Creation Parallels in Genesis and the Gospels

One of the greatest witnesses to the truth of the Christian Scriptures is the inherent coherence between the Old and New Testaments.  Christians often take it for granted that the Old Testament provides many “types” which are fulfilled in the New Testament, perhaps the most prominent one being…

The Witness of the Sacraments to the Incarnation and the Value of Human Life

The definition that Christians use for “Sacrament” vary, but range from mere memorials on one end of the spectrum, to “a sacred act instituted by Christ Himself which gives us Him and His salvation” (the Lutheran view, summarized), to “efficacious signs of grace, instituted by Christ and entrusted…

In Christ There Is No East or West – Reflections on MLK Day

This previous Monday was Martin Luther King, Jr. Day, a day when we remember and celebrate our great leader for civil rights in these United States.  And then the Friday before was the March for Life when we remember and advocate for the rights of the unborn. There’s…

The Continued Importance of the Old Testament

(Note: This article was originally posted at The Resurgent)   Late last week an article was making the rounds concerning comments about the Old Testament by Andy Stanley, pastor of North Point Community Church in the Atlanta area. In an article in Relevant Magazine, he argued that Christians…

On the Catholic and Protestant Views of Justification

There has been much misunderstanding regarding the Catholic and Protestant views of how a person is justified by and before God.  In the interest of ecumenical dialogue, the similarities between the beliefs of both sides are worth exploring further. First, it is useful to get the typical caricatures…

The “Regula Fidei” and Its Implications for “Sola Scriptura”

Introduction This article will explore the implications of the early New Testament Church’s reliance upon the regula fidei (“rule of faith”) on the Reformation concept of sola Scriptura.  To do so, we will first consider the history of the regula fidei and how it relates to the founding…