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The Fork in the Road: The Progressive Line, Part 2.5

Let’s see. I put up a post, based on 1 John, suggesting that whether we are remain saved or have fallen away depends on love, and some find that my teaching lacks substance or even implies antinomianism (the absence of … Continue reading

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Ministry Ideas: Floresta, Part 3 (Salvation)

John Mark Hicks is in the process of posting an excellent series of articles called a “Comprehensive” Perspective on Salvation — Introduction Quadrant 1 Quadrant 2 Quadrant 3 Quadrant 4 The importance of these posts is that they demonstrate that … Continue reading

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Available Light: Will God Save Some Who’ve Never Heard the Gospel?

Al Maxey recently posted Reflection 413, in which he deals with the doctrine of “available light.” This is a fairly new teaching to me … intriguing for sure. I’ve never really studied it. So that’s what I intend to do … Continue reading

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Election: Romans 11, Part 3 (“salvation has come to the Gentiles to make Israel envious”)

(Rom 11:11) Again I ask: Did they stumble so as to fall beyond recovery? Not at all! Rather, because of their transgression, salvation has come to the Gentiles to make Israel envious. Paul makes two points. His second is that … Continue reading

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Neo-Calvinism: Abraham Kuyper, Criticisms, Part 1

Pronk notes that there certain problems arose with Kuyper’s theology. Prior to Kuyper the Reformed, while not denying that the church has a task in society, put the emphasis on the salvation of sinners. Preaching for the Old School Calvinists, … Continue reading

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Backgrounds of the Restoration Movement: Gnosticism, Part 3

Another area where Platonic thought crept into the church is in our understanding of the “soul” and the afterlife. In Biblical usage, our bodies will be resurrected. Indeed, “resurrection” specifically refers to the reanimation of the body. However, in Greek … Continue reading

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What Is “Gospel”? Part 4

Phil 1 (Phil 1:27-28)  Whatever happens, conduct yourselves in a manner worthy of the gospel of Christ. Then, whether I come and see you or only hear about you in my absence, I will know that you stand firm in … Continue reading

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What Is “Gospel”? Part 3

In parts 1 and 2 we considered the two primary New Testament texts defining “gospel” and the Old Testament texts that introduced the idea of gospel long before Jesus came. In this and the next part, we’ll work through most … Continue reading

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The Blue Parakeet: Salvation

As I’ve been thinking through this approach to hermeneutics, it’s occurred to me that there’s an obvious objection: where in this Story is salvation? Where is forgiveness of sin? Where is heaven? You see, in the religion I was brought … Continue reading

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Dialogue with Robert Prater: Baptism, Circumcision, Galatians, 1 John, and GraceConversation

The question has been raised in private emails and comments here whether baptism might be a work. After all, circumcision, which is certainly a work in Paul’s vocabulary, is also passive. To answer this one, we need to get away … Continue reading

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