Blog Posts by Mark Jones

Organized Sports on Sundays?

Article by   June 2015
Christian parents are faced with many dilemmas as they seek to raise their children for the Lord. If they have sporty or athletic children who play on a sports team, the question of playing on the Lord's Day (Sunday) becomes... continue

Why all the Superlatives?

Article by   June 2015
When I think of the immoderate use of superlatives, I think of Martyn Lloyd-Jones describing each text he was preaching on as the "most important" or "most extraordinary" text in all of God's Word. Maybe he's to blame for the... continue

Adam, Where Are You?

Article by   June 2015
Peter Enns blogged this, where he essentially states that church history is not relevant on human origins. Naturally, his views are.Besides the Apostles and Jesus, theologians and pastors over the course of church history have gotten things wrong, according to Enns.... continue

Legalism(s)

Article by   June 2015
Legalism is a tricky topic. There isn't a Christian alive on earth who doesn't struggle with legalistic tendencies. To diagnose this problem, we need to look at the various types of legalisms that we encounter in the church and in... continue

Arminian vs Reformed on Justification

Article by   May 2015
WCF 11.1 ... nor by imputing faith itself, the act of believing, or any other evangelical obedience to them, as their righteousness ...Part 1: Justification by Precision Alone?Part 2: Act and Habit of FaithPart 3: Justification is an act that... continue

Can we lose our justification?

Article by   May 2015
Can justification ever be revoked if someone is justified? There are many reasons why this is impossible. I want to offer two (and perhaps some others in a future post). First, because we are justified by faith alone. Second, because... continue

Do you attend a perfect Church?

Article by   May 2015
You're in a faithful church, but someone complains about this, that, and the other, and so wants to leave. What do you say? #1 I agree this church isn't perfect...#2 This is a perfect church, why would you leave a perfect... continue

Personal Reflections on "Deviant Calvinism"

Article by   May 2015
How wide or narrow is the Reformed faith? In his recent book, Deviant Calvinism: Broadening Reformed Theology, Fuller Seminary Professor, Oliver Crisp, uses the tools of historical theology and analytic theology to address various questions, such as the broadness of... continue

An Analysis of "Deviant Calvinism" (Part 1)

Article by   May 2015
The question of how diverse the Reformed tradition is is an important topic of consideration. I have co-edited a volume on Reformed diversity in the seventeenth century, and later this year I have another co-edited volume coming out on Reformed... continue

The death of prayer meetings

Article by   May 2015
People do what they want to do. Regrettably, when it comes to Christians, they seem to not want to pray together at prayer meetings. As a pastor, I'm concerned how many Christians have such energy for the things of the world... continue
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