Q & A: Does John 3:16 teach that we have eternal life right now?

Q: Does John 3:16 emphasize that "the believing one...has eternal life" from the point of salvation? It seems that some disagree that this passage teaches that, on grounds that in John 3:16 both final verbs are subjunctive, μὴ ἀπόληται ἀλλ᾽ ἔχῃ. A: For three basic...
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9 Steps for Bible Exegesis and Exposition, Step #5: Identify Lexical Keys

After we have recognized and understood the relationships of words to each other, we need to examine the words themselves. The context of the word is the greatest definer, but lexical meaning is important. At this point a lexicon is a necessity. The standard authority...
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Hypocrisy, A&E, Phil Robertson, and Us: Lessons to Be Learned

So let’s recap. Phil Robertson of Duck Dynasty fame was quoted in a GQ interview as saying, “It seems like, to me, a vagina – as a man – would be more desirable than a man’s anus. That’s just me. I’m just thinking: There’s more there! She’s got more to offer. I mean,...
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Spiritual Gift Myth #5: There Are Individual Gifts of Pastoring, Apostleship, and Evangelism

In discussing the unity and maturing of believers, Paul describes in Ephesians 4 how God’s comprehensive and unified work results in grace for each individual believer (Eph 4:7). Each of us can rejoice, knowing that God has given us individually the grace we need,...
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The Biblical Difference Between Preaching and Teaching

The Greek New Testament uses many different words to describe distinct methods of communicating. There are thirteen hundred and twenty-nine references in the Greek New Testament using forms of the word lego, which is to say or speak. Two hundred and ninety-six times...
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The Interconnectedness of Philosophy, Theology, and Worldview

The Interconnectedness of Philosophy, Theology, and Worldview

A worldview is the perspective through which one views the world. By definition, a Biblical worldview is derived exegetically from the pages of the Bible. Philosophy and theology have long been perceived as rivals in worldview, but if we define those terms lexically...

The Disappearing Middle Class in Christian Higher Education

The Disappearing Middle Class in Christian Higher Education

According to ABHE’s 2015 statistical report,[1] out of roughly 140 universities and colleges who have any official reported status with ABHE, there are only 5 non-denominational Bible colleges with attendance over 320[2] students (including undergraduate and graduate...

Overview of Ecclesiastes (Slides)

Overview of Ecclesiastes (Slides)

Having been a historic experimenter, Solomon writes the conclusion to his philosophical journey in Ecclesiastes. He describes the advantages and disadvantages of a number of different worldviews "under the sun," and he concludes that the beyond-the-sun perspective...

Intro to Communicating Basic Biblical Truth (Slides)

Intro to Communicating Basic Biblical Truth (Slides)

In a Calvary University assembly on 2/20/2017, Dr. Christopher Cone discusses some straightforward principles about communicating Biblical truth, including: who should communicate Biblical truth, why it is so important, what is the content of good Biblical...

Introduction to the Canon of Scripture and Textual Criticism (Slides)

Introduction to the Canon of Scripture and Textual Criticism (Slides)

Dr. Christopher Cone introduces the Biblical canon, considering (1) internal textual evidence for the inclusion of the books of the Old and New Testaments, (2) historical factors which provide external affirmation that the texts of the Hebrew Bible and the Greek New...

Epistemological Foundations of a Biblical Theology (Video)

Epistemological Foundations of a Biblical Theology (Video)

Dr. Christopher Cone addresses the source of authority and how one interprets that authority in their worldview. Alternate title: "Bob's Crazy Day With the Dandelions." Presented to the Chafer Theological Seminary Conference in Houston Texas, Spring, 2014....

What is Real Success?

What is Real Success?

Google the phrase “What is success” and you will get 1.13 billion results. I’d like to examine each of those with you today (not really). Much has been said about success. Everybody seems to want it, but it is surprising how few actually can define it. One dictionary...

Worldview and Three Views on Biblical Ethics (Slides)

Worldview and Three Views on Biblical Ethics (Slides)

Ideas have consequences. This presentation considers (1) basics of worldview and (2) three competing views on Biblical ethics: continuity (believers under the Law for their sanctification), semi-continuity (believers under part of the Law for their sanctification),...

Three Great Questions of Worldview and a Method for Addressing Them

Three Great Questions of Worldview and a Method for Addressing Them

Five tools, three questions, two challenges, one ultimate source of truth…   FIVE INITIAL TOOLS AT OUR DISPOSAL As we seek to discover, we observe that we possess basic tools useful for processing information: reason, the senses, emotion, desire/will, and...

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