Weekly Thoughts

In the Interest of Human Flourishing

Perhaps you are like many American citizens today, trying to envision what society will look like in decades to come. After recently conducting such a thought experiment with my wife, Angela, particularly imagining how men and women can work together to realize a common good that enjoys God’s blessing, I went to sleep thinking about[…]

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Justification and Sanctification Contrasted

In his book, Justification by Faith in Catholic-Protestant Dialogue, Professor Tony Lane distinguishes the Reformation doctrines of justification and sanctification: Justification refers to my status; sanctification to my state. Justification is about God’s attitude to me changing; sanctification is about God changing me. Justification is about how God looks on me; sanctification is about what he[…]

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Interview with the Reformed Forum

In the following interview with the Reformed Forum, I explain from my most recent book how we can manifest the grace and integrity of Christ in conversation with Catholic and Protestant friends. For more Reformed Forum programs visit Christ the Center

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The Italian Reformation of the Sixteenth Century

It was a privilege to participate in this year’s Wheaton Theology Conference where I addressed the role of Scripture in the Italian Reformation of the sixteenth century. Hearty thanks to Dr. Jennifer Powell McNutt for coordinating a fantastic event.

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Putting the New gods in Their Place

Following is a guest post from Dan Lindberg.  In last week’s post, I talked about the (not so) new paganism that we see in modern America.  While increasingly overt, there can be some subtleties as to how they operate in our world. But after revealing them for what they are, we are left with the[…]

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New Creation, New Thinking

Following is a guest post from Dan Lindberg.  Just as Jesus stepped out of a tomb into a whole new world, I’d like to use this post to invite you into a new world, a new world of thinking. Join me as we journey back in time. You’ve probably heard of the “sacred-secular” divide; but[…]

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Sermon on the Mount Series

The Protestant Reformers cried, “Post tenebras lux”—“After darkness, light”—to signal and celebrate the unleashing of gospel light into the world. Such light was revealed in the resurrection of Jesus, and, by the empowering presence of the Spirit, it is expressed through the radiant life and witness of Christ’s Body, the Church. Here is how Matthew[…]

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My Song Is Love Unknown

It will soon be Good Friday, a time to read Scripture, poetry, hymns, and events from church history that probe into the wonder of Jesus’ cross. One of my favorite poems is one that we’re planning to sing on Friday evening at New Covenant Church, My Song is Love Unknown. Let the lyrics sink into[…]

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The Hope-Inspiring Power of Divine Blessing

As we enter Holy Week this Sunday, we will naturally hear the familiar words, “God bless you.” Simple, direct, and intensely personal, it is more than sentiment; it is a theological act with potential to instill hope. We wish people God’s blessing so they will experience God’s blessing. When we say “God bless you,” the subject is[…]

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