September

Always Reforming
Blog Entry

Always Reforming

September 19, 2017  |  Ryan Eras

The Reformation was a developing movement that strove to be faithful to the constant touchpoint of Scripture, in our own time we should be mindful of the constant need to submit our doctrines, beliefs, and experiences to the inspired, authoritative Word of God, and to interpret all of life and history in light of that Word.

Topic: Theology
Wisdom in Exile

Wisdom in Exile

September 17, 2017  |  David Robinson

The book of Daniel contains some of the best as well as the least known parts of the Bible and has much to teach us about how we should relate to the world we live in today.

New EICC Fellows Appointments
Blog Entry

New EICC Fellows Appointments

September 11, 2017  |  EICC

We are pleased to introduce the two newest members of our Fellows program: André Schutten and Dr. Ted Fenske.

Incorruptible Love

Incorruptible Love

September 10, 2017  |  Russ Hiebert

Paul is the model for the Ephesians and Tychicus is the messenger to them, but Grace alone is the medium through which they and all others live in Christ.

Christ the Law-Giver & Law-Keeper
Blog Entry

Christ the Law-Giver & Law-Keeper

September 7, 2017  |  Joe Boot

As we reflect on the significance of the 500th anniversary of the Reformation - which helped recover the importance of revealed law for both the church and culture - the church in our time needs to return to a robust gospel vision that embraces the law of God as Christ and the apostles themselves embraced and applied it.

Topic: Law
Scripture: Matthew 5:17-19
Standing Firm in Christ

Standing Firm in Christ

September 3, 2017  |  Joe Boot

As Ephesians comes to a close, Paul brings us as Christians to the realization that in all of these things that he's spoken about we are in a spiritual battle.

Standing Firm in Christ

Standing Firm in Christ

September 3, 2017  |  Joe Boot
As Ephesians comes to a close, Paul brings us as Christians to the realization that in all of these things that he's spoken about we are in a spiritual battle.

August

The Church and her Mission
Blog Entry

The Church and her Mission

August 28, 2017  |  Joe Boot

In a truly scriptural theology of mission, the church as God's kingdom people must not only be concerned with personal salvation, or institutional church affairs, but with the reign of Christ over all things. God's people re-present the exalted Christ to the entire creation order.

Topic: The Church
Scripture: Ephesians 4:4
The Gospel and the Workplace

The Gospel and the Workplace

August 27, 2017  |  Joe Boot
Paul addresses himself to slaves and masters but if what he says is true for slaves and masters how much more so for us who are freely contracted to work.
The Gospel and the Workplace

The Gospel and the Workplace

August 27, 2017  |  Joe Boot

Paul addresses himself to slaves and masters but if what he says is true for slaves and masters how much more so for us who are freely contracted to work.

The Spirit-Filled Family

The Spirit-Filled Family

August 20, 2017  |  David Robinson

In a Spirit-filled family, children obey their parents in the Lord and fathers do not provoke their children to anger but bring them up in the discipline and instruction of the Lord.

The Spirit-Filled Family

The Spirit-Filled Family

August 20, 2017  |  David Robinson
Spirit-filled people are thankful always and for everything. Such people submit to one another out of reverence for Christ.
New EICC Fellows Appointments
Blog Entry

New EICC Fellows Appointments

August 17, 2017  |  EICC

We are pleased to announce the addition of two new scholars to the Ezra Institutes Fellows program: D.F.M. (Danie) Strauss and Willem J. Ouweneel.

The World is Christ's: A Critique of Two Kingdoms Theology
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The World is Christ's: A Critique of Two Kingdoms Theology

August 16, 2017  |  Willem J. Ouweneel

At root, the Two Kingdoms controversy is a question of how we ought to live in a world that refuses to acknowledge Jesus Christ as Lord. In The World is Christ's, Willem J. Ouweneel details a number of historical, logical, and exegetical considerations surrounding this question, and helps readers understand that everything we do is an act of worship - the issue is whether our worship is directed towards God or away from him.

Includes study questions for personal or group discussion.

Topic: Theology
The Gospel forms a New Culture

The Gospel forms a New Culture

August 11, 2017  |  Joe Boot

The Christian gospel has an implicit vision for culture, centered in the worship of the true living God through Christ the Son.

View the full lecture 'Gospel Culture: Crisis & Hope'

Topic: Culture
Be Filled with the Spirit

Be Filled with the Spirit

August 6, 2017  |  David Robinson

Paul's command to be filled with the Spirit means to continually abide with and to walk under the influence of the Spirit's power and authority.

Be Filled with the Spirit

Be Filled with the Spirit

August 6, 2017  |  David Robinson
Paul's command to be filled with the Spirit means to continually abide and to walk under the influence of the Spirit's power and authority.
The Promise of the Gospel

The Promise of the Gospel

August 1, 2017  |  Steven Martins

The gospel's promise of renewal and restoration is not limited to our private experience but applies to the whole created order, this includes culture.

