Category Archives: sanctification

What’s to Abhor?


One of the arresting vows that church members take in Presbyterian circles is this: Do you confess that because of your sinfulness you abhor and humble yourself before God, that you repent of your sin, and that you trust for salvation not in yourself but in Jesus Christ alone? Important to consider is that this… Read More→

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What Must I Do to be Left Behind from Evangelicalism?


I have long complained that evangelicalism is one of those associations from which it is impossible to extricate yourself. Ron Wells, one of the editors of The Reformed Journal, used to joke that he would be glad to return his evangelical membership card but didn’t know where to send it. The bigger joke may have… Read More→

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If I Were More Sanctified, Would Wife Like My Music?


How far does sanctity go? How extensive is w-w? All of me belongs to Jesus and I am a new man in Christ, but what does this mean for taste? Can holiness account for taste? Last night I was listening to a sequence of Klangkarussell mixes on Youtube. Who the Hades are Klangkarussell, you ask?… Read More→

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There is Antinomianism and then there is Antinomianism


Protestants wouldn’t seem to have to worry too much about lacking moral fiber. Here is how H. L. Mencken perceived moralism in the United States circa 1920: The man of morals has a certain character, and the man of honour has a quite different character. No one not an idiot fails to differentiate between the… Read More→

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Seven Good Reasons to Stop Breaking the Sabbath Right Now

Superbowl Sunday

(Inspired by Tim Challies) 1. THE COST TO YOUR SOUL If you are consumed with secular activities and unwilling to devote merely one day a week to God, you have every reason to be concerned with the state of your soul. God promises that if he has saved us we will gain new passions and… Read More→

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What Must I Do to be Saved?


Questions of epistemic certainty and episcopal authority aside, the question of how we are right with God is still the issue that divides Protestants and Roman Catholics. And, surprise, it is not exactly one of the sharpest knives in Jason and the Callers arsenal. As a reminder of those differences, here is a sampling of… Read More→

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Did Evangelical or Liberal Protestants Have a Better Week?


First came the news of Mark Sanford’s victory in South Carolina’s First District to Congress. For anyone who remembers Sanford’s well publicized marital infidelity, it must have struck many observers as strange that evangelical Protestants — I hear South Carolina is thick with them — would return Sanford to public office. But they also had… Read More→

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I Am A Bigger Man Than Angelo Cataldi But Not Joe Paterno


The latest news of Joe Pa’s firing led Angelo to inaugurate his 6:00 am show today with these words, “Justice has been served.” This is a peculiar rendering of the situation. Authorities have brought allegations of sexual abuse by a former Penn State Coach. That coach is out on bail. The trial has not started.… Read More→

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Singing Lutheran Theology from a Presbyterian Hymnal

I myself have never been impressed by the adage that ordinary believers learn more theology from hymns than from sermons or teaching. But recent frequent singing of “The Law of God Is Good and Wise” (1863) has led me to hope that the adage is true. Here is the text: The law of God is… Read More→

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The Gospel Coalition’s Thin-Skinned Long Arm

I did not see Kevin DeYoung’s post at his Gospel Coalition blog about confessionalism and pietism — and for good reason. Between the time you opened the page and blinked it was gone. (And it promised to be the first of a three-part series.) (UPDATE: For those old enough to remember the Tonight Show when… Read More→

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