[This is an essay I submitted last semester for my apologetics class, in which I had to do a research paper on an apologetic topic. I chose the problem of evil and decided to look at Barth’s view. However, I did this paper before reading Darren M. Kennedy’s dissertation of Barth’s doctrine of providence, which is … Continue reading "To Speak of Nothing: Examining Karl Barth’s Doctrine of Evil"
As I posted some time ago, Evangelical Calvinism has a highly Christological approach to election which, in the history of salvation, involves several “layers.” The election of Christ in eternity has as its correspondence a movement of historical election which takes place through several stages/layers of covenant (all of which, of course, mediate the one covenant of … Continue reading "Layered, Christological Election as a Biblical Story"
I am sinless. I am sinful. I am holy. I am profane. I am righteous. I am guilty. What is all this babbling about? I’ve been thinking a lot lately about the Christian identity. People talk about how our identity is in Christ, but they rarely talk explain what that means practically. A lot could … Continue reading "We Are Not Ourselves"
I recently started the first volume of Evangelical Calvinism, the big book of essays meant to explain and present the basic mood and mode of this growing development in Reformed theology which goes by that name. It is something of an EC inaugural announcement, showing the basics of what an Evangelical Calvinist approach to the Reformed tradition can look … Continue reading "Through the EC Book: A Declaration about Union with Christ"
One of the primary goals of Evangelical Calvinism is to further reform the Reformed tradition. As I mentioned the other day, the Reformation will never be truly over, and EC focuses on what work still needs to be done. And if we’re going to try to keep reforming the Reformation, we might find it useful to extend the iconic Five … Continue reading "Evangelical Calvinism: I Suggest Four New Solas"
A STUDY OF GENESIS 24:12-14 An Exegetical Paper ABSTRACT OF THE BIBLICAL TEXT Main Idea. Abraham’s servant, having been sent to acquire a wife for Isaac that the covenant blessings may be passed down another generation, prayed to the God of his master in faith. He trusted in the will, kindness, and ability of … Continue reading "Faithfulness, Election, Prayer, and Faith: An Exegetical Paper for Genesis 24:12-14"
This is post 4 of 4 in the series “Apostles' Creed” Time to move on to the third part of the Creed’s article on the Son. The Lord Jesus Christ, Son of God, was crucified and descended to hell, and now comes this: On the third day He rose again from the dead. He ascended into … Continue reading "The Apostles’ Creed: I Believe in Jesus Exalted"
This is post 3 of 4 in the series “Apostles' Creed” My series on the Apostles’ Creed must now move on to perhaps what might be regarded as the central section, the section on Christ’s humiliation. This part is gold: who was conceived by the Holy Spirit, born of the Virgin Mary, suffered under Pontius … Continue reading "The Apostles’ Creed: I Believe in Jesus Humiliated"
This is post 2 of 4 in the series “Apostles' Creed” Moving on in my series on the Apostles’ Creed, we come to the second article, about the Lord Jesus Christ. I will split the second on Christ into three parts to give every statement its due. The first part: I believe in Jesus Christ, His only … Continue reading "Apostles’ Creed: I Believe in Jesus Christ"
Romans 9 is an interesting and often difficult passage. I’m going to very briefly sketch the way I am inclined to read it, particularly to note the way I don’t think it supports the Calvinistic doctrine of unconditional election, but rather undermines it. Contextual setup: Paul has been defending his Gospel of justification by the faithfulness … Continue reading "Romans 9 in 500 Words or Less"