But even if you should suffer for the sake of righteousness, you are blessed. And do not fear their intimidation, and do not be troubled, but sanctify Christ as Lord in your hearts, always being ready to make a defense to everyone who asks you to give an account for the hope that is in you yet with gentleness and reverence; and keep a good conscience so that in the thing in which you are slandered, those who revile your good behavior in Christ will be put to shame.  1 Peter 3: 14-16

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Wednesday, 12 December 2018 07:06

The Phenomena of Scripture

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This piece is based on transcripts of a lecture I gave on the subject.

This lecture on the so-called phenomena of Scripture is necessary because in the modern and postmodern eras it has become more and more common not only to refer to the inspiration of Scripture, which is clearly a biblical...

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Friday, 30 November 2018 01:35

The Apocalyptic (Wrong) Turn (Pt.3)

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Going Far Beyond the Bible

All of the major advocates of apocalyptic gather data, albeit not exclusively, from outside of the Bible.  Brent Sandy demonstrates his procedure of going beyond Scripture when he says, “In order to understand the language of apocalyptic, we must review...

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Saturday, 24 November 2018 10:00

The Apocalyptic (Wrong) Turn – Pt.2

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The ‘Apocalypse’ of John and Picking Sides     

The first composition to call itself an “apocalypse” was the Book of Revelation, written by the Apostle John circa 95 A.D.[1]  “And even there” says Collins, “it is not clear...

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Thursday, 15 November 2018 04:04

The Apocalyptic (Wrong) Turn – Pt. 1

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This is a draft chapter from the forthcoming book ‘The Words of the Covenant’ 

The purpose of this article is to cast a little doubt upon the generally received view of the reading of biblical apocalyptic literature.  As the unique Word of God, the Bible itself is its own...

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Wednesday, 07 November 2018 08:27

The Use of the Term “Scripture”

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The Inspiration of Scripture – Part Three

N.B. This is a companion piece to the articles on Inspiration

“Scripture” usually translates the Greek term graphe.  Sometimes, as in 2 Timothy 3:15 one finds hieros grammata, but it is clear that in the context grammata i...

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Thursday, 01 November 2018 05:43

The Inspiration of Scripture (Pt.3)

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Let us reproduce the Pache definition:

Inspiration is the determining influence exercised by the Holy Spirit on the writers of the Old and New Testament in order that they might proclaim and set down in an exact and authentic way the message as received from God. – Rene Pache, The...

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Thursday, 25 October 2018 06:45

The Inspiration of Scripture (Pt.2)

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The Divine over the Human

What all this does is that it causes us to conclude that as evangelical Christians we should emphasize the divine aspect of the Bible more than the human element, though not neglecting the human aspect.  This is the biblical pattern:

Now the word of the...

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Thursday, 18 October 2018 04:52

The Inspiration of Scripture (Pt.1)

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We have seen that God has revealed Himself to us in two ways, and yet these two ways are really one whole.

  1. General Revelation proclaims the existence of the Creator even in a sin-scarred, even though we reject the revelation that is in us and all around us in nature, yet this revelation is clear and...

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Thursday, 11 October 2018 05:45

General Revelation (Pt.5)

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The Unsaved do not know God

The NT seems to say that the unsaved person does not know God.  We see this in several places.  Let us begin with Galatians 4:

Formerly, when you did not know God, you were enslaved to those that by nature are not gods. But now that you have come to know...

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Terrific review of the important movie “Gosnell”

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by John Ellis

***This review contains spoilers***

“How do we know the skulls are empty?”

That gruesome question is asked by Assistant District Attorney Alexis McGuire, played by Sarah Jane Morris, as she stares at a...

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Wednesday, 03 October 2018 08:38

General Revelation (Pt.4)

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God’s revelation is woven into the ‘warp and woof’ of everyday living. This is because General Revelation and Special Verbal Revelation work together in unison. This is most important to keep in mind.  When God gives someone something like, revelation or...