View the full sermon 'The Healing of Nations'

Topic: Culture
Scripture: Mark 7:24-8:21

July

Walk as Children of Light

Walk as Children of Light

July 30, 2017  |  Russ Hiebert

To preserve the quality of our conversation, we're to fill our talk with thanksgiving. This raises the bar and keeps us from immoral conversation.

Walk as Children of Light

Walk as Children of Light

July 30, 2017  |  Russ Hiebert
To preserve the quality of our conversation, we're to fill our talk with thanksgiving. This raises the bar and keeps us from immoral conversation.
The New Self Created by God

The New Self Created by God

July 26, 2017  |  David Robinson

The new self that we are to put on is created and given to us by God to wear.

View the full sermon 'Dressed in Christ.'

Topic: The Church
Surrendering the Public Space
Article

Surrendering the Public Space

July 26, 2017  |  Joe Boot

John Stevens, National Director of the Fellowship of Independent Evangelical Churches (FIEC), has written about the resignation of Tim Farron as leader of the Liberal Democrats, arguing that Christians should "advocate for a truly plural society" and be "willing to permit sexual freedom to others." Joe Boot critiques this pluralistic vision, arguing that Stevens hasn't differentiated between a crime and a sin. We should apply the Bible to all areas, not capitulate to pluralism.

Editor’s note: This article was originally published for a UK-based audience, but the implications are universally applicable and highly constructive for Christians everywhere.

Topic: Culture
Scripture: Romans 13:4
An Image of Repentance

An Image of Repentance

July 25, 2017  |  David Robinson

To put off the old self and to put on the new self is an image of genuine repentance.

View the full sermon 'Dressed in Christ.'

Topic: The Church
Be Imitators of Christ

Be Imitators of Christ

July 23, 2017  |  Russ Hiebert

The power to maintain alignment of our position in Christ with our lives and practices is found in Christ who is the fragrant sacrifice.

Be Imitators of Christ

Be Imitators of Christ

July 23, 2017  |  Russ Hiebert

The power to maintain alignment of our position in Christ with our lives and practices is found in Christ who is the fragrant sacrifice.

Two Kinds of Sinners
Blog Entry

Two Kinds of Sinners

July 22, 2017  |  Andrew Sandlin

The goal of Gods grace is a right-living people. It is a grace that transforms a rebel into an obedient child and situates him on the path of righteousness.

Topic: Salvation
Scripture: Romans 6:1-12
Gospel Culture: Crisis & Hope
Lecture (Cornerstones)

Gospel Culture: Crisis & Hope

July 19, 2017  |  Joe Boot

How do we understand our present cultural moment? What is our relationship to the culture surrounding us? And what hope does Scripture offer our culture? In the first of a series of Cornerstones lectures, Dr. Joe Boot introduces us to the biblical concept of gospel culture.

Series: Cornerstones
Topic: Culture
The Bleak Picture of Natural Man

The Bleak Picture of Natural Man

July 18, 2017  |  David Robinson

Scripture paints a bleak picture of the natural man, and Paul's diagnosis reveals that the problem lies in the heart and the mind.

View the full sermon 'Dressed in Christ.'

Topic: Salvation
The Structure & Direction of Pluralism
Blog Entry

The Structure & Direction of Pluralism

July 17, 2017  |  Joe Boot

Christianity advocates a structural pluralism which maintains the creational distinctions between spheres of life, but it does not advocate a directional pluralism; in fact, what it presupposes is a clear directional principle toward honoring the Lordship of Christ and God's sovereignty over creation.

Topic: Culture
Scripture: 1 Peter 2:9-10
Dressed in Christ

Dressed in Christ

July 16, 2017  |  David Robinson

Paul's metric of church growth is Christ himself. We are to grow up into the fullness of Christ by walking with and wearing Christ. These are metaphors for repentance.

Dressed in Christ

Dressed in Christ

July 16, 2017  |  David Robinson
Paul's metric of church growth is Christ himself. We are to grow up into the fullness of Christ by walking with and wearing Christ. These are metaphors for repentance.

The Uniqueness of Christ

July 13, 2017  |  Joe Boot

When we talk about the uniqueness of Christ, we are actually making a statement about the meaning and purpose of all human history.

The Purpose of the Ministry of God's Word

The Purpose of the Ministry of God's Word

July 13, 2017  |  David Robinson

The church needs faithful men called to preach and teach God's word to equip us in every good work.

View the full sermon 'Church Growth.'

Topic: The Church
Scripture: Ephesians 4:7-13
The Metric for Church Growth

The Metric for Church Growth

July 11, 2017  |  David Robinson

St. Paul gives us a metric for the growth of the church, the measure of the stature of the fullness of Christ.

