In Genesis 23, Abraham’s wife Sarah dies. Probably the most important aspect of this event to biblical history is that it leads to Abraham’s first legal claim to the promised land. In seeking a tomb for Sarah, Abraham spoke to the local Hittites and asked to buy some land. Both these first Hittites and Ephron, … Continue reading "The Promise in the Tomb"
[This is a post I wrote quite some time ago but which has not been published here.] I just finished reading the behemoth that is The Deliverance of God: An Apocalyptic Rereading of Justification in Paul by Douglas Campbell. The book is quite interesting, even if some of its major ideas are rather unconvincing in the final analysis. In this … Continue reading "Arms Open, Altars Closed: Thoughts on Conversion"
Here are the major perspectives on baptism, what it is and does, within Christianity, really briefly: Baptist (aka Zwinglian) Baptism is purely symbolic. It does not do anything except make a public statement about what your new identity in Christ. It comes after salvation and plays no role in the process. It should be by full immersion, and … Continue reading "60 Second Overview of Perspectives on Baptism"
Another sermon manuscript, one that I preached this morning. This was actually meant to lead into Communion, which you will see that it does. His Whole Life Matters This morning, I want to start by asking a simple question. In fact, it’s a good little church question which a bunch of church people should have … Continue reading "Jesus Lived for Us: The Vicarious Humanity of Christ"
My current reading project is The New Testament and the People of God by N. T. Wright. I hope one day to finish the entire series of which this is the first book, namely Christian Origins and the Question of God (for that matter, so does Wright). It’s been a very interesting study so far, … Continue reading "Being Christians: Marked Out as God’s People"
“Now none of this matters if you don’t already have a relationship with Jesus Christ,” the preacher says with a shift of tone. “Without Him, you can’t live an abundant life. So here’s what I want you to do. With eye head bowed and every eye closed, if you want to accept Jesus Christ into … Continue reading "Every Eye Open If You Want to Get Saved"
A few weeks ago, I made a post discussing the Biblical correctness of the so-called “sinner’s prayer.” You can read that here if you haven’t already. My conclusion was that something akin to the sinner’s prayer is certainly warranted in receiving Christ, but that the common evangelical form has several pitfalls. Yet after hearing Francis … Continue reading "Is Baptism the Real “Sinner’s Prayer?”"