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Why is Hell Eternal?

Michael Patton does a great job of explaining why Christians believe Hell is eternal punishment.  read his blog post below: Why is Hell Eternal?:  I have heard this since I was a very young Christian. It seemed somewhat reasonable as it was explained to me by pastors in sermons and by Christians as they explained the seriousness of sin. The claim goes something like this: All sin is so bad that even the smallest of sins deserves eternal punishment in hell. It does not matter if it is losing your temper at a lousy referee, not sharing your Icee, or

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Ten Myths About Calvinism

Below Michael Patton gives an excellent understanding of Genuine Biblical theology that is so mischaracterized by some who do not want to hold to right theological tension that is found in the scriptures. It disappoints me to see people build straw men of this position (or any other position) and then tear down that straw man position that doesn’t exist. I am sure that many Christians who hold to different theological positions have experienced as well.  We Christians up to hold the whole counsel of God with the tension it reveals, instead of trying to relieve the tension by denying part

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Placing a Bible Verse in the pattern of Sound Words (2 Timothy 1:13)

I continue to study and work on how the bible frames the demands of the New Testament Law upon unbelievers since we have a new lawgiver Jesus instead of Moses. This concept of framing is very important because to now see every verse in its Canonical framework can make us misuse texts. Paul says to Timothy: “Follow the pattern of the sound words that you have heard from me, in the faith and love that are in Christ Jesus.” (2 Timothy 1:13 ESV). Notice that we are not just to follow the words but the pattern (the framework) of sound

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What We Believe | New Covenant Theology

2What We Believe | New Covenant Theology Submitted by Randy Seiver on Mon, 09/13/2010 – 00:40 We believe there is only one God, creator of heaven and earth. This God exists in three persons, the Father, the Son, and the Holy Spirit. These three are one God, the same in substance, equal in power and glory. We believe the Scriptures of the Old and New Testaments are the only rule to teach us what we must believe and practice (2 Timothy 3:16-17). We believe that all are sinners by nature and by choice. All are guilty before God and deserve

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Parchment and Pen � Do Roger Olson and I Worship the Same God?

While I disagree with Michael Patton in his view of Rodger Olson as balanced and calm on theological issues (he is anything but balanced, rational, and calm), I find the following post by Michael Patton generally balanced, faithful to Biblical Truth, and helpful to understand:  Parchment and Pen – Do Roger Olson and I Worship the Same God? by Michael Patton on 20 Sep 2007  You may be surprised to know that my series of blogs this week was inspired by Roger Olson, a man I respect very deeply. Although I don’t agree with him on many theological issues concerning salvation and theology proper, his scholarship, winsome writing

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How Does God Render Things Certain But Not Necessary?

Here is a Summary of pages 356-357 From Christian theology by Millard Erickson, my Systematic Theology professor at SWBTS (Southwestern Baptist Theological Seminary).  While I affirmed biblical theology and the Doctrines of Grace before Seminary, he taught us that to keep the tension in Scripture and affirm the whole counsel of God’s Word and thus affirming the sufficiency of God’s Word.  He showed us how Christian humanism was hurting the church today and that we must not allow mysticism, rationalism, evidentualism, etc. to become primary prism which we demand scripture to pass through in order to understanding.  The principles of

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Christian Scholarship in a Nutshell

Here is a great blog by Michael Patton at Parchment and Pen on how scholarship works with Bible Study.  It seems that for many of us we don’t spend enough time with the Bible (and that should be our main focus as believers), but we all participate and must participate in all three areas or types of Christian Scholarship even if we do not realize it.  As Christians we should check our brains at the door of our closet or church, but use our intelect under the control and power of the Spirit to understand God, His Word, and His world better. The

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Theological Systems Compared

Theological Systems Compared: “ Dispensationalism – Progressive DispensationalismCovenant Theology – New Covenant Theology Legend:DISP – DispensationalismPD – Progressive DispensationalismCT – Covenant TheologyNCT – New Covenant Theology Definition of Terms:Physical Israel – physical descendants of Abraham, Isaac and JacobSpiritual Israel – the elect of God, all those in Christ, whether Jew or GentileUniversal Church – all the elect of God from all timeVisible Church – a local assembly of baptized believers in Christ, joined by covenant for worship and fellowship (These statements are generally true of those who hold to a specific system of theology, however this list is not to

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Glenn Leatherman

I am first of all a disciple and follower of Jesus Christ. I affirm Evangelical Christian beliefs as well as  Gospel driven in philosophy of ministry. I am married to Ann and am raising 2 wonderful boys – Jonathan and Andrew. My purpose is to build disciplemaking disciples that are becoming fishers of men in fully displaying of God’s Glory in all things. Learn more

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