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

Dr. Reluctant - Apologetic Report

image

Part Two

Objections to the Cosmic Temple Motif in Scripture

In Beale’s book The Temple and the Church’s Mission, both the garden of Eden and the Jerusalem temple are types of the Church, which is confusingly called the literal non-physical temple.[1]   Beale’s thesis,...

Read more

Wednesday, 13 February 2019 04:21

The Cosmic Temple and Spiritualized Eschatology (Pt.2)

Written by

image

Part One

Firmer Ground

Following the biblical narrative it appears that the design and furnishings of the tabernacle/temple have some correspondence with the Paradise which Adam forfeited.  This “remembrance” would only increase the sense of what was lost and what the Promised One...

Read more

Wednesday, 06 February 2019 03:22

The Cosmic Temple and Spiritualized Eschatology (Pt.1)

Written by

image

“Israel’s temple was a symbolic shadow pointing to the eschatological “greater and more perfect tabernacle” (Heb. 9:11) in which Christ and the church would dwell and would form a part.  If so, it would seem to be the wrong approach for Christians to look in hope to the...

Read more

Tuesday, 29 January 2019 04:36

Personal Thoughts About Commentaries (8): Mark

Written by

image

Mark’s Gospel is terrific for the preacher.  It really comes into its own when expounded.  Any commentary on this book that keeps flipping back and forth between Mark, Matthew and Luke should not be considered a first choice.  There is now an embarrassment of fine...

Read more

Wednesday, 23 January 2019 04:44

Review: ‘The Old Testament’ by Richard Hess

Written by

image

A review of Richard S. Hess, The Old Testament: A Historical, Theological, and Critical Introduction, Grand Rapids: Baker, 2016, xiv + 801 pages, hdbk

Richard Hess is an Old Testament professor at Denver Seminary who has distinguished himself with a brace of high quality studies and...

Read more

Tuesday, 15 January 2019 04:37

Scripture as Propositional (Pt.2)

Written by

Part One

Objection 1: A common objection to viewing Scripture as propositional revelation is that it ends up treating the Bible as a sort of theological concordance, irrespective of the original context of the passage.

Now I agree with that, but that’s not what we’re talking about. ...

Read more

Wednesday, 09 January 2019 08:05

King Kingdom in Genesis?

Written by

imageThis was written as an Excursus for a chapter in the book ‘The Words of the Covenant’

I am well aware of the view held by many respected scholars who believe that “the Kingdom of God” is the main theme of the Bible.[1]  But it must be admitted that it has not been an...

Read more

Thursday, 03 January 2019 12:58

Scripture as Propositional (Pt.1)

Written by

The Bible depicts man as specially equipped by God for the express purposes of knowing God’s rational verbal revelation, of communicating with God in praise and prayer, and of discoursing with fellow men about God and his will. – Carl F. H. Henry, God, Revelation, and Authority, Vol...

Read more

Friday, 28 December 2018 06:15

The Apocalyptic (Wrong) Turn (Pt.5)

Written by

image

Part Four

The Function of Apocalyptic

Brent Sandy says that understanding the function of apocalyptic literature is probably the most important thing about it.[1]  He says that the main thing is to bring hope in adversity.  As he puts it, “The lofty heights of the [rollercoaster] ride...

Read more

Wednesday, 19 December 2018 05:24

The Apocalyptic (Wrong) Turn (Pt.4)

Written by

image

Part Three

Some Major Characteristics of Apocalyptic (with Responses)

Take up any book on the subject and you will be told that the many features of apocalyptic literature can scarcely if ever be found in one single work.  Indeed, a piece of apocalyptic can be absent many of the list of...

Read more

Wednesday, 12 December 2018 07:06

The Phenomena of Scripture

Written by

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...

Read more

Friday, 30 November 2018 01:35

The Apocalyptic (Wrong) Turn (Pt.3)

Written by

image

Part Two

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...

Read more

Saturday, 24 November 2018 10:00

The Apocalyptic (Wrong) Turn – Pt.2

Written by

image

Part One

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...

Read more

Thursday, 15 November 2018 04:04

The Apocalyptic (Wrong) Turn – Pt. 1

Written by

image

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...

Read more

Wednesday, 07 November 2018 08:27

The Use of the Term “Scripture”

Written by

image

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...

Read more

Thursday, 01 November 2018 05:43

The Inspiration of Scripture (Pt.3)

Written by

image

Part Two

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...

Read more

Thursday, 25 October 2018 06:45

The Inspiration of Scripture (Pt.2)

Written by

image

Part One

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...

Read more

Thursday, 18 October 2018 04:52

The Inspiration of Scripture (Pt.1)

Written by

image

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...

Read more

Thursday, 11 October 2018 05:45

General Revelation (Pt.5)

Written by

image

Part Four

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...

Read more

image

Terrific review of the important movie “Gosnell”

adayinhiscourt

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...

Read more

Wednesday, 03 October 2018 08:38

General Revelation (Pt.4)

Written by

image

Part Three

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...

Read more

Thursday, 27 September 2018 04:43

General Revelation (Pt.3)

Written by

image

Part Two

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...

Read more

Thursday, 20 September 2018 08:29

General Revelation (Pt.2)

Written by

image

Part One

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...

Read more

Friday, 14 September 2018 08:40

General Revelation (Pt.1)

Written by

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...

Read more

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...

Read more

Page 1 of 4