20 Jun 2012

The Amazing Righteousness of God: Romans 1:17

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According to common lore, Henry David Thoreau, the American philosopher, poet, and naturalist, was asked on his deathbed if he had made his peace with God. Thoreau supposedly replied, “I did not know we ever quarreled.” Most people, however, are probably not so confident or flippant as Thoreau. They naturally sense something of their own accountability before...
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18 Jun 2012

Summer Reading: History that Reads Like a Novel

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Each year I look forward to Al Mohler’s summer reading suggestions. His lists contain just the kind of books I enjoy reading for recreation. Unfortunately, although Mohler has introduced me to a number of new authors, I’ve never made it through one of his summer reading lists in its entirety. With that struggle in mind, I’d...
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17 Jun 2012

Grade Expectations

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Allan Bevere has some interesting observations about grade expectations by students: When I was in college and graduate school many years ago, most students, I think, had no assumptions about what grade they deserved on an assignment for a class. There were exceptions to this, of course, but when I received a B on a...
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15 Jun 2012

Did Paul Serve because He Was a Debtor?

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Most of us are familiar with the KJV’s reporting of Paul’s declaration in Rom 1:14, “I am debtor both to the Greeks, and to the Barbarians; both to the wise, and to the unwise.” We are commonly told that the motivation for Paul’s willingness to give himself to the proclamation of the gospel was the...
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13 Jun 2012

Spelling and the Ministry

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Recently much of the country was captivated by a six-year-old girl who became the youngest speller to aspire to the Scripps National Spelling Bee. Of course, not everyone was impressed. Some predictably rolled their eyes. Most of these did so because they can’t spell and were embarrassed that a six-year-old  could show them up in...
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12 Jun 2012

A Stalwart Voice Leaves the Blogosphere

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Sad news has come that Phil Johnson of Pyromaniacs is giving up blogging after 7 years. Phil’s decision seems to be related to health issues and a desire to focus on his most important ministry concerns as he enters his 60th year. We wish him well and will miss his insightful commentary. You can read about...
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10 Jun 2012

Did Saul Change His Name to Paul?

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As you may remember, up until chapter 13 Paul is known in Acts by his other name, Saul. Acts 13 records the start of Paul’s first missionary journey. Barnabas and Saul have traveled to the island of Cyprus, where they are attempting to preach the gospel to the Roman proconsul Sergius Paulus. However, they were being hindered...
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8 Jun 2012

What about the Framework Interpretation? (Part 3)

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With this post I finish my critique of the framework interpretation of the creation week. As I stated in the first post, three major theses support the framework view. Having looked at the first and second arguments, I will focus on the final one in this post. The Unending Nature of the Seventh Day — The third...
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6 Jun 2012

Two Things I Learned from John Stott

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Who was John Stott? It’s been nearly a year since Stott died and his legacy is still taking shape. I suspect that for many of us he’ll be remembered as the author of one or two books on our shelves—probably The Cross of Christ and/or Basic Christianity—or as the name we associate with the International...
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4 Jun 2012

The Recent SBC Statement on Salvation: A Point of Concern

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On May 30, a group of Southern Baptist leaders issued a document titled “A Statement of the Traditional Southern Baptist Understanding of God’s Plan of Salvation.” I initially ignored this statement as just another anti-Calvinist diatribe published by individuals whom I have little or no contact with. But after reading the document more carefully and...
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