“God Dwelling With Man” by Keller Hackbusch

In recent years the discipline of biblical theology has highlighted certain themes in the Bible that have been sometimes overlooked or under-appreciated. One of those motifs is that of “temple” or “dwelling place” of God. In the brief paper below (21 pages), one of my students, Keller Hackbusch, does a fine job of summarizing this theme as it unfolds throughout the redemptive-historical narrative of Scripture. He also underscores the practical ramifications this glorious reality has for the New Covenant people of God. I commend Keller’s paper to you. Continue reading

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God Is Not Silent: The Sources of General Revelation

As we incline our ear to the world around us, can we hear God speaking? Or is God silent? The Bible unambiguously affirms that God has and is revealing himself to humankind. In particular, the Bible identifies two kinds of divine revelation: general revelation and special revelation. In this study, we’ll focus on the first of these two forms of divine revelation. Specifically, we’ll look at the sources of general revelation.  Continue reading

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Contextualization & Preaching by Robert Elliott

The late John Stott was a gifted commentator and expositor. In his classic book on homiletics, Between Two Worlds, he argues that the preacher stands in the gap between the world of the Bible and the modern world of the people to whom he ministers. It is the preacher’s task, Stott avers, to bridge the chasm so that modern culture may be confronted with the timeless truths of the Bible. This is the theme Pastor Robert Elliott unfolds in the three-part video lecture series below on contextualization and preaching. Continue reading

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Is the 1689 Baptist Confession Sufficiently Missional?

Evangelistic outreach and missions is of prime importance to the church. But neither the Westminster Confession (WCF) nor the Second London Baptist Confession (2LCF) gives much expression or emphasis to the church’s responsibility to take the gospel to all the nations. The chapter “Of the church” (WCF, ch. 25; 2LCF, ch. 26), is an exposition of the nature of the church universal and local, its authority, its institution, its membership, its government, its worship, and its fraternal relations. But the chapter offers no clear and comprehensive summary of the church’s duty to publish the gospel outside the four walls of its sanctuary. Continue reading

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A Biblical Defense of Lay-Evangelism

“The chief agents in the expansion of Christianity appear not to have been those who made it a profession or a major part of their occupation, but men and women who earned their livelihood in some purely secular manner and spoke of their faith to those whom they met in this natural fashion.” So concludes Yale church historian Kenneth Scott Latourette.1 But such lay-evangelism has little Scriptural warrant in the minds of some Christian leaders today. Continue reading

  1. A History of the Expansion of Christianity (New York: Harper & Brothers, 1937), 1:116. Comments made by some of the early church fathers corroborate Latourette’s assessment. See Irenaeus, Against Heresies I, 10.2; Tertullian, Apology, 1.7; Origen, Against Celsus, 3.55. []
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A Biblical Defense of Lay-Ministry

I’m still learning new things about my Reformed heritage. Most of the time, these new discoveries are edifying and serve to confirm my conviction that the Reformed tradition usually has it right. Occasionally, however, I run across a strand of Reformed teaching that doesn’t resonate well with my general knowledge of the Bible’s teaching. In some of these cases, I’m prompted to do further investigation that reveals a flaw or imbalance in my own thinking. In other cases, I can’t get a particular strand of Reformed thought to fit with the contours of Scripture. The doctrine and practice of infant baptism is a case in point. Continue reading

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“The Real Story at Mount Sinai” by Oskar Arocha

Last night one of our seminary students, Oskar Arocha, gave a overview of his master’s thesis, “The Real Story at Mount Sinai: An Exegetical Interpretation of the Narrative of Exodus 19–24,” in Spanish (“La verdadera historia en el Monte Sinaí”). Oskar wrote this thesis to complete his requirements for the Master of Divinity (MDiv) degree. The objective of his study is to highlight the unbelief and disobedience of Israel at the foot of Sinai. Rather than assuming the role of a “kingdom of priests” by means of an obedient faith, Israel becomes a “kingdom with priests” on account of their disobedience. If you know a little Spanish, I’d like to invite you to watch the video presentation below.  Continue reading

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