Resources on Theology

Booknote: “Imputation of the Active Obedience of Christ in the Westminster Standards” by Alan Strange

By Charlie Wingard · October 5, 2020 · 0 Comments
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  Imputation of the Active Obedience of Christ in the Westminster Standards, by Alan D. Strange. Grand Rapids: Reformation Heritage, 2019, xviii + 158 pages, $7.79, paper. The doctrine of the imputation of the active obedience of Christ in the justification of believers is vital to Reformed pastoral care. It is the desire of my heart that every sheep in my flock come to the assurance “that they are in the state of grace, and may rejoice in the hope of the glory of God” (WCF 18.1). Active obedience, correctly understood, is a joy and comfort to the believer, assuring him of his right standing before God. God is righteous and requires that all who come before him be righteous.…

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Tips for RTS Students: Five Important Strategies for New Seminarians

By Charlie Wingard · August 19, 2020 · 2 Comments
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  Welcome to RTS Jackson! A seminary education is challenging. It’s important that you get off to a good start. Here are five strategies for approaching life and work: 1. Find a church home quickly. Sanctification of the Lord’s day, sitting under God’s word preached, receiving the Lord’s supper, and caring for and being cared for by God’s people is indispensable to your spiritual well-being and (if married) your family’s. Don’t prolong your search. Your adjustment may be tough. Don’t be discouraged. It’s part of your preparation for ministry. All pastors work with people who struggle to fit into new church homes. A few years from now, you will too. Therefore, right now, you and your family’s struggles to fit…

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Receiving Jesus a Thousand Times

By Charlie Wingard · October 23, 2019 · 0 Comments
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Under the distinguishing marks of saving faith, Wilhelmus à Brakel writes: By faith true believers frequently receive the Lord Jesus with their heart. . . . To Him they turn, Him they desire, for Him they long, Him they receive, upon Him they rely, to Him they surrender themselves, to Him they desire to be united – all by faith. . . . They frequently, if not a thousand times, receive the Lord Jesus by faith. They always believe that their reception of Him has not been as unreserved as it ought to have been and that it has not been with sufficient clarity and sincerity; it was not as whole-hearted as it ought to have been. This receiving of…

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Christ-like Benevolence

By Charlie Wingard · October 21, 2019 · 0 Comments
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After participating in the Lord’s Supper, Wilhelmus à Brakel summons God’s people to reflection. With regard to the public manifestation of our Christianity, he encourages us to think deeply about our benevolence, remembering that we bear the image of Christ. How benevolent the Lord Jesus was! Who did ever depart from Him, being yet uncomforted? Thus it must be with you: Comfort those who grieve, visit the sick, and be generous to the poor. If there is nothing you can give, nevertheless be friendly and manifest your compassion toward them. Let your light thus shine among men and manifest your faith by good works. – The Christian’s Reasonable Service (vol. 2):  The Church and Salvation, trans. by Bartel Elshout. 1700…

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Calvin on Wisdom

By Charlie Wingard · August 30, 2018 · 0 Comments
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“This is our wisdom: duly to feel how much our salvation cost the Son of God.” John Calvin, Institutes of the Christian Religion, ed. John T. McNeill; trans. Ford Lewis Battles; vol. 1 (Louisville, KY: Westminster Press, 1960), 519.

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How Sweet the Name of Jesus Sounds

By Charlie Wingard · August 26, 2018 · 0 Comments
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How sweet the name of Jesus sounds in a believer’s ear! It soothes our sorrows, heals our wounds, and drives away our fear.* I thought of this hymn yesterday while reading Calvin’s Institutes: The name of Jesus is not only light but also food; it is also oil, without which all food of the soul is dry; it is salt, without whose seasoning whatever is set before us is insipid; finally, it is honey in the mouth, melody in the ear, rejoicing in the heart, and at the same time medicine. Every discourse in which his name is not spoken is without savor.** _______ * John Newton **Bernard of Clairvaux in John Calvin, Institutes of the Christian Religion, ed. John T.…

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