This Father’s Day I’m reminded of 1 John 3:1-9 where John mentions being “born of him” (1 Jn 2:29). This notion triggers John to make some astonishing claims about our life in Christ, which speak to our Father’s love for us and his image in us. The Father’s Love for UsRead More

Wouldn’t it be good if water had one set of properties when we want to drink it but a different set of properties when a person was drowning? This is a question posed by C. Stephen Evans in Why Christian Faith Still Makes Sense: A Response to Contemporary Challenges (p 70). It raises an important consideration whenRead More

The latest Journal of the Evangelical Theological Society (JETS 58/1, pp 131-149) has a fascinating article by D. Glenn Butner, Jr. entitled “Eternal Functional Subordination and the Problem of the Divine Will.” In it he argues that maintaining eternal functional subordination of the Son to the Father “is completely contraryRead More

I’m only through the first three chapters of A New Heaven and a New Earth: Reclaiming Biblical Eschatology by J. Richard Middleton but am hooked. Since eschatology (those teachings in the Bible around the “end times”) is one of my weakest areas, and since I’ve been dissatisfied with the pre-tribulation, premillennial, left behind-ish dispensationalRead More

Terrance Tiessen, has an especially insightful post on the penal substitution theory of Christ’s atonement (PSA). Although the theory is full of complexities and not without controversy noted by many theologians, the value that Tiessen brings shows a warm pastoral heart and very special and important insights into the nature of forgiveness,Read More

I have long held on to two positions which, prima facie, are in tension: 1) a Calvin-esque theology, which at least means that God is providentially in control of all things, including human creatures and 2) the notion that God can know, indeed does know, counterfactuals (see 1 Sam 23:1-13Read More