Just a glimpse of our heavenly home is enough to bring the kind of clarity we need.
Like the Shepherds in Pilgrim’s Progress, the author of Hebrews directs his readers to look ahead to the Celestial City. It is that eternal perspective that provides them the clarity they need to think rightly about their present circumstances. In Hebrews 11:10, the author points to the faithful example of Abraham, noting that “he was looking... Continue Reading
Christ’s Refreshing Heart
Will you thank God for refreshment which is graciously granted in Jesus?
There are many other texts that we could reference to refresh – the Psalms are replete with praise for streams that cheers the saints (Psalm 42:1-2, 5 & 43:3-4; 46:1-5; 63:1-8; 84:1-7; 92:12-15; 104:10-15), into which believers must regularly sink deep roots. Then there are those passages that point us, firstly, to the appointed day to... Continue Reading
God’s Immeasurable Love (Part One of an Exploration of John 3:16)
The love of God is also greatly magnified when we consider its object, the world.
In Ephesians 2:4-5 he said: “God, being rich in mercy, because of the great love with which he loved us, even when we were dead in our trespasses, made us alive together with Christ.” This love is “great” because it actually leads God to cause us to come alive in faith and trust and joy... Continue Reading
Does the Son Eternally Submit to the Father? Systematic Considerations (Part 2)
Eternal submission is a doctrine that needs to be rejected.
If we claim that the Son eternally submits to the Father, thereby making will a property of person/hypostasis, the classical answers no longer work. If there is only a divine person Christ, then there is only a divine will. No human person means no human will if will is proper to person. It is not... Continue Reading
Well Let’s Just See…
The LORD is watching vigilantly from His Holy, Heavenly, House.
Psalm 11 is all about perception! The first two verses are about faithless perceptions or misconceptions (only seeing things from a human perspective and point of view): the last five verses are about faith perception – when thinks look bleak and fundamental tenets appear to be undermined, shaking or crumbling, things are not-at-all as they... Continue Reading
Beware of a “Test the Fruit” Hermeneutic
The problem with this theory is that it elevates our evaluation of consequences above Scripture as the standard for evaluating what is right and wrong.
This way of adjudicating doctrines is a poison pill. It removes authority from the word of God and gives the reader the authority to scrutinize the Bible’s truthfulness based on whether or not it hurts people’s feelings. This is no way to read the Bible. When Matthew Vines’ book God and the Gay Christian... Continue Reading
3 Questions Pastors Should Ask before They Fight for Change in Their Church
In ministry, you’ll need to choose your battles wisely. Here’s how.
This is a general template to follow as you determine the changes you desire to make and how they should be chosen and done. Whatever you do, choose battles wisely as if you will be at that church ten years or more. That will give you a different perspective and will help you be patient.... Continue Reading
Why a Tree and Not a Cross?
Why refer to the material of the cross instead of the cross itself?
Why mention the tree and not the cross? To speak of the tree recalled the curse of death for breaking God’s Law, and all deserve this curse because everyone has broken God’s Law (cf. Deut 21:22–23; 27:26). But Christ did not sin and did not deserve the tree. He deserved life for perfectly obeying the... Continue Reading
Does the Son Eternally Submit to the Father? Methodological Considerations (Part 1)
This complex debate about the Trinity cannot easily be resolved through proof texts from Scripture and from Christian tradition.
There is no text in the Bible that clearly requires or rejects eternal submission, and those who support eternal submission of the Son are not easily categorized as pro-Nicene or as Arian. What is the best path forward? In my new book, The Son Who Learned Obedience, I present a case against the position... Continue Reading
That Didn’t Take Long
The APA Normalizing Polyamory
Many of us predicted polyamory would, in fact, be the next cause of the sexual revolution. Polyamorous marriage seems, for now, inevitable. That would mean marriage between more than two people, and why not? If marriage is officially severed from procreation, as so-called “same-sex marriage” has now legislated, then there is no reason to keep... Continue Reading