Has ‘Grace Alone’ made you gracious?

This is the continuation of a series on the ‘solas’ of the Reformation. We have already looked at ‘Semper Reformanda’ (always reforming), ‘Sola Scriptura’(Scripture alone), and ‘Solus Christus’ (in Christ alone). We are now going to consider ‘Sola Gratia’ (by grace alone). Essentially, Sola Gratia simply means we are saved by grace alone. We are saved by grace and grace alone. In other words, our salvation is not the… Read more →

In Christ Alone?

This is the continuation of a series on the ‘solas’ of the Reformation. We have already looked at ‘Semper Reformanda’ (always reforming) and ‘Sola Scriptura’ (Scripture alone). We are now going to think a bit about ‘Solus Christus’, or Christ alone.   The Cambridge Declaration has summarised Solus Christus quite well: “Christ’s all-sufficiency means, by implication, that we are insufficient… Read more →

Always Reforming

When one thinks of the Protestant Reformation eventually you will run across what are known as “the five solas” of the Reformation: Sola Scriptura – Scripture Alone  Solus Christus – Christ Alone  Sola Gratia – Grace Alone  Sola Fide – Faith Alone  Soli Deo Gloria – The Glory of God Alone Written out these communicate: “Salvation is by grace alone, through… Read more →

Easter Built on Evidence isn’t Sufficient

It seems like every Easter the “evidences for the risen Christ” sermons come off the podcasts faster than one can even listen to them. Yet, I often find these perplexing. Evidences alone cannot lead to genuine conversion. Take Luke 24 as an example. In verses 1-11 we have the “empty tomb” evidence. These folks heard a first-hand account that the… Read more →

Helpful Marriage Videos

Several couples from RBC have been enjoying a “Marriage Weekend” this weekend together. Here are a couple of videos I showed during our time together which are very helpful. Specifically from between the 9 & 12 minute mark of this video Paul Tripp speaks to marriage in particular. However, the entire video is very helpful.   I continue to find… Read more →

Marriage, Definitions, and Homophobia

It is amazing how something rather simple can be made messy and complicated. Take one’s desktop (the literal one in your office, or the pixelated one on your computer). This is a rather simple device, yet for many it can easily and quickly become a complete mess. Kind of like defining marriage. All across the Western world numerous persons claiming… Read more →

Simple Thoughts on Marriage

This weekend I have the privilege to lead a marriage retreat at Rolleston Baptist church where I serve as Pastor. This is always one of the must humbling things I do as a Pastor. I say ‘humbling’, because, other than parenting, there is no other subject which so clearly reveals my own sin. I say ‘privilege’ because it is a tremendous privilege to… Read more →