In Search of Meaning: The Doctrine of Angelic Replacement

This is a previously published post substantially revised and retitled. Also, since these brief thoughts have been brewing in my theological history for many years, I place them at the top of my site. Angel Definition Angels can be thought of as God’s assistants: Who makes his angels spirits, His ministers a fire (Ps. 104.4 Sept.). The popular conception of angels, chubby infants with wings, … Continue reading In Search of Meaning: The Doctrine of Angelic Replacement

How Ephesus causes problems for Skeptics

It is fairly clear that the Apostle John was the younger brother of James and probably only about 12-14 years of age at the start of Jesus’ ministry. This is why Jesus spent valuable time instructing him, since John would have not needed to relearn unwarranted beliefs, like the other disciples, such as the concept of wealth indicating righteousness. John, being a young teenager in … Continue reading How Ephesus causes problems for Skeptics

The Body Of Christ in 1Cor. 11.29: Who or What?

Everyone ought to examine themselves before they eat of the bread and drink from the cup. For those who eat and drink without discerning the body of Christ eat and drink judgment on themselves. That is why many among you are weak and sick, and a number of you have fallen asleep (1Cor. 11.28-30 NIV). The bible can be hard to understand sometimes. Even the Apostle Peter … Continue reading The Body Of Christ in 1Cor. 11.29: Who or What?

The Two Leavened Loaves at Pentecost-Lev. 23.15-17

From the day after the Sabbath, the day you brought the sheaf of the wave offering, count off seven full weeks. Count off fifty days up to the day after the seventh Sabbath, and then present an offering of new grain to the Lord. From wherever you live, bring two loaves made of two-tenths of an ephah of the finest flour, baked with yeast, as a wave … Continue reading The Two Leavened Loaves at Pentecost-Lev. 23.15-17

Evangelicals, guns, and church and state in the Early Republic

Having just returned from visiting Israel’s sites and museums, I have never felt safer while in a country. Soldiers and plain-clothed individuals carrying submachine guns were abundant almost everywhere. Perhaps the solution to societal safety in America could be soldiers with guns among the public as well as open carry by more individuals. Also, when I worked as a carpenter no one was ever bullied. … Continue reading Evangelicals, guns, and church and state in the Early Republic

James Tour’s Devotional Practices

The bible promises (Jer. 31.31-34) that a time will come when individual believers will be taught of God. This is implicit in Jeremiah since no longer will they need human teachers. Jesus referred to this promise in John 6.45. Some try to find the quote in the Psalms but Jesus clearly says “in the Prophets.” I believe it was Raymond Brown who contended in our … Continue reading James Tour’s Devotional Practices

A New Article on the Contents of P46

The latest issue of Novum Testamentum is out (64.3), and among the new articles is one by me: “The Construction and Contents of the Beatty-Michigan Pauline Epistles Codex (𝔓⁴⁶).” A bifolium of the Beatty-Michigan codex of Paul’s letters; image source: Chester Beatty Digital Collections Here is the abstract: The surviving portion of the papyrus codex […] A New Article on the Contents of P46 — Variant … Continue reading A New Article on the Contents of P46

Don’t Disciple People into Fragmented Faith

A church member meticulously studies the Scriptures, but he refuses to obey in certain areas. His faith is primarily an intellectual pursuit. Another tends to follow her heart instead of God’s commands. Her feelings seem to override the Bible’s authority. Another brother faithfully serves the church, but he has no interest in doctrine, as if learning truth is an add-on to genuine Christianity. Don’t Disciple … Continue reading Don’t Disciple People into Fragmented Faith

What is The Divine Council?

Stay tuned for a upcoming post where I present an alternative to the Divine Council View. I have already briefly posted about Heiser’s book featuring an article by another reviewer, see: https://beliefspeak2.net/2019/11/22/gentry-vs-heiser-nephilim/?preview_id=10508&preview_nonce=d373c3356d&preview=true and https://beliefspeak2.net/2020/07/21/the-circularity-of-michael-s-heiser/?preview_id=10763&preview_nonce=5173addea5&preview=true– Alex When studying Scripture, it is always helpful to understand more about the particular historical, cultural, and linguistic setting in which the story of the Bible unfolds. Michael Heiser’s 2015 book … Continue reading What is The Divine Council?

What Is the Presuppositional Apologetics of Cornelius Van Til? Apologetics in Action — Frame-Poythress.org

The following personal email has been adapted for a broader readership, to illustrate Van Til’s Apologetics. Used by permission. Dear A———: I appreciate your inquiry. 1,380 more words What Is the Presuppositional Apologetics of Cornelius Van Til? Apologetics in Action — Frame-Poythress.org Continue reading What Is the Presuppositional Apologetics of Cornelius Van Til? Apologetics in Action — Frame-Poythress.org

The Mystery of the Dead Sea Scrolls – Part 2 — Patterns of Evidence

Summary: Visiting the archaeological site of the ruins of Qumran is like being transported back to the time of Jesus. The examination of the history and controversies involved with the Dead Sea scrolls is continued in this second half of a 2-part series.  The grass withereth, the flower fadeth: but the word of our God… The Mystery of the Dead Sea Scrolls – Part 2 — … Continue reading The Mystery of the Dead Sea Scrolls – Part 2 — Patterns of Evidence

In Defense of Deference

Daniel Patrick Moynihan told us that “everyone is entitled to his own opinion, but not to his own facts.” While the latter clause is certainly true, is the former? Are there no prerequisites to having an opinion? Perhaps, one might argue, the late senator was referring only to informed opinions. But what does “informed” really… In Defense of Deference — First Things RSS Feed – Web … Continue reading In Defense of Deference

Pharaoh Amenemhat III, cont’d.

In our previous post we featured the Sphinx of Amenemhat III (ca. 1859-1813), who ruled during the time of the biblical patriarchs. This unique colossal bust of Amenemhat III was found on the site of the ancient capital of The Fayum, Shedet (the Crocodilopolis of the Greeks). The Pharaoh is dressed in a panther skin, […] Pharaoh Amenemhat III, cont’d. — Leon’s Message Board Continue reading Pharaoh Amenemhat III, cont’d.