View the full sermon 'Church Growth.'

Topic: The Church
Scripture: Ephesians 4:7-13
Law and Gospel in Puritan Thought
Blog Entry

Law and Gospel in Puritan Thought

July 10, 2017  |  Joe Boot

For most of Western history, the law of God has occupied a critical and central place in the life of the family, church, and society. It has been recognized by many as God's charter for sanctification, justice, liberty and life.

Topic: Law
Church Growth

Church Growth

July 9, 2017  |  David Robinson

Every part of the body needs to function properly for the body to be healthy and capable. Love loosens the joints in the body motivating us to take action and to serve the church.

Church Growth

Church Growth

July 9, 2017  |  David Robinson

Every part of the body needs to function properly for the body to be healthy and capable. Love loosens the joints in the body motivating us to take action and to serve the church.

The Gospel and the Family

July 7, 2017  |  Joe Boot

The family is a covenant institution and relationship which requires faithfulness. If we are to have any impact on the world around us, the first thing that must be transformed in our hearts and lives is our immediate relationships with our family.

Topic: Family

Rediscovering the Scope of the Gospel

July 7, 2017  |  Joe Boot

The significance of the resurrection is more than a historical fact, though it certainly is that. It means that Christ is now glorified, reigning over all the world as the righteous king. Learn about the implications of the reign of Christ for daily life.

Topic: Lordship
The Ministry of the Holy Spirit

The Ministry of the Holy Spirit

July 6, 2017  |  Willem J. Ouweneel

The Spirit of God will enlighten our hearts so that Christ will become our all and everything.
View the full sermon 'Rooted and Grounded in Love.'

Topic: Theology
The Kingdom of God
Interview (Cornerstones)

The Kingdom of God

July 5, 2017  |  Willem J. Ouweneel

Over against the Two Kingdoms paradigm of sacred and common spheres, God's one kingdom permeates all of creation.

Christ must dwell in our Hearts

Christ must dwell in our Hearts

July 4, 2017  |  Willem J. Ouweneel

Christ must not only occupy our thoughts, he must dwell in our hearts as Lord.
View the full sermon 'Rooted and Grounded in Love.'

Topic: Theology
The Unity of the Spirit

The Unity of the Spirit

July 2, 2017  |  Joe Boot

Unity in Christ does not mean perfect agreement or the absence of differences; it means community in the midst of differences.

June

Canada's Christian Future
Blog Entry

Canada's Christian Future

June 30, 2017  |  Ryan Eras

Let us celebrate our sesquicentennial in a spirit of full and everlasting joy, knowing that Canada, like all nations and kingdoms, is under the righteous reign of Christ; and let us labour to instruct our neighbours and countrymen in everything he has commanded.

Topic: Culture
Scripture: Hebrews 11:16
The Relationship of the Gospel and Culture
Interview (Apologia TV)

The Relationship of the Gospel and Culture

June 28, 2017  |  Joe Boot
What is the Gospel? What is the Culture? And what is the calling of man in light of the resurrection and glorification of Jesus? Dr. Joe Boot answers these questions and more as a special guest on Apologia TV.
 
This program was produced by Apologia Radio.
Series: Apologia TV
Topic: Culture
Scripture: Genesis 1:28
Canada's 150th
Jubilee

Canada's 150th

June 26, 2017  |  Joe Boot, Michael Wagner, Ryan Eras, Steven Martins, and Andre Schutten

A godly, rightly-ordered sense of patriotism is one mark of rightly-ordered affections. As Canadians celebrate our sesquicentennial, let us do so in a spirit of full and everlasting joy, knowing that Canada, like all nations and kingdoms, is under the righteous rule of King Jesus.

Rooted and Grounded in Love

Rooted and Grounded in Love

June 25, 2017  |  Willem J. Ouweneel

To comprehend the Love of God we must first grapple with the love that moved God to come into the world to become a sin offering.

Rooted and Grounded in Love

Rooted and Grounded in Love

June 25, 2017  |  Willem J. Ouweneel

To comprehend the love of God we must first grapple with the love that moved God to come into the world to become a sin offering.

Bill C-16, Bill 89 and the Illusion of Reality
Blog Entry

Bill C-16, Bill 89 and the Illusion of Reality

June 23, 2017  |  Joe Boot, Ryan Eras, and Steven Martins

Canadian Christians cannot accommodate the government's new speech codes recently made law; we must confront these man-made delusions with the truth and beauty of Jesus and humble ourselves under His righteous rule.

Topic: Culture
Scripture: Isaiah 5:20-21
The Mystery of Christ

The Mystery of Christ

June 18, 2017  |  David Robinson
God is uniting all things in heaven and on earth through the church and making a new humanity composed of Jews and Gentiles united.
The Mystery of Christ

The Mystery of Christ

June 18, 2017  |  David Robinson

God is uniting all things in heaven and on earth through the church and making a new humanity composed of Jews and Gentiles united.

