The Ultimate Theophany

The topic of theophanies is often neglected in biblical and theological studies, though it is very important. Theophanies are instances of divine self-revelation in which God manifests himself to humans. The word “theophany,” which means “appearance of God,” comes from the Greek roots theo [God] […]

The Five Solas of the Reformation

The Protestant Reformation of the 16th century changed Christianity forever. Roused to action by the corruption and abuses they saw in the Roman Catholic church of the time, visionary pastors and leaders like Martin Luther and John Calvin spearheaded a movement that transformed Christianity and eventually […]

The Father of Fathers

As we approach Father’s Day in places like the U.S. and the U.K., it is worth stepping back and considering the original father, God the Father, “from whom every fatherhood in heaven and on earth is named” (Eph. 3:15). Most people are quite familiar with […]

Every Knee Will Bow

“Therefore God has highly exalted him and bestowed on him the name that is above every name, so that at the name of Jesus every knee should bow, in heaven and on earth and under the earth, and every tongue confess that Jesus Christ is […]

Will God Be Faithful?

Psalm 22 contains some of the most heart-wrenching cries to God recorded in all of the Psalms. God himself is on trial and David asks, “Will God remain faithful?” This is the song of a believer who experiences great suffering and wonders where God is. It […]

I Love You Air Conditionally

I still remember the day I learned what “unconditional” meant. My dad said to me frequently, “I love you unconditionally,” and at age seven I finally asked, “What does air conditioning have to do with loving me?” I knew what “I love you” meant, but that […]

Jesus Saves Sinners For God’s Glory

The Latin word sola means “alone” or “only.” The Five Solas are five Latin phrases (or slogans) that emerged during the Protestant Reformation and that summarize the Reformers’ basic theological convictions on what they believed to be the essentials of the Christian life and practice. […]

The Great Debate: Does God Exist?

It became known as “The Great Debate.” In 1985 the University of California at Irvine hosted a public debate between philosopher Greg Bahnsen and atheist Gordon Stein on the topic “Does God Exist?” WHAT ENSUED Stein came prepared to cut down traditional apologetic arguments for the […]

Divine Warrior & Compassionate God

“We tend by a secret law of the soul to move towards our mental image of God.”  – A.W. Tozer DISTANT GOD? In his book Your God Is Too Small, J. B. Phillips explains various conceptions of God people have: the resident policeman, the parental hangover, […]

God Was Reconciling The World To Himself

In 2 Corinthians 5, the Apostle Paul sums up the big picture of God’s mission with one key word: reconcile. THE RECONCILED BECOME RECONCILERS God did two things for Paul. First, he reconciled Paul to himself through Christ, and second, he gave him “the ministry […]