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Satan & His Angels: Knowing Our Enemy in Spiritual Warfare

One of the most important elements in warfare is knowing as much information as possible about the enemy: Where are they?  What kind of weapons do they have?  How strong are they?  What is their end goal?  However, in addition to knowing your enemy, you must know yourself: What kind of weapons do we have? Continue Reading

A Royal Story: Kingship Development in Samuel-Nehemiah & Luke/Acts

How does kingship/kingdom develop throughout the Bible, particularly in the historical books of Samuel through Nehemiah[1] and in the person and work of Christ Jesus?  A critical aspect of this analysis involves the question of the legitimacy of kingship in the nation of Israel, as there appears to be both pro-monarchical and anti-monarchical perspectives inContinue Reading

God Exists: The Argument from Desire

How can desire lead one to conclude that God exists, beyond wishful thinking?  Initially, this argument may sound like a stretch, but it’s actually quite powerful once you see it traced out.  What’s more, as human beings, we are creatures of desire.  So, this argument speaks to something we experience day in and day out. Continue Reading

Essential Elements of Church Planting (Acts 11:19-30)

This account of the early Church serves as a transition in the book of Acts from a focus on the apostle Peter to a focus on the apostle Paul (at the time of this account he still bears the name Saul; cf. 13:9). While the text says the gospel went out into the regions ofContinue Reading

Lady Philosophy & True Happiness in Boethius’s Consolation

According to Lady Philosophy in Boethius’s Consolation of Philosophy, what is man’s ultimate goal in life and how is it achieved? Lady Philosophy introduces the notion of an admirable goal in Chapter 1 of Book 3 as the “goal of true happiness” (3.1.5).  She goes on to state that everyone pursues good things in orderContinue Reading

Human Sexuality & the Order of Things: What Sayeth Genesis & Natural Law?

In his bestselling book, The Rise and Triumph of the Modern Self, Carl Trueman traces the historical, philosophical, psychological, and sociological currents that pulled us into the sexual revolution of the 1960’s and beyond.[1]  “What marks,” he says, “the modern sexual revolution out as distinctive is the way it has normalized these and other sexualContinue Reading

The Establishment of Hebrew Identity in Genesis, Exodus, and Leviticus

At the end of Genesis, we have a summary statement given in the words of the dying Joseph regarding the identity of the Hebrew people: “And Joseph said to his brethren, ‘I am dying; but God will surely visit you, and bring you out of this land [of Egypt] to the land of [Canaan] whichContinue Reading

City of God, Book I Summary: Hypocrisy, Suffering, Burial, Suicide, Decadence

“I have taken upon myself the task of defending the glorious City of God against those who prefer their own gods to the Founder of that City.”  I seek to convince “the proud of the power and excellence of humility,” for the King and Founder of our City resists the proud but gives grace toContinue Reading

Equivocating on Abortion: A Response to All Women’s Health Centers

In March of last year, All Women’s Health Centers posted an article entitled “Defining Abortion”.  Obviously, defining something, especially something so controversial, is an important matter.  After all, how can we converse on a subject if our definitions are significantly different?  We would merely be speaking past one another.  So, naturally, the title of theContinue Reading

Thoughts on Science and Meaning: Living Fully or Living Folly?

Science is awesome!  Or, as Bill Nye is fond of saying, “Science rules”.[1]  However, the reason science is so awesome is because God’s creation is so awesome.  Science is essentially the means of discovering the form and function of the natural world.  What is more, if nature were not so beautiful in its appearance andContinue Reading

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