The moon landing was a hoax. Chemtrails are poisoning our brains. Roswell is covering up an alien spacecraft. Obama is a secret Muslim. Jet fuel doesn’t melt steel beams. The Illuminati run the world. Everyone knows about conspiracy theories. Most of us don’t believe most of them, of course. (Though most of us do have … Continue reading "The Conspiracy of God"
Few topics are as controversial as politics. For Christians in particular, we sometimes argue almost as much about how, or even whether, we should be involved in politics as we do any specific views. Some Christians think that we need to fight political battles to stand up for the Bible. To others, politics is a … Continue reading "The Two Kingdoms and Christian Politics: 5 Keys"
For my last (rather delayed) post on Karl Barth’s doctrine of providence according to Darren Kennedy, I want to briefly address the way that heaven and, interestingly, the angels function in the whole structure. According to Kennedy, heaven and the angels are actually quite important to Barth’s providence. Why this would be the case might not be obvious at all to … Continue reading "Karl Barth on Providence and Heaven"
In my last post about D. M. Kennedy’s thesis on Karl Barth’s doctrine of providence, I overviewed the way Barth addressed the question of evil in the world and the divine will. God gives sin and evil space for existence in His opposition to it; His “No” to human evil defines it and gives it concrete existence … Continue reading "Barth on Providence and Double-Agency"
I recently read a dissertation by Darren M. Kennedy entitled, “A personalist doctrine of providence: Karl Barth’s Church Dogmatics III.3 in conversation with philosophical theology” (which can be downloaded here). It’s really interesting, and I’ll probably do a few posts about the discussions therein. But one of the first things in the work which caught … Continue reading "Barth on Providence and the Divine Will"
It is no secret that one of the major reasons Jesus got crucified is because He wouldn’t do the #1 thing that the Jews were expecting their Messiah to do: overthrow Israel’s Roman oppressors. Time and again they sought this of Him, but He refused to align Himself with not only any existing revolutionary movements but even any … Continue reading "How Jesus the Messiah Conquered Rome"
Why do the nations rebel and the peoples plot in vain? The kings of the earth take their stand, and the rulers conspire together against the LORD and His Anointed One: “Let us tear off their chains and free ourselves from their restraints.” The One enthroned in heaven laughs; the Lord ridicules them. Then He … Continue reading "Using Psalms: Psalm 2 and the Sovereign Son"
Is there any legitimate way that we could say we complete Jesus? I would have doubted so, but there is this is Scripture: And he has put all things under his feet and has made him the head over all things for the church, which is his body, the fullness of him who fills all … Continue reading "Completing Christ? Can It Be?"
This post was not written for here. I wrote it as part of a forum debate. Yet I am fairly happy with how it turned out, so I’m going to quote it here for the benefit of anyone who might be interested. The universe was created ex nihilo, out of nothing at all, and therefore is not intrinsically tied … Continue reading "All Things for Good: A Technical Look at God's Sovereignty via the Cross"
If you are a pretty serious Android user, you’ve probably heard of the Xposed Framework. It is wonderful magic that lets you basically do anything to your phone/tablet without installing a new version of Android or modifying system apps. Recently, when deliberating on God’s sovereignty, it struck me that the way Xposed works could actually make a … Continue reading "An Android Analogy for God's Sovereignty: Xposed Causality"