• The Resurrection of Isaac

    Hebrews 11:17–19

    The death of Christ initially seemed to be an insurmountable obstacle to God’s keeping His promises. But the Lord raised Jesus from the dead, guaranteeing His final victory over all His and our enemies. At times, we may think God’s ...Read More

  • The Role of Prayer in God’s Providence

    James 5:16b–18

    In his Institutes, John Calvin notes that prayer is more for our benefit than it is for God’s (3.20.3). While we can hold to the truth that there are some things that God will not do unless we ask Him ...Read More

  • The Sadducees Ask About Marriage

    Mark 12:18–24

    John Calvin comments on today’s passage, “Since God makes known His will clearly in the Scriptures, the want of acquaintance with them is the source and cause of all errors.” If we are going to know the truth, we must ...Read More

  • The Salvation of Israel’s Remnant

    Romans 9:27-28

    God continues to save people who, having been in covenant with Him, sin gravely and put themselves out of the visible covenant community via excommunication. The Lord promises that no matter what we have done, He is faithful and just ...Read More

  • The Saving Purpose of Christ

    1 Timothy 1:15-16

    John Calvin writes, “The more any one is oppressed by his sins, let him the more courageously betake himself to Christ, relying on this doctrine, that he came to bring salvation not to the righteous, but to ‘sinners.’” God’s saving ...Read More

  • Scars of Sanctification

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  • Science And Theology

    Genesis 2:19

    A universe governed by chance gives us no foundation for science. Without God’s promise to preserve the natural order, we have no reason to be certain that we can make predictions about the past or future. And if we cannot ...Read More

  • The Second Petition

    Romans 14:17

    Today, God’s special kingdom of blessing is manifested primarily in the church. It is through the ministry of Word and sacrament that we learn what it means to bow the knee to Christ as Lord. Furthermore, it is through the ...Read More

  • The Shepherd’s Charge from His Father

    John 10:17–21

    Given that Jesus willingly came to die for us, we have no other recourse than to come to Him by faith alone, trusting in Him daily and seeking to keep His commandments out of gratitude for His salvation. We must ...Read More

  • The Sign and the Thing Signified

    1 Peter 3:18–22

    Scripture frequently describes the sacraments as accomplishing certain things without telling us how they do so. Thus, we must take care in describing how baptism and the Lord’s Supper are used by God to accomplish the promises conveyed therein. As ...Read More