This is the third blog in my T.U.L.I.P. series. I am only briefly skimming the very controversial and complicated doctrines of the reformed acronym. My intention is that they would serve as an introduction, not that they would be the presentations to end all debates. However, I do believe the doctrines expressed in the acronym are thoroughly and clearly biblical, and would like to lay … Continue reading Why I Believe In Limited Atonement
I have always been extremely hesitant to write about my Reformed theology. Not because of any persecution complex or victim-hood mentality, but I am hesitant because I serve an assembly of the Lord which has many people, staff included, who are not Calvinists. I never want my brothers and sisters in the Lord, within the local assembly I too am a member of to feel … Continue reading Why I Believe in Unconditional Election
I have always been extremely hesitant to write about Calvinism. Not because of any persecution complex or victim-hood mentality, but I am hesitant because I serve an assembly of the Lord that has many people, staff included, who are not Calvinists. I never want my brothers and sisters in the Lord within the local assembly, which I too am a member of, to feel ostracized … Continue reading Why I Believe in Total Depravity
A personal twist on Orwell’s rules for writing: Every rose has its thorn, and the thorn of writing is cliche metaphors and figures of speech. Avoid them like the plague. Never use an interminable word where a lilliputian word will be suffice. If it is ever possible under any and every circumstances to cut, or delete, or remove a word, always cut, or delete, or … Continue reading A Lesson in Irony
If who a person is finds its definition by said person, and there are no rules to this, and this can change arbitrarily, then what we have have accomplished is not a grid for understanding human nature, but the demolition of human nature. In other words, human beings do not have a nature at all; nothing is intrinsic to human beings. There is essentially no meaningful way to define or understand what and who mankind. After all, we just can’t with labels…. Continue reading Transgendered Human Nature
The Granddaddy of them All This is the final blog post in the series on women in the pulpit, and is the most important. Although a lot of ground has been covered, none so much is important as how the two sides deal with the text of Scripture. Since I very much prefer arguments which go from the lesser to the greater, we will begin … Continue reading Women in the Pulpit V: What Does the Bible Say?
The introduction to this blog series is crucial to read. It provides the background as well as the links to what I reference in this post. If you have not read it, it can be found here. Sloppy Hermeneutics Before attempting to deal with the important passages from Paul where women pastors are dealt with, Greg Boyd and Rachel Held Evans (RHE) set the table so … Continue reading Women in the Pulpit IV: How to Read Your Bible
The introduction to this blog series is crucial to read. It provides the background as well as the links to what I reference in this post. If you have not read it, it can be found here. Defining Terms Boyd’s title is “The Case for Women in Ministry. ” This is already misleading because the opposition does not necessarily have a counter-case. Boyd’s equivocation of “ministry” … Continue reading Women in the Pulpit III: Women of the Bible
Part II of my defense of holding the pastoral office to qualified men contains an apologetic against the accusation that we are inconsistent in how we apply this doctrine. Continue reading Women in the Pulpit II: Are Complementarians Inconsistent?
The topic of female-pastors has been flowing through my local church recently. I covered it in a Wednesday night class not too long ago, and since we recently started a sermon series on 1 Timothy, the topic was addressed from the pulpit as well. I decided then to respond to some common Egalitarian arguments through this new blog series. To define the term above, the debate … Continue reading Women in the Pulpit I: Setting the Stage