The Hiddenness of God

I once had a friend ask me that if God exists, why doesn’t he do something to make that fact obvious to everybody. (His suggested miracle that would finally prove God’s existence beyond any doubt was to change the skin color of the president.) On one level, this question is Read more…

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Observations on the Armor of God

For we do not wrestle against flesh and blood, but against the rulers, against the authorities, against the cosmic powers over this present darkness, against the spiritual forces of evil in the heavenly places. Ephesians 6:12 What should we understand by this idea of combat with the spiritual forces of Read more…

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Eve examines the fruit

So when the woman saw that the tree was good for food, and that it was a delight to the eyes, and that the tree was to be desired to make one wise, she took of its fruit and ate, and she also gave some to her husband who was Read more…

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The Casual Calvinism of 1 Peter

First Peter is not a classic proof-text for Calvinism and does not contain any detailed teaching on the doctrines of grace. Rather Peter demonstrates what I’m calling “casual Calvinism”. He doesn’t set out to teach it or prove it, really, but makes consistent casual reference to it. This is interesting Read more…

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The Trinity Explained for Muslims

It’s based on what exactly? My Muslim friends should agree with me that our theology about God’s nature should come from what he has revealed about himself in his Word. We need to accept what he says and not be swayed by the philosophies of men, or what makes sense Read more…

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Why can’t God just forgive?

John Owen speaks on the revelation of God’s wrath in the death of Jesus, and touches on why it would be impossible for God to “just forgive” people apart from the atonement: In him God hath manifested the naturalness of this righteousness [his wrath] unto him, in that it was Read more…

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How to read the Mosaic Law (Part 2½)

If there is any further need to prove that the approach to reading the Law which I laid out in Part 1 and Part 2 of this series is correct, the simplest proof is that many of the most important laws are incomprehensible without it. Don’t work on the Sabbath. Read more…

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