I am currently working through Brian Rosner’s helpful book Paul and the Law: Keeping the Commandments of God. For any Christian who has thought seriously about the relationship between the testaments, you know that the relationship between the Law and the Christian is among the most difficult to grasp. There are many
When I was a young Christian, one verse I quoted a lot was Jeremiah 17:9, “The heart is deceitful above all things, and desperately sick; who can understand it?” In my understanding, Jeremiah was describing the heart of everyone, even Christians. I was so convinced of the depravity and sinfulness of
Why did God keep you alive today? If you’re reading this, then I’ll just assume you’re alive. And if you’re alive, the Bible says it’s because God is keeping you alive (Heb 1:3). But why? As I’ve pondered this question, I’ve realized that it’s actually quite difficult to answer. Think
I’m am currently reading and greatly enjoying Tullian Tchividjian’s latest book, Glorious Ruin: How Suffering Sets You Free. In the introduction, Tullian points out two typical, and unhelpful, ways people tend to respond to suffering 1. Moralizing. This happens when we look for what we or others may have done
The first four centuries of Christianity were marked by intense conflict over the person of Christ. Who was this Jesus? Was he God? Was he man? Was he both? Was he neither? Long story short, these early Christians held a series of councils and determined that Jesus was fully God
I guess I’ve always been pegged as a creative. I’ve been a musician since I was young. I’ve written dozens of songs and performed with world-class musicians. Heck, I got my bachelors degree in, wait for it…Jazz Studies! Oftentimes, people look at me and place me a special category: creative.
This is now the third post in my series on New Covenant (NCT). In the last post I tried to get you oriented to the discussion by introducing the first major competing theological system: Covenant Theology (CT). Today I will be introducing the second: Dispensationalism (DT). DT was first developed
As I mentioned in my first post, the Bible is like a jigsaw puzzle. Theological systems are attempts to put the pieces of the Bible together. How well you do this will determine how clearly you see the grand mosaic of Scripture. And that’s why I love New Covenant Theology.
Over the holidays I attempted to put a jigsaw puzzle together with my wife. When it comes to puzzles, some parts are easier to place than others. But in the end, you have to fit all the pieces together correctly if you want to see the picture clearly. In many