The classical Calvinist doctrine of limited atonement is problematic in several ways, even if it does contain a nugget of truth. One of these problems is simply bad exegesis, which in turn results from an unbiblical hermeneutic. A key place where this problem manifests itself is in limited atonement prooftexts like this one: She will … Continue reading "He Died for His People, Not the Elect"
Yesterday I posted the following status on Facebook: The problem with abandoning the historicity of the Old Testament is that every few years another aspect of it is vindicated. To which I received this response: Yet we would acknowledge the role that varying styles of literature in the ancient Near East has to play, right? … Continue reading "On a Historical Old Testament"
Here’s a post to get you all pondering the real meaning of Genesis. I recently ran back across two odd little websites I had found a couple years ago, namely Just Genesis and Biblical Anthropology. The two blogs are run by Alice C. Linsley, an Orthodox Christian anthropologist. She is essentially on a one-woman project … Continue reading "Wondering about Biblical Anthropology and African Kings"
You really can’t study Karl Barth in evangelical circles without hearing some (often quite strong) objections to his bibliology. This, of course, is perfectly understandable, as inerrancy makes for an important discussion. Nonetheless, I often think Barth is overly criticized on this point, and in large part my reason for this involves my understanding that, … Continue reading "Three Kinds of Bibliology"
Honestly, as much as I strenuously oppose the doctrine of limited atonement on logical and theological grounds, my most confident and compelling reasons are simply Biblical. I don’t think Scripture supports the doctrine in any way, shape, or form, but in fact entirely and completely contradicts it. I think T. F. Torrance was altogether correct in … Continue reading "The Backward Hermeneutic of Limited Atonement"
For my Revelation class this semester, I’m supposed to journal my way through Revelation, answering four questions for every chapter: What does the text say? What did I observe? How does this chapter fit in the context? What did I learn? This is a fun, though not particularly professional, exercise. In any case, by the … Continue reading "A Few Thoughts on the Revelation Letters"
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"
I just don’t think the Bible is important to Christianity and we don’t need to rely on it as Christians. Okay, that’s not me. Actually, that’s what people have been getting for some reason from Andy Stanley’s recent controversial sermon, “The Bible Told Me So.” I would have thought this controversy would have settled down … Continue reading "The Bible Told Who So? Andy, Apologetics, and Authority"
I was reading 1 Corinthians 1-2 this morning and ran across a couple of passages that really stuck out to me. They speak fairly well for themselves (isn’t Scripture good about that?), but I will highlight the basic thoughts in them that I found so compelling. The first passage is 1 Corinthians 1:17-31. But I won’t … Continue reading "Two Thoughts from 1 Corinthians"
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"