Considering Hume’s Problem of Evil

Leading up to Hume, theodicy grew to be an increasingly central issue not only in theological discussion but also in philosophical inquiry – for some (such as Leibniz) it was a primary stimulus. Hume’s empiricism brought no less emphasis on the topic but did, however,...
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The Magnificent Seven: Formats for Communicating Biblical Content (PPT)

Presented to the first annual Calvary International Pastors' Conference on April 22, 2016. The Magnificent Seven (a reimagining of Seven Samurai) tells the story of seven men who were unspectacular as individuals, but who together had the power to change lives. It is...
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Considering Metaphysical Presuppositions in Environmental Thought

Presented to the Dallas Philosophers Forum, January 24, 2012, Dallas, Texas   Noted environmental philosopher J. Baird Callicott has recognized that “to affect change in both individual behavior and social, political, and economic institutions we have to do more...
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Two Deficiencies of Reformed Epistemology:  A Brief Commendation and Critique of Cornelius Van Til’s Epistemology

Here is why I argue that reformed epistemology isn't sufficient on its own, and that dispensational epistemology must be distinct from it: Cornelius Van Til is brilliant on what I would call the first three pillars of Biblical epistemology (#1: Biblical God exists,...
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Q & A: Does the church of Mt. 18:17 refer to the church proper or a general assembly?

Q: Does the church of Mt. 18:17 refer to the church proper or a general assembly? A: Textually, MT. 18:17 could reference either the church proper or a general assembly, but there are several contextual reasons that lead me to understand the reference as pertaining to...
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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...

Biblical Patterns for Revitalization and Outreach (Slides)

Biblical Patterns for Revitalization and Outreach (Slides)

What is the church? Why does it matter? How are people thinking about the relevance of the church in their lives? How should local churches respond? These are core questions not just for pastors, but for all Christians. Biblical Patterns for Revitalization and...

Biblical Patterns for Pastoral Discipleship (Slides)

Biblical Patterns for Pastoral Discipleship (Slides)

Presented in two sessions to the Central Illinois Regional Conference, Sutter, IL. In the first, we examine the basics of discipleship and the role of pastors in that process, and in the second we look at a 36-week programmatic outline for discipling. Part 1 [gview...

Haggai’s Call to Finish What Was Started (Slides)

Haggai’s Call to Finish What Was Started (Slides)

The returned exiles from the Babylonian Captivity had begun an important task, but opposition got them off course, and they soon forgot what God commissioned them to do. Haggai's challenge to them reminds us that we need fear no opposition in fulfilling the tasks God...

The Greek Particle (Slides)

The Greek Particle (Slides)

No If's, And's or But's (Unless You Actually Want to Understand the Bible) – presented to the Beth Haven Conference, Saturday, November 12, 2016.

The Recipe for Racial Unity and Healing

The Recipe for Racial Unity and Healing

These are troubled times. Protests across the United States illustrate the racial divide that continues to boil over. Racial equality and healing seem like distant dreams. It does not look hopeful that we will see equality practiced and healing take place any time...

An Appeal to American Voters: On the 2016 Presidential Election

An Appeal to American Voters: On the 2016 Presidential Election

My fellow Americans of every race, religion, and creed, I ask you to consider the weight of the moment, and if I let it pass by in silence, I will consider it an irresponsibility, so I voice a simple appeal here. Lost in the noise of personality-politics that has been...

The Hebrews Warning Passages: Why They Matter and What They Say

The Hebrews Warning Passages: Why They Matter and What They Say

Presented to the Free Grace Alliance National Conference, Arlington, Texas, October 11, 2016. The Letter to the Hebrews is theologically rich, and is both informative and practical. The writer of the letter explains the superiority of Christ and our need to respond to...

Gender Design and Distinctions in Position and Practice

Gender Design and Distinctions in Position and Practice

The Biblical record is univocal in considering essential differences between man and woman. Genesis 2:20 describes an incompleteness in creation when there was no helper (Heb. ezer) found suitable for Adam. The statement immediately following the identification of the...

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