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Monthly Archives: February 2016

Teach Your People to Suffer

My lovely wife and I were sitting in a parenting class at church, when the chairman of the elder board came and asked for us. Actually he asked for “the parents of Calvin Dodson.” Slightly embarrassed, thinking our little one must have thrown a fit, or done something else to show we really needed the … read more »

The Word Made Flesh

Reflections on the Release of “The Word Made Flesh: The Ligonier Statement on Christology” Someday the entire earth will resound with one singular confession: “Jesus Christ is Lord” (Phil 2:11). This short sentence is a creed, a concise statement of belief. This statement declares what we believe about Christ. Getting the doctrine of the person … read more »

Helping People Reconcile

Philemon. It’s one of the shortest books in the Bible, a brief epistle that makes up what it lacks in word count with a dynamic message on forgiveness, fellowship, and unity in the church. Since it was first penned by the apostle Paul, this powerful little letter has continued to impact the lives of individual believers … read more »

Penal Substitution and Church History

Since the rise of Protestant liberalism in the eighteenth century, it has become common for some to claim that penal substitution, the view that Christ died on behalf of sinners, is not a biblical doctrine. (For a clear refutation of that assertion, see here.) In recent years this position has been accompanied by assertions that … read more »

How to Choose a Seminary

There are many practical concerns that factor into why people choose the seminaries that they choose. Perhaps it’s the cost of tuition, the distance from home, the popularity of the professors, or the academic prestige of the institution. All of those are reasons why someone might choose a seminary, and some of those reasons involve legitimate considerations. … read more »

Jump Starting Your Evangelism

The New Testament presents evangelism as both a gift and a command. On the one hand, evangelism is the main task God has given Christians to do (cf. Matt. 28:18–20). All believers are to be witnesses, and to fail to proclaim the gospel is to miss the very essence of what God has left us on … read more »

What Language Did Jesus Speak?

The hypothesis that Jesus usually spoke Aramaic has dominated scholarly discussion for decades. For example, several years ago Darrell Bock noted, “Most New Testament scholars believe Aramaic was the primary language of Palestine in Jesus’ day” (BibSac 159/633 [Jan 2002]: 126). Coming from a leading evangelical scholar of the NT, this assessment of the state … read more »

Exegetical Fallacies: The Word Study Fallacy

When it comes to studying Scripture, word studies are popular, easily obtained from available resources and an easy way to procure sermon content. However, word studies are also subject to radical extrapolations and erroneous applications. It is not always possible to strike exegetical gold by extracting a word from the text for close examination. Word … read more »

Is the Lord’s Return Imminent?

Christ could come at any moment. I believe that with all my heart—not because of what I read in the newspapers, but because of what I read in Scripture. From the very earliest days of the church, the apostles and first-generation Christians nurtured an earnest expectation and fervent hope that Christ might suddenly return at any time to … read more »

Seminary Studies: Where Duty Meets Devotion

Today’s post is adapted from B. B. Warfield’s address “The Religious Life of Seminary Students.” The full essay can be read here. As students of theology your vocation is to study theology; and to study it diligently, in accordance with the apostolic injunction: “Whatsoever ye do, do it heartily, as to the Lord.” It is … read more »