Category: Read

Concerning Chapter and Verse Divisions in the Bible

Where did the chapter and verse divisions in our Bibles come from? When Scripture was originally written, there were no chapter and verse divisions. These man-made additions to our Bibles came much later. It was Stephen Langton, an Archbishop of Canterbury in England, who…

Apologetics Conference: Defending Your Faith

BRIDGE Ministries will be holding Laredo’s first Christian apologetics conference May 26th, 2018 at Texas A&M International University. The event will begin at 8:30 am until 3:00 pm. Not only will you be fed spiritually but also physically by Aramark Catering. You can purchase your…

Theological Essay: Repentance – The Obligation & The Gift

  Repentance is a dense word that carries theological significance, obligatory action, and requires grace from God.  Living in the twenty-first century where words like tolerance, multiculturalism, pluralism, relativism, and unity are used as trigger words to silence anyone with an opposing opinion, or…

The Call to Repentance

  The first proclamation that Jesus made when beginning His ministry was, “repent, all of you, for the Kingdom of the Heavens is at hand” (Matthew 3:2; 4:17).  The call to repentance is to be given in all generations, because repentance serves as a…

“Churchianity” Is not Christianity!

There’s a saying, “Going to church doesn’t make you a Christian anymore than standing in a garage makes you a car!” Growing up in a Christian family I learned that this is true, and that there is a world of difference between “churchianity” and…

Is Grace ‘Amazing’ To You?

The Bible does not merely show sinners to be undeserving, but as ill-deserving. So often we are inclined to think of ourselves, prior to our salvation, as in some sense “neutral” in the sight of God. We are willing to admit that we have…

Peter’s Freely Determined Choice

The question of Peter’s freedom and responsibility (or lack thereof) in his denial of Christ is one example of many times in Scripture where the tension between God’s sovereignty and man’s responsibility is demonstrated. As Christians, it’s important for us to sit as students…

What About Works?

That salvation is by God’s grace through faith and not by works is considered an axiom of protestant theology. We are not put into a right relationship with God through any work of our own, but only by faith in what Christ has done…

Every Ought Implies an Is

Every ought implies an is. What does this mean and why does it matter? It means that for every ought statement (“you ought to eat your vegetables”), there is a rule, code or law behind it with authority that gives it weight—that makes it…

The Doctrine of Original Sin

Why do we live in a broken and sinful world? Is man born sinful or are we born good and become sinful? These anthropological questions have been in philosophical debate and discussion for centuries. Nevertheless, whether you subscribe to the notion of man being…

Accounting of the Soul

  Accounting of the Soul “Examine yourselves as to whether you are in the faith. Test yourselves. Do you not know yourselves, that Jesus Christ is in you? — unless indeed you are disqualified.”   2 Corinthians 13:5 “But the path of the just is…

No One Does Good, No Not Even One

 If there is a saying that offends and stirs the human heart more than anything else, it is to tell him or her “You are not good.” Whether it is towards someone’s ability, profession, expertise, or morality, the way in which one takes such…

Does Sin Offend God?

Before reading the article, please listen to this short audio clip of Matt Stinton’s view of sin that he posted on Instagram: Although I am aware you can be theologically correct without quoting Scripture, as Christians, when we decide to “preach”, especially to the…

Fear of The Lord

My son, if your heart is wise, then my heart, too, will rejoice; and my kidneys will rejoice when your lips speak upright things. Let your heart not envy sinners, rather those in fear of Yahweh always. For there is a latter end, and…

Why I Still Study The Historic Creeds and Confessions.

Having grown up in the Reformed Church in America, the historic creeds and confessions (especially the Apostles’ Creed and Heidelberg Catechism) were an integral part of worship and the catechizing I received in the church I grew up in. Though I did not appreciate…

If I Am a New Creation, Why Do I Still Sin?

In his letter to the church in Corinth, Paul declares, “Therefore, if anyone is in Christ, he is a new creation. The old has passed away; behold, the new has come” (2 Cor. 5:17 ESV). If this is true, that in Christ we are…

Raised with Christ

Raised with Christ “But God, who is rich in mercy, because of His great love with which He loved us, even when we were dead in trespasses, made us alive together with Christ (by grace you have been saved), and raised us up together,…

What is apologetics?

Apologetics is not about apologizing or giving excuses for why we believe what we believe. Christian apologetics specifically refers to giving a defense, a reasoned and logical one, for the faith and tradition of Jesus Christ. The word “apologetics” derives from the root word…

Reading The Bible: Don’ts and Dos

Tim J.R Trumper As I look at my life to date, reading has certainly been one of its most pleasant and rewarding discoveries. I say ‘discovery’ because reading was not something that readily interested me. It took me the best part of twenty years…

How Do I Read My Bible?

Dr. Tim J. R. Trumper Regular Bible reading is important for Christians, for in blessing our reading the Holy Spirit deepens our knowledge of God and of ourselves. This twofold knowledge is, as John Calvin famously began his Institutes of the Christian Religion, our…