How Did We Get Here? Competing Theories of Origin

  “How did we get here?” This is one of the great questions of life, and its answer sets the direction for so many other answers to great questions. If we are descended from animals, then are we not justified in living as animals? If we are generated merely by...
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A Time to Kill: Self-Defense and Just War

An Excerpt from The Bible in Government and Society (by Christopher Cone, TSP, 2012), republished with permission. ___ On March 6, 1927 Bertrand Russell presented a lecture to the South London Branch of the National Secular Society. Throughout the talk, which he...
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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 bird’s eye perspective and so some synthesizing. First, we need to identify the overall theme of the book, but by completing the first steps in the...
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The Peter Principles: Peter’s Formula for Using “Spiritual” Gifts

Peter presents the purpose of the gift and the employment of the gift in 4:11b: “so that in all things God may be glorified through Jesus Christ, to whom belongs the glory and dominion forever and ever. Amen.” Again, this is very simple. The purpose is theocentric and doxological – centered on Him and for His glory. Peter’s principles, then, for gifts are as follows…

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A Biblical Response to Difficulty in Life

Trials are inevitable. Every now and then we get a break, but in many ways life is a daily challenge. How does the Bible prescribe that we deal with these difficulties?   James 1:2-4 exhorts believers to consider it all joy when we go through various kinds of...
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