A while back Foxnews.com published an odd article. This site has recently taken to publishing the odd article about archaeology (it always catches my eye when some one shares a link to an article about archaeology on social media) and this one was no exception. The basic gist of the article was that some scholars from the university of Tel Aviv have dated the oldest camel bones ever found and they dated them to the 10th century BC, well after the era of the patriarchs and thus casting doubt on the reliability of the bible because camels figure in the narratives of Genesis. … Continue reading
Today I am wrapping up the series on the constitution of man I began February 1. You can read the first instalment here and part 2 here. While it may seem an unimportant topic, it is essential to have a right understanding of the constitutional makeup of man if you are to have a scriptural view of man. This topic impacts other important areas of the christian life and worldview often in unexpected ways. This post focuses on the dichotomy view of man, which I believe is the biblically correct view.
Although certainly not universally held, the predominant view throughout church history has been the dichotomist view. … Continue reading
This week I am continuing the series on the constitution of man I began February 1. You can read the first instalment here. While it may seem an unimportant topic, it is essential to have a right understanding of the constitutional makeup of man if you are to have a scriptural view of man. This topic impacts other important areas of the christian life and worldview often in unexpected ways. This post focuses on the trichotomy view of man the third and final post in this short series will examine the dichotomy view.
As stated previously the trichotomy view holds that man is an amalgam of body, soul and spirit. … Continue reading
The constitution of man is a question that has vexed the Christian mind for centuries. Perhaps because of the intimacy of the question or perhaps because of the seemingly contradictory biblical data it has been hotly debated for centuries. The question is whether man is a monism, dichotomy or trichotomy.
This question is at the heart of biblical anthropology. All other areas of anthropology, from the meaning of the imagio Dei to the nature of original sin are all affected by the constitution of man.
Far from being and esoteric and impractical theological question, a proper understanding of the constitution of man has far reaching implications. … Continue reading
Recently news broke that Andrew Stoecklein, pastor of Inland Hills Church in Chino California took his own life. It is heartbreaking news, and shocking, but I have to say not overwhelmingly surprising. I’ve heard and read some express sentiments along the lines of “how could a pastor do that?” Sadly, some have gone on to posit that no “truly called” man could possibly be depressed much less suicidal. While I don’t know anything about this man or the church he served, over the last several years, both through my own experiences and through relationships with other pastors, I have learned a thing or two about pastoral ministry. … Continue reading