Q&A: Is Genesis 12:2-3 Actually a Covenant?

Question: Is Genesis 12:2-3 actually a covenant? Wouldn’t it be more accurate to simply call these verses promises? Answer: If Genesis 12:1-3 is taken in a vacuum, then we might not consider it a covenant, simply because it is not specifically identified as a...

Our Theological System Should Not Tell Us How to Exegete the Bible

A theological system ought to be the product of exegetical study of Scripture, not a preface to exegetical work. Hermeneutical principles are first observed in the Scriptures themselves, even in a cursory and casual reading. Those principles are then applied in actual...

The Bible Unleashed (Slides)

For much of this week, I have had the incredible privilege of spending time with some of the most amazing young people at the 2017 IFCA National Youth Convention (held at Taylor University’s fantastic campus in Indiana). Attending are several hundred junior and...

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 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...

How to Choose an English Bible Translation, Part 2

In the previous article, we introduced some significant aspects to consider when deciding on an English translation for Bible study (formal versus dynamic equivalence, and transparency in the source material used, for example). While no translation can equal the value...