Blog Posts by Mark Jones

A Minister and His Flock

Article by   November 2014
In my mind, the only person fully equipped to be a mega-church pastor is Christ, who knows all of his sheep by name. He alone, by his Spirit, can minister to each of his sheep. He alone, by his Spirit,... continue

A Crucial Distinction

Article by   November 2014
Understanding the distinction between God's absolute power and his ordained power might solve a lot of theological problems among many evangelical Christians, especially among the (unwittingly) hyper-Calvinistic sort.God's absolute power is that power to do that which he will not... continue

Which is better: Justification or Sanctification?

Article by   November 2014
Why do we love justification and sanctification? And do we love one more than the other?If you've ever been in a position where you think you might die, your theology really begins to matter, and you learn a great deal... continue

The Transfiguration & Golgotha Compared

Article by   November 2014
The key to understanding the transfiguration lies in understanding its parallel: the crucifixion. There are few, more beautiful, contrasts found anywhere in God's word than the contrasts between the transfiguration (Matt. 17:1-9) and the events surrounding the crucifixion (Matt. 27:33-54).On... continue

Book Puffs: Pros and Cons

Article by   November 2014
After reading a rather punchy and critical review by Thomas McCall, "a Wesleyan-Arminian Christian (and thus only "Reformed" in a fairly broad sense)," I thought it might be a good time to discuss briefly the topic of book puffs/commendations, and... continue

Book Briefs

Article by   October 2014
Okay, readers, listen to me, listen to Ignacio:Banner of Truth, the publisher that makes the most beautiful books in the (Reformed) world, have a great sale on. Don't forget to buy Chad van Dixhoorn's really good work on the Wesminster... continue

Is Jesus the Pattern for our Faith?

Article by   October 2014
Now the great design of all believers is to be like Jesus Christ, in all grace, and all the exercise of it. He is in all things their pattern and example. Wherefore, when they have a view of the glory... continue

Receiving Criticism

Article by   October 2014
As a Pastor, I get some really encouraging emails from my congregation:"Pastor Mark, thanks for the message today. I never leave Faith encouraged, convicted, and prompted to keep going on in the faith. Take care, ___" I'm sure my anti-pietistic friends... continue

Christ's Temptation: Would he live by faith?

Article by   October 2014
The life he lived, he lived by faith in God who loved him and gave the Holy Spirit to him.The temptation of Jesus in the wilderness furnishes us with clear evidence that the life he lived he lived by faith... continue

Are you Evil and Pernicious?

Article by   October 2014
"FOR TO THIS YOU HAVE BEEN CALLED, BECAUSE CHRIST ALSO SUFFERED FOR YOU, LEAVING YOU AN EXAMPLE, SO THAT YOU MIGHT FOLLOW IN HIS STEPS." --1 PETER 2:21In the broader Reformed world there are some who seem to have distaste... continue
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