In the recent and controversial Noah movie the character Methuselah, the oldest living man in the Bible, made an appearance. In the film, he is shown not only as strange shaman-type figure, but as the man who remembered, and could relay, what had happened from the very beginning. While the film gets much wrong, it […]
First: Justification does not signify to make righteous, but to declare, to reckon righteous. Gal. 3:6; Rom. 4:3; James 2:23; Gen. 15:5, 6. Second: It is a judicial process. (1) A judgment is spoken of. Ps. 143:2. (2) A criminal. Rom. 3:19, 20. (3) The law is the accuser and plaintiff. Rom. 3:19; Acts 13:39; […]
First: By our natural birth we are born in sin, members of the kingdom of the world, by nature children of wrath. John 3:6; Eph. 2:3; Ps. 51:5 Second: This corruption of the human heart requires a new birth, the implanting of a new life. John 3:7; Rom. 8:6-8. Third: Because there can be no […]
First: As has already been stated, we may conceive of an order in the work of the Holy Spirit: (1) Calling. (2) Illumination. (3) Regeneration, or the implanting of the new life, that faith may be attained. (4) Conversion, which begins in repentance and ends in faith. (5) Justification, for we are justified by faith. […]
Coming to grips with Kierkegaard’s apologetic: the tyranny of faith in faith and the comfort of faith in facts
Just the other morning (when I wrote this) my just-turned-two-year old got up early, presumably to hang out with me. He didn’t talk much (never does) – seemed clear to me that he just wanted to be with me. To be in my presence. Before leaving for work I returned him to his mother in […]
The Kingdom of God and the High Treason of Earthly Kingdoms (or Man’s, not God’s, Problem With Evil)
‘Fear you all who rule over the earth. ‘Know you nations and peoples that Christ is our God. ‘For he spoke and they came to being, he commanded and they were created; he put everything under our feet and delivered us from the wish of our enemies…. –recently unveiled 1,500 year old words from a […]
I’ve been traveling, so I’m posting this later than usual. Don’t worry, it hasn’t gone stale. We’ve been keeping it in plastic wrap.
Dr. Joel Biermann has just launched a website based upon his book A Case for Character: Toward a Lutheran Virtue Ethics (which can be purchased here). This is a fantastic resource with videos on topic such as: the two kinds of righteousness, three kinds of righteousness, and Law/Gospel reductionism. The site can be found here.
Why the quotes? Because the phrase “the problem of evil” is often expressed to mean that it is a problem for those who believe in God. It’s not. It is a problem for those who don’t. Not in that they can’t logically explain it from their premises (their question should be “Why is there any […]