The Universal Jurisdiction of the Church

The Universal Jurisdiction of the Church

June 15, 2017  |  Joe Boot

The Church is not just an institution, it's an organism, and it is called out to the public affairs of the kingdom of God with universal jurisdiction.

Topic: The Church
The Lord as Head of the Church

The Lord as Head of the Church

June 14, 2017  |  Joe Boot

The Church has authority and power to overcome all opposition because her leader and head is the Lord of all.

The Paradise of Work
Blog Entry

The Paradise of Work

June 12, 2017  |  Joe Boot

Since the beginning, man was called to cultivate God's creation into a godly civilization, this involved work, and only work done in obedience to God can bring blessing, while work done in rebellion reaps futility and frustration.

Topic: Creation
Scripture: Genesis 2:15
Above Every Name

Above Every Name

June 12, 2017  |  Joe Boot

Christ has full authority in all realms, and there is no title either known by men or by angels that is not subject to Jesus Christ.

The Peace of Christ

The Peace of Christ

June 11, 2017  |  Joe Boot
The solution to world peace is not found in altering man's socio-economic conditions; the problem is man himself. Man's hostility toward God is at the heart of the human condition.
The Peace of Christ

The Peace of Christ

June 11, 2017  |  Joe Boot
The solution to world peace is not found in altering man's socio-economic conditions; the problem is man himself. Man's hostility toward God is at the heart of the human condition.
The Position Christ Occupies

The Position Christ Occupies

June 11, 2017  |  Joe Boot

Jesus Christ, the Son of God and Lord, sits at the right hand of the Father and has been placed over every authority and principality.

The Christian Hope

The Christian Hope

June 9, 2017  |  Joe Boot

The Christian hope is more than a personal, future hope, it is a corporate, present hope.

Topic: Theology
The Spirit of Wisdom & Revelation

The Spirit of Wisdom & Revelation

June 9, 2017  |  Joe Boot

The Lord gives wisdom, and from his mouth come knowledge and understanding.

Topic: Theology
Enlightened Hearts

Enlightened Hearts

June 9, 2017  |  Joe Boot

We can grasp what God has for his people when we come to understand who we are in Christ.

Topic: Theology
Gospel Witness (pre-order)

Gospel Witness (pre-order)

June 6, 2017  |  Joe Boot

How do we faithfully witness to the gospel of Jesus Christ in an age that seems to have abandoned any real notion of truth? Joe Boot demonstrates how to effectively present the gospel without compromising on its essential truths, and examines some of the prevailing worldviews that we must understand and contend with in such a post-truth context.

Scripture: 1 Peter 3:15
The Biblical View of Reality

The Biblical View of Reality

June 6, 2017  |  Joe Boot

Scripture gives us a three component view of reality: God, God's word for creation, and creation.

Topic: Theology
A Few Words on Sola Scriptura
Blog Entry

A Few Words on Sola Scriptura

June 5, 2017  |  Willem J. Ouweneel

In commemoration of the Reformation's 500th Anniversary, Willem J. Ouweneel offers a few words on Sola Scriptura from his upcoming book, The World is Christ's.

Topic: Theology
By Grace You Have Been Saved

By Grace You Have Been Saved

June 4, 2017  |  David Robinson

The Bible paints a stark picture of man's bleak condition in sin. Against this backdrop, we recognize the awesome riches of God's love, mercy and kindness in the gospel.

The Doctrine of Predestination

The Doctrine of Predestination

June 4, 2017  |  Joe Boot

Paul's purpose when writing about the believer's predestination is to assure us of the deeper background of our redemption and to anchor us in the abiding word of God.

By Grace You Have Been Saved

By Grace You Have Been Saved

June 4, 2017  |  David Robinson

The Bible paints a stark picture of man's bleak condition in sin. Against this backdrop, we recognize the awesome riches of God's love, mercy and kindness in the gospel.

Allotted for an Inheritance

Allotted for an Inheritance

June 2, 2017  |  Joe Boot

There are no other heirs than those who are found in Christ, Jew and Gentile, we are co-heirs with the Son.

The Origin of Salvation in God

The Origin of Salvation in God

June 2, 2017  |  Joe Boot

The origin of our salvation is not found in us, but long before our personal commitments to Christ, it is in fact in God.

Topic: Salvation
The Structure & Direction of Creation

The Structure & Direction of Creation

June 1, 2017  |  Joe Boot

There is both structure and direction in God's creation, and it is being restored in Christ as all things are brought subject to his Lordship.

Topic: Creation
Scripture: Ephesians 1:1-10

May

The Meaningfulness of Life

The Meaningfulness of Life

May 31, 2017  |  Joe Boot

Our life doesn't just have meaning, all of life is meaningful in Christ who holds all things together.

