Why do we need to be justified by faith and not by works (Ephesians 2:8)? “It is as though God had committed to our trust a perfect crystal vase, and had said, ‘if you keep that whole, and present it to me, you shall have a reward.’ But we have cracked it, chipped it; ah! … Continue reading Our Need to Be Justified
How great is the Son of God? He is so great that he cannot be less than infinite transcendent glory. How great is God? Psalm 104 opened, “O Lord my God, you are very great! You are clothed with splendor and majesty, covering yourself with light as with a garment, stretching out the heavens like a tent.” Paul … Continue reading HE CAN’T BE LESS THAN PERFECT DON’T SETTLE FOR LESS
“Rejoice, O young man, in your youth, and let your heart cheer you in the days of your youth. Walk in the ways of your heart and the sight of your eyes. But know that for all these things, God will bring you into judgment.” Ecclesiastes 11:9 In the song “Wait for It,” which is … Continue reading Pleasure and the Pursuit of God
All people adore something. Christians know they should adore/worship God. The desire to worship must be channeled toward God in Christ. We have a challenging time directing our worship because we continue the modern exaggerated division between the secular and sacred. Just a few generations before us, religion filled the air. Christianity, even when … Continue reading Let Us Adore Him
“For by a single offering he has perfected for all time those who are being sanctified’ Hebrews 10:14 Are you confident? Webster’s Dictionary defines “confidence” as “having or showing assurance or self-reliance.” Christians, you have confidence because you have been perfected. Did you know you are perfect? What we see in Hebrews 10:14 is a “for … Continue reading Perfect
The search for God has been described as "meeting a stranger" (Michael Horton, Karl Barth). This search for God in inseparable from our search for truth. In fact, we begin to understand that whether or nor we accept the existence of God often shapes our search for truth and our views for the search for … Continue reading Know the Truth? Jesus and Epistemology
Spirituality is often given as a contrast to Christianity. The "spiritual but not religious" crowd and the "nones" (those who have some interest in spirituality but no attachment to any religion) continues to grow. These concepts aren't a modern invention or novel philosophical concept. Ancient pagan religions (worldview) believed the divine was in each of … Continue reading Remember Now the Creator and That You Aren’t Him
The Secular Coalition for America states that they exist “to increase the visibility of and respect for nontheistic viewpoints in the United States and strengthen the secular character of our government.” They partner with several atheistic organizations to lobby for secular values in government in the US and abroad. They continue to advance their secular … Continue reading Can the Soul Feel its Worth?
I have a new article that has just been published in the December 2020 issue of Credo Magazine. This issue is devoted to the doctrine of eternal generation. Eternal Generation has become the subject of my own doctoral research in theology. My article is The Bulwark of Trinitarian Theology: Eternal Generaton: What it is and what it is not. In the article I try to map the foundations of the doctrine and help readers get a foothold on how to think about it as part of doing theology. Here’s an excerpt from my conclusion:
“Eternal generation is the bulwark of trinitarian theology. It will not often be mentioned in the average sermon. The phrase itself would likely be met with confused look from people in the pew. It is critical, however, for pastors and theologians as they consider who God is. As a bulwark, it keeps heresy…
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Neo-Apollinarianism is a relatively new model of the incarnation championed by William Lane Craig and J. P. Moreland. Briefly, Neo-Apollinarianism is a model of Jesus’ incarnation which teaches that a restricted version of the eternal Logos inhabited the body created in Mary’s womb to supply the “human” mind to the body. In this way, Jesus … Continue reading What is Neo-Apollinarianism?
Jesus is the Son of God, but what does that mean? When did Jesus begin to be the Son of God? When did the Father begin to be the Father? Or has the Father eternally been the Father and the Son eternally been the Son??