Why are there warning passages if God has promised that our salvation will not be lost? This post is three years late. In 2018, I contributed an article on the topic of the irrevocable nature of salvation and the warning passages, focusing on John's Gospel. The online link to the article can be found here.… Continue reading The Irrevocable Nature of Salvation and the Warning Passages
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Church Unity Motif in the Fourth Gospel – Paper Presentation at Southeastern Regional ETS
This year's Southeast Regional Evangelical Theological Society (ETS) was hosted by Charleston Sothern University. (Hopefully, BJU Seminary would host it next year). Dr. Scott Swain was the plenary speaker. He spoke on "God, Metaphysics, and the Discourse of Theology" and "God, the Bible, and Being." I'm thankful for the opportunity to share my paper at… Continue reading Church Unity Motif in the Fourth Gospel – Paper Presentation at Southeastern Regional ETS
A Useful, but Dangerous Tool – A Review of Kristy Cambron’s NIV Verse Mapping Bible
Anytime someone reads and studies God’s Word, it is a good thing. You certainly do not need a seminary degree to study God’s Word. Studying God’s Word prayerfully in dependence on the Spirit yields good fruit. These things are all true. This is why I think Kristy Cambron’s NIV Verse Mapping Bible has lots of… Continue reading A Useful, but Dangerous Tool – A Review of Kristy Cambron’s NIV Verse Mapping Bible
“40 Questions about Biblical Theology” by DeRouchie, Martin, and Naselli–A Book Review
Perhaps the best one-stop shop for an introduction to biblical theology is 40 Questions about Biblical Theology by Jason DeRouchie, Oren Martin, and Andy Naselli. This monograph covers the definition, methodology, examples, and applications of biblical theology. It is thorough, concise, and even devotional. Anyone teaching a beginner’s course on BT or new to the… Continue reading “40 Questions about Biblical Theology” by DeRouchie, Martin, and Naselli–A Book Review
Recommended Podcasts – Part 2
Whether I’m driving on the highway, running on the elliptical, or playing NBA 2K, I like to tune in to some podcasts. I have classified them into two categories. Last week, I posted six podcasts for learning the Bible and pastoral ministry. You can see them here. In this post (#7-#10), the podcasts are more leaning towards academic discussions.
A Conversation on Biblical Conversion with Filipino Pastors
Last night I was invited as a guest for Church Matters (episode 6: Usapang Conversion) sponsored by Treasuring Christ PH. The three regular hosts are pastors Derick Parfan (Baliwag Bible Christian Church), Franco Ferrer (International Baptist Church of Manila), and John Hofilena (Redeemer Christian Church Manila). The topic is on biblical conversion and the church.… Continue reading A Conversation on Biblical Conversion with Filipino Pastors
Recommended Podcasts – Part 1
Whether I’m driving on the highway, running on the elliptical, or playing NBA 2K, I like to tune in to some podcasts. I have classified them into two categories. In this post, I'll list podcasts for learning the Bible and pastoral ministry. Next week's post will be on podcasts for academic discussions.
Bible Reading Tools
The goal is not to check of a list of chapters or to finish reading the whole Bible in 365 days. The goal is to let the Words of Christ dwell in us richly in all wisdom (cf. Col 3:16). For what does it profit a man if he reads the entire Bible but does not understand what he reads? Let me share some of my favorite resources that I’m utilizing in my Bible reading this year. The first three tools are probably sufficient tools for many. To those who want a little more challenge, I have added two more.
Who Determines Meaning? Authorial Intent, Allegory, Literal Reading, and Biblical Theology
I was invited to speak on the topic of hermeneutics for the 31st Metro Manila Fundamental Bible Conference. Due to covid19, the entire conference was livestreamed in social media on October 20-23 (Manila time). My talk below is in English-Tagalog. Unfortunately, there are no English-only subtitles for those who do not understand Tagalog. Maybe someday.… Continue reading Who Determines Meaning? Authorial Intent, Allegory, Literal Reading, and Biblical Theology
“The Community of the Beloved Disciple” by Raymond Brown — A Book Review
Based on the assumption that a “Johannine community” existed as a Christian group distinct from the churches mentioned in Luke-Acts and Paul, Raymond Brown attempts to reconstruct this community by determining the life-situation of the original audience of the Fourth Gospel and John’s Letters. He stresses passages that are significantly different from the Synoptics, indicating theological interest for the Johannine community.