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Jul 2013 10 Jul 10, 2013
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In the previous article we briefly examined the relevant biblical texts on the subject of CP. We now turn our attention to the most commonly heard objections to it, together with my response to each. 1. CP is not an effective deterrent to crime Statistical evidence on the issue is inconclusive. Studies have yielded support for both sides of the argument. The question also needs to be answered: What deters all of us who have never committed a capital crime? Could it be ...Read More

Jul 2013 9 Jul 9, 2013

“I remember the thoughts I used then to have of holiness; and said sometimes to myself, ‘I do certainly know that I love holiness, such as the gospel prescribes.’ It appeared to me that there was nothing in it but what was ravishingly lovely; and highest beauty and amiableness, a divine beauty; far purer than any thing here upon earth; and that every thing else was like mire and defilement, in comparison with it. Holiness, as I then wrote down some of ...Read More

Jul 2013 9 Jul 9, 2013
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Recently the state of Texas executed its 500th person since capital punishment was restored by the Supreme Court in 1976. [For a brief history of capital punishment and the legal developments in the U.S., see John Jefferson Davis, Christian Ethics, pp. 176-78.] That’s more than all other states combined. Perhaps in response, Roger Olson wrote a blog article on July 3, 2013, entitled, “The Heresy of Capital Punishment” (www.patheos.com/blogs/rogereolson...Read More

Jul 2013 7 Jul 7, 2013
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What is at stake in the so-called Lordship Salvation Debate? Those who affirm Lordship salvation oppose the idea that one may have saving faith without submitting to the Lordship of Jesus in daily obedience. We are saved by faith alone, but not by the faith which is alone. Saving faith is a working faith. That faith by means of which we are justified is the kind or quality of faith that produces obedience and the fruit of the Spirit. In the absence of obedience, in the...Read More

Jul 2013 6 Jul 6, 2013

“Since I came to this town [i.e. Northampton],” wrote Jonathan Edwards, “I have often had sweet complacency in God, in views of his glorious perfections and the excellency of Jesus Christ. God has appeared to me a glorious and lovely Being, chiefly on account of his holiness. The holiness of God has always appeared to me the most lovely of all his attributes. The doctrines of God's absolute sovereignty, and free grace, in showing mercy to whom he would ...Read More

Jul 2013 5 Jul 5, 2013

There is a fascinating article at National Review Online by Charles Krauthammer, titled, "Obama's Global-Warming Folly". I thought you'd enjoy it. I did.   NATIONAL REVIEW ONLINE WWW.NATIONALREVIEW.COM JULY 4, 2013 8:00 PM Obama’s Global-Warming Folly No, Mr. President, we don’t need a war on coal. By Charles Krauthammer The economy stagnates. Syria burns. Scandals lap at his feet. China and Russia mock him, even as a “29-year-old hacker&rdqu...Read More

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