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Oct 2015 30 Oct 30, 2015

In an earlier blog post I mentioned the scenario described by James in chapter two of his epistle and the way it challenges us concerning the secret sin of prejudice and partiality. I’d like to revisit that subject/text yet again. Continue reading . . . In an earlier blog post I mentioned the scenario described by James in chapter two of his epistle and the way it challenges us concerning the secret sin of prejudice and partiality. I’d like to revisit that s...Read More

Oct 2015 29 Oct 29, 2015
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All of us know that some sins are more conspicuous and overt than others. Public drunkenness, for example, or profane speech are readily identifiable. It’s obvious to even the casual observer if someone is intoxicated. Continue reading . . . All of us know that some sins are more conspicuous and overt than others. Public drunkenness, for example, or profane speech are readily identifiable. It’s obvious to even the casual observer if someone is intoxicated. T...Read More

Oct 2015 28 Oct 28, 2015

[Zondervan recently released the new NIV Study Bible, edited by D. A. Carson. This is a tremendous resource, especially for those who prefer the NIV as their English translation. There are study notes throughout, introductory articles for each book, numerous maps and charts, historical timelines, and a host of articles that focus on both historical and theological themes. I was privileged to write the article on Prophets and Prophecy, found below.] Continue reading . . ....Read More

Oct 2015 27 Oct 27, 2015

But do those in heaven now know what is happening on earth? Do the saints with Christ see the progress of the church and God’s providential governance of the affairs of mankind Continue reading . . . One of the more glorious and comforting truths in Scripture is the assurance we are given that to be absent from the body is to be present with the Lord (2 Cor. 5:8). In other words, all believers who die pass immediately into the conscious presence of Christ. There t...Read More

Oct 2015 26 Oct 26, 2015
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I’m often asked the question, “How many will be saved? Has God sovereignly chosen only a few to inherit eternal life or will we discover at the end of history that the majority of mankind are redeemed?” Continue reading . . . I’m often asked the question, “How many will be saved? Has God sovereignly chosen only a few to inherit eternal life or will we discover at the end of history that the majority of mankind are redeemed?” Peop...Read More

Oct 2015 22 Oct 22, 2015

[I’m excited to announce the release from Crossway Publishers of the ESV Men’s Devotional Bible. I was honored to have served as General Editor on this project and I also wrote the daily devotionals on the books of Joshua and Jonah. This would be a perfect gift (birthday, Christmas, anniversary, Father’s Day, etc.) for any man. So ladies, take notice. Oh, by the way, Crossway has also recently released the ESV Women’s Devotional Bible! Below is th...Read More

Oct 2015 21 Oct 21, 2015

We are all aware that in some way, seemingly inexplicable, Satan fell in a hideous rebellion against God and his glory. Continue reading . . . We are all aware that in some way, seemingly inexplicable, Satan fell in a hideous rebellion against God and his glory. How or why an angelic being who lived perpetually in God’s presence might turn in such an ugly act of treachery is beyond our ability to understand. But he did. And so too did numerous angels with him. Bu...Read More

Oct 2015 20 Oct 20, 2015

Some Christians live in fear that heaven will be spoiled or their joy diminished because then they will see with much greater clarity than ever they did while on earth the wickedness and perversity of their sin. Won’t that undermine our capacity of joy in heaven? Continue reading . . . Some Christians live in fear that heaven will be spoiled or their joy diminished because then they will see with much greater clarity than ever they did while on earth the wickednes...Read More

Oct 2015 19 Oct 19, 2015
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The idea of an eternal conscious punishment of the lost in hell is a challenge to all believers. But it is, I believe, biblical. Continue reading . . . The idea of an eternal conscious punishment of the lost in hell is a challenge to all believers. But it is, I believe, biblical. One reason why many struggle with the idea is that they conceive of those in hell as at some point coming to repentance and experiencing sorrow for their sin. That is to say, they envision the ...Read More

