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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Tuesday, 17 April 2018 20:26

Race and The Integrity of the Christian Church

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In the ancient Christian church located in the ancient city of Corinth, a moral scandal erupted that required the immediate attention of the founder of that church, the apostle Paul. The purpose of this post is to focus on just one of those problems and then to relate that problem to some of the...

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Sunday, 01 April 2018 21:23

American Evangelicalism: In Crisis and Confusion

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We are witnessing nothing short of a full-on gospel crisis in American Evangelicalism today. Just as the homosexual movement has rapidly deteriorated into the full-blown confusion we see around the psychological disorder and delusion of gender dysphoria; we are witnessing the exponential demise of...

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Qualification: This post deals with the gospel of racial reconciliation as defined by men like Jarvis Williams, Russell Moore, and others over at The Gospel Coalition. You can either read the argument outlined in this post and weigh it against Scripture or you can decide that I am just a...

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This post is the 6th post in a series of posts that I have placed on my blog recently (in rapid-fire I might add). The topic concerns the racial reconciliation movement that is being driven mostly out of Southern Baptists quarters. The most conspicuous men disseminating this concept...

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It seems that Jarvis Williams’ argument for racial reconciliation necessarily entails that race is defined in terms of melanin and that the definition of the gospel is stretched and broadened beyond its historic meaning in Christian orthodoxy to something closer, much closer to liberation...

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This is part 4 of what will likely be a 7-part series dealing with the racial reconciliation movement being pushed by Southern Baptists like Jarvis Williams and Russell Moore. This post is going to evaluate Williams’ arguments concerning racial division and reconciliation as he says it is...

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In this post, I am going to focus my attention on Jarvis Williams’ theology of the gospel. Williams argues that Southern Baptists need to develop a biblical theology of the gospel. I think Williams is saying that Southern Baptists need to get back to the gospel. There can be no doubt that the...

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  In his argument for racial reconciliation, Jarvis Williams makes a LOT of the fact that the gospel is not just about vertical reconciliation, but it is also about horizontal reconciliation. The idea of horizontal reconciliation is employed by those who have embraced the narrative that there...

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  A good argument always ensures that the strength of its conclusion matches the strength of its premises. Here is an example: I am a Browns fan. Some Browns fans are deeply depressed. So, I am deeply depressed. The argument is a bad argument because the conclusion overstates the at least one...

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There is an awful lot being said these days about social justice and the gospel. For those who may be newer to this conversation, the conversation itself is anything but new. We have had to put the social justice argument in its place for decades now and it looks like its time to do so … Cont...

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What do I mean by American Politics? Thanks to the news media and to the American addiction to social media, we have been slowly but steadily conditioned to adopt certain behaviors as normative and their contraries as, well, abnormal. For example, Karen Prior Swallow, a leader on the ERLC for the...

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Friday, 16 February 2018 23:46

The Problem of Evil

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The problem of evil (POE) is probably the most serious challenge to the rationality of Christian theism. At its core, the POE claims that there is a fundamental contradiction within Christian belief. Christians believe that there exists an all-powerful, all-knowing, perfectly good God. This belief...

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Given the recent controversy involving the question of the Trinity in Oneness Pentecostalism and whether or not someone can reject the orthodox doctrine of the Trinity and be in true fellowship with God, I think it is a good idea to raise this discussion up a level. One thing that concerns me about...

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Friday, 02 February 2018 22:45

James White: The Rest of the Story

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Recently, a controversy has arisen regarding one Michael Brown, his statements concerning nature of the doctrine of the Trinity and its relationship to the gospel, and by implication, its relationship to Christianity in general. The issue, if I can pinpoint it for you is how Michael Brown answered...

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Friday, 02 February 2018 02:08

Michael Brown: Charismatic Public Relations Guru

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Before I get into the substance of this post, I want to make a correction to something I said in a post the other day. I said that James White said that 80% of Oneness Pentecostals are ignorant of their own doctrine and therefore, it would essentially have no bearing on the genuineness of their...

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I have been an admirer of Dr. James White for years now. When I think about the ministries that have been the most influential in shaping my thoughts on theology and philosophy, the ministries of John MacArthur, R.C. Sproul, and James White are top of mind. For that reason, I am sad to post this...

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Theodore Zachariades is the pastor of Sonny Hernandez and part of Reforming America Ministries. Reforming America Ministries has publicly asserted that Arminianism is a “foul heresy.” In fact, RAM has called Arminianism a “cheap-grace gospel-less heresy.” The purpose of this...

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Where have the true leaders of Christianity gone? This is not to say there are none at all. We have men like John MacArthur, Voddie Baucham, Steve Lawson, Phil Johnson, and others. But it seems that these men have become the exception rather than the rule. A Christian leader is one whose life is a...

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My interest in Dr. Zachariades’ view of theological hard determinism lies in a debate that he and I will be involved in later this spring in Charlotte, NC. He and I will be on opposing debate teams as we take up the question, Is Arminianism Heresy? The issue concerning theological hard...

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Tuesday, 16 January 2018 18:42

Why ‘Racism’ Isn’t Wrong

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Originally posted on Just Thinking...for Myself: In surveying the current socio-cultural landscape in America, it seems increasing numbers of individuals are either identifying as social justice activists or aspire to be one. What began with the protestations of one individual over perceived...

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I have been hesitant to jump into the fray regarding the James White – Michael Brown matter. However, I discovered this morning that Michael Brown is scheduled to speak at the upcoming Light the Fire Again conference this April in Toronto, Canada. The tagline for that event is, We Are...

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Saturday, 06 January 2018 08:40

The Privation Theory of Evil: Introduction

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One of the most popular and serious objections to Christianity is the argument against God from the existence of evil. If God is all-powerful, he could prevent evil. If God is perfectly good, he would prevent evil. Evil exists. Therefore, God does not exist. That is to say, the sort of God that...

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Wednesday, 27 December 2017 21:39

A Concise Response to JD Hall on Hyper-Calvinism

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The Arminian Controversy First of all, at the very beginning of his article, Hall writes, “Hyper-Calvinism is a sub-Christian doctrine. It is an enemy of Christ. If Hyper-Calvinism could be anthropomorphized into a person, he should be rounded up, hogtied and burned at the stake like Michael...

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Wednesday, 27 December 2017 05:20

A Brief Presuppositional Response to Naturalism

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If apologetics is one of your passions, and you haven’t yet read Alvin Plantinga’s book, Where the Conflict Really Lies: Science, Religion, and Naturalism, I suggest you fix that as quickly as possible. Most of what I am going to say in this short post comes from Plantinga’s work....

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Tuesday, 19 December 2017 09:31

Hernandez - Barker Q A Review

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Earlier this year, Sonny Hernandez debated Dan Barker on the question, “Does God Exist?” I recently watched this debate and found it to be somewhat unsatisfying as far as debates are concerned. The part of the debate that I think it would be most useful to review is the Q&A section....

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