Browsing All posts tagged under »sin«

Saved by the Blood of the Lamb

July 8, 2017 by


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, […]

Edwards, Necessity & Certainty: Part 1

March 7, 2017 by


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 […]

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

January 7, 2015 by


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 good.” Old-earth creationists and young-earth creationists agree that this is the issue about which they […]

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

January 6, 2015 by


The very claim Christians have always made is that at some day God will judge us all. The great, last judgment. The question many have against that claim is this: Is it all that simple, that God will save the Christians and all the non-Christians will be banned from God’s good, eternal blessedness? Yet, […]

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

December 15, 2014 by


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 Roman Catholic lesbian. Today, Tushnet is a leader in a small but growing movement of […]

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

December 12, 2014 by


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. It is undeserved, the overflow of his love for us. And we long for that […]

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

December 8, 2014 by


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, and yours truly. Both Wesley and Preston have posted on the session. Craig Sanders has […]

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

December 2, 2014 by


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 to enter the kingdom of heaven. Apart from this spiritual resurrection, we die in our […]

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

November 28, 2014 by


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. I first read it about 2-3 years ago and I’m now revisiting it with a […]

What’s wrong with reparative therapy? | Denny Burk

November 21, 2014 by


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 of Joseph Nicolosi and writes, I am convinced that one of those unbiblical approaches to […]

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

November 20, 2014 by


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 gay should not kick them out of the house. (Click here to watch the video […]

Where Hazy Repentance Goes to Die | Desiring God

November 3, 2014 by


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 Lord and Master Jesus Christ said ‘Repent,’ he intended that the entire life of believers […]

Fuller & Inability: A Rejoinder to Tom Nettles

October 21, 2014 by


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 […]

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

October 14, 2014 by


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 humor, as he watched with dismay what some are calling a “pastoral earthquake” in the […]

The Danger of Overconfidence, Part 2 | Grace to You

October 10, 2014 by


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 drinking had been kept relatively private until then, he had built both his reputation and […]

The Danger of Overconfidence, Part 1 | Grace to You

October 8, 2014 by


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 realization that you’re not. Many believers in Corinth felt perfectly secure in their Christian lives […]

The Serpent, the Fruit & the Fall of Man

October 5, 2014 by


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 […]

Fallen: A Theology of Sin – Reformation21

October 1, 2014 by


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 theology of sin feeling very edified or upbeat, but as I considered my many positive […]

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

August 7, 2014 by


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 merely by a spirit of cooperation, but closer in doctrinal view—the usual argument over his meaning […]

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

August 6, 2014 by


  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 how he has taken some of Andrew Fuller’s sentences out of context, and turned them around […]