Book Review, Ecclesiology

“The Church: The Gospel Made Visible” by Mark Dever

In The Church, Dever’s premise is that “wrong ecclesial teaching and practices obscure the gospel while right ecclesial teaching and practices clarify it” (Loc 103). Furthermore, Dever argues that the Bible is sufficient for life and doctrine, including practical ecclesiology through clear commands or reasoning from biblical principles (Loc 191). For example, the practices of… Continue reading “The Church: The Gospel Made Visible” by Mark Dever

Personal Reflection

Jesus Is King: A Call for Moderation and Church Unity amidst a Polarized Political Climate

Gone are the days when asking who someone voted for was taboo. Currently, the Filipino people are divided between anti-Duterte and pro-Duterte. These two camps, strongly convinced by their position, are so far away from each other that seemingly nothing can bridge the two. In this polarized political climate, there is a great opportunity for… Continue reading Jesus Is King: A Call for Moderation and Church Unity amidst a Polarized Political Climate

Pastoral Theology, Personal Reflection

John MacArthur in the Ben Shapiro Show

In the Sunday Special Episode 29 of the Ben Shapiro Show, Ben interviews long-time pastor-teacher, John MacArthur. JMac answers all kinds of cultural and religious questions from the perspective of evangelical Christianity. MacArthur exhibits firm conviction on Scriptural truth with sincerity, care, love, and humility.  Topics discussed at various points of the interview include the… Continue reading John MacArthur in the Ben Shapiro Show

Pastoral Theology, Personal Reflection, Systematic Theology

When Santa Learned the Gospel

Photo from http://www.santagospel.com For many Christians, the month of December is a festive time of Christmas celebration. Unfortunately, a confused message of Christmas is being taught by the juxtaposition of the story of Jesus' birth and the story of Santa Claus.  Let's be honest, embedded in the story of Santa is the false gospel of… Continue reading When Santa Learned the Gospel

Personal Reflection

MacArthur: I’m deeply troubled by the rhetoric about “social justice” in evangelical circles

At this time, I'm working on my prospectus for my dissertation. I'll disclose my full topic once this project is done, but the broad theme is on "church unity." The truth of the matter is: there are a lot of things that divide God's people today. Some of them are necessary; some are not. While… Continue reading MacArthur: I’m deeply troubled by the rhetoric about “social justice” in evangelical circles

Pastoral Theology

Mental Illness and the Christian Gospel

Reading the above title may sound odd to some readers. How is the Christian gospel relevant to mental illness? Is not the gospel a truth-claim that is relevant only for matters of spirituality and religion? How does the gospel of Jesus give hope to those suffering from mental illness? This short article seeks to answer… Continue reading Mental Illness and the Christian Gospel