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On the Spirit and Education in Scripture Interpretation

I recently had a conversation with a few brothers about the relationship between the Holy Spirit and education in biblical interpretation, and wanted to follow up on it with a few thoughts. The Scriptures teach that because of our sinfulness, … Continue reading

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Stephen Westerholm on the Sermon on the Mount

Just read the following on the Sermon on the Mount, regarding whether the fact that Christians fall short of its standards destroys the point of the Sermon:

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D.A. Carson on Knowing Truly but not Exhaustively

“Human beings may know some things truly, if nothing exhaustively. They may approach greater and more accurate knowledge, even though they can never gain absolute knowledge (omniscience is not a communicable attribute of God!).” (D.A. Carson, “Systematic Theology and Biblical … Continue reading

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Augustine on the Difference between the Old Covenant and the New Covenant

From time to time I will be using my blog basically as a place to take note of helpful passages I come across in my reading. If you are anything like me, you probably have had the experience of reading … Continue reading

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Bonhoeffer on the Strong and the Weak

There has been a passage from Bonhoeffer’s “Life Together” that I have been thinking about a lot lately: …from the moment when a man meets another person he is looking for a strategic position he can assume and hold over … Continue reading

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John Calvin on the Comfort of Providence

In John Calvin’s Institutes of the Christian Religion, in the chapter on the “Use to Be Made of the Doctrine of Divine Providence” (1.17.10-11), Calvin says the following about the great comfort that God’s providence can give to those who … Continue reading

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Why do People Reject Darwinism?

Alex, Rosenberg, a philosopher of science and author of An Atheist’s Guide to Reality says this in his book Philosophy of Science: A Contemporary Introduction: Many biologists and not a few philosophers have held that after Darwin, evolutionary biology took … Continue reading

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Calvin on Doctrine

“Doctrine is not an affair of the tongue, but of the life; is not apprehended by the intellect and the memory merely, like other branches of learning; but is received only when it possesses the whole soul, and finds its … Continue reading

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Grant Osborne on the Importance of Historical Theology

Here is a great quote from Grant R. Osborne’s book The Hermeneutical Spiral on the importance of historical theology (p. 266): Historical theology technically belongs between biblical and systematic theology. It studies the way later paradigm communities understood the biblical … Continue reading

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Augustine on the Relationship between the Old and New Testaments

I just came across this helpful quote from Augustine while reading David L. Baker, Two Testaments, One Bible: The Theological relationship Between the Old and New Testaments (IVP, 2010, p. 38): To the Old Testament belongs more fear just as … Continue reading

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