Topic: Theology
Scripture: Ephesians 1:1-10
Joint-Heirs with Christ

Joint-Heirs with Christ

May 30, 2017  |  Joe Boot

What does it mean to be a joint-heir with Christ? How does this relate to our adoption as children of God?

Topic: Theology
Scripture: Ephesians 1:1-10
All Things Together in Christ

All Things Together in Christ

May 29, 2017  |  Joe Boot

What does it mean to bring everything together in the Messiah? What sustains all of creation?

Topic: Theology
Scripture: Ephesians 1:1-10
The Riches of His Glorious Inheritance

The Riches of His Glorious Inheritance

May 28, 2017  |  Joe Boot
God's purpose in our election is not that we may rest complacently in our sense of calling, but that we may boldly assert Christ's ownership claim over the whole earth.
The Riches of His Glorious Inheritance

The Riches of His Glorious Inheritance

May 28, 2017  |  Joe Boot

God's purpose in our election is not that we may rest complacently in our sense of calling, but that we may boldly assert Christ's ownership claim over the whole earth.

The Glory of the Gospel

The Glory of the Gospel

May 28, 2017  |  Joe Boot

St. Paul's praise and prayer in his opening words to the Ephesian church is an attempt to summarize the glory of the Gospel, in spite of the limitations of human language.

Topic: Theology
Scripture: Ephesians 1:1-10
Christ-Centered Praise

Christ-Centered Praise

May 27, 2017  |  Joe Boot

True worship is not self-centered but Christ-centered, drawn out of us naturally as a result of what Christ has done in and through us.

Topic: Theology
Scripture: Ephesians 1:1-10
Article

The Mosque and its Role in Society

May 26, 2017  |  Belteshazzar

More than a house of worship, the mosque has a critical and authoritative role in the cultural and political life of Muslims, with immediate social implications.

Topic: Culture
Signed, Sealed, and Delivered

Signed, Sealed, and Delivered

May 21, 2017  |  Joe Boot
The predestination of God is the final resting place of our hearts against the uncertainties of life.
Signed, Sealed, and Delivered

Signed, Sealed, and Delivered

May 21, 2017  |  Joe Boot

The predestination of God is the final resting place of our hearts against the uncertainties of life.

Courage Under Fire
Blog Entry

Courage Under Fire

May 19, 2017  |  Joe Boot

In a time of increasing hostility towards the truth, we are not to take flight but fight in prayer for the courage we need to speak the truth with boldness.

Topic: Culture
Everything together in the Messiah

Everything together in the Messiah

May 14, 2017  |  Joe Boot

In Ephesians, Paul expounds the wonder of Christ's death, resurrection, and ascension, and then goes on to outline the implications of Gods reconciling work for the family, the church, and all creation.

Everything together in the Messiah

Everything together in the Messiah

May 14, 2017  |  Joe Boot

In Ephesians, Paul expounds the wonder of Christ's death, resurrection, and ascension, and then goes on to outline the implications of Gods reconciling work for the family, the church, and all creation.

News Update: A Week at the Christian Legal Institute
Blog Entry

News Update: A Week at the Christian Legal Institute

May 12, 2017  |  EICC

Updates and reflections from the Christian Legal Institute of 2017.

The Decline of Christianity?
Debate

The Decline of Christianity?

May 11, 2017  |  Joe Boot

Large numbers of people within the church are abandoning the plain teaching of Scripture in the realm of sexual ethics, and symptomatic of a broader rejection of the authority of God and his Word for all of life. Mainstream Christianity may be on the decline, but faithful, Bible-believing churches are growing larger and stronger.

Scripture: Ephesians 6:13

Gospel Education

May 7, 2017  |  David Robinson

Education is not about getting knowledge; it is about being formed in the image of Christ. To be formed like Christ we need to be obedient.

Gospel Education

May 7, 2017  |  David Robinson

Eucation is not about getting knowledge; it is about being formed in the image of Christ. To be formed like Christ we need to be obedient.

News Update: Joe Boot in the UK
Blog Entry

News Update: Joe Boot in the UK

May 4, 2017  |  EICC

Updates and reflections from Joe Boot's recent UK visit

April

Gospel Hospitality

April 30, 2017  |  Russ Hiebert

To practice hospitality as Jesus did we need to minister to both the spiritual and the physical needs of the whole person. We can only do this by hearing God's call upon our own lives and acting in the resurrection power of Christ.

Gospel Hospitality

April 30, 2017  |  Russ Hiebert

To practice hospitality as Jesus did we need to minister to both the spiritual and the physical needs of the whole person. We can only do this by hearing God's call upon our own lives and acting in the resurrection power of Christ.

