Theologically Driven

  • Musing about Music

    In Scripture, music provides a platform for mutual and reflective praise, joy, thanksgiving, lament, hope, victory, and the recollection of the works of God.
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    September 24,2014
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  • 4 Reasons to Preach Predictive Prophecy

    While visiting a church a few weeks back I heard something I’ve not heard in many years: a sermon on predictive prophecy. Here's why we should offer more of them.
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    September 17,2014
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  • Why Christians Need History

    Christianity is an explanation of historical data, which is, in fact, one of the things that sets it apart from nearly every other religion.
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    September 10,2014
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  • Can Christianity be Good If It’s Not True?

    During the Q&A session afterward, a young lady—after stating that she was a Christian—asked whether or not it really mattered. Is anything changed if Jesus did not rise from the dead? Even if Jesus didn’t rise from the dead, isn’t Christianity still good?
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    September 3,2014
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  • How Should Christians Respond to Other Religions?

    Recent decades have provided Christians with an increasing evaluation of and interaction with various world religions. The growth of immigration from non-Christian nations combined with a greater global awareness through travel and communication have confronted Christians with the reality of diversity in faith and practice.
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    August 27,2014
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  • The Obedience of the Gospel

    My tension with the contemporary use of “gospel-driven” by those in the “contemporary grace movement” is that it restricts the gospel, in varying degrees, to Christ’s accomplishment of justification for us while giving scant attention to Christ’s accomplishment of regeneration in us.
    Theologically Driven
    August 20,2014
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  • Looking for a Leader with Charisma? Look Again.

    So many churches focus on finding and promoting charismatic leaders while ignoring or assuming these significant lists of character-based and Spirit-based qualities. They do this to their peril, and even the world recognizes this.
    Theologically Driven
    August 13,2014
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  • Hidden in Plain View: Mystery and Fulfillment in Colossians 1:25–26

    What God did in Christ was anticipated in the Old Testament, even though it was hidden until Christ’s advent.
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    August 6,2014
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  • Does God Have Blood?

    What does Paul mean in his speech in Acts 20 when he says that God purchased the church with “his own blood”? God doesn’t have blood. So, what is Paul saying here?
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    July 30,2014
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  • For to me, to live is Christ...?

    “For to me, to live is Christ and to die is gain” is a great verse, but I used it for years as a life verse without realizing what it truly means.
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    July 23,2014
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  • Four Guidelines for Prayer

    A couple of weeks ago, I blogged about six reasons for prayer drawn from John Calvin’s Institutes of the Christian Religion (3.20.3). In addition to these, Calvin also put forward four rules or guidelines for prayer. Here are those guidelines.
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    July 16,2014
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  • Exodus and Biblical Theology

    Stephen Dempster recently analyzed the role of Exodus in biblical theology. Here I’d like to pass on two categories of observations Dempster makes in the piece that I found particularly helpful in thinking through Exodus’s role in the Bible’s storyline.
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    July 9,2014
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  • Prayer and the Sovereignty of God: Six Reasons Why Believers Should Pray

    From time to time, people assert that if a person believes God has predestined all things then that person will necessarily tend to downplay the importance of prayer. But is that really true?
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    July 2,2014
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  • Who Is the Angel of the LORD in the Old Testament?

    As one reads the Old Testament, he will undoubtedly notice the mysterious references to the angel of the LORD. Is this an angel like Michael who was sent out by the LORD? Or is this some kind of manifestation of deity? Who is the angel of the LORD?
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    June 25,2014
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  • Another Puzzler: Hosea 11:1 in Matthew 2:15

    If you’ve ever worked your way through Matthew’s gospel, looking up the Old Testament texts he cites, then you’ve surely puzzled over what he has to say about Hosea 11:1 in Matt 2:15.
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    June 18,2014
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  • Questioning Evangelism

    Asking a question rather than playing a pre-recorded answer would have forced him to open up a bit more and would have let me in, perhaps, on what was behind the question.
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    June 11,2014
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  • A Puzzler: Hosea 1:10 and 2:23 in Romans 9:25–26

    In Hosea the “my people” who receive God’s renewed mercy are Jews; in Romans they’re Gentiles. Has Paul misread his Bible? Perhaps you’ve wondered the same thing.
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    June 4,2014
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  • The Importance of Being Important

    Throughout church history, Christians have debated what beliefs and practices are proper for the believer. That debate continues today. Another debate has also occurred throughout church history—what should be done with those who disagree on the proper beliefs and practices for a believer?
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    May 28,2014
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  • Abortion and the Early Church

    Abortion is not a new issue. It wasn’t even particularly novel in the first century. In fact, various ways of causing an abortion had been in use for a long time before Christ walked the earth. But what did the earliest Christians think of such practices?
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    May 21,2014
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  • Three Reasons Why the Lottery is a Bad Bet

    There are many reasons why people should not play the lottery and several more why it should be viewed as poor public policy. Here are three reasons why Christians should not spend their money on the lottery:
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    May 14,2014
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