Blog Posts by Mark Jones

The Divine Acceptilatio: God Accepts Your Imperfection

Article by   February 2015
Does an infinitely holy and righteous God accept imperfection from his people? Thankfully, he does. This is a central truth of our Christian living, though in some respects either ignored or rejected by some in the church today. Understanding God's... continue

Christ's Entrance into Heaven

Article by   February 2015
Have you ever wondered what it must have been like when Christ entered heaven after having ascended? This was a unique moment in redemptive history, and one that we should probably meditate upon a lot more than we do. At... continue

Responding to a Lutheran Critique (updated)

Article by   February 2015
I'm off to South Africa tomorrow for a few weeks, then to North Carolina and South Carolina, then to the China, and then to Hong Kong, all for teaching and preaching purposes (Jas. 4:15). So the flurry of posts of... continue

New Catechisms, Theological Progress, & Man's Chief End

Article by   February 2015
Pastors writing their own catechisms was standard practice in the Reformation and Post-Reformation eras. Luther, Calvin, Bucer, Beza, Ursinus, Ussher, Owen, Fisher, Cotton, Baxter, Ball, among many others wrote catechisms. Each catechism has similarities and differences. Moreover, a lot of... continue

How to Appreciate the Two Natures of Christ

Article by   February 2015
Appreciating both Christ's divinity and his humanity is not easy. What does it mean to be both God and man? Looking at Christ's two natures helps us to understand not only the marvel of the incarnation, but the incredible humility... continue

Do some pray more effectually than others?

Article by   February 2015
Do all professing Christians pray with the same efficacy? Does our godliness or lack thereof affect our prayers in terms of the influence they have on God to answer them? There is no question, our sin can hinder our prayers (Ps.... continue

Privately Criticizing Those You Publicly Praise

Article by   February 2015
Social media has brought about many interesting phenomena. Some of them are quite irritating.Someone can be privately critical of another person, but still praise that same person publicly. I've seen it happen. In South Africa we have a name for... continue

Critiquing Westminster Shorter Catechism #1

Article by   January 2015
The Westminster Shorter Catechism on Q. & A. is wrong-headed, in my view. Almost everyone in Reformed circles knows the following question and answer by heart:Q. 1. What is the chief end of man?A. Man's chief end is to glorify... continue

Christians Watching the Super Bowl?

Article by   January 2015
This is not a post that will gain me much popularity, with accusations of legalism bound to happen. If there's one thing I know from attending a Big Ten school to play soccer, it is this: don't mess with Americans... continue

A Roman Catholic at Death (with Luther near by)

Article by   January 2015
My wife's step-father has attended a Roman Catholic church his whole life. But he has just been moved to palliative care, and likely has days or weeks to live.He has a book beside his bed where he lies dying: not... continue
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