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Blog Archives: October 2015

The Future of Marriage

October 28, 2015
Chris Castaldo
Join us at New Covenant Church in Naperville on Sunday, November 15 from  3-5pm for this free lecture and discussion on marriage. It is widely recognized that culture has reduced marriage to a superficial form. Today the secondary aspects such as the financial benefits of marriage have become the pillars upon which the institution rests. Tragically, however, the current view of marriage has flattened its depth and texture, and has eviscerated its religious heart, leading us to ask, “What is the future of marriage?” In response to this ...

Seven Questions to Ask Ourselves on Reformation Sunday

October 21, 2015
Chris Castaldo
As we approach Reformation Sunday, here are some practical questions to ask ourselves and our loved ones. 1. Ad Fontes. Do we read the Bible as often as we read books about the Bible? 2. Sola Scriptura. Is Scripture the supreme authority to which we direct thoughtful attention each day? 3. Priesthood of Believers. Do our neighbors and friends see in us a commitment to gospel ministry worked out in a regular routine of service? 4. Sola Gratia. Do we recognize that our salvation was freely initiated by God, apart from anything we might ...

Our Polemical Posture

October 14, 2015
Chris Castaldo
Concerning our rhetorical engagement with the Roman Catholic Church, we who are heirs of the Protestant Reformation must recognize that we live in a different time period from Luther and Calvin. In the twenty-first century we don’t typically link Christian faith to armed combat (thankfully). However, it was far different in the sixteenth and seventeenth centuries when religious solidarity and national destiny went hand-in-hand. In such a society, the idea of religious pluralism was new and frightening. With what church does one identify? Even ...

Celebrating the Father of Grace

October 07, 2015
Chris Castaldo
In the opening of his classic book, The Knowledge of the Holy, A. W. Tozer declared the memorable line: “What comes into our minds when we think about God is the most important thing about us.” In other words, our thoughts about God inform everything level of our being–our hopes, dreams, fears, aspirations, what we despise and what we celebrate. “For as [a person] thinks within himself, so he is” (Proverbs 23:7, NASB). In this post, I would like to consider a pernicious misconception about God. It is the view that sees God as a perpetually ...