Tag Archives: J.I. Packer

Hope vs. Optimism

As we have been studying through 1 Peter together, we have thought much about hope. Peter begins the letter by saying that as Christians, we “have been born again to a living hope” (1:3). Often when we speak of hope … Continue reading

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Amazing Grace

Christian, are you still amazed by God’s grace? In his book, Knowing God, J.I. Packer asked: What is it that hinders so many who profess to believe in grace from really doing so? Why does the theme mean so little … Continue reading

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“Unfathomable Mystery”

In the Sermon this past Sunday I made a passing reference to a J.I. Packer quote on the Incarnation. Here is the fuller quote for your edification. Dr. Packer wrote: It is here, in the thing that happened at the … Continue reading

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Weakness

“…but we preach Christ crucified…For the foolishness of God is wiser than men, and the weakness of God is stronger than men.” -1 Corinthians 1:23, 25 During the sermon on Sunday, I emphasized our calling to be what Martin Luther … Continue reading

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Ascension Day

Today, the 39th day after Resurrection Sunday, is Ascension Day. Every aspect of Christ’s work (His birth, life, death, resurrection, ascension, session, and return) is necessary for our salvation. I hope the following quotes offer both “light and heat” as … Continue reading

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Community Thrives in a Gospel Culture

In his excellent book, The Gospel: How the Church Portrays the Beauty of Christ, Ray Ortlund wrote: A gospel culture is harder to lay hold of than gospel doctrine. It requires more relational wisdom and finesse. It involves stepping into … Continue reading

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“Payment God Cannot Twice Demand”

From Whence This Fear and Unbelief By: Augustus Toplady From whence this fear and unbelief? Hath not the Father put to grief His spotless Son for me? And will the righteous Judge of men Condemn me for that debt of … Continue reading

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Biblical Theology

Over the past few Sundays (years) I have spoken of or made reference to Biblical Theology several (numerous) times. I like the definition provided by J.I. Packer: Biblical Theology is the umbrella-name for those disciplines that explore the unity of … Continue reading

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Mystery

During the sermon this past Sunday I referenced a section of Job (38-42:6). The point I was attempting to make was that often we will come to a point of mystery in our efforts to understand God’s revelation of Himself … Continue reading

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The Work of Christ

In a recent post I mentioned the importance of emphasizing the complete work of Christ. Every dimension of Christ’s life and work (Incarnation, perfect life, Cross, Resurrection, Ascension and Second Coming) is vitally important and we must not emphasize one … Continue reading

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