A Simplistic Parable About Worldviews

I’m occasionally befuddled by the simplicity with which large portions of the planet’s population seem to thrive. I’m reminded of Socrates: “The unexamined life is the life not worth living”. I think he was being extreme, but the fact remains: if a life (or a worldview) is not examined, one cannot realistically expect consistent success, […] […]

Hasty Doctrines

If we’re going to study our Bibles properly, we have to develop a robust and consistent method of gleaning concise doctrine from the Bible. One fact is clear and needs repeating: you cannot use stories as foundations for a doctrine. Or to use more formal language, you cannot deduce a prescription from a description. Biblical […] […]

By Nature, Children of Wrath

In Ephesians, Paul says we are “by nature, children of wrath”. Among them we too all formerly lived in the lusts of our flesh, indulging the desires of the flesh and of the mind, and were by nature children of wrath, even as the rest. () Whatever could he mean? Here’s a thought experiment… 3 among whom we all once […] […]

Ancient Jewish Quotations Regarding “Whole World”

is an easy verse to misunderstand: [+] He Himself is the propitiation for our sins, and not only for ours, but also for those of the whole world. () Here’s Webster’s definition for “propitiation”: PROPITIATION, n. propisia’shon. 1. The act of appeasing wrath and conciliating the favor of an offended person; the act of making propitious. 2. In […] […]

Spurgeon on Dispensationalism

Every now and then, I’ll hear someone say that Dispensationalism is not new; that it’s been around since the early church. They may point to stray quotes from Ireneaus and other church fathers to bolster their position. Regrettably, their position rests on an obfuscation on what, exactly, Dispensationalism is. Will the real Dispensationalism stand up? Let’s start […] […]

The Four Israels

The word “Israel” first shows up in the Bible when Jacob wrestles with the Angel of the Lord, and the Angel gives him that name. It means “to struggle/wrestle with God” (). Throughout the rest of the Bible, the word “Israel” shows up in the Bible about 2,300 times, and has four distinctly different meanings. Any […] […]

On Tattoos

Tattoos are all the rage these days. I keep saying that when I get old and retire, I’ll open a tattoo-removal parlor. I’ll make a killing! Somewhere along the line, we have to ask this: what does the Bible say about tattoos? There is an answer, of course: [+] You shall not eat any flesh with the […] […]

Sermon on the Mount or Sermon on the Plain?

Every now and then I’ll run into people (usually Dispensationalists) who insist that the Sermon on the Mount () is a different occasion than (a passage they refer to as “The Sermon on the Plain”). When they compare the two, they see two completely different occasions with two different sets of doctrines, ostensibly at different […] […]

Heaven’s Opinion of Hell

What do people in heaven think of people in hell? Can people in heaven see people in hell and vice-versa? While many within conservative Christianity prefer not to think about the question (and who can blame them?), the Bible actually addresses this question with some consistency. Here are a few passages worth considering. On one hand… I cannot find […] […]

Heaping Burning Coals

Studying Revelation in BSF has kinda put a different spin on Romans for me. Check out these passages [with comments]: [+] … I saw under the *altar* the souls of those who had been slain for the word of God and for the witness they had borne. They cried out with a loud voice, “O Sovereign […] […]