Every Bible-believing Christian must believe in Election. While that statement may surprise some, such a statement can only be surprising to those who have not thought much about what the Bible actually says. The word Election (or some variation) is frequent in the Bible; and it is especially recurrent in the New Testament letters written by Paul, … More Of course, I Believe in Election!
The careful reader of Scripture will likely at some point ask, “Why is there no verse 4 in chapter 5 of John’s Gospel?” If not this specific question, then one like it. There are numerous places one might turn for textual variations among English translations (both old and new). This brief article will not address … More A Simple Introduction to Textual Criticism (John 5:3-4)
This year marks the 500th anniversary since that fateful day when Martin Luther nailed a document, intended to initiate a collegiate theological discussion, to the chapel door in Wittenburg, Germany. Unintentionally (it seems), Luther struck the match that ignited a powder keg. Germany, Switzerland, England, Scottland, and several other lands experienced an upheaval of the … More Should Protestants Still Protest?
Mark, like the other Gospel writers, is very interested in conveying much about the identity of Jesus Christ. This is clear in his opening statement, “The beginning of the gospel of Jesus Christ, the Son of God” (1:1). While Mark is keen on his reader knowing Jesus’ true identity, he is also frank about Jesus’ … More Identifying Jesus in Mark’s Gospel
The Gospel of John is thick with theological statements and concepts. John says much about Jesus, about God, about humanity, about belief or trust, and about sin. Some of the most potent and pregnant verses of the entire Bible are known as John’s prologue – the first 18 verses of his Gospel. ‘The Word’ is John’s … More 21 things about ‘the Word’ in 18 verses
The Gospel of Matthew has provided much content for various sides in the theological debate among Christians who disagree about how to best answer this question. However, there are some big themes in Matthew that are clear to any observant reader and worth our time. One big Theme in Matthew’s Gospel: The end of the … More Is the End really near?
All Bible-loving Christians must believe in something commonly referred to as baptism in the Holy Spirit, but there are differences in various definitions and expectations of it. Charismatic Christians sometimes presume that non-Charismatic Christians do not believe in a Holy Spirit baptism, but this is not necessarily justified. I shall seek to explain the biblical … More What is the Baptism in the Holy Spirit?
Throughout this year, I have been preaching through the book of Genesis with my congregation. Last Sunday we arrived at Genesis chapter 16, where polygamy is mentioned for the second time in the Bible. Earlier in the Bible (and in human history), we read about a man named “Lamech” who had two wives (Gen. 4:19-24). The … More Does the Bible really approve of Polygamy?
Introduction & Thesis Statement Humans are created in the image of God (Genesis 1:27). As such, humans are volitional beings, but that volition (or will) has been affected by the entrance of sin into creation (Genesis 3:6). I shall attempt to demonstrate that the will of fallen and unregenerate humanity has been radically corrupted by … More After the Fall, Is Human Will Free or Fettered?
How are rebellious, disobedient humans able to avoid the wrath of the God they have so consistently defied throughout their lives? Now that is a good question! Throughout history, Christians have phrased the question like this: How is a sinner justified before God? Justification is a theological and biblical word, but it is also very … More Justification: Not Only for Theologians