31 Oct 2023

Some Thoughts About Halloween

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Halloween, as many of us have probably noticed, seems to have taken a darker turn in recent years. It’s a stark contrast to our childhood memories, characterized by innocence, candy, and dressing up as our favorite characters. Now, we may find ourselves averting our eyes from the macabre displays at Home Depot and Lowe’s or...
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30 Oct 2023

The Sufficiency of Scripture and Transcendental Knowledge

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A few weeks ago I was alerted to a criticism raised about an old blog post of mine—a post in which I argued for a universally shared a priori awareness of linguistic laws that make possible the successful reading of Scripture by all image-bearers. We all know generally how language “works,” and for this reason communication is possible....
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24 Oct 2023

John Calvin: Six Reasons for Prayer

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Perhaps you’ve wondered before: if God already knows all things and knows what we need, why should we pray? Even more, if God has already planned all things, why should we pray? These concerns and questions are not new. John Calvin dealt with these issues in his work, Institutes of the Christian Religion. But, someone...
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9 Oct 2023

Now Available: The 2023 Issue of the Detroit Baptist Seminary Journal

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The 2023 issue of the Detroit Baptist Seminary Journal has just been posted online. This new issue contains six articles and dozens of book reviews. In addition to this year’s issue, all past issues of the DBSJ can also be viewed or downloaded here. Print copies of the journal will be available soon.
2 Oct 2023

Why Would We Give Up Our Hands and Feet?

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It is refreshing to read a new commentary that not only says something new (i.e., it is not merely repeating what others have said) but also supports that new statement with good arguments, ideally arguments that build upon what other believers have seen in the text. The recent commentary by Charles Quarles on the Gospel...
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25 Sep 2023

Dealing with Pastoral Sin

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An article published recently by the Religion News Service, “Is a Pastor’s Sin a Private Matter?” addresses a matter of great consequence and relevance in the Christian Church. Unfortunately, the article offered an answer that was terribly incomplete. It bandied about questions of (1) whether the sin under review was immoral/consensual or criminal/abusive, (2) whether the perpetrator...
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18 Sep 2023

Fundamentalism May Feel Safe, Because It Is

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Phil Newton recently published an article on the 9Marks website entitled, “Fundamentalism May Feel Safe, But It’s Shortsighted.” Newton argues that, after his conversion, the “variety of fundamentalism” in which he found himself “began to squeeze the life and joy out of [his] new faith in Christ.” Even though “they read and taught us the...
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13 Sep 2023

Theologically Driven Series on Fundamentalism

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Tomorrow, we will release the 100th episode of Theologically Driven. The first episode was released on October 21, 2021. Since then, we have done several series on the podcast. One that is particularly beneficial for our day is the series on Fundamentalism and issues of separation. All of the episodes from that series are below....
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11 Sep 2023

The Good Old Songs and “In Christ Alone”

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When we sang “In Christ Alone” recently in church, the copyright date grabbed my attention. The hymn came out in 2001, meaning many of those who graduated from college this last May would have never attended a church service before it was being used by God’s people. Sometimes Christians can lament that churches no longer...
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5 Sep 2023

Images of the Image of God

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Faith-based, multi-season series The Chosen has made a big splash, showcasing an audience of 100 million plus and views, in some form, surpassing 500 million.[1] At the start of production, it held the place of “highest crowdfunded media project of all time.”[2] The show enjoys widespread backing across the nominal Christian landscape. The same questions...
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