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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Three Ways to Retrieve a Theological Method that Will Serve the Church Well

It should be clear by now that hermeneutics and theological method are of utmost importance in our dogmatic reflections and assertions on creation. Three ways we can retrieve a theological method that will be of...

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Thursday, 24 May 2018 15:23

God plus the world is still God the Holy Trinity

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“God minus the world is still God the Holy Trinity,” says Fred Sanders.[1] I would like to add to this the following: “God plus the world is still God the Holy Trinity.” In other words, given creation or not, God is still God the Holy Trinity. Creation does not change...

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Saturday, 19 May 2018 02:16

Defining Creation

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On Defining Creation 

What is creation? Quite often, when asked that question, everyday Christians would immediately direct attention to what has been made. One might say, “Look at the vast sky above, with its moon and stars, its sun and clouds which give rain from...

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Friday, 20 April 2018 00:17

William Ames on creation

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William Ames defines creation as follows: “Creation is the efficiency [or working power; see p. 91] of God whereby in the beginning out of nothing he made the world to be altogether good.”[1] He further asserts that “[c]reation refers to the whole world, i.e., whatever...

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John Frame says, “My approach bears a superficial resemblance to process theology, which also recognizes two modes of existence in God, transcendent and immanent . . .”[1] Frame assumes something to be true as asserted by process (and open) theists without questioning it.[2] Transc...

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© 2018 Richard C. Barcellos. All rights reserved. 

Formulating Christian doctrine, especially as it relates to the doctrine of the Trinity, is not as simple as counting texts which use the same words. Nor is it as simple as rehearsing redemptive history. Counting texts that use the...

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Did the authors of the New Testament epistles know they were writing Holy Scripture?

Richard C. Barcellos

full sermon here

I will answer, “Yes, they knew they were writing Holy Scripture” and seek to show you why. Our question for this post is: Did the writers know they...

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Wednesday, 14 March 2018 02:33

1 Timothy 3:11–“women” or “wives”

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1 Timothy 3:11–“women” or “wives”

Richard C. Barcellos
Pastor of Grace Reformed Baptist Church
Palmdale, CA
Associate Professor of Biblical Studies
 
In 1 Timothy 3:11, we read:

Women must likewise be dignified, not malicious gossips,...

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 This exposition of Exodus 3:14, by Steve Garrick and Ronald S. Baines, is taken from Confessing the Impassible God: The Biblical, Classical, & Confessional Doctrine of Divine Impassibility, 91-97, used with permission.

Exodus 3:14

And God said to Moses, “I AM WHO I...

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Saturday, 03 March 2018 14:46

“two modes of existence in God”?

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John Frame: “two modes of existence in God” 

The first contemporary theologian we will consider is John Frame. Frame says, “My approach . . . recognizes two modes of existence in God . . .”[1] Previous to this statement he says, “The difference between...

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Wednesday, 07 February 2018 15:19

A Basic Definition of Creation

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What is creation? Quite often, when asked that question, everyday Christians would immediately direct attention to what has been made. One might say, “Look at the vast sky above, with its moon and stars, its sun and clouds which give rain from...

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It should clear by now that hermeneutics and theological method are of utmost importance in our dogmatic reflections and assertions on creation. Three ways we can retrieve a theological method that will be of...

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Stefan T. Lindblad helps us understand the rationale behind the practice of citing biblical references in the confession. He says:

A brief word is in order regarding the 2LCF’s practice of citing biblical texts. To call this a “proof-texting method” in the modern derogatory...

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Wednesday, 07 February 2018 13:51

snippet from a forthcoming book

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This book attempts to present a method of accounting for the confessional formulation of the doctrine of creation by our triune God. Formulating Christian doctrine, especially as it relates to the doctrine of the Trinity, is not as simple as counting texts which use the same words. Nor is it...

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Another example of a contemporary author who argues for a change in God’s existence due to creation is K. Scott Oliphint. He contends “that God freely determined to take on attributes, characteristics, and properties that he did not have, and would not have, without...

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John Frame says, “My approach . . . recognizes two modes of existence in God . . .”[1] Previous to this statement he says, “The difference between God’s atemporal and historical existencesbegins, not with the creation of man, but with creation itself.”[2] Let’s...

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All That Is in God:Evangelical Theology and the Challenge of Classical Christian Theism, James E. Dolezal (Grand Rapids: Reformation Heritage Books, 2017, 162pp.), reviewed by D. Scott Meadows

taken from Journal of the Institute of Reformed Baptist Studies (2017): 137-41, used with permission

C...

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This book, in one sense, concentrates on hermeneutics and theological method. I contend that New Covenant Theology (NCT) gets the covenant of works and the Sabbath wrong because it gets the garden of Eden wrong, and it gets the garden of Eden wrong because it...

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This is a footnote from a lecture on “Of Creation” to be delivered at the Southern California Reformed Baptist Pastors’ Conference 2017.

88. Frame makes other assertions which are not reflective of the Reformed theological tradition. For example: “. . . relenting...

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All That Is in God:

Evangelical Theology and the Challenge of Classical Christian Theism,

James E. Dolezal

(Grand Rapids: Reformation Heritage Books, 2017, 162pp.),

reviewed by D. Scott Meadows

 

With this book, James Dolezal has rendered a great service by distilling the most endangered and...

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I will not recapitulate the arguments of the book in this conclusion. There are, however, some issues worth recalling in order to highlight their importance. Understanding the garden of Eden is important in order to understand the Bible correctly. It sets the context for understanding...

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taken from lecture notes by Richard Barcellos

EXCURSUS 1: J. V. Fesko, “On the Antiquity of Biblical Theology”[1]

In J. V. Fesko’s contribution to a book in honor of Richard B. Gaffin, he addresses an important issue – the antiquity of biblical theology. He readily...

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