Luxury or Necessity?

in-car-wifiAs if our world isn’t already connected and distracted enough, some cars are enabled with their own wifi hotspot. Between the two cars we have for me and my wife, we have 29 years and about 380k miles. We like our vehicles broken in. If there is a hotspot on my 98 Wrangler, it’s because the thermostat has stuck again, but that’s another post. While the hotspot sounds cool (and has actually been around a little while) I doubt many consider it a necessity. It’s likely a short lived phenomenon as so many have devices which do the same job, time will tell.… Continue reading

Bad debates over good theology

imagesWell, we’re at it again. Conservative evangelicals are all aflutter over a doctrinal debate that started when one member of our delicately (un)balanced brotherhood called out another over a doctrinal point that most Christians don’t understand. The two positions quickly congealed into “camps” that have done a fair amount of back and forth over how to answer the question, “what precisely is the nature of the eternal economic (i.e. functional) relationship between God the Father and God the Son? Or more specifically, “Is God the Son functionally submitted to God the Father in all eternity (i.e., before and after the incarnation)?” We’ve even created a new (as far as I know) acronym: EFS—Eternal Functional Subordination.… Continue reading

How to Live an Incomparable Life with an Incomparable God

About a year and a half ago Isaiah 46:4’s doctrinal and practical implications impacted my life with a very personal message. This text comes in the second half of the Book of Isaiah (chapters 40–66), which deals with Yahweh’s Salvation. Chapters 1–39 focus on Yahweh’s Judgment. Chapters 40–66 addresses the topics of Yahweh’s Servant (chaps. 40–55) and Yahweh’s Kingdom (chaps. 56–66)

Within chapters 40–55, we can identify:

  • Yahweh’s Book of Comfort (chaps. 40–42)
  • Yahweh’s Book of Redemption (chaps. 43–53)
  • Yahweh’s Great Invitation (chaps. 54–55)

Our text, therefore, makes its appearance in a section of prophecies dealing with redemption. It begins in 43:1b with the declaration:

Fear not, for I have redeemed you;
I have called you by name; you are mine.

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Trinitarian Discussions & Church History

Trinity in LatinAs of late it would seem a plethora of events have conspired to break the internet. Everything from a mass murder being committed to the tragic loss of a young boy while on vacation with his family. Amidst these and other current events has been an interesting and even moving occurrence among evangelicals. In case you have been blissfully disconnected, I will take a moment to explain. The theological subject of the Trinity has recently garnered what might seem like new attention, now I will not even attempt to lay out the nuances of this discussion as others more capable than myself have done so here.… Continue reading

Why I Embrace our Next President

God is lightMy title probably leads you to guess, “Because God is still sovereign?” Yes true. The truth should not cause us to over-look this answer, give lip service to His reign under our breath, while we continue to worry or even complain about the elections. Either Ms. Clinton or Mr. Trump will be the President of the United States of America. God sits on His throne over the universe. Many of us need to swallow that pill, sit on it, smoke a pipe over it, then tell the world. No President thwarts His throne, the return of Christ, or the New Heavens and Earth.… Continue reading