God’s Rest as Prescriptive

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Last time I looked at evidences for the Sabbath rest rooted in creation. But does the fact that God rested mean that Adam, and all humanity, should keep the Sabbath? Not all think so.[1] Frame offers four compelling arguments, of increasing persuasiveness, for man to imitate God by resting on the Sabbath: (1) man as…



The Sabbath as a Creation Ordinance

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“Remember the Sabbath day, to keep it holy.  Six days you shall labor, and do all your work, but theseventh day is a Sabbath to the Lord your God. On it you shall not do any work, you, or your son, or your daughter, your male servant, or your female servant, or your livestock, or…



The Flawed Logic of Naturalism and Homosexuality

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As a biology undergrad student I encountered many with whom I disagreed about the origin of the universe. As a Christian, I rejected outright every claim that humans are the result of randomly colliding cosmic particles sent hurling about by some prehistoric explosion (the origin of which was, curiously, unexplained and unimportant). When I would…



18 Properties of a Humble Soul

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Thomas Brooks was born in 1608, educated for a time at Emmanuel’s College, Cambridge, and ordained to preach in 1640. He spent some time as a chaplain to the Parliamentary fleet, serving onboard several different vessels. He eventually became the minister of several different congregations in London. Like Thomas Goodwin and John Owen, Brooks held…



Sin and its Proper Response (Part 2)

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Yesterday, in Genesis 39, we saw Potiphar’s wife demonstrate that sin is often Perception-driven and that unchecked sin produces boldness. Now we will let Joseph show us the proper response to sin and temptation. 1. He Refuses (vs. 8)Joseph’s first and continual response is to refuse to give in to temptation. Notice, though, the reasons that…



Sin and Its Proper Response (Part 1)

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Recently I have been working through Genesis 39 and the story of Joseph. I have been thinking about Potiphar’s wife and how she demonstrates some common sin-related themes. I thought I could jot down a few notes regarding sin and temptation:1. Sin is often perception-driven In verse 7 we see that she “cast her eyes…



Pursuing Lady Wisdom

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Prov. 4:7- “The beginning of wisdom is this: Get wisdom, and whatever you get, get insight” (ESV) This seems to be a simple enough verse, but there are some truths that must be explicitly drawn out. Our culture tries to indoctrinate us with subtle lies that run counter to this short little proverb from Solomon….



Interview with Gregg Allison on Ecclesiology and His New Book

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What follows is an interview of Dr. Gregg Allison on ecclesiology and his new book, Sojourners and Strangers: The Doctrine of the Church. Dr. Allison is a Professor of Christian Theology at the Southern Baptist Theological Seminary. He is the author of the acclaimed Historical Theology: An Introduction to Christian Doctrine and other books.  He…