divided into five major sections, the first and last of which don’t deal specifically with the question at hand. Section one, “Prolegomena,” (542-47) is a   …Continue Reading

Sermon Notes – Romans 6:1-14, Part 2

In order to understand what Paul means by “died to sin,” we must know three things. Notice the strategic placement of the word “know” in vv. 3, 6, and 9. As Christians, we are dead to sin’s authority, but we often act like we don’t know this fact. The first truth we need to know   …Continue Reading

Wanted: Dead & Alive! – Romans 6:1-14, Part 1

They called him the Mad Monk of Russia. He was the religious and political confidant of Empress Alexandra of the Romanov family in Russia at the turn of the last century. He justified his profligate lifestyle by grossly misinterpreting Romans 5:20: “Where sin increased, grace increased all the more,” and teaching that the more we   …Continue Reading

“His Story . . . Our Story”

THE INCARNATION enrolls Him in our needy company. For unto us a child is born; unto us a Son is given. The Word became flesh and dwelled among us. He had to be made like them, fully human in every way, in order that He might become a merciful and faithful high priest in service   …Continue Reading

“How I Preach”

Abe Kuruvilla, Professor of Preaching at Dallas Theological Seminary, was kind enough to include me in his interview series “How I Preach” which appears on his website Abe is a consummate homiletician and author of many books, including Privilege the Text: a Theological Hermeneutics for Preaching. I encourage all preachers to get this book   …Continue Reading

“So You’re About to Call a Pastor!” – 1 Thessalonians 5:12-13

One of the most important things a church ever does is to call a senior pastor. The decision has far-reaching consequences for all involved . . . and for the kingdom of God. Sometimes people view a pastor as a spiritual superhero; like one of the Avengers who steps in to do the impossible job   …Continue Reading

Review of Wellum’s Chapter “The New Covenant Work of Christ” in From Heaven He Came and Sought Her

Stephen Wellum addresses the subject of priesthood, atonement, and intercession in an effort to demonstrate that only definite atonement takes account of Christ’s unified priestly work: Christ only dies for the sins of those for whom he intercedes. In the introduction, Wellum states: “. . . all general atonement views must divide Christ’s unified priestly   …Continue Reading