Category Archives: Faith & Theology

What is your six-word Gospel?

Believe in Jesus and be saved. Jesus, son of David, is alive! Christ in you, hope of glory. Which six-word gospel resonates most with you? [ Read More ]
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A workless faith

Barren branchesRecently I’ve been reading Robert H. Gundry’s Commentary on James (HT: Jeff@Scripture Zealot). I’ve crossed paths with Gundry before on this blog (cf. my post on Matthew’s “narrative” account of the infant Christ), but this is my first time reading his work first hand. By and large, Gundry presents his own literal translation of the… [ Read More ]
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The victorious redemption of creation as the seal of the abyss

EvaporationIn some of my recent, tentative theological wanderings, I have been considering the Christus Victor view of atonement and what implications that has for my view of things. In many ways, it feels like a “coming home” to the first major systematic Bible study that I did, almost ten years ago, in which the major theme was… [ Read More ]
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What is the gospel?

TULIP is not the GospelOver the weekend, I was briefly sucked into a theological discussion thread on Facebook in which the original question was posed along the lines of "If Calvanism is the gospel (cf. Spurgeon) and I am not a Calvanist, do I reject the gospel?" Despite my attempt at a quick diversionary answer, the thread quickly transformed into a TULIP discussion, so I left it behind... [ Read More ]
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We are risen!

Barren branchesYou once were dead because of your sins and wickedness; you followed the ways of this present world order, obeying the commander of the spiritual powers of the air, the spirit now at work among God’s rebel subjects. We too were once of their number; we were ruled by our physical desires, and did what… [ Read More ]
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A wilderness of words

A wilderness of words So subtly blurs the truth That men rejoice in lies They learned in Sunday School […] Read the rest at Vine and Fig: Poems and Comments for the Lord [ Read More ]
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Elected to bless the nations

HT: Peter Kirk, Gentle Wisdom Election needs to be seen as a doctrine of mission, not a calculus for the arithmetic of salvation. If we are to speak of being chosen, of being among God’s elect, it is to say that, like Abraham, we are chosen for the sake of God’s plan that the nations… [ Read More ]
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The marriage of the millennium

jewish-weddingWe tend to spend a lot of time interpreting Revelation 20 and trying to understand the 1,000 year reign of Christ with the saints. In our linear Western mindset, we mainly read the text as a narrative in which Event C follows Event B, which followed Event A. I have my doubts that this is… [ Read More ]
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Are you a 4-point American Evangelical?

heroesofthefaithAn interesting sermon yesterday, and I mean “interesting” with every bit of passive-aggressive nuance that Minnesotans are famous for. We’ve been on a short summer series called “Unshakable”, looking at stories of the “heros of faith” in Hebrews 11. Not an especially earth-shattering topic, but it’s a chance to consider various aspects of faith. Yesterday… [ Read More ]
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Meme: The Honest Scrap Award

honestscrapAfter getting passed over for a few rounds, I’ve finally been picked tagged with the latest blog meme: The Honest Scrap Award (HT: Kevin and Gary). Here are the rules:  share 10 honest things about yourself, and then tag 7 bloggers to return the favor. My list: I think that the Bible in translation has… [ Read More ]
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