In Genesis Chapter 11 Nations were formed and dispersed across the earth. God’s purpose in establishing nations and borders was to limit the spread and impact of sin. That was our first principle. Principle #1: God Has Established National Borders to Limit the Spread and Impact of Sin When we make our way in God’s progressive revelation … Continue reading Ancient Wisdom on Current Issues: The Bible and Borders III
The first mention of “nation” in the Bible is in Genesis 10:5. Here is how the ESV reads, “From these the coastland peoples spread in their lands, each with his own language, … their clans, in their nations.” If we look closely at the context, we find that these nations developed from groups of people … Continue reading Ancient Wisdom on Current Issues: The Bible and Borders II
There are few issues facing the United States that are more divisive than the crisis at our border. Our American character creates a dilemma. On the one hand we are a generous and compassionate people. On the other hand, we are law abiding and see the need to protect ourselves against those who seek to … Continue reading Ancient Wisdom on Current Issues: The Bible and Borders
Most evangelical authors understand Genesis 3:15 to be the first promise of a coming deliverer. In fact, so many identify the verse as the first promise of a deliverer that there is a special name for it. It is called the protoevangelium, which literally means “first good news”. Here is what Genesis 3:15 says: "I … Continue reading The Promise of His Coming
Once someone becomes committed to a belief there is a tendency to refuse to acknowledge any facts to the contrary. This selective sifting out of contrary realities is called willful ignorance. Often willful ignorance has disastrous consequences. Willful ignorance, for example, was at the heart of the space shuttle Challenger disaster in 1986. The report on this incident cited … Continue reading The Willful Ignorance of William Lane Craig
This book by James D. Quiggle is an important resource. His goal, as stated in the introduction, is to discuss four distinctive doctrines of Dispensational theology and to contrast them with Covenant theology. His work opens with chapters that define Dispensationalism, and another that provides a history of Dispensational thought in the early church. This chapter is particularly … Continue reading Book Review: Understanding Dispensational Theology
Jesus opened His first sermon in Matthew 5 by encouraging and comforting those coming to him by telling them of the blessings of the coming kingdom. We call these the beatitudes. Each began with “Blessed are…” and concluded with a promise. I want to call your attention to the blessing in Matthew 5:5. It is probably very familiar to … Continue reading The Meek Will Inherit The…What?