Monthly Archives: September 2015

Book Write-Up: Reclaiming Prophecy, by Darin Slack

Darin Slack.  Reclaiming Prophecy: Encouraging Church Leaders to Rethink Prophetic Ministry.  Apopka, FL: Certa, 2015.  See here to buy the book. More than one person has said that prophets can be a destabilizing presence.  A person can enter a congregation … Continue reading

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Is God Bound By the Chains of His Own Justice? (Crisp on Retribution)

Originally posted on Reformedish:
Oliver Crisp has an illuminating article in his work Retrieving Doctrine examining the innovative, Scottish theologian John McLeod Campbell’s atonement theology, quite accurately titled “John McLeod Campbell and Non-penal Substitution” (92-115). It’s illuminating, not only as it shines…

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Which candidate for Speaker of the House is the most conservative?

Originally posted on WINTERY KNIGHT:
Republican Speaker John Boehner I waited a couple of days to write about Speaker Boehner stepping down. I was supportive of him for a while, but even with the majority, nothing was getting done. I…

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Brotherly Love (1 Thessalonians 4:9-10)

Originally posted on Reading Acts:
In 1 Thessalonians 4:9–10 Paul encourages the church at Thessalonica to pursue “brotherly love.” What is brotherly love? The noun used here (φιλαδελφία) was only used for literal family relationships before the Christian community began…

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Mark Smith on “The Three Bodies of God”

Originally posted on Daniel O. McClellan:
The newest issue of the Journal of Biblical Literature has been released, and it features an article by Mark S. Smith entitled “The Three Bodies of God” that I found both interesting and somewhat…

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God of Grace and God of Glory – a “new” hymn

Originally posted on Enough Light:
We sung a hymn at my church yesterday that I’d never heard before: God of Grace and God of Glory (1930). I checked the hymnal (although hymnals are in the pew, the words are projected…

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Book Write-Up: How God Used R.A. Torrey, by Fred Sanders

Fred Sanders, ed.  How God Used R.A. Torrey: A Short Biography As Told Through His Sermons.  Chicago: Moody Publishers, 2015.  See here to buy the book. R.A. Torrey (1856-1928) worked with renowned evangelist D.L. Moody, and he also was instrumental … Continue reading

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R.A. Torrey on the Sabbath and the Holy Spirit

I finished Fred Sanders’ How God Used R.A. Torrey, and I will be writing my review of it tomorrow.  (Moody Publishers sent me a review copy in exchange for an honest review, just to get that out into the open.)  … Continue reading

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Living to Please God

Originally posted on Reading Acts:
The verbs translated “ask” and “urge” (ἐρωτάω and παρακαλέω) in 1 Thessalonians 4:1-2 are commonly used to encourage a reader to a particular action.  They appear in personal letters between people of the same social…

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A Few Remarks on the Problem of Psalm 22:16

Originally posted on Is That in the Bible?:
In the comments section of my page on mistranslation in the NIV, frequent contributor John Kesler recently suggested that the NIV’s translation of Psalm 22:16 (Hebrew 17) and its associated footnote were…

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