Understanding Virtual Reality
Blog Entry

Understanding Virtual Reality

April 27, 2017  |  Steven Martins

Virtual Reality technology is positioning itself as the next frontier in technology, across a range of industries. How do we understand this technology as a cultural product, with its attendant risks and advantages?

Topic: Science
Doing all things in Hope
Interview (Cornerstones)

Doing all things in Hope

April 24, 2017  |  Joe Boot and David Robinson

The Christian life is characterized by hopefulness. The cultural mandate means that everything we do is motivated by a looking forward to Christ's restoration of all things.

News Update: Wilberforce Academy Fall 2017
Blog Entry

News Update: Wilberforce Academy Fall 2017

April 23, 2017  |  EICC

Important information and dates regarding the Wilberforce Academy, September 2017.

Gospel Community

April 23, 2017  |  Dennis Doty

As we engage the evil spiritual forces on this age, we work tegether as representatives of Christ the King relying on the Sword of the Spirit and prayer.

Gospel Community

April 23, 2017  |  Dennis Doty

As we engage the evil spiritual forces of this age, we work tegether as representatives of Christ the King relying on the Sword of the Spirit and prayer.

The Word of Life
Blog Entry

The Word of Life

April 18, 2017  |  Joe Boot

The power of God on display in the resurrection is a word of grace and life for the disciples and for us.

Scripture: Mark 16:1-20
Word of the Risen King

Word of the Risen King

April 16, 2017  |  Joe Boot

God's Word upholds everything moment by moment. The total coherence and dependence of the creation refers us back to the Creator God.

Word of the Risen King

Word of the Risen King

April 16, 2017  |  Joe Boot
God's Word upholds everything moment by moment. The total coherence and dependence of the creation refers us back to the Creator God.
Golgotha's Hill or Mt. Olympus?
Blog Entry

Golgotha's Hill or Mt. Olympus?

April 12, 2017  |  Joe Boot

Several Greeks witnessed Jesus' triumphal entry and desired to see Him. This event leading up to the Lord's crucifixion parallels the Eastern magi coming to the manger at His birth, fulfilling Jesus' words that many will come to Him from the East and the West.

Topic: Salvation
Scripture: John 12:20-26
The Beginnings of Restoration
Interview (Cornerstones)

The Beginnings of Restoration

April 12, 2017  |  Joe Boot and David Robinson

The Easter story is the story of the beginning of Christ's promise to make all things new. As the firstborn from among the dead, Jesus is fulfilling the original mandate given to Adam and Eve.

Christ the Second Adam
Interview (Cornerstones)

Christ the Second Adam

April 11, 2017  |  Joe Boot and David Robinson

The depiction of Christ as the second Adam is a challenge to dualistic Greco-Roman ideology and an affirmation of the goodness of God's material creation

Trailblazers - Christian Biography and Testimony
Jubilee

Trailblazers - Christian Biography and Testimony

April 10, 2017  |  Joe Boot, James K. A. Smith, R.A. Sheats, and Ben House

The stories, testimonies and profiles of our godly forebears are a powerful and direct link to the past, allowing us to see major historical events and eras through the eyes of those who lived through and participated in them. Such a unique perspective serves not only to enlarge our understanding of history, it also provides insight into the character of these men and women we study. It is instructive for us to consider particularly the impact of some of those saints of old who were concerned with building a godly social order. There are valuable lessons to be learned from the lives of these trailblazing figures.

Are Christians Free to Express their Faith?

April 10, 2017  |  Joe Boot and Terry Sanderson
Freedom of speech has been a founding value of Western democracies, but is increasingly under threat from various interest groups. Joe Boot visits Prmier Christian Radio and debates Terry Sanderson of the UK-based National Secular Society on some of the recent cases infringing on Christian liberty, from bakeries to academics.
Topic: Culture
Tried and Torn

Tried and Torn

April 9, 2017  |  Joe Boot

Christ's enemies at his crucifixion behaved just as the enemies of the Gospel do today. And so, for today's Church, the crucifixion exemplifies God's love and the world's hostility.

Tried and Torn

Tried and Torn

April 9, 2017  |  Joe Boot

Christ's enemies at his crucifixion behaved just as the enemies of the Gospel do today. And so, for today's Church, the crucifixion exemplifies God's love and the world's hostility.

The Hope of the Resurrection
Interview (Cornerstones)

The Hope of the Resurrection

April 6, 2017  |  Joe Boot and David Robinson

Christ's resurrection is a historical event with historic implications for all of life. It is the basis of our Christian hope.

Christ on Trial

Christ on Trial

April 2, 2017  |  David Robinson

For the sake of the gospel we must be prepared to repent of our sins, deny ourselves, and lose our lives.

