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The Future of Israel [Hermeneutical Principles]

Last time, we introduced the discussion of Israel’s future as explained in Romans 9–11. Before we get into the text itself, we need to talk about two primary hermeneutical principles that must be employed. “Hermeneutics” refers to the process of … Continue reading

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Dispensations & Covenants [a critique of the progressive dispensational framework]

Traditional dispensationalists typically view biblical history through the grid of seven administrative divisions, or dispensations. Some progressive dispensationalists have narrowed down the dispensations to four, namely: Patriarchal, Mosaic, Ecclesial, and Zionic. The Patriarchal age is from Creation to the giving … Continue reading

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Dispensationalism in Church History

I had an interesting conversation with a friend recently about the history of Dispensationalism as a system. His point was basically this: Darby (sometimes referred to as the father of Dispensationalism) was, in fact, Covenantal in his theology at first. … Continue reading

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Composing a Doctrinal Statement [section 1 — on the Scriptures]

Composing a doctrinal statement (or any other essential documents) can be one of the most arduous (but crucial) projects undertaken by a church. One of the major projects I began this summer was to draft a sample doctrinal statement that … Continue reading

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Grasping God’s Word [Book Review]

Hermeneutics, the principles of interpretation with which one approaches the Bible, will be largely determinative of the one’s theology. Therefore, it is paramount for the student of the Word to understand hermeneutics. J. Scott Duvall and J. Daniel Hays set … Continue reading

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Gender Roles [Original Design]

I’ve introduced the topic of gender issues… that is, what is the relationship between men and women in the church and home? Do men and women have differing roles, or should women be permitted (or, encouraged) to do anything and … Continue reading

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The Promise and the Provision [reflections on the cross]

Why did the disciples have such a hard time understanding Christ’s mission on earth? To us it seems so obvious. Where did this confusion come from? Throughout the entirety of the Old Testament, there were two lines of salvific hope … Continue reading

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The Promised Messiah and the Confused Disciples

Jesus came offering Himself as Messiah to the Jewish people. The coming Messiah, as prophesied in the Old Testament, was a coming king who would establish a kingdom that would last forever — and the Jews knew that very well … Continue reading

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Defining Discipleship

Discipleship has grown out of favor among American evangelical churches. In fact, many churches today cannot even give a clear definition of what a disciple is, much less outline the role of the church in making and growing true disciples … Continue reading

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The Role of Jesus’ Miracles

Thought for the day… Jesus’ miracles did not prove He was God. Jesus performed countless miracles during his ministry (John 21:25), but the four gospels only record between 35 and 40 of those miracles. It is common for people to … Continue reading

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