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The “First Resurrection” in Revelation 20

Of primary concern in the exegesis of Revelation 20, and in the millennial debate that surrounds it, is interpretation of the “first resurrection” portrayed in verses 4-6. While premillennialists understand this to refer to the first stage of the general … Continue reading

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New Creation Ministry: Eschatological Implications for Ministry in 2 Corinthians 5:11-21

It is said that in 2 Corinthians we get a unique glimpse into Paul’s heart. He makes himself more personally accessible to his readers in this letter than in any other. He “wears his heart on his sleeve and speaks … Continue reading

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Paul’s Calvinistic Sacramentology in 1 Corinthians 10

While Paul discusses baptism in several of his letters (at least Romans, 1 Corinthians, Ephesians, and Galatians), he addresses the subject of communion less frequently. His material containing the Last Supper tradition has drawn much attention (1 Cor. 11:17-34), although … Continue reading

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Unapologetic: Theological Reflections on Romans 1-2

The first two chapters of Paul’s letter to the Romans are theologically loaded, not only because they represent an essential contribution to Paul’s argument as he begins to teach the gospel message, but also because they have generated much dogmatic … Continue reading

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The Necessary Fruit of Justifying Faith: Exegesis of James 2:14-26

Contrasted with Pauline doctrine and cited in the arguments of Roman Catholics, Mormons, and other groups against justification by faith alone, James 2:14-26 has faced difficulty being received on its own merits. Nevertheless, it contains essential Christian theology on the … Continue reading

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Introduction to James

The first of the so-called “Catholic Epistles” in the traditional ordering of the canon, the letter of James has not fared well in the history of interpretation. Nevertheless, this early Christian document provides unique insight into the character of the … Continue reading

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Sweet Dropper: Richard Sibbes and Conforming Puritanism

Referred to as the “Sweet Dropper” because of his consistently encouraging sermons, Richard Sibbes serves as an example of Puritan fervor balanced by centrist conformity in early Seventeenth Century England. Sibbes’s Calvinistic and Covenantal theological convictions, combined with his emphasis … Continue reading

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“By Faith Unto Faith”: An Examination of the Prepositional Series in Rom. 1:17 in Light of The Pauline Argument

“For I am not ashamed of the gospel, for it is the power of God for salvation to everyone who believes, to the Jew first and also to the Greek. For in it the righteousness of God is revealed from … Continue reading

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Golden Mouth: The Life & Contribution of John Chrysostom

Called “Chysostom” (Golden Mouth) because of his eloquence in preaching, the Eastern church father John led a life that was compelling and instructive, not to mention incredibly interesting, for those seeking to serve in church ministry. The categories that J.N.D. … Continue reading

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“Given for You”: A Lucan Theology of Substitution & Atonement

Jesus’ statement in Luke 22:19, “This is my body, which is given for you,” represents the most explicit teaching in the Gospel of Luke of the substitutionary character of the death of Christ. However, some scholars contend that this portion … Continue reading

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