The doctrine of hell is a serious, sobering, and terrifying doctrine. For some, the thought of hell as eternal conscious torment is too difficult to accept. They would rather believe that hell is temporary. People who die outside of Christ will suffer punishment for a period of time, but eventually, God will cast them into the lake of fire and they will cease to exist. This view is known as annihilationism. But is it biblical?
We cannot allow our emotions to drive our theology. Scripture is our final authority. We must submit to the Bible’s teachings on difficult doctrines trusting that God is God and not us. He is good, righteous, and holy and he always does what is right.
Melchizedek remains a mystery to many students of the Bible. Here is my attempt to make sense of Melchizedek and the Melchizedekian priesthood in the storyline of Scripture. The article linked below appeared in the most recent issue of SBJT.
I have not blogged in a long time, but I have not given up on writing! I have been working on some other writing projects in my absence from the blogosphere. Here is one of the articles I wrote during that time for 9marks.
There are two different extreme positions on the knowability of God. On the one hand is agnosticism. Agnostics argue that, if there is a God, we do not know anything certain about him. We have no sure and certain proofs of his existence and we cannot be sure that he has revealed anything about himself. On the other hand is a belief, usually among cult religions, that God can be fully comprehended by his creatures. Those holding this view have created a god in their image that fits their creaturely sensibilities. If human beings cannot fully comprehend God, they suggest, then they cannot love and worship him. Continue reading “The Knowledge of God”
I recently preached five sermons on the Olivet Discourse as recorded in Mark 13 (cf. Mt 24; Lk 21). You can find my take on this hotly disputed passage of Scripture here (weeks 48–52). Whether you agree with my interpretation or not, here are a few major issues that you must wrestle with: Continue reading “Understanding the Olivet Discourse”
Will there be marriage in heaven? Yes, but only one. When the Sadducees confronted Jesus about the resurrection of the dead, they tried to disprove the reality of resurrection by creating an absurd situation involving a woman with seven different husbands (Mark 12:18–27). If a woman has been married seven times during the course of her life, then whose husband will she be in the resurrection (Mark 12:23)? Jesus answered with this statement: Continue reading “Will there be marriage in heaven?”
I have nearly finished reading Do More Better: A Practical Guide to Productivity by Tim Challies. I am thankful to Mr. Challies for writing this book and I highly recommend it. He articulates a biblically based approach to productivity and offers extremely practical tips for becoming a more organized and productive person. I appreciate his definition of productivity: “Productivity is effectively stewarding your gifts, talents, time, energy, and enthusiasm for the good of others and the glory of God.”
I have pretty much adopted his strategies for productivity in full and I am reaping the benefits. Thank you Tim Challies for this immensely helpful book.