All Things to All Men | Part 3: What the Passage Means (vv19-20)
In 1 Cor 9:22, Paul writes, "I have become all things to all people, that by all means I might save some." This is series on the meaning of 1 Cor 9:19-23, and those words in particular. In the first post, I introduced the problematic way many evangelicals and missiologists interpret this passage. Many understand this passage to be vindicating pragmatism in ministry. They read Paul to be essentially saying "I do whatever it takes to see people [more]
New Creatures–New Culture
Culture is the same as behavior, and I am explaining in this series implications from the New Testament based on that idea. Here are the previous implications: New Testament authors explain cultural differences between various people groups as differences of belief and value. New Testament authors identify people groups (ethnicities, tribes, nations, etc.) as those of common ancestral heritage who share common culture flowing from common values. New Testament authors demand that the culture of [more]
The Goad of Guilt
We have taken the time to understand our new nature and position in Christ because it is fundamental to understanding what it is to live in God's presence, and thereby come to know him and love him. The prevalence of 'moth Christians' may be because of Christians' failure to understand their position in Christ and rightly deal with guilt. Second Corinthians 7:10 teaches two kinds of sorrow over sin. For godly sorrow produces repentance leading to salvation, not to be regretted; but the sorrow of the world produces death. The kind of regret and sorrow over sin which drives us to [more]
Matt Recker and The Gospel Coalition, Part 5: Inerrancy and Creationism
The foundational documents of The Gospel Coalition clearly articulate a commitment to the historic, orthodox understanding of biblical inerrancy. Nevertheless, one of the cofounders of TGC, Tim Keller, has positioned himself to defend at least some versions of theistic evolution and progressive creationism (the distinction is not always clear). In a white paper published through BioLogos, Keller claims that the first chapter of Genesis is “exalted prose narrative,” and that, because of its literary genre, need not be interpreted literally. That Keller is in error at this point is not open to serious question. Granted, he is correct [more]
Upcoming trip to Brazil
Tomorrow afternoon I am taking off for Sao Paulo, Brazil, where I have been invited [more]
Christian culture
We are in the midst of a series on New Testament implications of the idea [more]
The Spirit Within and Hearts Aflame
How does the indwelling of the Spirit make living in God's presence an experiential reality? [more]