Denny’s Blog 2016-10-29T15:10:43+00:00

Proving Your Faith

When Paul speaks of the wilderness experience of the people of Israel he says, “These things happened to them as an example [typically], and they were written for our instruction, upon whom the ends of the ages have come” (1 Corinthians 10:11). Like Israel’s wilderness [...]

By | September 3rd, 2018|Denny's Blog|

The School of Christ

The Old Testament gives us certain examples, patterns, and types. These types involve formal comparisons Scripture outlines for us. Adam is a type of Christ (Romans 5:14). Moses is also a type of Christ. Christ “was faithful to Him who appointed Him, as Moses also [...]

By | August 27th, 2018|Denny's Blog|

Herman Bavinck on Public Worship

In the recently published volume, Herman Bavinck on Preaching and Preachers, Bavinck himself makes the following observation with regard to public worship. The church's gatherings are and, by virtue of their divine institution, must remain the center point of the religious life, the source of [...]

By | August 20th, 2018|Denny's Blog|

Three Meanings of “Meaning”

A previous post, relates two meanings for “meaning,” meaning as referent and meaning a sense. What follows suggests a third meaning for “meaning,” meaning as significance. Mark 8:22-25 reviews and fleshes out these three meanings of “meaning.” And they came to Bethsaida. And they brought [...]

By | August 13th, 2018|Denny's Blog|

How Can Preaching be a Form of the Word of God?

The New Testament often speaks of preaching as the word of God. When Barnabas and Saul "reached Salamis, they began to proclaim the word of God in the synagogues of the Jews" (Acts 13:5). Paul says he was made a minister "so that I might [...]

By | August 6th, 2018|Denny's Blog|

Every Sermon Ought to Have One Main Point

The fact that “Every Text Has One Main Point,” last week’s blog, leads to the practical outcome that sermons and Bible teachings ought to have one main point. Prominent preachers and teachers of preaching agree. Here is the connection Charles Simeon makes in discussing sermon [...]

By | July 30th, 2018|Denny's Blog|

Every Text Has One Main Point

In his Biblical Hermeneutics, Milton Terry states emphatically, “A fundamental principle in grammatico-historical exposition is that words and sentences can have but one signification in one and the same connection” (205). By one signification, Terry means that a word has one meaning in its particular [...]

By | July 23rd, 2018|Denny's Blog|

BOTH Willing AND Doing

So then, my beloved, just as you have always obeyed, not as in my presence only, but now much more in my absence, work out your salvation with fear and trembling; for it is God who is at work in you, both to will and [...]

By | July 16th, 2018|Denny's Blog|

Common Grace and Common Operations of the Spirit

The concept of the “common operations of the Spirit” is found in both the Confession and Larger Catechism. It is often confused with “common grace,” which involves God’s unmerited blessing upon all His creatures. “He causes His sun to rise on the evil and the [...]

By | June 18th, 2018|Denny's Blog|

Making the Psalms Our Own

In 1994, a young Rwanda minister lost three of his brothers in the same day, brutally slain in a genocidal killing (LeFebve, Singing the Songs of Jesus, 129). In 2015, an Indianapolis pastor lost his wife in a brutal rape and murder (IndyStar, November 11, [...]

By | June 4th, 2018|Denny's Blog|