In my last blog, I left you hanging. I stated, quite boldly, that I am not a dispensationalist but did not give any reasons as to why. This blog and the next 3 or 4 will outline those reasons. As a covenant theologian and non-dispensationalist, there are a few beliefs that I do not hold … Continue reading Why I Am NOT a Dispensationalist, Part 2
Let me ask two questions. They are not my questions, they are adapted from the great little book by Kevin Mathison, A Reformed Approach to Science and Scripture, Do we believe that God's revelation in Scripture is infallible? Do we believe that God's revelation in nature is infallible? The answer to both of these questions should be … Continue reading Faith and Science: The Two Book Dilemma
The doctrine of God's unconditional individual election / predestination unto salvation is ever-present in Scripture and is so clearly presented and so easily understood that to deny its presence in God's word would be to deny a vast majority of what God communicates to us. Since it is not an obscure or marginal doctrine in … Continue reading Romans 9:19-23: Predestination!?! What about my free will?
If you have read my previous exegetical blogs on Romans 9 you will understand that I believe Romans 9 discusses individual salvation and the election of individuals by God unto salvation. Yet some still try to insist that Romans 9 does not speak about this. They claim two things (cf. Baugh): Paul is simply addressing the historical … Continue reading Does Romans 9 Teach Individual or Corporate Election?
So far we have outlined the history, theology and brief biblical defence of the Reformation understanding of sola scriptura. Let me summarize this doctrine before we probe its implications for the life of the believer. You can check out the previous blogs, here, here and here. Sola scriptura was a doctrine believed and practiced, though not … Continue reading Sola Scriptura: Implications and Application, Part 4 of 4
Since our discussion has been on the doctrine of Scripture I thought I would supplement my blogs with a list of 5 of the best books you can read on the doctrine of Scripture. The Inspiration and Authority of Scripture by B.B. Warfield Thy Word is Truth by E.J. Young Scripture and Truth edited by D.A. Carson … Continue reading Top 5 Books on the Doctrine of Scripture
In the past, the doctrine of sola scriptura needed to be defended against mainly Catholic arguments against this foundational doctrine of the Reformation. This is still true, but today there is a growing group of Protestants, I labelled them Subjective Evangelicalism in my last blog, who believe so strongly that God speaks to them outside of Scripture that … Continue reading Sola Scriptura: A Biblical Defence, Part 3 of 4
To better understand sola scriptura, you need to understand the way in which tradition and Scripture interact. By tradition I am referring to the way in which the church has read the Bible in the past and in certain situations created creeds, confessions and catechisms to articulate and solidify its reading of Scripture as orthodox. Sola scriptura … Continue reading Sola Scriptura: What is the relationship of Tradition and Scripture? Part 2
"The whole counsel of God, concerning all things necessary for his own glory, man’s salvation, faith, and life, is either expressly set down in scripture, or by good and necessary consequence may be deduced from scripture: unto which nothing at any time is to be added, whether by new revelations of the Spirit, or traditions … Continue reading What is Sola Scriptura? Part 1
I am a huge fan of the Denver Broncos. HUGE! So this week has been a good week for me since they just crushed the Carolina Panthers in the Super Bowl. But this isn't what this post is about, as you probably guessed from its title. But my thoughts were spurred by an sports columnist … Continue reading “If words do not matter, what does?”