March

The Achilles Heel of Islam
Blog Entry

The Achilles Heel of Islam

March 29, 2017  |  Joe Boot

The recent anti-Islamophobia motion sets a dangerous precedent for free speech, however this should not surprise us. Learn how the very nature of Islam and doctrine of Allah tends to the use of pure force, without a natural place for reason or grace.

Topic: Theology
The Garden of Gethsemane

The Garden of Gethsemane

March 26, 2017  |  Joe Boot

Unlike Adam who failed at his calling and hid from God, Christ struggles through prayer and serves as the obedient Son to restore all creation back to God.

The Garden of Gethsemane

The Garden of Gethsemane

March 26, 2017  |  Joe Boot
Unlike Adam who failed at his calling and hid from God, Christ struggles through prayer and serves as the obedient Son to restore all creation back to God.
At the Lord's Table

At the Lord's Table

March 19, 2017  |  David Robinson
Christians are called to work for the kingdom and to pursue a life of watching in contemplation and prayer.
At the Lord's Table

At the Lord's Table

March 19, 2017  |  David Robinson

Christians are called to work for the kingdom and to pursue a life of watching in contemplation and prayer.

The Democratic Delusion
Blog Entry

The Democratic Delusion

March 16, 2017  |  Joe Boot

The deep-seated crookedness of the human heart due to sin means that the problem of wisdom, truth and justice for the social order cannot be solved by man's efforts to forcibly rearrange society.

Topic: Humanism
The Olivet Discourse

The Olivet Discourse

March 12, 2017  |  Joe Boot

In answering the disciples' question about the destruction of the temple, Jesus foretells signs of an imminent temporal event which will take place in the lifetime of his audience. Instead of end times speculation, the church needs to be busy with gospel proclamation and mission.

The Power of Love

The Power of Love

March 5, 2017  |  David Robinson

Knowing the text of Scripture is not the same as knowing the powerful Word of God. Knowing the love of God personally gives us a heart that will love God whole-heartedly as well as our neighbour.

Counter-Revolutionary Sexuality
Blog Entry

Counter-Revolutionary Sexuality

March 2, 2017  |  Joe Boot

The biblical context of marriage, affirmed and reinforced by Jesus Christ, is the original divine ordinance, and the foundation on which any functional civilization is to be built.

Topic: Marriage

February

The Stone the Builders Rejected

The Stone the Builders Rejected

February 26, 2017  |  Joe Boot

We have received a kingdom and an inheritance, but woe to us if we now take offence at God's Word. The Lord will crush those who deny Him the fruit of His vineyard.

Note: the video is missing the first two minutes of this sermon but it is available on the audio-only file via the "Listen" link.

The Stone the Builders Rejected

The Stone the Builders Rejected

February 26, 2017  |  Joe Boot
We have received a kingdom and an inheritance, but woe to us if we now take offence at God's Word. The Lord will crush those who deny Him the fruit of His vineyard.
Revolutionary Sexuality
Blog Entry

Revolutionary Sexuality

February 21, 2017  |  Joe Boot

Human beings are inherently sexual creatures, created male and female, in the image of God. It should not surprise us, then, that revolt against God is expressed in decidedly sexual ways.

Topic: Sexuality
Scripture: Genesis 1:27
Jesus and the Temple

Jesus and the Temple

February 19, 2017  |  Joe Boot

The temple simultaneously represents our own hearts, the church of Christ, and the whole earth. Jesus will cleanse and restore everything.

Jesus and the Temple

Jesus and the Temple

February 19, 2017  |  Joe Boot
The temple simultaneously represents our own hearts, the church of Christ, and the whole earth. Jesus will cleanse and restore everything.
The Faith of William Wilberforce
Interview (Cornerstones)

The Faith of William Wilberforce

February 15, 2017  |  Joe Boot and Steven Martins

It isn't possible to separate Wilberforce's faith from his career in public office. His tireless campaigning against slavery was a direct result of his Christian belief that man is made in the image of God and that life matters.

What is Love?

What is Love?

February 14, 2017  |  Joe Boot

The apostle Paul tells us that love is the fulfillment of the law, but on what basis do we decide how that love is to be expressed?

Topic: Theology
Scripture: Romans 13:10
On the Road to Jerusalem

On the Road to Jerusalem

February 12, 2017  |  Russ Hiebert

Jesus faced suffering resolutely because He found strength in drawing close to God: Jesus had been in God's presence in prayer; He knew Scriptures had to be fulfilled; and it was His delight to do the Father's will.

On the Road to Jerusalem

On the Road to Jerusalem

February 12, 2017  |  Russ Hiebert
Jesus faced suffering resolutely because He found strength in drawing close to God. Jesus had been in God's presence in prayer. He knew Scriptures had to be fulfilled. It was His delight to do the Father's will.
What the Anti-Islamophobia Motion Really Means
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What the Anti-Islamophobia Motion Really Means

February 9, 2017  |  Steven Martins

The Canadian House of Commons recently gave unanimous approval to an anti-Islamophobia Motion. What does this mean for freedom, justice and society?

