Can’t We All Just Get Along?

[The following is intended for a Sunday School class at McIlwain Presbyterian Church] Can't We All Just Get Along? (The surprisingly challenging task of forming and maintaining good family relations. Or, more bluntly, why is it so hard for sinful barbarians to love each other?) Part I So what is a family? How to have [...]

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Study Questions on the Word of God

[The following is meant for a Life Group at McIlwain Presbyterian Church] The Westminster Confession of Faith The Holy Scripture   1.4: Why do you think the confession stresses that the authority of the Scriptures depends not on any man or church, but wholly upon God? What gives God the right to be ultimately authoritative? [...]

What Does “Sufficient for All” Mean? A Dialogue Between a Moderate and High Calvinist

Moderate Calvinist: How do you understand the first part of the oft quoted phrase, “Christ's death is sufficient for all, but efficient for the elect?” High Calvinist: Christ's sacrifice, by virtue of its worth, is infinitely valuable, capable of forgiving the sins of a thousand worlds. It is in this respect sufficient for all. Moderate [...]

Unlimited Expiation and the Universal, Well-Meant Gospel Offer: What Benefit is there for the Non-Elect?

It is sometimes asked by High Calvinists what value or benefit Christ's death has for the non-elect, given that they will certainly never believe. To this I reply: 1) Since the non-elect do not avail themselves of God's gracious offer of forgiveness, in one very real sense the death of Christ does not benefit them. [...]

Limited Expiation and the Universal, Well-Meant Gospel Offer: Illustrating Yet Again the Problem

The following is the third in a series of posts attempting to elucidate, for the sake of my High Calvinist brethren, the inevitable and insurmountable problem that arises when they affirm both limited expiation and a universal, well-meant gospel offer.  Over the years I have tried to think how to best present the predicament.  How [...]

Sharpen Your Mind and Soften Your Heart: 30 Or So Talks You Ought to Gorge Thy Ears With

Redeem the time.  Listen to great lectures.  Whether in the shower.  Or while commuting.  Or working out.  Just do it.  And grow.   Broad Range of Topics.  Wonderfully Powerful.  Give them your ear. The Triumph of the Gospel in the New Heavens and New Earth, John Piper The Ultimate Essence of Evil, John Piper God [...]