The Bible, Limited Atonement, the Church, and the World


When I originally ran into Calvinism, limited atonement was the most frightening doctrine to me, and it almost sounded heretical. Even when I was a Calvinist, I originally and in the end found it awfully stretchy in relation to what Scripture actually says, and for that reason I was quite happy to abandon it when the […]

July 14

6 Theses on Election

The Nicene Noggin

Election begins and ends with Jesus Christ. As Barth has said, Jesus is both the electing God (Col. 2:9) and elected Man (Luke 9:35). He is the origin of creation (John 1:1-3) and its goal (Eph. 1:9-10). Anything else we say about election must trace back to this source, to the election of Jesus Christ as the one […]

June 29

How Pentecost Saves Us


Today is Pentecost Sunday, a day which often does not receive much attention in evangelical churches. That’s a bit of a shame, so for this Pentecost Sunday I want to peek into the role that Pentecost plays in our salvation through Christ. We all know that Good Friday matters, and I have written before on how Easter and the Ascension matter, but how does […]

May 15

In Christ, Out of Christ? Two Essays on “Losing” Salvation


This is post 1 of 3 in the series “In Christ, Out of Christ? Two Views on “Losing” Salvation in Christological Perspective” The question of whether or not people can “lose” their salvation, to the extent that this language even makes sense, has been traditionally controversial. In the time in between the completion of the […]

February 25

60 Second Overview of Perspectives on Baptism


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 […]

February 16

An Evangelical Calvinist Ordo Salutis

The Nicene Noggin

If you’re not familiar with the term ordo salutis, it is Latin and means “order of salvation,” and is basically a framework for laying out the different parts and events of salvation in order. There are two common views on the ordo salutis, a Calvinistic one and an Arminian one. Here’s the a short version of the most common layout, […]

February 9

Narnia and the Cross (An Essay for British Lit)


This is an essay that I wrote for my British literature class last semester. I figure someone might find it interesting. Or a good laugh. Either way. I Lay Down My Life for Edmund: Atonement Theology in The Lion, the Witch, and the Wardrobe “When a willing victim who had committed no treachery was killed in […]

January 3