How Romans 14 Helps us to Work Through our Differences

During the COVID-19 pandemic, Christians found themselves disagreeing with each other. Some wanted masks. Others didn’t. Some disliked restrictions; others liked them. I do not even have to mention the specifics about vaccines. Opinions differed here as well. Most saw these disagreements as matters of conscience. Differences about masks, restrictions, and vaccines were understood to be disputable matters. Even so, that didn’t then and doesn’t now make living with such differences easy. And on top of this, passages like Romans 14:23—“For whatever does not proceed from faith is sin”—complicate the picture. I am sure some believed that their faith required...

Why You Should Read Herman Bavinck (1854-1921)

A few years ago, while I was studying at Regent College, I was introduced to the thought of Herman Bavinck. It was during one of my theology courses when Dr. Ross Hastings had us read a portion of Bavinck’s Reformed Dogmatics that I first became intrigued. After this, I took the big step of purchasing the whole four-volume set—on my measly seminary student budget—and began to read. I eventually worked my way through this, and I can confidently say that Bavinck’s thought has deeply impacted how I think theologically. When I prepare sermons, write articles, or whatever else it might...

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