Why Debating is a Biblical Mandate

IMHO, is the 2nd most important chapter in the book thus far. It gives us a brief overview of the first great debate for the people of “The Way”. At issue: was circumcision a requirement for salvation (v5)? There are several parts about The Great Debate (or “The Jerusalem Council” as it’s more commonly […] […]

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 […] […]

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 […] […]

Pattern of the Remnant and Destruction

When considering the remnant and the fate of those who aren’t part of the remnant, I think there’s a pattern that emerges. This struck me the other day from out of the blue when studying Isaiah. PRE-FLOOD Enoch – called out from the world Noah – called from the world; world destroyed PATRIARCH Abraham – called out from the city […] […]

Isaiah’s Pattern of Doom

As I was working my way through and 10, I couldn’t help but notice that the description of the doom that was coming to Israel/Judah was punctuated by the repeated phrase “Despite all this, His anger does not subside, and His hand is ready to strike again.” (, , , ) Immediately it made me […] […]

Divine Delete vs Divine Doom, Death and Destruction

In BSF, we’re currently going through the book of Isaiah. opens with an intriguing proclamation from the Lord that judgment is at hand: those who willing obey will enjoy the fruit of the land, but those who resist God’s rule will be consumed with raging fire. Check it out (). So now I’m wondering… if […] […]