Category Archives: Sovereignty of God

The Answer is More Certain than Our Prayer: Encouragement to Pray from Question 129 of the Heidelberg Catechism (with commentary by Karl Barth)

Heidelberg Catechism 129 Q. What does the word “Amen” signify? A. “Amen” signifies, it shall truly and certainly be: for my prayer is more assuredly heard of God, than I feel in my heart that I desire these things of … Continue reading

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“Strive Together With Me”: The Central Role of Prayer in the Apostolic Mission of Paul (Reformission Monday)

To build on last week’s post on the central role of prayer in driving forward the mission of Christ and the church throughout the narratives of Luke and Acts, I commend to you the following excerpt from David G. Peterson’s excellent … Continue reading

Posted in Apostle Paul, Gospel, Missiology, Mission & evangelism, Prayer, Reformission, Sovereignty of God, Spiritual warfare

“The Disqualification of Human Powers”: The Virgin Birth and Salvation By Faith Alone (T.F. Torrance on the Apostles’ Creed)

Here in Italy, the month of May is dedicated to the veneration of Mary the mother of Jesus. Outside the local Catholic parish, a large banner reads: “Maria, Mamma di Noi Tutti” (Mary, Mama of Us All). In Catholic theology, … Continue reading

Posted in Christology, Creeds, Five Solas, Grace of God, Holy Spirit, Incarnation, Protestant theology, Reformed theology, Roman Catholicism, Soteriology, Sovereignty of God, T.F. Torrance, Word of God

Turning the Points of History: The Decisive Role of Prayer in Luke and Acts (Reformission Monday)

As I continue to seek to be “schooled in prayer” (as it is sometimes said), specifically as it relates to the work of Christian mission and ministry, I have learned much that has put fire and (what I hope is) power … Continue reading

Posted in Apostle Paul, Holy Spirit, Missiology, Mission & evangelism, Prayer, Reformission, Sovereignty of God, Worship

A Holy and Patient Violence: Martyn Lloyd-Jones on the Blessing of Unaswered Prayer

As I wrote in a recent post “I Will Not Let You Go Until You Bless Me“, the great preacher Martyn Lloyd-Jones has helped to radically change my view of prayer, a discipline with which I have struggled to maintain … Continue reading

Posted in Devotional, Martyn Lloyd-Jones, Prayer, Preaching, Sanctification, Sovereignty of God

God’s Speech is His Act: On the Contemporaneity, Power, and Unicity of the Word of God (with reference to Karl Barth)

By the word of the Lord the heavens were made, and by the breath of his mouth all their host…For he spoke, and it came to be; he commanded, and it stood firm. (Psalm 33:6, 9) In the beginning was … Continue reading

Posted in Five Solas, Karl Barth, Protestant theology, Reformation, Scripture, Sola Scriptura, Sovereignty of God, Word of God

John Calvin on the “In-Christness” of Predestination

Sermon excerpt from John Calvin, Sermons on the Epistle to the Ephesians. (London; Carlisle: Banner of Truth Trust, 1973), pp.32-33: How then do we come to God? How do we obey him? How do we have a quiet mind that yields itself … Continue reading

Posted in Apostle Paul, Church history, Election, Five points of Calvinism, John Calvin, Predestination, Reformation, Reformed theology, Soteriology, Sovereignty of God

The Wrath of God’s Holy Love (T.F. Torrance on Revelation 15)

Revelation 15:1-4 Then I saw another sign in heaven, great and amazing, seven angels with seven plagues, which are the last, for with them the wrath of God is finished. And I saw what appeared to be a sea of glass … Continue reading

Posted in Devotional, Eschatology, Judgment of God, Love of God, Preaching, Prophets & prophecy, Revelation, Sin and evil, Sovereignty of God, T.F. Torrance

The Mystery of Iniquity (T.F. Torrance on Revelation 13)

Revelation 13:1, 5-10 And I saw a beast rising out of the sea, with ten horns and seven heads, with ten diadems on its horns and blasphemous names on its heads … And the beast was given a mouth uttering haughty … Continue reading

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No Secular Sphere: Karl Barth on the Universal Claim of the Word of God (Reformission Monday)

For today’s edition of ‘Reformission Monday’, I would like to offer a reflection, inspired by Karl Barth, on the universal claim that the Word of God has made and continues to make on every aspect of human life and culture … Continue reading

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