Thursday, November 30, 2017

The Deep Things of God

I've been slowly reading through Fred Sanders' book The Deep Things of God - How the Trinity Changes Everything. I like his humor and the book is a nice preparation for deeper studies in the doctrine of the Trinity. After this, and The Essential Trinity, I hope to spend more time with Owens' Communion With the Triune God.

Two presentations by Sanders can be watched HERE


Wednesday, November 22, 2017

Psalm 43 (from The Cripplegate)

Always nice to be reminded of these things....

Why should a person give thanks for trials? Because through trials, God leads us to a greater joy in him. It is a simple truth from Psalm 43: trials are the trail to joy because they pass through the light of God’s word...keep reading

Friday, November 17, 2017

New TMS Journal and Banner of Truth Christmas Specials

The 2017 Autumn-Fall issue of The Master's Seminary Journal is now available HERE

A large part of the focus is on LGBT issues. Dr Michael Vlach also reviews William Watson's book "Dispensationalism Before Darby." Dr Vlach writes, "As this work shows, Darby was not a theological mad scientist concocting strange new doctrines in a dark office somewhere." See also my review.

Banner of Truth have reduced the price on a selection of books for their 2017 Christmas Special. I've taken advantage of the offer and bought Iain Murray's Two Volume biography of Martyn Lloyd-Jones, as well as two paperbacks. In some cases, as with the Book Sets, the reductions are significant. The catalog can be viewed HERE.

Note that Chrome based browsers tend to render the pages a bit slower. There are no issues using Firefox. Thought I'd include this video on MLJ

Tuesday, November 14, 2017

Why Believe in God Despite Evil in the World?

Very interesting. A talk by Scott Oliphint. From The Domain For Truth.

Saturday, November 11, 2017

Sam Storms' "Inclusion Theology"

Sam Storms recently penned an article titled Replacement Theology or Inclusion Theology? 

Here's an excerpt:
All biblical interpreters recognize that there is development between the Old Testament and the New. Some say the Old Testament is the seed to which the New Testament provides the flower. Others speak of the relationship as one of symbol to substance, or type to anti-type. The point being that we must strive to understand the progress in redemptive history. And when I look at the relationship between Israel and the Church I see something similar to the relationship between the caterpillar and the butterfly.
The butterfly doesn’t replace the caterpillar. The butterfly IS the caterpillar in a more developed and consummate form. The butterfly is what God intended the caterpillar to become. Likewise, the church doesn’t replace Israel. The church IS Israel as God always intended it to be...
There's nothing in Storms' apologetic article which hasn't been attended to by non-supersessionists. One can use a variety of alternative terms to Replacement Theology - Expansionist Theology, Fulfillment Theology, or something else. But they all logically lead to the conclusion that God's promises to ethnic-Israel have been modified. Storms' view is supported by consistently modifying the plain-sense meaning of biblical passages referring to Israel's future.

Dr. Paul Henebury has addressed the issues of the different forms of Replacement Theology on his blog HERE

Spurgeon on expecting the Lord

The Lord is come! The Lord is come!

Oh, Beloved, let us try, every morning, to get up as if that were the morning in which Christ would come! And when we go up to bed at night, may we lie down with this thought, “Perhaps I shall be awakened by the ringing out of the silver trumpets heralding His coming. Before the sun arises, I may be startled from my dreams by the greatest of all cries, ‘The Lord is come! The Lord is come!'” What a check, what an incentive, what a bridle, what a spur such thoughts as these would be to us! Take this for a guide of your whole life – act as if Jesus would come during the act in which you are engaged – and if you would not wish to be caught in that act by the Coming of the Lord, let it not be your act. ~ Charles Spurgeon

Wednesday, November 8, 2017

Zion's Christian Soldiers?

I haven't read this review of Stephen Sizer's book by Ted Loy entirely through yet. But, what I have read of it, I tend to agree. While it isn't a new review, it is still germane. BTW I have a copy of Sizer's Christian Zionism: Road-map to Armageddon?
Positively, Stephen Sizer is an Evangelical in the UK Anglican community who holds to the authority of Scripture. As a consequence, his support of the Second Coming of Christ is sound. Negatively, however, there are several assertions in his book which fall short...keep reading 
See also On Christian Jihad and Peace Making

Tuesday, November 7, 2017

James White & Jason Lisle

Interesting conversation with Lisle & White. You can visit Jason Lisle's blog HERE