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Saved by the Blood of the Lamb

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 … Continue reading

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Edwards, Necessity & Certainty: Part 1

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 … Continue reading

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Was There Animal Death Before the Fall? | SEBTS | Between The Times

The creation account of Gen 1 ends with the declaration, “And God saw everything that he had made, and behold, it was very good” (Gen 1:31 ESV). The key issue boils down to what is meant by the expression “very … Continue reading

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Judgment Day: God’s Home Makeover | Patheos | Scot McKnight

The very claim Christians have always made is that at some day God will judge us all. Every.last.one.of.us. The great, last judgment. The question many have against that claim is this: Is it all that simple, that God will save … Continue reading

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The “celibate gay Christian” movement: How should we think about it? | Denny Burk

Michelle Boorstein has a must-read piece in The Washington Post about the celibate gay Christian movement. It features Albert Mohler, Wesley Hill, and some others from the evangelical movement. The article begins with a discussion about Eve Tushnet, a celibate … Continue reading

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When God Doesn’t Zap Away Our Sin | Challies Dot Com

God promises grace to battle sin and to overcome sin. We believe that God gives that kind of grace to his people. This is not something we deserve; it is not something he owes us, but he gives it anyway. … Continue reading

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Is same-sex attraction sinful? Charles Hodge sheds biblical light. | Denny Burk

A few weeks ago, I sat on a panel at the Evangelical Theological Society discussing the question “Is Same-Sex Orientation Sinful?” Owen Strachan moderated the discussion among three of us who presented papers on the subject: Wesley Hill, Preston Sprinkle, … Continue reading

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Spotting “Gospel Escapism” in Evangelical Circles | TGC | Thabiti Anyabwile

I am an evangelical. That statement needs explanation. I am a theological evangelical. I believe the Bible is the divinely-inspired word of God. I believe it is inerrant and sufficient. I believe a person must be born again in order … Continue reading

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We Live in a World of “Inconsolable Things” | TGC | Thabiti Anyabwile

One of my absolute favorite books is Zack Eswine’s penetrating and healing work, Sensing Jesus: Life and Ministry As a Human Being (Crossway, 2013). I think this book should be required reading for every seminarian, new pastor and veteran pastor. … Continue reading

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What’s wrong with reparative therapy? | Denny Burk

I have expressed my own concerns about reparative therapy on this blog in the past. But Heath Lambert has perhaps the most thoroughgoing critique from an evangelical perspective that I have yet seen. He focuses his attention on the work … Continue reading

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The Place of the Family in Reconciling Sinners to God | Reformed Reactions

I’ve been watching and listening to the recent conference of the Ethics and Religious Liberty Commission on Homosexuality and the Future of Marriage. Towards the end Christopher Yuan talked about how parents upon finding out that an older child is … Continue reading

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Where Hazy Repentance Goes to Die | Desiring God

If a cloud of ambiguity hovers around our understanding of repentance, it might have to do with how we understand faith. We’re reminded of Luther’s introductory words, unfolding into 94 other theses nailed to the door at Wittenberg: “When our … Continue reading

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Fuller & Inability: A Rejoinder to Tom Nettles

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 … Continue reading

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What Should Evangelicals Make of the Rome Synod on the Family? | Moore to the Point

A Catholic friend texted me this morning: “Any Baptist churches have services in Latin? Asking for a friend.” I texted back, “No, but the Feast of Saint John the Baptist lasts all year long.” His was a sort of gallows … Continue reading

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The Danger of Overconfidence, Part 2 | Grace to You

by John MacArthur A gun-toting, beer-drinking, foul-mouthed “pastor” recently made headlines when he was arrested for driving while intoxicated. In an emotional apology to the church, he confessed he had been abusing alcohol for years. While the extent of his … Continue reading

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The Danger of Overconfidence, Part 1 | Grace to You

by John MacArthur Overconfidence is a sure way to fall into temptation and sin. To assume you’re beyond the world’s grasp, immune to its enticements, and free to do whatever you like is often the first step toward the harsh … Continue reading

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The Serpent, the Fruit & the Fall of Man

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 … Continue reading

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Fallen: A Theology of Sin – Reformation21

Article by Chris Bruno  September 2014 Fallen: A Theology of Sin. Theology in Community. Edited by Christopher W. Morgan and Robert A. Peterson. Wheaton: Crossway, 2013. 320 pp. $19.99/£12.99 One might not expect to walk away from a book on the … Continue reading

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Fuller & Inability: A Centrist Response to Tom Nettles (Whole Paper)

An Addendum, incorporating the Rejoinder, was added, 11-25-2014. by Ken Hamrick [13,200 words…] The focus of the debate between Calvinists and Traditionalists returns ever more often to Andrew Fuller. His theology is ideally suited to bringing the two closer together—not … Continue reading

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Fuller & Inability: A Centrist Response to Tom Nettles, Part 3 of 3

  Other Posts in This Series:      Part 1;       Part 2;       Whole Paper. by Ken Hamrick In his second installment, “Fullerite: Doctrine of Inability,” Dr. Nettles’ fundamental misunderstanding of Fuller is seen in … Continue reading

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