• The Army of the Lord

    Joel 2:1–11

    John Calvin comments on Joel 2:1–11, reminding us that its final end is not to preach judgment for judgment’s sake but to warn people to turn from sin: “The object of the narrative, then, is to make the people sensible, ...Read More

  • Arm Yourselves

    1 Peter 4:1–2

    When Peter says that those who suffer in the flesh have ceased from sin, he is not teaching that sinless perfection is possible in this life. Until we are glorified we will still sin. However, as John Calvin writes, if ...Read More

  • Art for Whose Sake?

    Exodus 28

    Whether or not you agree that images have a place in our sanctuaries and church buildings, it is important to be aware of what is being communicated by the design of your church. The walls of our places of worship ...Read More

  • Art for Whose Sake?

    Exodus 28

    Many believe the second commandment (Ex. 20:4–6) prohibits the use of all art in the sanctuary. However, the fact God commands the crafting of things like cherubim in the sanctuary (26:31) proves He does not forbid all artistry in the ...Read More

  • Art in Recent History

    Psalm 27:4

    Beauty and truth go hand in hand. Truth informs the arts so that whatever is beautiful will reflect some truth about God or His creation. The arts inform the truth, for they move us to turn the words of truth ...Read More

  • Art in Recent History

    Psalm 27:4

    As Christians we recognize that all things bright and beautiful flow from the beauty of God Himself. Our Lord has planted within us an innate knowledge of what is lovely because He has planted within us an innate knowledge of ...Read More

  • The Ascension of Christ

    Acts 1:9-26

    Everyone who names the name of Christ is automatically a witness. What must be evaluated is the nature of that witness—is it true and faithful to Christ or is it detrimental to the advancing kingdom? Reflect upon your witness during ...Read More

  • The Ascension of Christ

    Acts 1:6–11

    Jesus is indeed coming from heaven at the end of the age to consummate His plan and bring a new heaven and earth (Rev. 21). But He is not coming back to establish His kingdom and take His throne, for ...Read More

  • The Ascension of the Son of Man

    Matthew 24:29-31

    Jesus’ ascension and session (seating) at God’s right hand were important enough to the earliest Christians to include in both the Apostles’ Creed and the Nicene Creed. Yet as Dr. R.C. Sproul has often said, we often neglect these ...Read More

  • Ascetism, Angels, and Visions

    Colossians 2:18

    While it is easy to see that heretics are sinning when they look down in judgment on others, it is more difficult to root out that same sin in ourselves, for the basis of our judgment of others may be ...Read More

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