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Divine Sovereignty and Human Freedom: The Great Puzzle

Posted on Mar 29, 2015 in Featured, Philosophy, Theology | 0 comments

by David Gunn – The relationship between divine sovereignty and human responsibility (or free moral agency) has long been a fixation for me. At one time I held to a strongly Calvinistic position complete with meticulous predestination. During the course of my studies I’ve adjusted my perspective numerous times; these days I hold to a basically Chaferian soteriology and lean tentatively toward a general sovereignty model.[1] I think these approaches come closest to capturing and synthesizing what the Bible has to say on the subject. But it always fascinates me that like-minded theologians and exeg­­­­­etes, committed to the same presuppositional and methodological commitments, can come to such sharply divergent views on this subject. I think this is because the logical and theological problems involved in this question are daunting and perhaps insuperable in this life. Here’s why: In his...

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Biblically Defending Biblical Inerrancy

Posted on Nov 11, 2014 in Bible, Theology | 1 comment

by Gilles Despin An old thesis written in 1868 in Strasbourg, France, presents some principles in Bible translation. While criticizing a few very literal versions (like those of Lausanne and Darby), the author declared that the versions had been done according to the principle of ‘plenary theopneusty,’ “A theory of inspiration recognized to be false today by many enlightened people and by skillful theologians who cannot be all accused of incredulity and impiety. Those translators, even without knowing it, made many different errors, their method being entirely false. It is because they saw inspiration in the words instead of being in the thoughts; they emphasized the written word instead of the living mind of the sacred writer. […] I do not deny the inspiration of the sacred writer, but I want that inspiration to be more on the person,...

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Introduction to Dispensational Distinctives in Theology

Posted on Oct 25, 2014 in Theology | 1 comment

by Nicholas Kroncke “Hi, Brother Johnny. Can I ask you a question? I know that you’re in seminary so I hope you’ll be able to answer my question.” “Sure thing, Brother Luke. What’s on your mind?” “Well I was watching a YouTube video one of my Facebook friends posted on their page last night and it was about the end times. I think it said it was about escha … escta…” “Oh, is the word that you’re looking for eschatology?” “Yes, that’s the word. What does it mean?” “Great question, Luke. Eschatology is the term for the study of the Bible’s teachings on the end times and when Christ returns—including events like the Resurrection, the Rapture, the Tribulation, the Millennium, the binding of Satan, the Three Witnesses, the Final Judgment, Armageddon, and the New Heavens and the New Earth.[1]...

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How Does the Doctrine of Eternal Security Affect our Pastoral Theology?

Posted on Jun 3, 2014 in Gospel, Grace, Salvation, Theology | 5 comments

by Ernest Lockngenu – Commonly called by earlier theologians the perseverance of the saints, the doctrine of eternal security affirms that once an individual is saved by the grace of God, he will never fall totally and finally from that stated but, he shall be “kept by the power of God through faith unto salvation.” H. A. Ironside wrote, “Once a poor sinner has been regenerated by the Word and the Spirit of God, once he has received a new life and a new nature, has been made partaker of the divine nature, once he has been justified from every charge before the throne of God, it is absolutely impossible that that man should ever again be a lost soul.”[1] Though this doctrine was developed and exposed by reckoned reformers such as John Calvin, it should be noted that...

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What Is Wrong With Man?

Posted on Jun 1, 2014 in Anthropology, Culture, Theology, Worldview | 0 comments

by Andy Woods – The Real Reason for Violence Because of the recent shooting and stabbing spree by Elliot Rodger near Santa Barbara University last Friday, we are once again engulfed in a national conversation concerning what caused the killer to do what he did. When these types of tragic incidents occur, the killer’s destructive behavior is typically blamed on everything from a lack of access to affordable health care, to listening to too much political commentary, to the easy accessibility to firearms. In this particular case, Ann Hornaday, in a column published last Sunday in the Washington Post, opines: Rodger’s rampage may be a function of his own profound distress, but it also shows how a sexist movie monoculture can be toxic for women and men alike. How many students watch outsized frat-boy fantasies like “Neighbors” and feel,...

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The Church and the Prophecy Problem

Posted on Apr 2, 2014 in Bible, Eschatology, Theology | 2 comments

by Don Trest — Axiom: Misunderstanding the role of the church in the end times is the reason for spiritual misstep by the church and an array of doctrinal and practical problems for the church. I & II Thessalonians was written to show the relationship of the church to the Day of the Lord (End Times). I Thessalonians 4:13-5:11 The Thessalonians had made the mistake of trying to place the church into the prophecies that were given to and about Israel. Thus, misunderstood doctrine led to practical problems and missteps within and by the church and Paul wrote to them to clarify the doctrinal issues that had led to the practical and ethical problems within the church. What the Thessalonian believers could not know, because neither the OT prophets nor Jesus in the Olivet Discourse revealed it, was that...

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