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Saved by the Blood of the Lamb

July 8, 2017

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Also published at SBC Voices By Ken Hamrick Throughout the Old Testament, a spotless animal was permitted to die in place of the sinner. Sin required death—either the death of the sinner or the death of an allowed substitute. No person in the Old Testament was qualified to be a sin sacrifice, as Jesus was, […]

Beyond Traditionalism: Reclaiming Southern Baptist Soteriology

July 6, 2017

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Reposted from the archives… By Ken Hamrick [15,400 words…] In May of 2012, Eric Hankins published A Statement of the Traditional Southern Baptist Understanding of God’s Plan of Salvation[1]. It has created quite an uproar. The statement does not provide any real depth of argument, and my initial impression was that it was strongly leaning […]

Realism & Retroactive Identity in Christ

April 17, 2017

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By Ken Hamrick John Murray’s treatment of sanctification, particularly his essay, “The Agency in Definitive Sanctification,” makes some surprising inroads toward grasping the believer’s retroactive, realistic identification with Christ.[1] He does not go as far as to acknowledge that the reality of the spiritual union of Christ in the believer brings a title to all […]

Realism & The Fall: A Response to Steve Farish

April 2, 2017

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The hallmark of the realistic view is that the immaterial, moral nature of all men was propagated out of the substance of Adam in such a way as to deservedly implicate us in his sin; and this due to that nature having a real, participative presence in Adam.

Edwards, Necessity & Certainty: Part 1

March 7, 2017

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by Ken Hamrick This will be a series of informal posts chronicling my quest to understand and engage Jonathan Edwards on the ideas of necessity and certainty, and to establish where Andrew Fuller departed from Edwards’ view. In this, I’m seeking to expand the argument made in the paper, “Fuller & Inability: A Centrist Response […]

It’s Not Calvinism But Rationalism That Divides Us

May 23, 2016

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by Ken Hamrick Having debated Calvinism for many years, I’m beginning to see the wisdom of leaving to mystery that which can never really be figured out—a view espoused by many others before me. Such a position is disdained by both sides as something of a weak and anti-intellectual compromise. But arriving at this Antinomist position […]

Admonitions to a Disappointed Young-Earther

August 23, 2015

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This article was also published at SBC Voices by Ken Hamrick Recently, I came across a paper in the Journal for Baptist Theology & Ministry, written by Dr. Kenneth Keathley in 2013, entitled, “Confessions of a Disappointed Young-Earther.”[1] The piece is well done and gives an informative summary of the various arguments and supposed problems of the […]

Shedding Light on the Length of Pre-Sun Creation Days: A Text-Based Approach

February 6, 2015

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by Ken Hamrick In the ongoing debate over the Genesis creation account, one supposed problem that seems particularly troublesome for many is the question of the length of a day prior to the creation of the sun (on Day 4). Since the sun is the means by which a day is usually measured, then it […]

Old-Earth Compromisers: Preconceived Skepticism Shrouded in ‘Open-Mindedness’

January 30, 2015

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by Ken Hamrick Old-Earth Creationists, who accept the evidence-based claims that the earth is billions of years old, ought to honestly acknowledge that their view does not rest on natural evidence, but upon their own prior skeptical denial of creation by divine fiat (or, command). It is dishonest to put forth such a view as […]

Racial Reconciliation: Why Most Whites Just Don’t Get it

January 8, 2015

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by Ken Hamrick There’s something insincere about any repentant admission that says, “Yes, I’m guilty—and so are you.” I do not admit to being a racist, and neither do I think most Americans—white or otherwise—are. Many are racists, but most—or even, all? Contrary to the popular Evangelical party line these days, that cannot be established. […]

Unwillingness & Inability: A Summary of Andrew Fuller’s Solution

December 29, 2014

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by Ken Hamrick The theology of Andrew Fuller, as set out in his greatest work, The Gospel Worthy of All Acceptation, is centrally located between those Calvinists who see sinners as walking corpses—no more able to believe than a dead body is able to raise itself from the dead—and those of the other side who […]

When Did the Wise Men Appear? A Christmas Chronology

December 17, 2014

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From my archives… by Ken Hamrick The Wise Men are part of most nativity scenes, and many people assume that they arrived while Jesus was still in the manger, soon after His birth.  Many others, seeking a more accurate chronology, note that Herod killed baby boys who were two years old and under (according to […]

SACRIFICED LIVES: Law Enforcement Officers Killed in the Line of Duty

December 16, 2014

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The Most Hated & Targeted Minority in America

December 3, 2014

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As a group, they are often judged because of the actions of a few bad ones. Their motivations are often judged not by the content of their character but by the color of their skin. They are often assumed guilty until proven innocent—and even then, people reject the verdict. They are harassed, defamed, stalked, attacked, […]

A Discussion with J.W. Wartick on Recent Creation and Apparent Age

November 17, 2014

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by Ken Hamrick Apologist J. W. Wartick recently posted an article on his blog, entitled, “Do Young Earth Creationists Advocate Appearance of Age?” He is an Old-Earth Creationist who argues that appearance of age would be deception on God’s part. I disagree, and have been engaging him in discussion in the comment section. You might find […]

Let Scripture Speak for Itself

November 12, 2014

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by Ken Hamrick When it comes to understanding the Bible, the intended meaning of the author ought to be held in such importance that the text is allowed to speak for itself—with every effort made to not read into the text ideas that were not intended—and to get our clues as to what was intended […]

Fuller & Inability: A Rejoinder to Tom Nettles

October 21, 2014

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Other Posts in This Series:      Part 1;       Part 2;       Part 3;       Whole Paper. Recently, I published a Centrist response[1] to Dr. Tom Nettles’ series of articles on Andrew Fuller.[2] He has replied to that critique, but only in brief comments (one initial[3] and one final[4]). I had hoped he […]

Origin of the Soul: A Defense of Paternal Traducianism

October 11, 2014

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By Ken Hamrick Was your soul newly created for you by God, or was it passed down to you from the previous generations, much like your DNA was, and originally came from Adam? This may seem an obscure question, but it is actually foundational to most of theology. Whether or not you have ever considered […]

Justified on the Reality of Christ in Us

October 8, 2014

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We are justified by faith in Christ. But is that justification a mere legal fiction, as the Catholics object? Many look for the answer in the analogies of marriage and adoption. While these are good pictures, there is a more explicit answer: it is the spiritual union of Christ in the believer. But to really […]

The Serpent, the Fruit & the Fall of Man

October 5, 2014

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This dramatization is from my personal archives, and is an attempt to imagine what the first couple could possibly have been thinking to lead to their moral failure. I hope you enjoy it. by Ken Hamrick “Pssst! Eve! …Eve!” A strange voice called to her from the direction of the forbidden tree. They were not […]