Is Hell eternal seperation from God or the experience of wrath pouring forth from God for an eternity? Those who argue for the former often appeal to 2 Thessalonians 1:9. In a paper I recently posted on academia.edu, I argue that the best reading of the Greek preposition apo ("away from") in this verse is … Continue reading 2 Thessalonians and Hell: Separation From or Wrath Coming Forth From God?
Sometimes, as I read the Scriptures, I get inspired in various ways. This post is for those of you like me: one of the ways I get inspired is to cook, I think of food. So here is a meditation on Scripture with a recipe that it may inspire you to create. In 1 Timothy … Continue reading A Creamy Garlic White Wine Sauce and 1 Tim. 5:23
I recently posted another one of my papers on Academia.edu. In this paper, the author surveys the major positions concerning the heresy against which Paul wrote his letter to the Colossians. It is concluded that the data is best explained by the existence of a general syncretistic belief that mixes Judaism, Christianity, and Hellenism. The … Continue reading CHRIST IS PREEMINENT OVER FALSE RELGION: AN INVESTIGATION OF THE COLOSSIAN FALSE TEACHING (academia.edu)
I recently posted another one of my papers on Academia.edu. Paul's use of Deuteronomy 30:11-14 in Romans 10:1-8 has puzzled many an interpreter. This paper builds on previous work on Deuteronomy 30 to explain the text of Romans 10:1-8 and particularly Paul's use of Deuteronomy 30. https://www.academia.edu/27958961/Do_Not_Say_in_Your_Heart_An_Exposition_of_Romans_10_1-8
In this paper, it is argued that Paul teaches imputed righteousness in Romans and that this doctrine has its roots in the Biblical storyline invoked by Paul in the introduction of the letter. Genesis 15:6 is discussed as the primary Old Testament text that anticipates imputation, but Habakkuk 2:4 is referenced as an essential step … Continue reading Towards a Biblical Theology of Imputation: a Consideration of an Old Testament Root for Christ’s Imputed Righteousness in Romans
In this paper, it is argued that in Romans 1:17 Paul uses “the righteousness of God” to refer to God’s righteous character displayed in salvation accomplished by the provision of righteousness through Christ’s life, death, and resurrection for those who believe. Each of these three aspects is considered and argued for, the most space being … Continue reading Δικαιοσυνη θεου: a Consideration of the Meaning of the Righteousness of God in Romans 1:17
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
Our culture today faces an authority crisis, and too often Christians get caught up in it; if we are to truly make, multiply, and mature disciples, we need to be clear on where our true authority lies. In the world around us, authority is essentially found in oneself—someone’s perception of what is true and good—and … Continue reading Reflections on Authority
In a few conversations with some of my good friends, I have been continually shocked at their struggles with a doctrine very close to my heart, Perseverance of the Saints. This doctrine triggered a watershed moment in the transformation of my understanding of theology 4 years ago and seems to me to resound from the … Continue reading “Problem” Passages and Perseverance Part 1
“She killed 38 old people because she found them annoying.” While on the bus, interspersed between minutes of gossip about who was taking whom to the prom, I overheard these words that broke my heart. Sure enough, looking at the news, I read a story about an Italian nurse who was being investigated for the … Continue reading Atrocities and Depravity: Heartbroken and Shocked…?