Limiting Concepts and Biblical Logic – Part 2

[Continued from Part 1, here.] As an example of the significance of limiting concepts, let us first consider the Trinity. God has given us in Scripture adequate attestation that our reasoning is trustworthy and presupposed in Scripture and human reason is the law of non-contradiction (something cannot be P and not-P at the same time in the same … Continue reading Limiting Concepts and Biblical Logic – Part 2

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Limiting Concepts and Biblical Logic – Part 1

What do we do when our logic seems to befool us? when we run the numbers, check the math, yet we are left with unresolved contradictions? In philosophy and biblical studies, this comes up a lot: the perennial response to the doctrine of the Trinity is the accusation of bad math—how can God be both … Continue reading Limiting Concepts and Biblical Logic – Part 1

The Irrationalism of Rational Thought

Can someone who rejects God as He has revealed Himself in Scripture be consistently rational? Cornelius Van Til, a 20th century Christian apologist and theologian, frequently demonstrated the inherent irrationalism of all non-Biblical worldviews. One of his students, John Frame, has applied this insight to many of the major philosophical thinkers and movements of western … Continue reading The Irrationalism of Rational Thought

Unless You Believed in Vain

In 1 Corinthians 15, Paul addresses false teaching in the Corinthian church and challenges the church on their doubt concerning the resurrection: “if Christ has not been raised, your faith is futile and you are still in your sins” (15:17). Yet, those who proffer this passage to substantiate the necessity of history for faith fail … Continue reading Unless You Believed in Vain

TOWARDS AN EVANGELICAL HERMENEUTIC: A CRITIQUE OF THE CHICAGO STATEMENT ON HERMEUTICS (1982)

I recently posted another one of my papers on Academia.edu: In this paper, the I engage with the articles of the Chicago Statement on Biblical Hermeneutics to show where the statement makes positive contributions to a viable Evangelical hermeneutic and where its formulations need to be refined. The paper was written for a class on … Continue reading TOWARDS AN EVANGELICAL HERMENEUTIC: A CRITIQUE OF THE CHICAGO STATEMENT ON HERMEUTICS (1982)

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

Things you never hear about the Puritans; they really valued a wife

Some quotes by the Puritans on marriage and a wife: "The wife is ordained for man: like a little Zoar, a city of refuge to fly to in all his troubles: and there is no peace comparable unto her but the peace of conscience." "Women are creatures without which there is no comfortable Living for … Continue reading Things you never hear about the Puritans; they really valued a wife

“Consider what …

“Consider what ways, what companies, what opportunities, what studies, what business, what conditions, have at any time given, or do usually give, advantages to your distempers, and set yourself heedfully against them all. Men will do this with respect unto their bodily infirmities and distempers. The seasons, the diet, the air that have proved offensive … Continue reading “Consider what …

God’s Use of Sin in our Life

Have you ever wondered why God sometimes allows us to struggle with some sins even after we have prayed desperately for relief? In his book Of The Mortification of Sin in Believers John Owen writes of one reason that God leaves sin our life. Sometimes God will leave us “under the perplexing power at least … Continue reading God’s Use of Sin in our Life

“Take time to r…

"Take time to read His Word as in His presence, that from it you may know what He asks of you and what He promises you. Let the Word create around you, create within you a holy atmosphere, a holy heavenly light, in which your soul will be refreshed and strengthened for the work of … Continue reading “Take time to r…