Aug 26 2016

Brexit and the Binding of Satan – Part 3

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The feet of the great statue in Nebuchadnezzar’s dream cannot be interpreted as a prediction of the states of modern Europe, but the lessons from their failure can certainly be applied.

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Aug 8 2016

Paedobaptism Is Identity Theft

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Christ’s Claim Upon Us, Or Our Claim Upon Him?

I am not worthy to untie the shoelaces of my theological betters, but it is my duty to point out to them when they have tied them together.

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Aug 5 2016

Brexit and the Binding of Satan – Part 2

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With the inheritance of Canaan and the dividing up of this priestly territory among the tribes, Israel became a microcosm of the nations of the world.

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Jul 29 2016

Brexit and the Binding of Satan – Part 1

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The disintegration of the EU is not the end of the world. It is a sign that the end of the world is anything but nigh.

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Jun 24 2016

Foolish Talk

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When presented with the pattern of the biblical covenant, many Christians’ eyes glaze over. “Away with this joker and his apophenia!” But there is simply no other way to get a big handle on the Bible. What is the solution? To put living meat on those structural ribs, that is, to communicate how this pattern shapes every aspect of human life.

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May 12 2016

Essays for a People Without Eyes

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If You Want To Know the Symbolic Meaning of…

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May 5 2016

Peter Leithart’s Theology of Defeat

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How the prolific theologian learned to face down failure.

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Apr 20 2016

The Myth of Covenant Membership

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Reformed theology is the best school in which to learn about covenant theology, yet it is also the worst place to learn about New Covenant theology. Why is this so?

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Mar 26 2016

Darkness Under His Feet

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The abandonment of the Son by the Father is made palpable not in the crucifixion of His body, since He willingly laid down His life, but in the darkness which covered the Land for three hours. But perhaps this darkness was a sign of the Father’s nearness rather than His distance.

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Mar 17 2016

Christendom’s Great Unwashed

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“The telos of baptism is not faith but resurrection.” Bull vs. Leithart again, this time a response to The Ambivalence of Baptismal Theology.

Modern individualism has resulted in a dislocated society, but ancient or medieval corporatism is not the solution to it. The Bible deals with people as individuals and as groups, so neither “ism” is a solution to the other. An understanding of the one and the many based on biblical theology reveals both “isms” to be unnecessary enemies. So then, what accounts for the fundamental difference in baptismal theologies? The answer is that history is chiastic. Circumcision was a corporate sign whose telos was the personal faith of each Jew, making him or her a “Jew indeed.” Baptism is the opposite. It begins with the believer as a “Jew indeed,” the individual with the circumcised heart, and gathers them into a prophetic body. The telos of circumcision was faith, conversion. The telos of baptism is not faith but resurrection.

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