Lutheran vs Reformed Sanctification

Lutheran and Reformed approaches to sanctification are often sharply distinguished. The clearest distinction between these two approaches is seen in their respective views on the role of the Law. THE LUTHERAN VIEW OF THE LAW According to the Lutheran view, the Law functions in two ways. 1. The Law Restrains

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A Few Words About Fundamentalism

In my last post, I mentioned that I was a recovering fundamentalist This sparked some questions and concerns from those who know me well. So I thought I’d take a moment to say a few words about fundamentalism. THREE POINTS ABOUT FUNDAMENTALISM  1. Fundamentalism has many good qualities. As I

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Is it Always Loving to Speak the Truth?

I am a recovering fundamentalist. Fundamentalism didn’t start out as a bad thing. It started out as a movement to stand for the authority and truthfulness of scripture against the attacks of modernism. But little by little fundamentalists began to withdraw from society, throwing biblical hand grenades over the church

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How Do You Respond To Failure?

Nobody likes to fail. Me especially.  I’m a goal setter. I schedule out every hour of my day. I have plans and dreams and ambitions. I have desires to grow spiritually and be faithful to God. And yet, as surely as the sun goes down at night, the dark shadow

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Why Did God Give Noah A Rainbow?

The story of Noah’s ark is one of the most familiar stories in the Bible. And perhaps one of the most loved parts of the story for children is God’s promise to Noah. Following the flood, God promises Noah that he will never again flood the entire earth. And He

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Does the Christian Have a Deceitful Heart?

When I was a young Christian, one verse I quoted a lot was Jeremiah 17:9, “The heart is deceitful above all things, and desperately sick; who can understand it?” In my understanding, Jeremiah was describing the heart of everyone, even Christians. I was so convinced of the depravity and sinfulness of

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