Holy Spirit: In or On – Part 2

This is a follow up to my previous article on the association of the Holy Spirit to the believers in the OT and NT. Here’s a table to all the references I can find in the Bible where the Spirit of God (or Christ) is said to affect a person. The words used are typically “in”, […] […]

Holy Spirit: Is He IN us or ON us? ..and does it matter?

You have heard it said “the Holy Spirit came on the OT believers, but is in the NT believers”. Having thusly heard for many years, I thusly taught for many years. Now that I’m (again) studying my way through the book of Acts, I’m finding myself quite intrigued by the fact that the people who would […] […]

Christ’s Lot

This is a story about Abraham’s Lot. As part of his inheritance, he was given a relative, and a promise of children like the stars. Enemies conspired against him and plundered Lot, taking him captive to a far away land. When Abraham heard of it, he gathered all his troops, left his holy land, and went to war […] […]

The Three Cs of the Christian Faith

Everyone is Commanded. Many are Called. Few are Chosen. Questions: “Commanded”, “Called” and “Chosen” …for what? To what? In other words, Everyone is commanded to _________. Many are called to _________. Few are chosen to _________. If the same word fits in all 3 blanks, does that match what the Bible teaches? Why ‘Everyone’, then ‘Many’, but only ‘Few’ make the grade? If we end up […] […]

Bell’s Hells! What The Heck?

Pastor Rob Bell’s new book, “Love Wins: A Book About Heaven, Hell, and the Fate of Every Person Who Ever Lived” is lighting up the blogosphere, and for good reason. He attempts to overturn centuries of established Biblical doctrine with a thought-provoking, artistic flair. He started the firestorm by producing a video trailer of […] […]

Two “Boughts”

Some people will kick around the notion that God has two wills: a heavenly will and an earthly will, if you will. But what about two ‘boughts’? Has everyone in the world been bought in one sense, and only the redeemed of the Lord bought in another sense? I think the answer is […] […]

A Tale of Four Women

If you want to know what a Virtuous Woman does, is a good place to start. But what if you want to know what a Virtuous Woman says? There are at least four prayers/songs of virtuous women in the Bible. For whatever reason, their words largely go untouched in contemporary Christendom. I think it’s interesting […] […]

Reimaging Idols

If you ask your local Sunday School student to give a Biblical description of an idol, he will likely say that in the past it might be a statue to Caesar or Molech or Baal or Chemosh, but these days, an idol is anything we value more than we value God: money, houses, cars, sex, […] […]

Old Earth vs Young Earth?

The Old Earth/Young Earth has been debated endlessly on many websites. Google will help you find those sites. There’s one aspect of the Old Earth debate that I have never seen discussed anywhere and would like to explore here. But first, a word to the wise: since the Bible doesn’t explicitly state how young or […] […]

To Woo or to Draw – that is the question

In a recent discussion, the question was raised: what did Christ mean when He said that He would “draw all men” to Him ()? Is it a resistible or irresistible “drawing”? The popular explanation is that Christ “woos” people and people can decide whether or not they want to partake of His wooing – a […] […]