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The Importance of Reading Theology

It is claimed that Karl Barth used to tell his classes, “No one dare do contemporary theology until they have mastered classical Christian thought.” I find this to be a very compelling thought. The past forms the land we currently … Continue reading

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Election and Relationship II

I ended yesterday’s post by pushing for the use of the Father-Children relationship to understand how God relates to humanity rather than the boyfriend/girlfriend metaphor that is more prevalent in the church today. One may push back on me by … Continue reading

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Election and Relationship

I find myself defending a high Calvinist position often in theology class because I want people to give it a fair hearing. But this brings up many questions with respect to election. Are we forced to come to faith? Are … Continue reading

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The Crux of Limited Atonement

In my theology class, we have recently gotten into the infamous Calvinist/Arminian debates. These debates start to get old after a while, especially with Scriptures being volleyed back and forth at each other to prove a point. Probably the most … Continue reading

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Why We Need Apologetics

So sometimes I can be a little disparaging towards apologetics. However, I do not think we need to rid ourselves of the exercise. Maybe the focus of apologetics needs to change. Instead of seeking to win arguments in order to … Continue reading

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Theological Reading II

One of the difficulties of reading the Bible in search of the theological perspectives of the biblical authors is that we have been taught that “Scripture interprets Scripture.” Thus, when we come across a passage we have trouble making sense … Continue reading

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Theological Reading I

This semester, I am involved in a Bible study on the gospel of John. I am not leading this group simply attending it. I am also currently taking a class of systematic theology at the seminary. Those may not seem … Continue reading

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