Theology

  • Written by Matthew Host

Christ and the Water into Wine. OLD vs. NEW?

I recently preached on the first miracle of our Lord in John 2:1-11. It was a fascinating and rewarding experience for me.  Commonly known as the miracle of the “water to wine”, we encounter our Lord, his mother and some disciples at a wedding feast in Cana.  Running out of wine at the wedding, our Lord turns the water contained in six large water pots into wine.  As I studied this passage, one thing in particular struck me with regard to John’s intention in gospel-writing.  He wants his reader to believe that “Jesus Christ is the Son of God and believing Him you may have life in His name” (John 20:31).  He demonstrates this point by a selective (20:30) record of Christ’s signs (and teachings).  John tells us (2:11) that Christ manifests his glory in His performance of signs and wonders.

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  • Written by John Fesko

Do We Truly Understand our Doctrine?

Those within the Reformed church love to study doctrine.  We often gather together in one setting or another, open the Bible, and explore the wealth of wisdom that we find.  We also like to open some crusty old tome written long ago and let the breeze of ages past blow through our minds.  Whether we study Scripture or learn more about theology, we love to hone and tune our orthodoxy.  What is a problem is that we can make good discussion when it comes to doctrinal issues.  We often demonstrate, however, that we do not understand our doctrine as well as we might think in our every day life.  Let us consider the following doctrines.

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  • Written by John Fesko

Every Father a Prophet, Priest, and King

One of the common criticisms leveled against the study of theology is that seldom does doctrine have an impact on the day-in and day-out living of our lives.  The common cry is, “Who needs doctrine, just give me Jesus!”  Nothing could be farther from the truth.  To say that doctrine does not have an impact on the daily living of our lives is to say that God has no impact upon our lives.  This, of course, is absurd.  Let us see how a doctrine germane to Christology has practical implications for the lives of fathers.

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  • Written by John Fesko

Purifying the Mind

Our federal government is fond of putting mandated warning labels on a host of products that we use.  We see warning labels on tobacco, alcohol, music, medication, cars, and anything the government deems dangerous.  Yet, curiously enough the government has not placed a warning label on one thing that is quite possibly one of the most dangerous inventions to date, our televisions.  Why do we need to put warning labels on our televisions?  Isn’t the television simply another mode of communicating information?  Are there not a cornucopia of beneficial uses for television like news reporting, educational programs, family entertainment, and of course religious broadcasting?  Let’s take these questions and answer them one at a time.  By the end of this article, we will see why we need warning labels on our televisions.  Let’s look at the first question.

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  • Written by John Fesko

More Than Food

The next time you sit down to eat a meal, stop, and think about the theological significance of what you are doing.  Have you ever applied the full weight of our biblical worldview to the practice of eating?  Ken Myers, the host of the Mars Hill Audio Journal, draws attention to the fact that the consumption of food is packed with theological significance.  Think about it, God could have made us like the plants of the field—we would simply stand out in the sun for a period of time and photosynthetically collect the energy we need.  Instead, God made us so that we must consume food.  Moreover, God could have made our appetite for food much like that of an animal—simply consume whatever is at hand regardless of the taste.  Instead, when we eat we often employ all of the five senses: sight, smell, taste, touch, and hearing.  God gave us the ability to enjoy the created order through our ability to eat food.  This, however, is not the only theological aspect of food.

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  • Written by John Fesko

Vision Forum Family Catalog: Buyer Beware

Over the years I have received many catalogs through the mail from various companies selling products as diverse as books to personal submarines.  I typically thumb through the catalogs giving them only passing attention.  I recently received one catalog, however, that has drawn more than my passing attention, the 2004 Vision Forum Family Catalog.  What makes this catalog unique let alone worthy of in-depth analysis?

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