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On doctrine and interpretation ––– understanding and harmonizing Scripture to form a coherent picture of the world and God. On the nature of God, Jesus Christ, Holy Spirit, creation, sin, prophecy, angels, salvation and more.

The Unveiling

In 2 Corinthians 3, Paul makes 7 contrasts between the old and new covenant.

The Unveiling

In 2 Corinthians 3, Paul makes 7 contrasts between the old and new covenant.

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In the third chapter of Paul’s second letter to the church at Corinth, he makes several important contrasts between God’s Old Covenant given through Moses and His new and superior covenant in Jesus Christ. 1. Physically Engraved vs. Spiritually Engraved He begins by noting that
Who is Beelzebul?

The name Beelzebul is not found anywhere else in the Bible. Where did it come from in the Gospel accounts?

Who is Beelzebul?

The name Beelzebul is not found anywhere else in the Bible. Where did it come from in the Gospel accounts?

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In an incident recorded three different times in the synoptic Gospels (Matthew 12:24; Mark 3:22; Luke 11:15), Jesus is accused of casting out demons by Beelzebul. In all accounts, Beelzebul is said by the accusers of Jesus to be the “prince of the demons”, and
The Origins War, Part 3

On the necessity of the historical Adam and when Evolution compromises the intentions of Scripture.

The Origins War, Part 3

On the necessity of the historical Adam and when Evolution compromises the intentions of Scripture.

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Last entry I broke down the gospel into three parts–––historical (past), eschatological (future), personal (now). I argued how Young Earth theology, if championed too strictly as obligatory belief, can undermine the grace of the gospel. I also said that Evolution ought not to be synthesized
The Origins War, Part 2

Combatting the two extremes: When “literal” and “liberal” theologies compromise the gospel.

The Origins War, Part 2

Combatting the two extremes: When “literal” and “liberal” theologies compromise the gospel.

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Back to the pending question: Does evolution complement, compromise, or contradict what Scripture testifies about creation? Unfortunately, the blanket condemnation of evolution has made this discussion a hot, dense mess. To reject evolution is precarious–––which thesis? No one is rejecting them all, and everyone is
Fire In My Bones

Examining Jeremiah 20:9 and the truth about preaching God's Word.

Fire In My Bones

Examining Jeremiah 20:9 and the truth about preaching God's Word.

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Jeremiah, perhaps more than all the Old Testament prophets, suffered great ridicule, persecution, mockery, and abuse. This was directly tied to his seemingly anti-patriotic prophecies regarding Judah’s soon to come destruction and total deportation at the hands of the Babylonians. This message was not only
The Origins War, Part 1

On the Creation Evolution conflict in the Church and understanding Scripture in a Scientific Age.

The Origins War, Part 1

On the Creation Evolution conflict in the Church and understanding Scripture in a Scientific Age.

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There are many points of contention, to put it gently, between Creationists and Evolutionists: How science should interpret or illuminate Scripture; Big Bang cosmology and the beginning of the material universe; age of the earth or length of days in creation; gradual formation of intended
Wisdom’s Wine

What is the meaning of the “mixed” or “mingled” wine in Proverbs 9?

Wisdom’s Wine

What is the meaning of the “mixed” or “mingled” wine in Proverbs 9?

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In Proverbs 9, we find Lady Wisdom preparing a banquet for those who are “simple” and “have no sense.” (v.4 NIV) In her preparations she has slaughtered her meat, mixed her wine, and furnished her table. (v.2) Certainly, this proverb pictures a very special occasion.