One of the burning questions that many people long to ask about pastoral ministry is what does a pastor do all week. In the broader culture, there seems to be a belief that pastors have it easy because they only work a few hours on Sunday mornings. While I suppose for some that may be true (which would explain this, if you see it on a pastor’s shelf run!), but for faithful pastors, who truly love Christ and the people He has entrusted to them, nothing could be further than the truth. Although I rolled my eyes when I was repeatedly told in seminary that I would be busier in ministry than I ever was training for the ministry, I am, and truth be told I don’t know a single pastor that puts in less than 55 hours a week and most put in far more.… 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
I originally wrote this around the time when the horrifically unnecessary reboot of the Left Behind series was hot news in the Christian blogosphere. Around that time in certain corners of the reformed community it was in vogue to assert that all dispensationalists were chart obsessed simpletons. I recently had a conversation with a committed amillennial brother who could neith articulate why he was committed to his position (other than listing who also holds/held the same position) and he had never heard anyone give any actual reasons for holding to dispensationalism. And where there is one, there are more, so I thought this (very) short discussion may be helpful to some in thinking through their eschatological position, or at least as a discussion starter.… Continue reading