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Galatians Overview

A downloadable synthetic overview of Paul’s Letter to the Galatians. Download (PDF, 1.94MB) ...

Biblical Organizational Principles Applied: Safeguarding the Organization

Can you safeguard the organization and guarantee it doesn’t depart from core values? The Biblical example of the...

Why I Am Not A Calvinist…Or an Arminian, Part 3

The Calvinism/Arminianism debate considers three essential issues: (1) The degree of God’s activity in human...

Which Comes First, Metaphysics or Epistemology?

Epistemology is the study of knowledge and seeks to answer the question of how we can have knowledge and certainty....

Is the Messiah Given to the Gentiles as a Covenant?

Question: In Isaiah 42:6, doesn’t the phrase “I will appoint You as a covenant to the people, as a light to the...

Why I Am Not a Calvinist…Or an Arminian, Part 2

The Remonstrance of 1610, by followers of Jacobus Arminius, counters five points of doctrine that were understood to be...

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Galatians Overview

A downloadable synthetic overview of Paul’s Letter to the Galatians. Download (PDF, 1.94MB) ...

9 Steps for Bible Exegesis and Exposition, Step #9: Development of Exposition

This is a step where we can easily derail. Even if we have done our first seven steps well – handling the text...

Biblical Wordplay Doesn’t Obfuscate Meaning

Years ago, inaugural Tampa Bay Buccaneers’ Coach John McKay was asked, after yet another loss, about his team’s...

9 Steps for Bible Exegesis and Exposition: #8 Secondary Verification

Technically only the first seven steps of the exegetical process are truly exegetical. In those steps we aren’t using...

9 Steps for Bible Exegesis and Exposition, Step #7: Identify Theological Context

In Step #6, we considered Biblical context, examining contexts on the basis of immediate and near textual proximity. In...

7 Core Values for Effective Life and Ministry

#1 The Supremacy of His Glory It’s simple: It is all about Him, end of story. Ephesians 1 illustrates how Father...

Contending for the Faith Without Being Contentious

Paul’s words echo as if exclaimed from a canyon, yet we often fail to hear them. “If possible, so far as it depends...

Forgiveness, Righteousness, and a New Walk

Our new position in Christ does not just include the removal of debits (forgiveness, Acts 10:43, Rom 4:7, Eph 1:7, Col...

Comfort in the Midst of Tragedy

It surrounds us constantly. We can’t escape it, though sometimes we brush up against it without realizing how near it...

Pope Francis: Belief in God Not Necessary?

On September 11, 2013, Pope Francis wrote a Letter to Those Who Do Not Believe, responding to Eugenio Scalfari, in...

Epistemological Foundations for a Biblical Theology

or, Bob’s Crazy Day With The Dandelions Presented to the Chafer Theological Seminary Conference, March 12,...

9 Steps for Bible Exegesis and Exposition, Step #9: Development of Exposition

This is a step where we can easily derail. Even if we have done our first seven steps well – handling the text...

9 Steps for Bible Exegesis and Exposition: #8 Secondary Verification

Technically only the first seven steps of the exegetical process are truly exegetical. In those steps we aren’t using...

9 Steps for Bible Exegesis and Exposition, Step #7: Identify Theological Context

In Step #6, we considered Biblical context, examining contexts on the basis of immediate and near textual proximity. In...

9 Steps for Bible Exegesis and Exposition, Step #6: Identify Biblical Context

After completing the detailed grammatical, syntactical and lexical analysis, we need to step back and refocus to the...

Biblical Wordplay Doesn’t Obfuscate Meaning

Years ago, inaugural Tampa Bay Buccaneers’ Coach John McKay was asked, after yet another loss, about his team’s...

Did Jesus Teach Cannibalism or Transubstantiation?

In John 6:53-56 we find a strange statement by Jesus that troubled even His disciples (6:60):   53  So Jesus said...

What Must We Do To Have Eternal Life?

In the third installment of the Indiana Jones franchise (spoiler alert), the guardian of the “holy grail”...

The Importance of Rational Disinterestedness For Critical Thought and Civil Discourse

Loyalty is a beautiful thing. Loyalty to loved ones, family members, and even noble ideas, for example, is generally...

Ten Common Myths About Spiritual Gifts – Myth #2: Speaking In Tongues is a Needed Evidence That We Have the Holy Spirit

With over 40,000 members, Lakewood Church in Houston, Texas is the largest church in the United States. For better or...

Which Comes First, Metaphysics or Epistemology?

Epistemology is the study of knowledge and seeks to answer the question of how we can have knowledge and certainty....

Epistemological Foundations for a Biblical Theology

or, Bob’s Crazy Day With The Dandelions Presented to the Chafer Theological Seminary Conference, March 12,...

Wikipedia, the Meaning of Life, and How Philosophy Still Matters

“The unexamined life,” said Socrates, “isn’t worth living.” And apparently, Wikipedia proves that we still...

Answering Richard Dawkins, Part 2

Dawkins Argument #2: There are of course gaps in the fossil record. In the case of the Turbellaria, a large,...

Answering Richard Dawkins, Part 1

I appreciate Dr. Richard Dawkins’ impassioned arguments against creationism, as he challenges his listeners and...

Hopelessness, Drugs, and The Deceptive Promise of the Altered State

I haven’t seen many of his films, but even a small sampling shows Philip Seymour Hoffman to be an extraordinary actor...

The Hermeneutic Roots of Our Soteriological Crisis

Failing to recognize that the Reformation’s hermeneutic inconsistency obscured more than just eschatology and...

Forgiveness, Righteousness, and a New Walk

Our new position in Christ does not just include the removal of debits (forgiveness, Acts 10:43, Rom 4:7, Eph 1:7, Col...

Pope Francis: Belief in God Not Necessary?

On September 11, 2013, Pope Francis wrote a Letter to Those Who Do Not Believe, responding to Eugenio Scalfari, in...

What Must We Do To Have Eternal Life?

In the third installment of the Indiana Jones franchise (spoiler alert), the guardian of the “holy grail”...

Why I Am Not A Calvinist…Or an Arminian, Part 3

The Calvinism/Arminianism debate considers three essential issues: (1) The degree of God’s activity in human...

Is the Messiah Given to the Gentiles as a Covenant?

Question: In Isaiah 42:6, doesn’t the phrase “I will appoint You as a covenant to the people, as a light to the...

Why I Am Not a Calvinist…Or an Arminian, Part 2

The Remonstrance of 1610, by followers of Jacobus Arminius, counters five points of doctrine that were understood to be...

Why I Am Not a Calvinist…Or an Arminian, Part 1

I am often asked whether I am a Calvinist or an Arminian. Honestly, it is not a simple question because these are not...

History of the Problem of Evil, Part 2

The Problem of Evil in Modern Philosophy Calvin (1509-1564) Calvin resolutely disregards human volition as a means of...