Biblical Themes that Define Us (4): Jesus’s Family

Throughout Scripture, various motifs are given to describe the Christian life. These motifs can help us understand the way we should act as those who are called by God, called by God to be on mission in the World but not to be conformed to it (John 17:14-19). The radical freedom given by the Christian’s … Continue reading Biblical Themes that Define Us (4): Jesus’s Family

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The Christian Worldview (2): Metaphysics (c)

Within the Christian metaphysic, humanity has a unique role in the created order as the representatives of the creator God in the created world: we were to rule as His representatives. The biblical language for this is the image of God. Yet in the fall, all humanity is under a curse: each person is sinful … Continue reading The Christian Worldview (2): Metaphysics (c)

Biblical Themes that Define Us (3): Elect Exiles

Throughout Scripture, various motifs are given to describe the Christian life, motifs that can help us understand the way we should act as those who are called by God to be on mission in the World but not to be conformed to it (John 17:14-19). A third motif that describes the Christian life in this … Continue reading Biblical Themes that Define Us (3): Elect Exiles

Biblical Themes that Define Us (2): Priests, Soldiers, and Servants

Throughout Scripture, various motifs are given to describe the Christian life, motifs that can help us understand the way we should act as those who are called by God to be on mission in but not to be conformed to the World (John 17:14-19). A second motif given in Scripture is the identity of Christians … Continue reading Biblical Themes that Define Us (2): Priests, Soldiers, and Servants

Biblical Themes that Define Us (1): Two Kingdoms

Throughout Scripture, various motifs are given to describe the Christian life, motifs that can help us understand the way we should act as those who are called by God to be on mission in the world but not to be conformed to it (John 17:14-19). One of these motifs is two kingdoms that exist in … Continue reading Biblical Themes that Define Us (1): Two Kingdoms

Why I Hate, Detest—Yes, Even Abhor—Libraries

I will make a confession: I hate libraries. Yes, I am a master’s student who has worked in libraries for 6 years; yet I hate them. I don’t hate them for their tranquil silence; for the inconsistent temperature the John Richard Allison library always seems to have; or even for the heretical, destructive, damaging, horrible, … Continue reading Why I Hate, Detest—Yes, Even Abhor—Libraries

In God whose Word I Praise, In God I Trust

68 Simon Peter answered him, “Lord, to whom shall we go? You have the words of eternal life, 69 and we have believed, and have come to know, that you are the Holy One of God. (John 6:68-69)   When many disciples had abandoned Jesus, offended by his words, Peter and the apostles response was to hold … Continue reading In God whose Word I Praise, In God I Trust

A Short and Selected Bibliography of Reformed and Evangelical Theology (tailored a bit for Regent College)

For readings from the best of the Reformed and Evangelical traditions, there are lots to explore. These traditions emphasize the Bible and not analogy or experience as the primary source of theology. Below is a very short and quite selective bibliography of reformed and evangelical theology and biblical studies from the last 100 or so … Continue reading A Short and Selected Bibliography of Reformed and Evangelical Theology (tailored a bit for Regent College)

Reflections on Romans 8 and Suffering

Romans 8:28-39 is probably my favorite passage in the Bible. It is written on a travel mug my wife gave me and it is embedded on my heart. For me, this passage provides hope and comfort… but not of the sort usually sought from it. Romans 8:28-39 doesn’t give the hope that God will end … Continue reading Reflections on Romans 8 and Suffering

Reflections on Scripture

A few years ago, I came across an article from a pastor in the States decrying evangelical Christians as bibliolaters, that is, he suggested that our talk of “inerrancy” and “authority” turned us away from God to the writings of man. For him, it was okay to speak of encountering God in the Bible, but … Continue reading Reflections on Scripture