Herman Bavinck on the Image of God and Original Sin: 3 Moves.

It is well-known that Christians believe that human beings have dignity and value because they are made in the image of God. But what exactly does this mean? What is it that makes human individuals image bearers of their creator? Is there a particular aspect of us that more closely reflects the creator than others? […]

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On Predestination

Predestination, as I see it, is foundational to a proper understanding of the Gospel. More specifically, it is in affirming that God predestines those who would be saved that tells us that God saves us out of sheer grace alone. This is what is taught, it seems to me, by Paul in Romans 8-9, and […]

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Herman Bavinck, Reformed Theology, and the Heart

I was converted in a Pentecostal church. Soon after, however, I discovered Reformed theology – I was mentored by a wise Reformed man who introduced me to the works of R.C. Sproul. I remember it still – I was reading Sproul’s works and I couldn’t put it down. It was hardly a year since I […]

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Error vs. Heresy: What’s the Difference?

Theological debates can be tiring. Indeed – most of the time I take no delight in them, as necessary as they are. Going into one, however, one must take notice of the significance of the issue in question – is the debated theological topic essential, or peripheral, serious, or simply a case of nit-picking? Further, […]

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Modern Day Asceticism: Calling and Chinese-Indonesian Culture

Christian asceticism: one thinks immediately of monks living out in the desert or a rugged individual living on top of a pillar, rejecting all worldliness and devoting oneself to God, living in caves and denying social living – one thinks immediately of Athanasius’s Life of Antony or the choices St. Simeon. These tales of incredible self-sacrifice are […]

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Tattoos, Christian Liberty, and Redemptive History

We were blessed to have Dr. Alex Tseng recently contribute a thoughtful piece on Tobacco, Tattoos, and the Chinese Church which handled the concepts quite well. In this follow-up piece, I am hoping to proclaim a resounding yes and Amen to everything that Dr. Tseng said in that piece while also attempting to focus in […]

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No, Your Culture Is Not More “Biblical”

I have never truly felt at home anywhere – in America, I am plainly Asian; I can’t stand eating grilled cheese sandwiches and I need my rice – I find myself alienated from a culture that associates capitalism and republicanism with Christianity, nor can I sympathise with the functional authority bestowed upon the emotions in […]

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Books I Read (Spring 2015)

I thought it would be useful to write down the books I have read (or am reading) every few months or so – if anything for me to keep a record for myself (and for the guys at home who wonder what I’m doing day to day). I won’t include in these lists any books […]

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In What Sense is God Bigger than the Bible?

God is certainly bigger than the Bible. However, this soundbyte can, and have been, abused – so here I draw a sketch on what the phrase may mean and doesn’t mean. First, then, the positive sketch. God is bigger than the Bible in the sense that he exists prior to it and is ontologically independent of […]

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Why I am Presbyterian (And Why You Should be, Too) Pt. 1: Experience

Why I am Presbyterian (and Why You Should Be, Too). by Charles Williams. This represents the first in a series of guest posts by Charles Williams, Ordained Elder at Cornerstone Presbyterian Church, Ambler (OPC). The series contain four parts: An Argument from Experience, Reason, Scripture, and the Benefits of Presbyterianism.   “The LORD says to […]

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