Marks of a True Church, pt. 2

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In August 2016, my wife and I took a trip to South Africa to visit a pastor friend and his small church in Nelspriut. I was amazed at how much it felt like being at my home church during our two-weeks visit. It dawned on me after our trip that the reason we felt at home was because the true church of Jesus Christ will always be the same no matter the location. If a local church is being faithful to God’s calling—that is, they are being obedient to the Scriptures—then they will have the same vibe as other faithful churches throughout the globe.… Continue reading

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Back to the Basics: The Constitution of Man Pt. 3

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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

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Back To The Basics: The Constitution of Man Pt 2

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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

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Back to the Basics: The Constitution of Man Pt.1

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vitruvian_manThe 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

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Goals for a New Year

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I don’t have a history of successful New Year’s resolutions. I count only two that have been successful in any meaningful way. The first was a weights workout resolution during college that lasted 8 months before carpal tunnel syndrome knocked me off pace for 14+ years and counting. The second was a vague but determined resolution to “be happier” the following year that had no hope of succeeding – except that God hijacked it and used it to bring me to repentance and faith in Christ by leading me through it into church attendance and being captivated by God’s word. Certainly I rejoice in this, but it wasn’t at all in line with what I had planned!… Continue reading

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