Genesis 1 in the Eyes of Paul

Much of the apparent conflict between science and the Bible stems from the opening chapter of Genesis. How can the Bible say that everything came into being through independent creation acts caused by the speaking of God? Science clearly shows that the heavens, the earth, and everything on the earth form an interconnected, progressive link... Continue Reading →

6,000 or 4.5 billion?

One of the primary issues within the reputed contention between science and the Bible is the age of the earth. Do we believe what the Bible says (6,000 years as some have suggested) or what the overwhelming majority of science says (4.54 billion years)? As noted in my last post, these issues don't really matter.... Continue Reading →

Science & the Bible

This semester, I've been assisting a professor in a signature course at the University of Texas called "Science and the Bible." This post and those that will surely precede it in no way reflect all the material in the course, nor do they represent the opinions of the professor or various authors read. The course... Continue Reading →

The 4 Laws

What role does the Law of the Old Testament play in the lives of Christians? What exactly are we supposed to do after we get saved? Why does it seem that being good is so difficult? Paul addresses all of these questions and more in the book of Romans, and it turns out that the... Continue Reading →

The Gifts in Life

As one who spent a year in a charismatic denomination, it'd be safe to say that I spent a fair amount of time studying, reciting, and speaking 1 Corinthians 12 to people. The spiritual gifts were mesmerizing to me. If God is still allowing people and even desiring His children to exercise these gifts, I... Continue Reading →

What was Finished?

When Jesus had received the sour wine, he said, “It is finished,” and he bowed his head and gave up his spirit. John 19:30 According to the popular view in Christianity, Jesus' work was finished on the cross and now we simply need to believe in Him to get to heaven. If you're a really... Continue Reading →

Doctrine

A few posts back, I wrote about ordinances and how they harm the church, the new man. I think it is fitting for me to now talk about doctrine, which always goes hand and hand with ordinances. Ordinances originate (usually) from doctrines. Doctrines are a set of beliefs and interpretations of the Bible. In the... Continue Reading →

Prophesying

When most people hear the word "prophecy," they think of foretelling the future and speaking about something before it happens. This was definitely my concept a couple of years ago. While this surely is an aspect of what prophecy is (Ezk. 34:2, 11; Matt. 16:18; Acts 11:27-28), it is not an all-encompassing definition. Consider the... Continue Reading →

Ordinances

For you are a holy people to Jehovah your God; it is you whom Jehovah your God has chosen from among all the peoples which are upon the face of the earth to be a people for His personal treasure. Deuteronomy 7:6 After the fall of man, including eating from the wrong tree, the murder... Continue Reading →

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