Oct 2015 16 Oct 16, 2015

In a recent volume on the Second Coming of Christ (The Return of Christ: A Premillennial Perspective), noted author and theologian Craig Blaising articulated a couple of arguments in favor of premillennialism that warrant consideration. Continue reading . . . In a recent volume on the Second Coming of Christ (The Return of Christ: A Premillennial Perspective), noted author and theologian Craig Blaising articulated a couple of arguments in favor of premillennialism that ...Read More

Oct 2015 15 Oct 15, 2015
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I’m often asked or receive emails making inquiry about Isaiah 65:17-25 (see also Isa. 66:22) and the new heavens and new earth. Continue reading . . . I’m often asked or receive emails making inquiry about Isaiah 65:17-25 (see also Isa. 66:22) and the new heavens and new earth. The problem this text poses for all Christians, regardless of their millennial beliefs, is found in vv. 20 and 23. There we read that in the New Heavens and New Earth there shall not ...Read More

Oct 2015 14 Oct 14, 2015

I love to think about life in the new heavens and the new earth. Nothing brings me the same degree of joy or fascination as reading the reflections of others on what it will be like to live forever in a glorified body in perfect love and community with other believers in Jesus. Continue reading . . . I love to think about life in the new heavens and the new earth. Nothing brings me the same degree of joy or fascination as reading the reflections of others on what it wil...Read More

Oct 2015 13 Oct 13, 2015

One of the more crucial truths of Scripture with which people often struggle is the distinction Calvinists make between God’s revealed will and his secret will, or between his will of command and his will of decree. What bothers people is the way we insist that one “will” may be contrary to or different from another. Continue reading . . . One of the more crucial truths of Scripture with which people often struggle is the distinction Calvinists make be...Read More

Oct 2015 12 Oct 12, 2015

One of the reasons God created the world as he did was to display within it the beauty and excellencies of his Son, Jesus Christ. Continue reading . . . One of the reasons God created the world as he did was to display within it the beauty and excellencies of his Son, Jesus Christ. Yet, no matter how clearly we see his handiwork in the natural world, says Jonathan Edwards, what we behold there is still only a “shadow or glimpse” of God’s excellencies (...Read More

Oct 2015 8 Oct 8, 2015
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Perhaps most Christians have it in their heads that once they die and enter the presence of Christ, or once they receive their glorified and resurrected bodies and are forever set free from both the presence and power of sin, they will never become more holy or more happy than they are at that moment. I think otherwise. Continue reading . . . Perhaps most Christians have it in their heads that once they die and enter the presence of Christ, or once they receive their gl...Read More

Oct 2015 7 Oct 7, 2015
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What? I thought the glory of God was the end or ultimate aim for the existence of all things? How then does Jonathan Edwards get away with saying that “happiness” is the end or purpose or ultimate goal of all creation? Continue reading . . . What? I thought the glory of God was the end or ultimate aim for the existence of all things? How then does Jonathan Edwards get away with saying that “happiness” is the end or purpose or ultimate goal of all...Read More

Oct 2015 6 Oct 6, 2015

If the Devil is so incredibly cunning and subtle and smart, as the Bible clearly portrays him to be, why does he expend so much effort in the attempt to frustrate the purposes of a God who is omnipotent and omniscient? Continue reading . . . If the Devil is so incredibly cunning and subtle and smart, as the Bible clearly portrays him to be, why does he expend so much effort in the attempt to frustrate the purposes of a God who is omnipotent and omniscient? If God always...Read More

Oct 2015 5 Oct 5, 2015
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There are countless reasons why the hysteria regarding so-called “blood moons” amounted to nothing. Perhaps in another post I’ll address them. But here I want to focus on only one factor: the failure of all the prognosticators and self-appointed prophets to read the Bible biblically. Here is what I mean. Continue reading . . . There are countless reasons why the hysteria regarding so-called “blood moons” amounted to nothing. Perhaps in anot...Read More

Oct 2015 1 Oct 1, 2015

The noun “religion” and the adjective “religious” have both become nigh unto cuss words in today’s evangelical vocabulary. “Religion” is often thought to be synonymous with legalism and externalism. Continue reading . . . The noun “religion” and the adjective “religious” have both become nigh unto cuss words in today’s evangelical vocabulary. “Religion” is often thought to be synonymous ...Read More