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Thursday, 27 September 2018 04:43

General Revelation (Pt.3)

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The “Nature” Psalms

A good place to look for the doctrine of general or natural revelation is the so-called Nature Psalms.  But we might pause here to correct the title “Nature” Psalms, because although they have been classically referred to as that, it is...

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Thursday, 20 September 2018 08:29

General Revelation (Pt.2)

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General Revelation is not potential knowledge, but actual knowledge.  The phrase “gnontes ton theon” in Romans 1:21, translated as “[they] knew God” implies knowing God already.  If that is the case, a theological apologetic witness to God utilizing...

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Friday, 14 September 2018 08:40

General Revelation (Pt.1)

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Revelation, be it in nature, within ourselves, or inscripturated in a book, is always God’s prerogative.  It always comes from God, and man is designed to receive it.  Man is not the one who starts with himself and discovers God in the universe, rather God discloses himself, and man...

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An interesting phenomenon in regard to the reading of the Old Testament and the New is that whereas the Old Testament was written over a period of approximately 1,300 years – taking Job as the earliest book (c.1750 B.C.) and Malachi as the last book (c.450 B.C.).  During that time...

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Part Four

The Christology of the Psalms continued…

Christ’s Resurrection and Ascension in Psalms 16:10 (resurrection), and 68:18 (ascension).

Psalm 16:10: “For You will not leave my soul in Sheol, Nor will You allow Your Holy One to see corruption.”

It is not fully...

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Part Three

The Christology of the Psalms

Everyone knows that from an evangelical perspective there are a number of psalms that are designated “Messianic.”  In surveying some of the categories above, it has already been impossible to avoid encountering the doctrine of Christ. ...

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Part Two

The New Covenant

Finally, although it is not named as such, the New covenant is represented in such psalms as Psalm 96:11-13; 98:3 130:7-8, and 147:12-14, although it is central to the realization of eschatological hope in the Book since the themes of Kingdom and Messiah are allied with...

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Part One

The Theme of Covenant

One would expect the covenants to have a marked presence in the Psalms, and indeed they do.[1]  Psalm 25:14 announces “The secret of the Lord is with them that fear Him, and He will show them His covenant.”  Although the covenants are for the most...

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Vows made to You are binding upon me; O God… – Psalm 56:12
I will go into your house with burnt offerings; I will pay you my vows, which my lips have uttered… – Psalms 66:13-14
The heaven, even the heaven of heavens; are the Lord’s; but the earth has He given to the...

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Monday, 16 July 2018 08:43

The Primacy of Revelation (3)

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In our present “postmodern” ethos, laden as it is with deconstructionism and hermeneutical suspicion, Christians have to ask how the primacy of biblical revelation does in such an environment.  Does it struggle for air or does it flourish?  Maybe it is better to ask,...

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Thursday, 05 July 2018 06:37

The Primacy of Revelation (2)

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The Importance of a Prolegomena, and the Importance of Having a Christian Philosophy

There are all kinds of philosophies which the Christian should avoid.  The Apostle warns,

See to it that no one takes you captive by philosophy and empty deceit, according to human tradition, according...

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imageA review of Israel, the Church, and the Middle East: A Biblical Response to the Current Conflict, edited by Darrell L. Bock & Mitch Glaser, Grand Rapids: Kregel Publications, 296 pages, paperback.

This compendium of new essays follows the only occasionally stellar The People, the Land, and the...

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Thursday, 21 June 2018 04:19

The Primacy of Revelation (1)

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imageI thought I would adapt some of my lecture notes on Systematic Theology for my blog.  I am continuing to work on my book of Biblical Theology, and I thought it would do me good to change things up a bit.  The first group of posts will be on the Doctrine of Revelation. 

That God has...

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Part Three

Returning to chapter 7 of 2 Samuel, verse 13 speaks of David’s son building “a house for My name” with the addition of the pledge of an everlasting dynastic kingdom.  Walter Kaiser has commented on the connection between the establishing of a kingdom and the right...

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