Category Archives: Theology

Divine Information

Yesterday I mused about some comments Al Mohler made during an ETS meeting about inerrancy. He said, Would God give inaccurate information in a revelation to us? No. But in revelation he would give us information that we can see, … Continue reading

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Listening to Al

I see that in a recent ETS event Al Mohler said, Would God give inaccurate information in a revelation to us? No. But in revelation he would give us information that we can see, can hear, and can know. A … Continue reading

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WDJD before WWJD

Several years ago, we had a WWJD craze. People in many quarters were asking, “What Would Jesus Do?” Not a bad question. The desire to do what Jesus would do in any particular situation, the choosing of Jesus as a … Continue reading

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Karl Barth on the Modern Marginalization of Ecclesiology

In Church Dogmatics IV.1 p 150, Barth writes: “It was an intolerable truncation of the Christian message when the older Protestantism steered the whole doctrine of the atonement—and with it, ultimately, the whole of theology—into the cul de sac of … Continue reading

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The Problem of Sustained Personal Identity

In a recent essay a the ABC (Australian Broadcasting Company) Religion site, Stanley Hauerwas raises the issue of the sustaining of personal identity over time. It is by no means clear to me that I am the same person who … Continue reading

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Plundering the Egyptians

In On Christian Doctrine Augustine famously analogizes from the way the ancient Israelites “plundered” the Egyptians when they fled Egypt after the tenth plague. Israel had been tormented in slavery for at generations. God sent Moses as a deliverer, to … Continue reading

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Assurance: Why? part 2

So let’s suppose that the reason we are interested in finding assurance of salvation is not so we can feel at ease doing our own thing in the world, with only minimal and occasional glances back to make sure we’re … Continue reading

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Assurance: Initial thoughts about Why?

Why would a person want assurance of salvation? That seems like a silly question. If having salvation means going to heaven when you die – and not having salvation means an eternity in the other place, the unquenchable fires of … Continue reading

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Assurance: How Does it Happen?

Supposing that assurance of salvation is possible, how might it happen? The Bible and the Wesleyan theological tradition give us some ideas. First, and most importantly, is the witness of the Holy Spirit. Texts that explicitly use witness language are … Continue reading

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Assurance of Salvation: Two Objections

The idea that Christians can have assurance of their salvation has deep roots in the theology of John Wesley. Though he struggled with his own assurance from time to time, Wesley preached and taught that it was the privilege of … Continue reading

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