Teachings

What Is “the Image of God”?

Genesis does not give an in-depth explanation of “image” or “likeness,” because the original readers would have been familiar with these concepts. Learning the ancient Near Eastern context with the Biblical correction is faith-inspiring.

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God the Son in the Old Testament?

A response to Andrew Malone's book against christophanies, in defense and clarification of Chapter Five, "Jesus as God in the Old Testament," in The Preeminence of Christ: Part Two, The I AM.

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Words Mean Things: Monogenes

I grew up rejecting the old-school translation of monogenes as "only begotten" (and, unknowingly, the doctrine of the Son's "eternal generation"). But I've been introduced with reasons to rethink it.

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Words Mean Things: Glory

Glory is one of those words that is so frequent in the Scriptures that we can begin to take it for granted without being conscious of its full meaning or significance. Yet this word is so important because the ultimate reason for all of God’s works from Creation through Redemption to Consummation is His glory.

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Open Theism

I offer here a brief outline because I believe that open theists are denying the Godness of God, according to God. The following Scriptures convince me that God knows everything about Himself (which requires infinite knowledge) and everything that is real future, including our choices, and even everything that would be (if circumstances were different).

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The Fear of Yahweh

We are always in danger of becoming too casual with God. The "fear of the LORD" isn't just an OT theme; it pervades the NT, as well. It's not just for unbelievers; the gift of the New Covenant is that God puts it in the heart of believers. So, what is it?

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Contending for the Truth of the Gospel

In this age, disciples need clarity, compassion, and courage because the enemy tries to distort the Gospel – and the glory of Jesus and the salvation of His people are at stake. An expository sermon of Galatians 2, guest preaching at Antioch Community Church in Lawrence, KS.

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The Present Profitability of Piety

Moralism gives commands without contextualizing them in the Biblical problem with commands, the Biblical motivation to obey commands, and the Biblical power to obey commands. But true piety is possible and pleasurable (1 Tim. 4:6-16).

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Introduction to Disciple-making:
Obeying the Global Mandate of the Resurrected King Jesus

This booklet begins with the demand of Jesus for all to be His disciples. Then Part One shows the theological foundation of the Great Commission, surveying its prophetic roots from Genesis to Revelation and expositing Matthew 28:18-20. Part Two provides practical counsel based on Jesus' example.

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Plagues on All the Egyptian gods

Yahweh multiplied plagues in Exodus so that He could target all the areas of the Egyptian gods’ “power,” to prove they were false and futile (12:12). This essay details the Egyptians’ idolatrous superstitions behind the specific plagues, so that we can better appreciate the victory of the sovereign Yahweh in the book of Exodus.

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