New Testament Studies

Five Views on the Literary Relationship between 2 Peter and Jude

When reading through 2 Peter and Jude, striking similarities between these two letters may alert even the casual reader. An obvious resemblance becomes evident when one compares Jude 4-18, 24-25 with 2 Peter 2:1—3:3, 14, 18. The following chart shows some examples of the similarities found in both passages: Scholars from Martin Luther to the… Continue reading Five Views on the Literary Relationship between 2 Peter and Jude

Book Review, Ecclesiology

“The Church: The Gospel Made Visible” by Mark Dever

In The Church, Dever’s premise is that “wrong ecclesial teaching and practices obscure the gospel while right ecclesial teaching and practices clarify it” (Loc 103). Furthermore, Dever argues that the Bible is sufficient for life and doctrine, including practical ecclesiology through clear commands or reasoning from biblical principles (Loc 191). For example, the practices of… Continue reading “The Church: The Gospel Made Visible” by Mark Dever

Book Review, Systematic Theology

Book Review: “Five Views on Sanctification” edited by Stanley Gundry

The Counterpoints Series’ Five Views on Sanctification examines five perspectives within evangelicalism on sanctification: 1) the Wesleyan perspective represented by Melvin Dieter, 2) the Reformed perspective represented by Anthony Hoekema, 3) the Pentecostal perspective represented by Stanley Horton, 4) the Keswick perspective represented by J. Robertson McQuilkin, and 5) the Augustinian-Dispensational perspective represented by John… Continue reading Book Review: “Five Views on Sanctification” edited by Stanley Gundry

Pastoral Theology

Mental Illness and the Christian Gospel

Reading the above title may sound odd to some readers. How is the Christian gospel relevant to mental illness? Is not the gospel a truth-claim that is relevant only for matters of spirituality and religion? How does the gospel of Jesus give hope to those suffering from mental illness? This short article seeks to answer… Continue reading Mental Illness and the Christian Gospel

Systematic Theology

Is “Original Sin” Unfair? A Theological Response to President Duterte

Last month, social media went crazy with polarizing responses to President Duterte’s comments about the stupidity of the doctrine of original sin. In his speech at the opening of the 2018 National ICT Summit in Davao City, President Duterte questioned the fairness of the doctrine of original sin. Why would God create a perfect world… Continue reading Is “Original Sin” Unfair? A Theological Response to President Duterte

Personal Reflection

Takeaways from Bible Faculty Summit

This week I attended the Bible Faculty Summit for the first time. At BFS, Bible scholars (and some Ph.D. students) from various disciplines and institutions read, critiqued, and discussed theological papers. This statement from biblefacultysummit.org summarizes what BFS is all about: The Bible Faculty Summit is dedicated to promoting scholarship in service of the church.… Continue reading Takeaways from Bible Faculty Summit