Tuesday, September 12, 2017

Remembering Dr. Robert L. Thomas

Last week Dr. Robert Thomas went to be with the Lord. In his 89 years of life he fought in the Korean War (US Army, 2nd Lieutenant), attended Moody Bible College, Faith Seminary, Dallas Seminary, and then served the Lord as New Testament Chair at Talbot for nearly thirty years. In 1987 he left that position to join the faculty at the newly formed Master’s Seminary, where he would teach for another three decades...keep reading

On a personal note, back in 2011 I came across an article which denigrated Dr. Thomas' scholarship on a particular point of 2 Thess 2. The individual even questioned whether Dr. Thomas was still alive; the implication being that he was so old, perhaps he'd lost his edge. I had the temerity to contact Dr. Thomas at TMS - not really expecting a response. He duly responded. Not only did he answer my question, he was also very gracious regarding the individual in question. I was impressed. Further down the track I was able to verify that other Greek grammar scholars supported Dr. Thomas' position. The incident spoke volumes about both men.

Thursday, September 7, 2017

Every Promise of Your Word - Rhett Dodson

I recently reviewed Rhett Dodson's book Every Promise of Your Word – The Gospel According to Joshua. Read it HERE

When the Lord returns to deal with his enemies, his holy war against sin will make Joshua’s conquest look like the proverbial Sunday School picnic. Those who wish to describe the God of Joshua as a moral monster must deal with Jesus the Conqueror. The God of Joshua and Jesus are the same God. They possess the same holiness and intolerance of sin. Is it any worse for the Lord to use the army of Israel to judge his enemies than it is to judge them directly? (Page 140)

Tuesday, September 5, 2017

James White v Matthew Vines

Given the recent controversy over the Nashville Statement (NS), I felt a 2015 article by James White to be germane. You can read more material on NS issues at Triablogue. I will be including the links in this week's article for Zeteo 3:16.

Read Dr White's article HERE.

Saturday, August 26, 2017

Justin Peters addresses interfaith dialog

I thought this video was important enough to share. Justin Peters has been unfairly drawn into the recent James White - Brannon Howse controversy. Regarding this unfortunate fiasco: I don't think things are as black and white as some people present them (no pun intended). There have been some worthy points on both sides.

I've disagreed with Dr White in the past re statements he's made about Islam, and I've mentioned Nabeel Qureshi in a previous post. But I thought the Janet Mefferd interview was woefully done. She threw too many questions at Dr White and didn't give him time to respond. It isn't White's style to be brief. Mefferd should have known this and allowed for it.

Many of us have been praying the whole thing goes away as it isn't edifying to the church. Some of the back and forth tweets and name calling have been shameful. Sadly, some "mature" Christians have indulged in gossip and character assassination, and Peters has been a victim.

Here is Justin Peters' response to various accusations:

Wednesday, August 23, 2017

The Beast that is Anti-Semitism

This is a recent piece I wrote for the Omega Letter and my website:
Racism can be like an incurable spreading cancer. It will eventually kill the body it invades. It’s a Beast which has consumed White Supremacists, Neo Nazis and other groups. But racism doesn’t always wear white hoods and cloaks. Its tentacles reach a much broader base.
Before I go on, I should acknowledge that some people do not like the term “race.” Sometimes it has been used to classify people of certain ethnicities as a sub-species. We are all made in God’s image (Gen 1:26). That said, for the sake of simplicity I’m using the term race as meaning ethnicity.
Not all white people are racist, even though some think it is wired in. Moreover racism isn’t confined to white people. As a new “white” Australian, many years ago, I experienced a mild form of it. But it wasn’t representative of the larger community...keep reading

Tuesday, August 22, 2017

The Secret Thoughts of an Unlikely Convert

Some time ago I reviewed Rosaria Butterfield's book The Secret Thoughts of an Unlikely Convert:
Not long after I left my New Age past behind me, I came across an article about homosexuality and Christian evangelism. The author was a celibate Christian who left the homosexual lifestyle after he was saved. The theme of his essay advised Christians as to how best to evangelize those caught up in same-sex attraction and lifestyle. He wrote that it was best to first lovingly introduce Jesus Christ to the sinner rather than immediately confronting the person with his or her sin. At no point did he condone the practice – it was about first introducing the Sinner to the Savior.
This approach struck a chord with me. I’d been conditioned by my past to accept homosexuality as a natural (not sinful) alternative expression of sexuality. My collection of New Age books included one authored by Mystic Andrew Harvey who had dedicated it to his husband. I had learned to empathize with the struggles he’d encountered even within the New Age movement...keep reading

Friday, July 28, 2017

Every Promise Fulfilled in Christ?

Great pithy response by Eschatos Ministries to Thomas Schreiner. Read it HERE

PS: I'm seeing amil responses to Matt Waymeyer's Amillennialism and the Age to Come pop up here and there. I'd like to say more as I find time. These responses are frustrating when they appeal to assorted gotcha verses taken out of context.

One fellow wrote that he'd grown up being taught that pretrib and premil were gospel truth. But after examining every text on the Second Advent he concluded that amillennialism was what Scripture taught. Funny, I was raised in an amil environment and came to a premil conclusion after study. This included reading both premil and amil works.

It seems patently obvious that the amillennialist must consistently work hard to convince that prophetic texts are saying something entirely different to what one plainly reads. I can confidently say that I'd be more likely to come to a premil conclusion had I not read anything other than the Bible. Moreover, I'd rather defend what seems plainly presented - without the decoder ring.