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Jul 2013 5 Jul 5, 2013

I was recently interviewed by Matt Smethurst concerning my new book, Kingdom Come: The Amillennial Alternative (Christian Focus). The interview was posted today on the website of The Gospel Coalition (www.thegospelcoalition.org). Here it is. We Can't All Be Panmillenial One day, heaven's risen and reigning King will return—suddenly, physically, triumphantly—to the earth he made. He will extend justice to his enemies and mercy to his ex-enemies. All things w...Read More

Jul 2013 5 Jul 5, 2013
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We must address the explicit use of the name “Paul” in Ephesians 1:1 and 3:1. How do those who deny Pauline authorship deal with this? Most (such as Ehrman) appeal to the literary device known as pseudonymity. Pseudonymity was a common literary convention in the Jewish and Greco-Roman world, wherein a letter or book would claim to be written by a given author (usually a well-known figure of a previous generation) when in fact it was not. O’Brien, who re...Read More

Jul 2013 4 Jul 4, 2013
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Someone recently linked to an article by Bart Ehrman entitled, “Who Wrote the Bible and Why it Matters,” first published on The Huffington Post on March 25, 2011. Ehrman is among those who think that the Apostle Paul, for example, wrote at most seven of the thirteen letters traditionally associated with his ministry. The other six letters are called “pseudepigrapha.” Someone else wrote them under the alias of the apostle. Thus these NT authors &ld...Read More

Jul 2013 3 Jul 3, 2013
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In a guest post at the blog of Kevin DeYoung (July 3, 2013), Jason Helopoulos asks and answers the question: Does Calvinism Kill Missions? It is often asserted that Calvinism creates a barrier to evangelism and missions. The accusation usually comes in the form of questions. How could those who believe the Scriptures teach predestination and election truly have a heart for missions? If God has determined who shall be saved, why would there be any need to engage in evang...Read More

Jul 2013 3 Jul 3, 2013
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We’re now ready to finish by looking at the final four characteristics of grace. (5) Fifth, when it comes to salvation, grace stands opposed to works (Rom. 4:4-5; 11:6). However, when it comes to sanctification, grace is the source of works. This simply means that whereas we are saved by grace and not of works, we are saved by grace unto good works. Good works are the fruit, not the root, of God’s saving grace (see esp. Eph. 2:8-10). It thus comes as no surp...Read More

Jul 2013 2 Jul 2, 2013
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“The heaven I desired was a heaven of holiness; to be with God, and to spend my eternity in divine love, and holy communion with Christ. My mind was very much taken up with contemplations on heaven, and the enjoyments there; and living there in perfect holiness, humility and love: And it used at that time to appear a great part of the happiness of heaven, that there the saints could express their love to Christ. It appeared to me a great clog and burden, that what ...Read More

Jul 2013 1 Jul 1, 2013

We’re now ready to look at some of the distinguishing characteristics of grace. I’m going to mention eight, four in this article and the final four in the next. (1) The first and possibly most fundamental characteristic of divine grace is that it presupposes sin and guilt. If you believe in the inherent goodness of human nature, grace will never register in your soul. It will make no sense. It will be viewed as unnecessary and irrelevant. Grace has meaning ...Read More

Jul 2013 1 Jul 1, 2013
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Posted By Alan Jacobs on June 24, 2013 [My former colleague at Wheaton College, Alan Jacobs, has written a brief but interesting post on the purported universal influence of technology. Anything Alan writes is worth reading, so enjoy.] Jonathan Freedland writes [1], “The American intellectual Leon Wieseltier recently told of his fears for reading. ‘Reading is a cognitive, mental, emotional action, and today it is under pressure from all this speed of the i...Read More

Jul 2013 1 Jul 1, 2013
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Acts 20:24 is surely one of the most powerful and breath-taking texts in all of Scripture. There the Apostle Paul makes this stunning declaration: “But I do not account my life of any value nor as precious to myself, if only I may finish my course and the ministry that I received from the Lord Jesus, to testify to the gospel of the grace of God.” What is it about “grace” that would lead this man to say such a thing? Do we today understand grace i...Read More

Jun 2013 29 Jun 29, 2013
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On April 14 of this year I was honored to participate in the thanksgiving service where John Piper was acknowledged for his 33 years at Bethlehem Baptist Church. Some of the service is now available below, one segment of which is my challenge to John. ...Read More