Theology

Logos: Personal Implications from John 1

Logos: Personal Implications from John 1

John's gospel is the classic example of profundity wrapped in simplicity. In his opening chapter, John takes us all the way back to eternity past (In the beginning was the Word...), brings us to his present day (Behold, the Lamb of God...), and takes us to the future...

When Godly People Disagree

When Godly People Disagree

Growing up in the Baptist tradition, I've heard my fair share of references to the Prince of Preachers, Charles Spurgeon. I've had the privilege to visit the Metropolitan Tabernacle in London and try to take in the impact this church was making 150 years ago. Though...

How to Show Jesus is God

From the Bible There are many avenues in which the Scriptures testify to the deity of Christ. In a previous post, I discussed how the very names He is called testifies to this fact. In this post, let's look at His claims. He claims to be Jehovah John 8 One of the...

Dispensationalism: Hermeneutics Matter

Have you ever been misunderstood? Have you ever had your words taken out of context? Have you ever had someone take your words and give them their meaning? If you have, you understand the frustration that can come with being presented inaccurately. Yet, I'm sad to...

Dispensationalism and Greek Yogurt?

In a previous post, I offered some working definitions of Dispensationalism as a system. I defined what it is as well as what it isn't. In this post, I want to provide a description, an illustration, of what Dispensationalism is. A House Law Have you ever noticed this...

Dispensationalism: A Definition

I grew up reading Clarence Larkin's charts and C.I. Scofield's study notes. Many preacher's I knew introduced their text with the page numbers from the 1917 Scofield Reference Bible. I didn't know it at the time, but I was being exposed to a dispensational...

A Snapshot of Theology in America

A few years ago, LifeWay Research and Ligonier ministries teamed up to test the current trends in American theology. The results were not encouraging. Notice some of the disturbing trends: 60% believe Jesus is fully God and fully man. 63% believe God is perfect and...

The Sufficiency of Scripture

Recently, I had the privilege to preach for a former student, Pastor Chris Casillas, just outside of Denver, CO. He had scheduled a "Scripture Sunday," with the intent of emphasizing some of the characteristics of the Word of God.  Specifically, we dealt with...

Declared Guilty…

I love the book of Romans. For over twenty years I have had the privilege to teach this book at West Coast Baptist College. Over the years, it has become one of my two favorite books (those who have sat in my class room could probably guess my other favorite book!)....

The Identity of Jesus

"Whom do men say that I am?" - Jesus. The picture here was taken at Caesarea Philippi, in the northern regions of Israel. Jesus had traveled to this specific spot with His disciples to ask an important question related to His identity. Located at the southwestern base...

An Encounter with God’s Holiness…

Isaiah 6.1, In the year that King Uzziah died, I saw also the Lord sitting upon a throne...   I am thankful for the love and grace of God. Yet, when the cherubim, seraphim, and angels all gather round the throne, this is not the virtue they extol. Rather, they...