[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"
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"
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 … Continue reading "The Bible, Limited Atonement, the Church, and the World"
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 … Continue reading "6 Theses on Election"
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 … Continue reading "How Pentecost Saves Us"
Here’s something worth keeping in mind from Russell Moore’s new book, Onward: The next Billy Graham might be drunk right now. That’s a sentence I remind myself of almost every day, every time I feel myself growing discouraged about the future…That’s what the elderly theologian taught me, as I stood there and wrung my hands over … Continue reading "A Quick Thought from Russell Moore: Something to Remember about People"
This is post 3 of 3 in the series “In Christ, Out of Christ? Two Views on “Losing” Salvation in Christological Perspective” [For the second of these two essays, I will be arguing a defense of eternal security, after having written in opposition, again from a union with Christ perspective. You readers can judge between … Continue reading "In Christ, Out of Christ? For Eternal Security, from a Union with Christ Perspective"
This is post 2 of 3 in the series “In Christ, Out of Christ? Two Views on “Losing” Salvation in Christological Perspective” [For the first of my two “union with Christ”-focused eternal security essays, I will argue that salvation can be lost. In the next post I will argue that it cannot, and leave you … Continue reading "In Christ, Out of Christ? Against Eternal Security, from a Union with Christ Perspective"
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 … Continue reading "In Christ, Out of Christ? Two Essays on “Losing” Salvation"
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"