In the first part of this series, I introduced the idea that both common views of authority within marriage, egalitarianism and complementarianism, fail to meet the Biblical mark. Both views base their positions on ontology: i.e., the position of husband, the gender of male, or the radical ontological equality of all. I also defined these […]
In the first essay in this series, I introduced the idea that both common views of authority within marriage, egalitarianism and complementarianism, fail to meet the Biblical mark. Both views base their positions on ontology, i.e., the position of husband, the gender of male, or the radical ontological equality of all. I also defined these […]
“Covenantal complementarianism” serves as a clarification, and sometimes a substantial correction, of the standard view of complementarianism within modern evangelicalism. It also serves as a vital bulwark against forms of egalitarianism that are clear departures from both Scriptural truth and physiological realities. The biblical, covenantal view departs from both ends of the spectrum. Christians, in […]
The “Heavens and earth” of the Creation narrative feature throughout Scripture as the throne and footstool of God. He appears in glory and fire in these spaces. He speaks to his people through these images and commands his people to copy these images in particular places. We see these themes appear throughout the cosmos, tabernacle, […]
God’s creation of light is about more than you realize. The division between light and darkness, and the power and purpose of light, appear not only in the creation narrative but give covenantal meaning in key places throughout Scripture. Genesis 1:3 provides a foundational concept and image for great prophecies like the law and peace […]
A lot has been said about “chaos” lately, particularly with the rise of popularity of Jordan B. Peterson. Peterson’s book promises an “antidote” to chaos, and his lectures on the Bible highlight the same theme. His lectures on the Bible, however, also do not stick with the Bible, but instead interpret it through the lens […]
***This review contains spoilers.*** Aliens better not ever invade Earth. Sure, we’ve got billions of tasty humans and a crippling sense of guilt telling us that if we get snacked on by creepy spider monsters, it’d be no more than we deserve. But then, we’ve also got Emily Blunt. In The Edge of Tomorrow, she […]
I want to provide a unique, yet important perspective on the video of Emily Letts, the 25 year-old abortion counselor that went viral. You have probably seen it. If you have not – watch it below. Modern technology has made it possible for this young woman to record the murder of her unborn child – […]
Okay, my turn to chime in. The Steven Furtick Baptism story continues to grow. Everybody wants to keep moving on, but like rubbernecking past an accident on the freeway, both Christian and secular media have latched-on to what is a peculiar yet not very surprising story. From local news outlets to the Washington Post, Elevation […]
Trepidation. That’s the proper word entering such a heavy subject. Not only heavy but potentially offensive to the structure of some people’s organized religion. The topic of salvation is not a small matter. It has been the center of many important controversies in the church. But this post won’t touch the definition of salvation in […]
God’s sovereignty includes ownership of all His creation. Melchizedek, in blessing Abram, said, “Blessed be Abram of God Most High, Possessor of heaven and earth (Gen. 14:19; cf. v. 22). The Bible continues the relationship between sovereignty and ownership by declaring to Israel that all the earth is His (Ex. 19:5). God demands obedience from […]
Prior to the Israelites’ conquest of the city of Jericho, a very significant event takes place that is often overlooked. Unlike most ancient literature, the Bible records details and events that can be seemingly unrelated to the overall narrative. For example, how many Christians have been sidelined in their attempts to read the entire Bible […]
[The following is an excerpt from John Calvin’s sermon on Deuteronomy 28:1-2, given on Tuesday, March 10, 1556, as found in The Covenant Enforced (Tyler, TX: ICE, 1990), 84-94.] “If you will hear the voice of the Lord your God, and be careful to fulfill all the commandments I command you this day, all these blessings […]
American Vision stands on the shoulders of those who have gone before us, to restore America’s biblical foundation by educating and equipping Christians to apply a biblical worldview to every aspect of life. Some dismiss these values, and the faith of our founding fathers, as fleeting and archaic. But we know that we owe all […]
The fourth question that is “transforming the faith,” according to author and speaker Brian McLaren, is the question of who Jesus is. This may seem to be something of an odd question because Christianity itself is dependent on the Person of Jesus. If we don’t know who Jesus is then we probably don’t know what Christianity is either. In fact, this is precisely the point McLaren is trying to make in this section of his book. He writes, “just saying the name ‘Jesus’ doesn’t mean much until we make clear which Jesus we are talking about. We must face the fact that many different saviors can be smuggled in under the name ‘Jesus,’ just as many different deities can be disguised under the term ‘God’ and vastly different ways of living can be promoted under the name ‘Christianity'” (p. 119). He is, of course, absolutely right about this, but simply making the observation that many different interpretations exist of who Jesus is doesn’t automatically make your interpretation the right one. We must now take a closer look at what McLaren claims the “real” Jesus is like.
How many times have you heard that the Ten Commandments are no longer necessary today? Or that since Christ said that He came to "fulfill the law" (Matthew 5:17), Christians are not obligated to them any longer. Or that the Ten Commandments were given to Israel, not modern America. The list could go on. Many Christians, unaware as they are of the Old Testament, make all sorts of bizarre remarks to avoid facing up to the fact of God’s law. The pertinent question has been phrased many different ways, but essentially it is this: "If not God’s law, which law? And if not God’s law, why not?" In other words, if God’s law has been set aside, which one do we put in its place? And, if we claim that God’s law is no longer binding on individuals, where do we get our biblical justification for claiming this? The answers have been many and varied, but they have seldom been convincing.
February 20th, 2008, at Temple Mount in Jerusalem, Pastor Mark Biltz of El Shaddai Ministries in Bonney Lake Washington saw something, a total lunar eclipse also called a â€˜blood moon’ for its reddish hue
In January, 2007, David Beckham, an aging European soccer player, signed a contract worth a quarter of a billion dollars to play soccer in the United States.