Turned Toward My Good

One of the great contributions that the Heidelberg Catechism brings to the table of Reformed confessions is that it is so very much first-person and pastoral in nature. As I have noted before, instead of speaking in the abstract, it uses words like “I” and “me” and “my” to convey spiritual truth. And the language… Read More

Rejoicing in Yahweh’s Divine Actions

“For you make me rejoice constantly, Yahweh, in your divine action; in the works of your hands, I continually exult.” (Psalm 92:5 [verse 4 in English])   The question that we must raise is whether or not we can really say, with the psalmist that we rejoice and exult in the works of God. On… Read More

Caiaphas’ Prophesy

“It was Caiaphas who plotted with the Jews that it would be useful that one man die for the group.” (John 18:14)   The language of Caiaphas’ warning to the Sanhedron is one worthy of reflection. This little parenthesis is meant to point us to an earlier event that took place shortly before Jesus’ Triumphal… Read More

From Ur to Haran, but No Further…

3/26/13 “These are the descendants of Shem: when Shem was a son of one-hundred years, he begat Arpakshad — two years after the deluge. And Shem lived, after he begat Arpakshad, five hundred years and he begat sons and daughters.” (Genesis 11:10-11)   Essentially, this list of genealogies picks up where the genealogies in Genesis… Read More

Behold the Woman Yahweh has Assigned

“Behold, I am standing by the spring of water. Let the virgin who comes out to draw, to whom I say, ‘Please let me drink a little water from your jar,’ and who will say to me, ‘Not only shall you drink, but I will also draw for your camels.’ Let her be the woman… Read More

Understanding Predestination

Predestination: The natural outworking of the Doctrine of God’s Decrees when applied to salvation is the language of predestination, of which election is a subset.  Regardless of how you understand predestination to be worked out in history, the term (and terms surrounding predestination) need to be dealt with because they are employed within scripture.  With… Read More

The Decrees of God

The Divine Decrees of God[1] In general, we can begin by defining what we mean by a “decree” of God.  A decree reflects the definite plan of God; Wollebius[2] defined a decree as: “an internal act of the divine will, by which he determines from eternity, freely, and with absolute certainty, those matters which shall… Read More