Topic: Culture
The Example of William Wilberforce
Interview (Cornerstones)

The Example of William Wilberforce

February 6, 2017  |  Joe Boot and Steven Martins

Christians called to public office have a responsibility to be true salt and light in their position; social policy is reflective of social norms, and if we will not uphold a biblical standard for a just society, we will inevitably uphold an anti-biblical standard.

Inheriting Eternal Life

Inheriting Eternal Life

February 5, 2017  |  David Robinson

Wealth makes a claim on your life; if your whole identity is tied to your wealth, you cannot give it up to become a disciple of Jesus.

Inheriting Eternal Life

Inheriting Eternal Life

February 5, 2017  |  David Robinson
Wealth makes a claim on your life; if your whole identity is tied to your wealth, you cannot give it up to become a disciple of Jesus.

January

A Question about Divorce

A Question about Divorce

January 29, 2017  |  Joe Boot

Marriage is rooted in God's creation norms; in a world tainted by sin Jesus calls us to be faithful in marriage, persevering through challenges.

A Question about Divorce

A Question about Divorce

January 29, 2017  |  Joe Boot
Marriage is rooted in God's creation norms; in a world tainted by sin Jesus calls us to be faithful in marriage, persevering through challenges.
Archbishop of Canterbury: Repent of the Reformation
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Archbishop of Canterbury: Repent of the Reformation

January 27, 2017  |  Joe Boot
The Archbishops of Canterbury and York issued a joint statement urging repentance for the Reformation's "lasting damage." However, this exhortation is unclear and focuses on all the wrong things.
Topic: The Church
Dualism in the Church

Dualism in the Church

January 24, 2017  |  Andrew Sandlin

The Platonic idea of dualism has been widely discredited, except among some Christians. The ideology that abandons the created world is one that also abandons the Christian cultural task.

Topic: Dualism
Greatness in the Kingdom

Greatness in the Kingdom

January 22, 2017  |  Joe Boot

When we selflessly serve the needs of others, we embody God's ministerial authority. Kingdom service is true greatness because behind kingdom service is the omnipotent power of God.

Do Black Lives Really Matter?
Interview (Cornerstones)

Do Black Lives Really Matter?

January 18, 2017  |  Joe Boot and Steven Martins

Contemporary social justice movements like Black Lives Matter operate on a problematic and dangerous understanding of the nature of justice.

Glory and Power

Glory and Power

January 15, 2017  |  Joe Boot

The transfiguration unveiled the nature of Christ's kingdom glory. In an age of unbelief we must act on our faith in the victory of Christ over all things.

Glory and Power

Glory and Power

January 15, 2017  |  Joe Boot
The transfiguration unveiled the nature of Christ's kingdom glory. In an age of unbelief we must act on our faith in the victory of Christ over all things.
Who Defines Justice?

Who Defines Justice?

January 13, 2017  |  Joe Boot

Many churches and governments in our age have abandoned true justice in favour of whatever the state decrees. However, if we will not have a transcendent standard for justice, there can be no true definition of it.

Topic: Justice
January Blues & Holographic Girlfriends
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January Blues & Holographic Girlfriends

January 8, 2017  |  Joe Boot

As we enter a New Year, let us decide whether we will be led by the Word of God revealed in Christ Jesus, or by a substitute word of man's own design.

Scripture: Matthew 2:5-6
Seeing and Believing

Seeing and Believing

January 8, 2017  |  David Robinson
Like the Pharisees Peter saw the issue of Christ's identity in man-centred terms. To follow Jesus means to deny our own interests and to prioritize His interests.
Seeing and Believing

Seeing and Believing

January 8, 2017  |  David Robinson

Like the Pharisees Peter saw the issue of Christ's identity in man-centred terms. To follow Jesus means to deny our own interests and to prioritize His interests.

What is the Standard for Justice?

What is the Standard for Justice?

January 6, 2017  |  Joe Boot

If we will not look to God's infallible Word to learn about justice, how will we define it?

Topic: Justice
The Healing of Nations

The Healing of Nations

January 1, 2017  |  Steven Martins
When Jesus visits the region of Tyre and Sidon in Mark 7 and 8 he goes from being in the midst of the Jews to being in the midst of the Gentiles. This is the foreshadowing of the future mission to the Gentiles and the anticipated renewal of Creation subject to our Lord Jesus Christ.
The Healing of Nations

The Healing of Nations

January 1, 2017  |  Steven Martins

When Jesus visits the region of Tyre and Sidon in Mark 7 and 8 he goes from being in the midst of the Jews to being in the midst of the Gentiles. This is the foreshadowing of the future mission to the Gentiles and the anticipated renewal of Creation subject to our Lord Jesus Christ.