Vos, Reformed Dogmatics

by Robert Strivens30 June 2015

Book Notice: Geerhardus Vos, Reformed Dogmatics, trans. R. B. Gaffin, 3 vols. (Lexham Press, 2012-14)

What kind of leaders should we be?

by Robert Strivens18 June 2015

At the end of his letter to the Hebrews, the author refers three times to the church’s ‘leaders’ (13:7, 17, 24). In the first instance, the reference appears to be to former leaders, who have perhaps passed away; the second and third times, he is speaking of their current leaders, urging obedience to them and sending them his greetings. ‘Leader’ is an unusual word to find in the New Testament in relation to a church. Normally, church leaders are referred to in the NT as pastors, elders or deacons.

Fearful Oaths

by Robert Strivens16 June 2015

How do we emphasise to someone the seriousness of what we have to say? ‘Now listen very carefully’, or ‘I want you really to pay attention to what I’m going to say’. This is how Paul does it: ‘I command you before God who gives life to everything and before Christ Jesus who witnessed before Pontius Pilate the good confession ...’, and ‘I bear witness before God and Christ Jesus who is coming to judge those who live and the dead, and by his appearing and his kingdom ...’ (1 Tim. 6:13; 2 Tim. 4:1).

Preach the word!

by Robert Strivens3 June 2015

One of the texts most often preached at induction services must be 2 Tim. 4:2, ‘Preach the word!’. It is an obvious choice. But does it mean quite what we think it means? We probably take it to refer to the regular, week-by-week preaching and teaching ministry that a pastor normally exercises from his own pulpit. We imagine, perhaps, Paul instructing Timothy to work his way systematically through Isaiah or 1 Kings, chapter by chapter, expounding the meaning and applying its message to his congregation in Ephesus. But is that quite what Paul meant?

Pastoral ministry: life and word

by Robert Strivens27 May 2015

Every occupation or profession needs a clear focus: we need to know what our core work is, otherwise we will be constantly distracted from it and are likely ultimately to fail.

Preaching from the Song of Solomon

by Stéphane Simonnin17 February 2015

I think it is fair to say that the Song of Solomon is one of the least read and studied books in the Bible today. When did you last read it or hear a sermon on it?

Heretics are nice people

by Robert Strivens9 February 2015

My former pastor, Bob Sheehan, used to say that a heretic was not distinguishable by his looks: heretics do not have horns or an 'H' imprinted on the forehead. Equally, history suggests that heretics can be very nice people with the best of intentions.

Anglicans take a wrong turn

by Robert Strivens26 January 2015

Today sees the consecration of Rev. Libby Lane as Bishop of Stockport, the first woman to be made a bishop of the Church of England. This is a historic occasion: since Henry VIII’s break with the Church of Rome over 450 years ago, every Anglican bishop in this country has been male - until today.

Christ for Christmas

by Robert Strivens24 December 2014

Herman Bavinck, in his chapter on justification in Our Reasonable Faith, has this tremendous paragraph on the inseparability of justification and the person of Christ.

John Owen: Preaching needs both doctrine and application

by Robert Strivens9 October 2014

Sometimes in preaching, the simplest rules are the best: every sermon needs both doctrine and practical application.

John Owen insisted on this: doctrine alone leads to intellectual pride; application alone leads people away from the gospel. Here is what he says, in his commentary on Hebrews:

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