Theology

A winter at L'Abri

I’m headed to the L’Abri Fellowship in Heumoz, Switzerland for January and February. This, of course, is the ministry Francis Schaeffer started in 1955. So I’ve got my flight to Geneva, I’ve paid for my two-month stay with a bank transfer, and got some Swiss Francs from the bank for spending cash on the trip. …

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It only took 90 years. John Bolt's essay "Herman Hoeksema was Right;" an important corrector of false doctrine.

I’ve just received John Bolt’s essay “Herman Hoeksema was Right.” (in Biblical Interpretation and Doctrinal Formulation in the Reformed Tradition, Essays in Honor of James De Jong, ed. Arie C. Leder and Richard A. Muller, Grand Rapids: MI, Reformation Heritage Books, 2014) 1924 to 2014. That’s 90 years from the CRC’s Synod of Kalamazoo to Bolt’s …

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Truth is Arrogance

I recently spoke with a liberal Christian who made the claim “truth is arrogance.” More fully, if I recall correctly, his claim was “thinking you know the truth is arrogant.” Our conversation quickly moved on to other topics however, and I wasn’t able to think about or respond to this claim. There are three possible …

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Review of "Federal Vision, heresy at the root" by David J. Engelsma

Federal Vision, heresy at the root By David J. Engelsma, Jenison, MI: Reformed Free Publishing Association, 2012. David Engelsma of the Protestant Reformed Churches pulls no punches in his analysis of the theology of Federal Vision. Englesma calls out Federal Vision as a doctrine which openly and expressly denies the five points of Calvinism (p. 83), …

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Soteriology Comparison

Considering 4 questions on soteriology, I’ve created this table to explain the views. For a long time I’ve been interested in soteriology. This was actually the area of study which convinced me to “convert” from Lutheranism to Calvinism. To my surprise though I found that within Calvinism there are multiple views. Here I speak of just …

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Your Mother was a Hamster

Some ethical vegans do not eat animals or animals products because those animals are “sentient” beings. Another ethical vegan says animals have “beliefs, desires, an emotional life, etc.” and therefore they should not be eaten.But why should either of these criteria be the dividing point between the morally acceptable to be eaten (plants) and that …

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Frame, Van Til, and Knowledge

On Pg 700 of John Frames Systematic Theology he writes: 1. “Clark assumed that any difference between God’s thinking and man’s thinking was necessarily a difference in truth value.” and 2. “Actually, Clark and Van Til were not as far apart a they seemed to think.  Clark allowed that there were important differences between divine …

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The Solution to the Problem of Knowledge Despite Man's Finitude

There is a problem in epistemology that unless all things are known then nothing can be known.  Now, this seems strange because we think of building up knowledge from the bits and pieces and into a larger picture. But consider this problem: we say that a swinging baseball bat is the CAUSE of the baseball …

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Psalm 1 Commentary

Blessed is the man that walketh not in the counsel of the ungodly nor standeth in the way of sinner, nor sitteth in the seat of the scornful. But his delight is in the law of the LORD; and in his law doth he meditate day and night. And he shall be like a tree …

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Herod Herod Herod.

Herod the Great had a son named Herod Philip I (not to be confused with his other son, Herod Philip II) by his 2nd wife Mariamne (not be confused with his 3rd wife, Mariamne II, who incidently is the mother of Philip II, also known as Herod II who should not be confused with Herod …

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On Literal Interpretation of the Bible, Part 2

Genre Analysis In “Hermeneutics, Principles and Processes of Biblical Interpretation” by Henry A. Virkler (not to be confused with the Fonz, Henry Winkler) we read the following regarding genre analysis or literary form: “For purposes of our analysis at this point, it is sufficient to speak of three general literary forms – prose, poetry, and …

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Praise and Worship

To praise is to say good things about. To praise God is to say good things about God. This certainly should not be difficult for those who love God. God is the creator of the world, our provider, our savior, and in whom we have hope. To worship is to show dedication. To worship God …

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Faith

Consequently, faith comes from hearing the message, and the message is heard through the word of Christ. – Romans 10:17