Dispensationalism has always come in different varieties. It has also developed over time. For example, few (if any) present-day dispensationalists accept Scofield’s complete system. In spite of the differences, however, dispensationalists also display similarities. Charles Ryrie tried to identify these similarities in his 1969 volume Dispensationalism Today. Ryrie was not articulating a new form of dispensational theology so much as seeking to articulate the common features that distinguished dispensational theology from other approaches to Scripture. [more]
The Invisible Impulse
One of the impulses among the earliest New Evangelicalism was to make a name for themselves. E. J. Carnell was probably the most explicit: Carnell, a dour and troubled scholar, in 1952 complained to Carl Henry of the "lukewarm reception" given his largely unbought, unread, unreviewed, unnoticed A Philosophy of the Christian Religion. Carnell aspired to straddle camps: "After pouring the fruit of my philosophic labors into it, it has received little or no acclaim." He [more]
Similarities between Hebrew and Pagan Worship Prove the Veracity of Scripture
Last week I explored the fact that, although similarities between Hebrew and pagan worship undoubtedly existed, there were also some much more fundamental differences. A second way to defend the OT’s claim that Israel’s worship came by revelation from God is to explain reasons for the similarities consistent with the biblical record and actually argue for the truth of Scripture from the similarities. This is the method employed by Currid, who argues that “many of the parallels between ancient Near Eastern literature and the Old Testament . . . may be properly and fully understood only through the right use of [more]
Conviction: Out of Step
As we live with God in communion, his holy nature begins to identify ways that we displease him. We act in certain ways, think certain thoughts, or desire certain things that are offensive to our heavenly Indweller. In response, he does the work of conviction. God identifies something he wants us to confess to him so that we can keep enjoying the joy of communion. Sometimes this occurs through his Spirit's whispered displeasure, and calls to confess. Sometimes this occurs through the sheer contrast between God and ourselves, when we encounter him. Either way, this is conviction. One of the [more]
Misery: A Response to Old-Earth Progressive Creationism
In the beginning God created the heaven and the earth . . . [and] there was not a [more]
Differences between Hebrew and Pagan Worship
Conservative Bible scholars ((I am deliberately limiting my focus to conservative scholars, eliminating the concessions [more]
Seeking With All The Heart
Many a Christian has some habit of private devotions, attends church, and perhaps tries to [more]