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To The One Who Conquers

Johns-Vision-of-the-Son-of-Man-in-Rev-1.9-to-1.20Since January I’ve been working my way through the Greek text of Revelation and breaking down the syntax in order further my understanding of both New Testament Greek and of the book of Revelation itself. Currently, I’m in chapter 3 and working toward finishing this section the letters to the seven churches in Asia Minor. Continue reading “To The One Who Conquers”

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What Does Prayer Accomplish?

prayerpraisiesYears ago, I had a discussion with a pastor friend of mine on the topic of why we pray. Since I’m Reformed in my thought and I don’t think that our prayers change God’s mind, my Wesleyan pastor friend asked me the common question as to what the point of prayer would then be. Continue reading “What Does Prayer Accomplish?”

Greater than what, exactly?

The epistle known as First John is largely concerned with Truth. For John, truth is not merely correct knowledge, or historical facts (though see 1 Jn. 1:1-3) but more importantly, Truth is a person: Jesus Christ. And this little letter is full of Truth-oriented exhortations. Among these are very quotable passages, such as 1 John 4:4, which is the focus of this present discussion. Continue reading “Greater than what, exactly?”

All the Promises of God in Jeremiah Find their Yes in Him

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I’m currently reading through Jeremiah for a Wednesday night bible study at my church. This past week I came across Jeremiah 16:14-15 and began to reflect upon the incredible faithfulness of God to His promises and how He fulfills them in ways which continually leave me in awe of Him.’ Continue reading “All the Promises of God in Jeremiah Find their Yes in Him”

Who is the antichrist?

One of the most talked about figures in discussions of the “end-times” is the Anti-Christ, that false Christ who comes to deceive the nations, establish a one-world government and religion, and to persecute believers during the Great Tribulation. Or at least that’s the picture painted by many popular interpretations—predominantly the bestselling Left Behind novels. Continue reading “Who is the antichrist?”

The God Who Walks

As J.R.R. Tolkien once said, “the nature of humans is to long for Eden and though we glimpse it at our purest and most undefiled moments, our whole existence is soaked with a sense of exile.”[1] But what is it that our whole beings ache for? Continue reading “The God Who Walks”

Jesus, Paul, and Feminism

womenatthetombI wanted to comment on a blog article from over at The Junia Project that popped up on my Facebook feed last week.

The article itself is, for the most part, your run-of-the-mill egalitarian argumentation that seems more designed to appeal to fellow convinced egalitarians. For complementarians such as myself, the exegetical and hermeneutical arguments put forward are unconvincing. Continue reading “Jesus, Paul, and Feminism”

Lead us not into…?

Recently, Pope Francis created quite the stir with his comments to an Italian news outlet regarding the phrase from the “Lord’s Prayer” (Mt. 6:9-13 // Lk. 11:2-4) “lead us not into temptation” (Gk. μὴ εἰσενέκγῃς ἡμᾶς πειρασμόν). NPR offers a translation of the pope’s words (from Italian): Continue reading “Lead us not into…?”

Christian Worship as Trinitarian Symphony

crucifixion and trinityMatthew Bates’ book, The Birth of the Trinity, contains an insight that has truly changed the way I understand Christian worship, specifically the church’s corporate worship in song. In presenting a prosopological reading of Paul’s citation of Psalm 18:49 (17:50 LXX) in Romans 15:9, Bates says, Continue reading “Christian Worship as Trinitarian Symphony”

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