“The law of growth applies, therefore, in the realm of the Christian life. God is pleased to work through the process, and to fail to take account of this principle in the sanctification of the people of God is to frustrate both the wisdom and the grace of God. The child who acts as a […]Read more "The Exegetical Systematician: The Law of Growth"
[Just imagine that this video is slickly embeded so that you’ve watched it before proceeding.] It was a solemn covenantal act when the priests of Israel put the name of Yahweh on the people of Israel in blessing them with these words. God instructed Aaron: The LORD spoke to Moses, saying, ‘Speak to Aaron and […]Read more "Barking Mad!"
There is an emphasis by some on spiritual warfare today, but most of it should be tossed into the looney bin. Many would have us flailing our spiritual fists wildly in the air praying against territorial demons and rebuking the evil spirits in hurricanes. There is another contingency that thinks we’ll win by niceness. Love […]Read more "A Spiritual War with Human Meat Shields (Psalm 17)"
“It is here that the doctrine of the internal testimony of the Holy Spirit enters. And this doctrine is to the effect that, if faith in the Word of God is to be induced, there must be the interposition of another supernatural factor, a supernatural factor not for the purpose of supplying any deficiency that […]Read more "The Exegetical Systematician: Scripture Isn’t Deficient, We Are"
*This article was originally appeared on the Christ-Centered Churches blog. The church is laughing at the salvoes of the enemy while poisoning herself with an addictive narcotic. The bad guys are outgunned but the American church is so hopped up on laudanum she couldn’t hit the broad side of a barn. Indeed, our opium delusion […]Read more "Teaching the Enemy How to Shoot"
“It will readily be seen how necessary this principle is. If Scripture is the Word of God it must bear the marks of its divinity. This is parallel to the argument respecting God as Creator drawn from the visible creation. The invisible things of God omnipotence, divinity, eternity—are clearly seen (kathoratai), being understood (noumena) by […]Read more "The Exegetical Systematician: God Needs No Notary"
“ …in whose eyes a vile person is despised, but who honors those who fear the Lord…” —Psalm 15:4 (ESV) Nowadays there is fresh emphasis on Jesus as a friend of sinners. This is a welcome reprieve from the kind of legalism and fundamentalism that withdrew into a “holy huddle” refusing even a brother who […]Read more "Reading the Characters in God Story (Psalm 15)"