Why Theology?

‎Christians must care deeply about theology. If the true God is renewing our lives and calling us to worship him “in spirit and truth” (Jn 4:23), then such worship includes our thoughts, words, affections and actions. Do we want to worship Yahweh or waste time and effort on a deity we have constructed in our own image?

Sociologist Alan Wolfe has criticized contemporary evangelical churches for mirroring the self-centered aspects of American culture “Television, publishing, political campaigning, education, self-help advice-all increasingly tell Americans what they already want to hear. Religion, it would seem, should now be added to that

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How to Excel at Hypocrisy

So, you’re a popular web comic artist who has decided to make the foray into criticizing religion, you should be proud, not many Internet comics make it this far.

Oh, those silly religionists, always telling other people how they should live.

Aren’t they silly?

Now what? Well, obviously, The only real solution is to tell those silly religionists what is wrong with the way they live, and instead to provide advice on how you think they should live. Sounds good.

Makes perfect sense.

Sure, it might be cute for you to criticize those silly religionists for the way they …

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The Transcendental Argument Against Dispensationalism: What is Dispensationalism?

As I mentioned in my first post in this series, I am not planning to make a historical argument against Dispensationalism. So, this post is not meant to be an outline of the historical development of Dispensationalism as much as it is meant to be an explanation of the core tenets of the system. What must one believe to be considered a Dispensationalist?

There are a few streams of Dispensationalism that exist, each with their own spin on the hermeneutic:

  1. Classical Dispensationalism
  2. Progressive Dispensationalism
  3. Hyper Dispensationalism

In this series, my goal is mainly to address the hermeneutic, interpretations and views …

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Are Evidences Even Useful?

An objection that is sometimes raised against presuppositional apologetics is that we ignore evidences for/against Christianity and focus instead simply on cerebral arguments to misdirect our attention from the “fact” that there is no evidence for the existence of God.

However, this is a misrepresentation of what we teach, and is indeed, a misrepresentation of Van Til’s apologetic, as is seen in the following quote:

The point… is not that factual apologetics is useless but that it alone and by itself is insufficient, if we are considering the question of a logically consistent and comprehensive apologetics. If I deny vigorously

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Point of Contact – Life, Death and Theology

Dealt with approximately 25 minutes of audio from three lengthy Theopologetics podcasts on annihilationism, the presuppositional commitments that are brought to the text, and on the basis of that reading, affect the theology they teach. Had Ben, Matthias, and Justin in with me at various points. We didn’t get to all of it, as we had a near catastrophic recording failure toward the end, where you will hear the audio quality/texture change, and I then make some comments specifically to Chris. Thankfully, it was recovered, and all was then right with the world. Take a listen.

Also, see this post

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Losing the Debate Before you Begin

I was recently made aware of an upcoming debate between Dr. Michael Brown and Steve Gregg regarding Israel’s continuing role in God’s economy of salvation. You may find more information about the debate here.

I’ll admit that I know very little about Dr. Brown or Steve Gregg other than the fact that they’ve both debated Dr. James White of Alpha & Omega Ministries in the past. However, what interested me the most about this debate was the resolution that was chosen:

Resolution: Israel—whether the descendants of Abraham, Isaac and Jacob, or as a body politic—is no longer uniquely chosen

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The Church is Israel Now

The Church is Israel Now – Charles D.Provan | Amazon.com

I came across this book when I first began studying Covenantal vs. Dispensational views of interpreting scripture. The book is unique in that there is very little commentary by the author. Rather, what he does is takes different phrases or titles that the Old Testament applies to Israel and shows how in the New Testament the Church is labeled by those same titles and phrases.

For Example:

The Beloved of God

  1. Israel Is Beloved of God
    Exodus 15:13/Dueteronomy 33:3/Ezra 3:11
  2. Disobedient Israel Is Not Beloved of God
    Leviticus 26:28, 30/Jerimiah
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