500-year-old debates can be boring. And frankly, if a debate goes on for that long, one could be forgiven for wondering about the debate’s relevance. And yet, still to this day, millions of us Christians will debate whether or not salvation can be lost and/or regained. One of the key passages brought up in such… Continue reading Romans 9-11: Beyond the Salvation Debate
Advent is a time for peace, for reflection on the One who fulfills our every need, the One who guides lovingly (and yes, sometimes a bit abruptly) as our true life-shepherd. His name is Jesus. And he’s a bit sneaky. See, he likes to pop up in the most seemingly random times, or reveal his… Continue reading The Righteousness of Unity
Last post, I think I laid out what could be at least a minor case for a new, fuller understanding or theological position: namely, the idea that God transcends human categorization when it comes to his “choosing,” whether of people or purpose, and simply does what he sees fit for any given time. This is… Continue reading The Purpose of “Predestination”
I believe last time, the final point was “(B),” so here is the continuance. Just as a reminder, the primary text for this reflection is 2 Timothy 2:10-13. (C) Salvation is “in” Christ Jesus. Again, I know no Christian who denies this. And yet, those who disagree with Wright vociferously seem to me to claim… Continue reading Sanctifying N.T. Wright — Part II
God has me in 2 Timothy at the time that I am writing this. It’s a letter centered in “grace, mercy and peace from God” (1:2). I’ve learned quite a bit about God’s nature, our identity, the residing Holy Spirit, suffering, and the importance of faithfulness. It’s helped me tremendously to grow in my own suffering, and the purpose I should see behind that.
One thing I didn’t expect was to learn how Tom Wright’s position on “justification” makes sense. And how it doesn’t. At the same time.
Can I just ask a question? Just one question. Why are Christians called to do good things? Most of us have a pretty good understanding of what doing good things is not supposed to do: save us, earn a justified place in living with God, etc. But what are good things supposed to do, instead? I’ve only… Continue reading Why Not Revenge?