God's Love For Us

The grand old translation has in Romans 5:8 "But God commendeth his love toward us, in that, while we were yet sinners, Christ died for us." We learn from other sources that the word translated "commendeth" here has in it the idea of demonstrating or showing something by one's actions. The English word "manifest" comes close to getting the idea across. Hugo McCord has "displayed" and the Berkeley translation has "proved." When we put all of this together we learn that God's love for us is shown and proved by the sacrificial death of Jesus Christ.

Preparation For Marriage

Free-Will Or Total Depravity

One of the most important questions in the realm of Christian faith has to do with the source of sinners. One camp sees sinners as born (this is incorrect). The other (correct) view is that human beings chose to sin.

Man's Justice and God's Law

Do Not Lose Heart

The Market and the Cross

A free-market economy is good for people. The extent to which a nation's markets are free so that people can exchange money, goods and services without restriction determines the prosperity of that nation. The proof of this contention is the empirical reality of the prosperity of free-market nations as opposed to the deprivation experienced in controlled economies. Since there is no such thing as a totally free market or a totally controlled one there are gradations on the scale of poverty to prosperity.

A new Man For The New Year

As I write the New Year is in the midst of its fourth day. The perennial diet has begun. As a conservative I am obliged to uphold constancy, so, as usual, I have already cheated on the perennial diet. I'll be in a battle with weight the rest of my days and I don't suppose that I'm alone.

The End and The Beginning

There are fundamental truths that people know but do not think about enough. We all know about gravity but we don't think about it much until we fall down. The thing I have in mind is this: The end of one thing is always the beginning of something else. The year 2005 is drawing to a close, but 2006 will follow, missing nary a beat.

A Good Young Man

Josiah was made king over Judah when he was only eight years old. He reigned for thirty-one years (2 Chronicles 34:1). In all that time he " did that which was right in the sight of the Lord and walked in the ways of David his father, and declined to the right hand, nor to the left" (34:2). Josiah was a good young man.

Double-Edged Christmas

There is no doubt that the holiday season can be a good time of the year. We get together with family and friends. Our kitchens produce special treats that we spend January and February attempting to remove. There are holiday trips, and gifts to give and many other things that make the holidays enjoyable. Yet there is a downside to the holidays and it is double-edged.