Should philosophies of culture hinder cooperation?
There are several adjectives that I happily use to describe myself and my beliefs. The first is obviously, “Christian,” but there are a lot of people and groups that call themselves “Christian” with whom I have significant disagreement, so I need other adjectives to modify “Christian.” I happily call myself a Baptist Christian, which says certain things about my beliefs concerning church government and baptism among other things. I also describe myself as a separatist [more]
Why Tolkien Wrote About Middle-Earth
Some Evangelicals' credo might be: "There is only one Tolkien, and Peter Jackson is his Prophet." While there is no denying that the art of John Howe and Alan Lee made the films a visual feast, or that Howard Shore's scores were moving and memorable, let us set aside the movies for a moment and return to Tolkien himself. Tolkien once wrote a letter to Milton Waldman, a friend and editor at Collins. The letter [more]
Did God Choose Some unto Damnation?
If God decreed all things, did He actively decree that some would sin, be unbelievers, and thus be punished forever? If we were to ask Jesus for an answer to this question, He might point us to His words in Matthew 25, a prophecy of the judgment of believers and unbelievers to come at His return. ((Says Spurgeon from his Rom 9:15 sermon “Jacob and Esau,” commenting on Matt 25:41, “At the last great day, when all the world shall come before Jesus to be judged, have you noticed, when the righteous go on the right side, Jesus says, ‘Come, [more]
Indefensible Dispensationalism 2
In the last issue of In the Nick of Time I suggested that one of the reasons for the decline of dispensational theology is the irresponsible conduct of some dispensationalists. I pointed particularly to those dispensationalists who scan the newspaper headlines for signs that the Rapture is about to occur. Dispensationalism has always had these sign-seekers, but their approach is neither careful nor thoughtful. In fact, I believe that sign-seeking dispensationalism poses several problems that ought to leave it discredited among historic, biblical dispensationalists. The first problem is really the worst: the New Testament offers no signs that will precede [more]
National Anthems and the Universal Language
While watching an Olympic medal ceremony a few evenings ago, I remembered a blog post [more]
What Is Propitiation?
What is propitiation? John states that Jesus “is the propitiation for our sins, and not [more]
Receive a MA or PhD in Worship Studies without Relocating
For the past five years I have had the privilege of teaching at Southwestern Baptist [more]