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March 6, 2017 by James DeYoung 0 comments

Dr. James DeYoung Revisiting The Shack & Universal Reconciliation

Dr. James B. DeYoung, Ph.D., Professor of New Testament Language and Literature at Western Seminary (Portland Campus), provides a much needed and helpful review of the widely popular but misleading book, The Shack. Like the book, the movie continues to exert a great deal of influence within Christian as well as non-Christian circles. Before Evangelicals rush out to watch and commend the movie (and the book), read this article first. Dr. DeYoung brings a unique perspective in his reviews due to the fact that he is personally acquainted with William Paul Young. This article was first written in 2008 to help inform and protect the members of Paramount church....Keep Reading

Tags: Universal Reconciliation, universalism, William Paul Young, The Shack

November 19, 2015 by John Fonville 0 comments

Confusing Law and Gospel: A Review of David Platt's book, Radical.

A review of David Platt's book, Radical: Taking Back Your Faith From The American Dream....Keep Reading

Posted in: Discipleship Tags: david platt, radical, missional, francis chan, missions, evangelism, cross-bearing, sanctification, law and gospel, repentance, faith, good works

November 10, 2015 by John Fonville 0 comments

Dispositional Soteriology: Jonathan Edwards on Justification by Faith Alone

George Hunsinger shows how Jonathan Edwards crosses the fine line laid down by the Reformation concerning justification sola fide. Edwards taught that works are not simply external evidence that faith exists. Rather, works are necessary to the efficacy of faith. Works, as the external expression of faith, play a role in justification....Keep Reading

Posted in: Justification Tags: justification, sola fide, sola gratia, George Hunsinger, Jonathan Edwards, dispositional soteriology

May 13, 2015 by John Fonville 0 comments

How Do I Know I'm A Christian?

Assurance lies in the very direct act of faith as one is presented with Christ, the object of faith. The reflex act of faith can support our profession but it cannot become the ground our assurance....Keep Reading

Posted in: Assurance Tags: assurance, Christian Freedom, lordship salvation, direct act of faith, reflex act of faith, pietistic nomism

October 14, 2014 by John Fonville 0 comments

Abba is not Daddy

James Barr carefully argues for the correct meaning of the Aramaic term, "abba," showing that this word doesn't mean, "daddy." Since “abba” doesn’t mean “daddy or papa” one must not use these infantile ideas when addressing his or her heavenly Father in prayer. Otherwise, one may be addressing God the Father without the honor that is due Him....Keep Reading

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May 8, 2013 by John Fonville 0 comments

The Role of Music in the Worship and Witness of the Church

The Bible sets forth a high view of the role of music in the church’s worship and witness and believers should as well. Why then does the church gather to sing? What is the role of music in the worship and witness of the church? This paper seeks to explore and answer this question....Keep Reading

Tags: music, worship, witness, mission, missional, missions, evangelism, singing

December 17, 2012 by John Fonville 0 comments

Evangelism and the Sovereignty of God

There often exists a widespread suspicion that belief in the sovereignty of God”"particularly election”"undermines or even inhibits zeal for missions and evangelism. Dr. J.I. Packer in his book, Evangelism and the Sovereignty of God, persuasively demonstrates that such a misunderstanding is, in his words, “nonsense.” Election, faith, the gospel and evangelism go hand in hand. It is of immeasurable benefit to know that God has chosen a people for Himself. Election instills confidence and guards against discouragement because God’s sovereign government prepares the way for and ensures the success of the proclamation of the gospel. ...Keep Reading

Tags: election, missions, gospel, evangelism, preaching, church planting, grace

July 11, 2011 by John Fonville 0 comments

The Mountain of Law vs. The Mountain of Grace

In Hebrews 12:18-24, the author of Hebrews expresses deep concern about where his readers stand in relation to the God who asks, “Adam, where are you?” To prevent his readers from a calamitous reversion to Jewish beliefs and practices, the author of Hebrews sets forth two contrasting relationships with God, determined by two antithetical covenants. By contrasting the old and new covenants, the author demonstrates the superiority of the new covenant over the old covenant. This superiority not only stresses the disastrous consequences of reverting under the old covenant (10:26-31; 12:25-29) but also provides the motivation for his readers to progress and move forward rather than drift and fall away from God (2:1-3; 3:12)....Keep Reading

Tags: sanctification, hebrews, perseverance, obedience, holiness, adam, judgment, jews, jewish, old covenant, new covenant, jesus, mediator, assurance, covenant theology

December 20, 2010 by John Fonville 0 comments

The Collapsing of the Covenants: Narrow is the Way that Leads to Destruction

Collapsing the covenants into one overarching theme of grace confuses law and gospel and effectively eliminates an explicit law-gospel distinction in Scripture....Keep Reading

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