Category Archives: Hermeneutics

Questions to Ask an Old Earth Christian

Not only would I like to hear their answers to these questions, I’d like to hear their best dozen or so questions fired back at our side. Do you believe the earth is millions or billions of years old? Do … Continue reading

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The Evils of Infant Baptism

This list comes from Robert B. C. Howell, the president of the Southern Baptist Convention from 1851-1858, and the entire book is available online. Infant baptism is an evil because its practice is unsupported by the word of God. Infant … Continue reading

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Pentecost Was the Nicest Non-Essential the Church Ever Received

From the perspective of Covenant Theology (CT), the indwelling presence of the Holy Spirit including all the unique ministries He executes on behalf of new covenant believers was a very nice, yet non-essential addition to an already-functioning old covenant church. … Continue reading

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Birthday of the Church

When was the church born? When did it start? Here’s two well-known voices: His [the Holy Spirit] coming to fill the assembled disciples at Pentecost establishes the church of the New Covenant. Clowney, The Church, 28. On this point we … Continue reading

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Don’t Play with Fire

A respected evangelical scholar addresses the rich man and Lazarus in Luke 16:19-31. Here is all he wrote on the nature of the torment that unbelievers will experience: “This suffering, however, is probably more mental than physical, since otherwise the … Continue reading

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The Trouble with Illustrations

Perhaps you can relate to an illustration gone awry. Let me illustrate. Two conservatives are in a discussion, and one compares the other to a liberal. The friend who has been illustrated sees this as an unfitting epithet whereas the … Continue reading

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“The Language of Faith”

Recently, after my wife commented that our little church really didn’t have money yet to build our church building she was puzzled when the man responded to her that the church actually did have the money. He argued very simply … Continue reading

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Laziness Can Be a Reason for Separation

Perhaps one of the most controversial aspects of Christian unity is the idea that Christians are obligated to break fellowship with other true Christians. In a given scenario, both are brothers in Christ, but the one is ethically bound to … Continue reading

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The Unity of the Covenant of Grace?

If a group of Reformed brothers were enjoying a repast and the question was posed to them as to how best to summarize the unifying theme of Scripture, it is fair to say that the term “covenant” would be high … Continue reading

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