The Cure That Killed the Patient The Old Testament can be a very scary place. You can’t disagree if you’ve read much of it at all, unless of course you like massive body counts and total destruction. From the frequent application of the death penalty to the bloody conquests of Israel over the Canaanite peoples, … Continue reading "Election, Israel, and Yahweh’s Consuming Fire"
Execution. Such an awful and yet, according to many people, necessary thing. Where one life was taken, another must be. When dealing with death, people usually get touchy, so there’s no mystery behind the death penalty being controversial. I mean, some of the most heated issues in popular debate involve death (abortion, euthanasia, animal rights, … Continue reading "Rare Steak and the Death Penalty"
If God exists, why does evil? Is He too weak to stop it? Does He refuse? Did it catch Him off guard? These questions have challenged philosophers and theologians for thousands of years, and goodness knows I can add little or nothing to their many answers. But I just felt like sharing this thought on … Continue reading "God Took the Blame (Or, A Little Thought About the Problem of Evil)"
This is post 5 of 5 in the series “A Different Kind of Calvinism” When I left off explaining EC last time, I gave an unfortunately brief sketch of the EC view of human freedom. Human freedom, as opposed to libertarian free will, is grounded in God’s life of Triune love, given to us through … Continue reading "A Different Kind of Calvinism: Let’s Talk Sovereignty and Maybe Jesus’ Humanity"
All my life I heard Christians tell me to be careful about how my actions look to others. They bring out 1 Thessalonians 5:22 in the trusty KJV, which says, “Abstain from all appearance of evil.” So there you have it! “Don’t do anything,” you would hear, “that might look compromising.” Because of this belief, lots of … Continue reading "Yeah, About that “Abstain from All Appearance of Evil” Thing"
This is post 3 of 5 in the series “A Different Kind of Calvinism” Probably the most defining doctrine of classical, TULIP Calvinism (TC here, as in my previous posts) is the U, “unconditional election.” It is this doctrine which most people associate with the word “predestination.” In order to explain how Evangelical Calvinism (EC, remember) retools election, … Continue reading "A Different Kind of Calvinism: Jesus’ Unconditional Election"
This is post 2 of 5 in the series “A Different Kind of Calvinism” In my last post, I introduced my recent (somewhat in progress) transition from classical, TULIP Calvinism (“TC”) to Evangelical Calvinism (“EC”). I did not elaborate much, of course. That is the point of the rest of the series. Before I get … Continue reading "A Different Kind of Calvinism: Some Quick Background and the Gist"
This is post 1 of 5 in the series “A Different Kind of Calvinism” I’m not the Calvinist I used to be. This change came rather suddenly, but was the result of a long process of difficulty with TULIP. While when I became a Calvinist (feels like 100 years ago) I loved it. My experience … Continue reading "A Different Kind of Calvinism: Introducing the Change"
God isn’t always easy to trust. I don’t just mean in the daily lives of living out of faith. I mean even based on what we know of Him, it can be tough to trust Him to be good. Prime example: This is what the LORD of Hosts says: ‘I witnessed what the Amalekites did … Continue reading "When God Doesn’t Seem Good: Living with Tough Texts in the Bible"
Not everything in your Bible may have come from the Bible. “What do you mean, Caleb?” you ask. Well, the Bible has a very long history. It was written over a period of more than 1000 years, and was passed on for nearly 2000 since its completion. The timeframes for when some of the books of the … Continue reading "John 7:53-8:11 (Are Today’s Bibles Reliable?)"