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The Epistle of James is now Available!
Several weeks ago I announced that my entire series of sermon notes on the book of Hebrews was available on my website. Today I’m happy to tell you that all twenty-two lessons on the book of James are now posted. If you are unfamiliar about how to access these documents, simply click on Resources at the top of the Home page, and then on Articles. Look under Biblical Studies, and at the bottom of the list you will see both Hebrews and James. These twenty-two articles are essentially a verse-by-verse analysis of James. I hope and pray you will find them helpful in your life or ministry, or in both.
Seven Principles for the Understanding and Exercise of Spiritual Gifts2
Seven Principles for the Understanding and Exercise of Spiritual Gifts
While much can and should be said about spiritual gifts, here are a few relevant observations or principles that I believe should guide our understanding and exercise of the charismata. (1) Every single spiritual gift, whether it be mercy, serving, giving, speaking in tongues, or prophecy, is a “manifestation of the Spirit” given “for the common good” (1 Cor. 12:7). Therefore, every gift is by definition supernatural, since every gift is the enab...Read More ➔
10 Things You Should Know about the Governmental Theory of the Atonement3
10 Things You Should Know about the Governmental Theory of the Atonement
Yet again today we try to understand a little-known theory of the atonement that has actually re-emerged in our own day. (1) The primary proponent of the governmental theory was Hugo Grotius (1583-1645). Law, according to Grotius, is a positive statute or enactment. “It is not,” he says, “something inward in God, or in the Divine will and nature, but is only the effect of his will” (iii). Law is thus a product of God’s will by which not eve...Read More ➔
How the Holy Spirit Delivers us from Shame1
How the Holy Spirit Delivers us from Shame
It’s actually easier to identify the effects of shame than it is to define its essence. But I’ll try. Shame is the painful emotion that is caused by a consciousness of guilt, failure, or impropriety, that often results in the paralyzing conviction/belief that one is worthless, of no value to others or to God, unacceptable, and altogether deserving of disdain and rejection. As you can see, shame and guilt are not the same thing. The difference between guilt a...Read More ➔
10 Things You Should Know about the Christus Victor Theory of the Atonement1
10 Things You Should Know about the Christus Victor Theory of the Atonement
If the language of Christus Victor is foreign to you, it simply means Christ the Victor. The focus of this theory of the atonement suggests that the primary aim of Christ’s death on the cross and resurrection from the dead was the defeat of Satan and the powers of evil. In its earliest expression it took the form of the somewhat crude ransom to Satan theory. And it is there that we begin. (1) Origen (a.d. 185-254) is somewhat enigmatic in his comments on Christ&rs...Read More ➔
God’s Delight in Being God: The Foundation of Christian Hedonism1
God’s Delight in Being God: The Foundation of Christian Hedonism
You are all aware, I’m quite sure, that there is an eternity of difference between saying, “Delight yourself,” and “Delight yourself in the Lord” (Psalm 37:4). The former is pagan or secular hedonism. The latter is Christian Hedonism. So let’s unpack this notion that our delight or joy is to be in God. And the question is: Why, and what does that mean? In order to answer that, I want to direct your attention to a footnote. Strange as ...Read More ➔
Studies on Spiritual Gifts in 1 Corinthians 12-14 Now Available!
Studies on Spiritual Gifts in 1 Corinthians 12-14 Now Available!
A few years ago I taught a verse-by-verse series on 1 Corinthians 12-14. This series covers everything Paul said about spiritual gifts and their exercise in the local church. The title to the series is Life in the Spirit. All 13 of these sermon manuscripts are now available on my website. Simply click on Resources at the top of the Home page and then click on Articles. You will see the documents under Biblical Studies. This is the most detailed and extensive series of ...Read More ➔
10 Things You Should about Pride and Humility from Jonathan Edwards4
10 Things You Should about Pride and Humility from Jonathan Edwards
No one has spoken with greater clarity on the nature of both pride and humility than Jonathan Edwards. Here are ten things we can learn from him. All citations are from Religious Affections (Yale). (1) Hypocrites are quite good at making much of their humility and speaking lowly of themselves and their attainments. Such folk loudly proclaim their lowliness and then expect others to praise them for it! They are quick to make known their failures and their humility but re...Read More ➔
How Should We Interpret the Book of Revelation?2
How Should We Interpret the Book of Revelation?
Perhaps the single greatest controversy surrounding Revelation and the most important issue when it comes to interpreting the book, is the question of its structure. Many, perhaps most, evangelicals read Revelation as if it is describing a short period of time that is still in the future. Those who embrace what may be called the futurist view of the book most often will argue that what we have in Revelation 6-19 is a description of events that will take place in the futu...Read More ➔
10 Things You Should Know about the Intermediate State2
10 Things You Should Know about the Intermediate State
I could have as easily entitled this post: ten things you should know about what happens when a Christian dies. So what happens when a Christian dies? The simple answer is that he/she enters immediately into what theologians call the intermediate state. It is called “intermediate” because it is what we experience in between the time of our earthly lives (now) and the time when we receive our glorified and resurrected bodies. So here are ten things to keep in ...Read More ➔
Replacement Theology or Inclusion Theology?8
Replacement Theology or Inclusion Theology?
I was recently asked by a member at Bridgeway if I believe in what is called “replacement” theology. Although this is a massively complex subject, I tried to provide a brief answer. Here it is. All biblical interpreters recognize that there is development between the Old Testament and the New. Some say the Old Testament is the seed to which the New Testament provides the flower. Others speak of the relationship as one of symbol to substance, or type to anti-...Read More ➔