The respected and renown Bible commentator J.B. Lightfoot said that Jesus’ attitude toward women must have appeared to have been a social revolution. What prompted this assessment? I think Thomas Alworthy summed it up when he wrote that Jesus “had a sincere belief in the intellectual and spiritual possibilities of women.” Unlike most people living … Continue reading Women, Culture, and the Church
In 722 B.C. then in 586 B.C. God’s judgment for Israel’s idolatry came crashing down. The northern ten tribes succumbed to an Assyrian onslaught. The remaining southern tribes were devastated by Babylon. Yet this is not the end of the story of Israel. In 538 B.C. the return from exile began. But the return was … Continue reading Isaiah Said There Will be a Second, So is This the First?
When we first moved to here we started visiting churches. One of my big surprises is how much sentimentality and emotion pervades the ministry of worship and the word. Recently a friend and colleague forwarded me an email he received that is designed to entice the recipient to sign up for a webinar. The lead … Continue reading Emotion First? Not According to the Bible
I don’t know why these things happen to me but just the other day a January 16 post on The Gospel Coalition website popped up on my feed. The title of the post is “Will People Die During Christ’s Millennial Reign?” The author, John Currid from Reformed Theological Seminary, tries to make the case that … Continue reading Yes, People Die During the Millennial Reign of Jesus
“Palestine” is a word that we hear a lot lately. Recently, I did a search for “Palestine” on the internet and it yielded 457 million results. Many of those results were stories of suffering and conflict. Although “Palestine” is apparently ubiquitous on the internet and in the news, one word you will never find in … Continue reading Pretend Palestine
Dispensationalism is a theological system that has been characterized by three essential elements: a consistently literal reading of the Bible, a separation between Israel and the Church, and that God’s overarching purpose is to glorify Himself. It is popularly known by certain doctrines such as the physical removal of the church to heaven (Rapture) before … Continue reading Too New to be True?
The C-word, Calvinism. Just mentioning it is asking for a fight. On the one hand are the “cage-stage” Calvinists. These are the obnoxious clods who have come to embrace Calvinism and are ready to defend its five points against all-comers. In fact, they are more than ready. They are on the prowl for opportunities to … Continue reading The “C” Word and Dispensationalism
“Whatever the Lord pleases, He does, In heaven and in earth, in the seas and in all deeps.” (Psalm 135:6, NASB95) Everything that Happens to You is Redeemed by the Sovereignty of God One of my very favorite theologians, Charles Ryrie, wrote “The word sovereign means chief, highest, or supreme. When we say that God … Continue reading Whatever He Pleases, He Does