Category Archives: Theology

A Short Review of Roland Allen, Missionary Methods: St. Paul’s or Ours?

Here is a short review of Roland Allen’s classic book, Missionary Methods: St. Paul’s or Ours? (Paternoster, 1912). (You can find it for free on archive.org.) Allen (1868-1947) was an Anglican missionary to China who was forced to leave because … Continue reading

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Jesus and the Law of Moses in Matthew 5:17-20

In the spring I took a seminar in Biblical Theology. One of the papers I wrote was on Jesus and the Law of Moses, specifically trying to untangle Matt 5:17-20. If you are interested in reading the paper, you can … Continue reading

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Lutheran Teaching on the Doctrine of Election

A few years ago I got into listening to some Lutheran podcasts and reading some of their works. This corresponded with a class I took in seminary on the Reformer Martin Luther. We read Roland Bainton’s biography of Luther, as … Continue reading

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Is God a Male?

I have recently been reading Anthony C. Thiselton’s book Hermeneutics: An Introduction (Grand Rapids: Eerdmans, 2009). Chapter 14 discusses Feminist and Womanist Hermeneutics (pp. 279-305). This raised some questions for me that I had never thought through before, specifically regarding … 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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Parenting children who have “plans of their own”

Our firstborn is a planner. She is often making plans and saying to other members of the family, “after such and such you can do this and that and then I will do X, Y, and Z.” The problem is, … 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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Typology in the New Testament

Kostenberger and Patterson, on page 704 of Invitation to Biblical Interpretation say the following about the use of the Old Testament in the NT: Beginning students of Scripture sometimes assume that there is only one way in which the New … 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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