Last night, I started reading a fairly detailed commentary on the book of Romans. In the Introduction section, I got lost in pondering how connected scriptures are to each other. The author cited scriptures to support the Dates in which the epistle of Romans was written. He notes that when Paul set his heart to preach the gospel in Rome, the three missionary journeys were over; and he cites Romans 15:19–23 to support this statement. (The passage goes on to say that Paul proposed to visit Rome after he completed a visit to Jerusalem in verses 24–32).      by the power of signsRead More →

Part I: Introduction to Systematic Theology I. Definition of Systematic Theology: A. Any study that answers the question, “What does the whole Bible say to us      today?” about any given topic (–John Frame, RTS) 1. Emphases a. whole Bible b. tous c. today 2. Meaning of “systematic” 3. Meaning of “doctrine” 4. Every Christian does “Systematic theology” B. Relation to other disciplines 1. Exegesis 2. Biblical theology (emphasis on historical development, individual authors) a. Old Testament b. New Testament 3. Historical theology 4. Philosophical theology 5. Apologetics 6. Ethics II. Initial Assumptions of Course A. The Bible is true B. God exists and is whoRead More →

Different forms of the Word of God A. “The Word of God” as a Person: Jesus Christ 1. The Bible sometimes refers to the Son of God as “the Word of God.” John 1:1; John 1:14; Rev. 19:13 B. “The Word of God” as Speech by God: There are various forms of Speech from God. 1. God’s Decrees i) A decree of God is a word of God that causes something to happen or even causes things to come into being. Gen 1:3, 24; Ps. 33:6 By the word of the Lord the heavens were made, and by the breath of his mouth all theirRead More →

Grandville Sharp (10 November 1735 – 6 July 1813) is mainly remembered for his work as an abolitionist in the fight against slavery, as well as other social injustices. However, he was also quite a self accomplished linguist of Greek and Hebrew text of the Bible. Some of this was motivated by discussions over Christ’s Deity with a Unitarian coworker. Sharp began to study Koine Greek in order to better present evidence to his friend. Sharp made a striking discovery of a special pattern of words in which he observed a rule — which has incredible implications for noting passages that name Christ as God.Read More →

Credit to where credit is due: This is an excerpt of a sermon from the book of Romans, where John MacArthur relates the testimony of one in his church — illustrating that God is fair, and that God gives grace to those that respond to what gospel light they have by giving more light. I will quote the actual transcript of the testimony itself, but all of the following is the quote of MacArthur from his sermon, Principles of God’s Judgement, part 4b. Quoting From MacArthur’s Sermon:Read More →

We have learned that all dogs have a unique personality … and Ethan was no exception. Ethan was irreplaceable and quickly stole our hearts just by being himself. In this article, I simply wish to capture some memories of Ethan’s personality — memories that gave us a special joy in life that we dearly miss. It’s only proper for such an article be written — and, at times, we still have those breakdown moments where we wrestle to cope with life without him. Ethan came to us wrapped in a little package — and slightly bow‐legged — but we quickly learned that only his sizeRead More →

I have been highly motivated to carefully think through this question. In recent discussions, I have heard various people make statements like: The New Testament text can not be trusted as it has been heavily manipulated down through time. On the surface, this seems highly possible. However, with a little research, we find solid evidence to the contrary (both external evidence, and internal evidence).Read More →