A prominent Liberal theologian once quipped that he did not concern himself with the furniture of heaven, or the temperature of hell. Perhaps he should. Perhaps we all should. On March 29, 2018, the Catholic News Service reported that the current supreme bishop of the Roman Catholic Church, Pope Francis, told his longtime atheist friend,… Continue reading Annihilation: The Ultimate Hope of Unrepentant Souls
A large part of the Biblical narrative found in Genesis can be called The Age of the Patriarchs, because the featured characters are Noah, Abraham, Isaac, Jacob, and Joseph. A patriarch indicates a father who is a ruler. Final authority over the extended family was invested in the father until his death. This headship included… Continue reading How Jacob Received God’s Blessing
A Baptism Debate with R.C. Sproul and John MacArthur Ligonier Ministries has on their website a baptism debate with R. C. Sproul and John MacArthur. The debate is introduced with the following words. “The church’s practice of infant baptism came under attack in the sixteenth century. Since that time, many Christian churches have rallied against… Continue reading Are Children Cast Out of the Covenant?
Various church traditions have placed different meaning on baptism. It is important that every mature Christian study the Scriptures in order to be fully persuaded in their own mind the proper Biblical meaning of baptism, its mode, who should be baptized, and who should not. The Meaning of Baptizo The word “baptizo” has come to… Continue reading What is the Meaning of Baptism?
Baptism of Professing Believers Various forms of baptisms are noted in Scripture. Some can be designated Ritual Baptisms, because they do not involve literal water being used on the recipients. Other baptisms can be designated Real Baptisms because water is involved. Ritual Baptisms without Water Baptism of Moses. “And were all baptized unto Moses in… Continue reading A Baptism for Professing Believers
Promises Made, Promises Kept We are living in perilous times, as more and more people reject the concept that there is absolute truth to be known, and embraced. It is said that we are living in a Post-Modern society, where Christian values and ideas are deemed more and more irrelevant. The church is seen as… Continue reading A Covenant with Abraham
So why did Jesus speak in parables, and what is a parable anyway? The word parable consists of two words in the Greek, para, alongside of, and bola, to throw. A parable literally means to bring alongside of something that is thrown down. It can be said that alongside an earthly story, Jesus threw down… Continue reading Why Did Jesus Speak in Parables?