Doesn’t Predestination Make God Unloving?

The following is a part of an email exchange with a real student. He asks the question everybody is thinking of when we think about predestination…. —————————————————- Here is the Question: Hey Chris, Here’s a question for you. I have heard it said that predestination is like a man falling in love with his bride-to-beContinue reading “Doesn’t Predestination Make God Unloving?”

The First Look

I am getting married in a few months. As I think more and more about it I get excited, and not just for the wedding night. I am really looking forward to “the first look.” It’s a tradition that has fallen out of vogue in the last several years, but I think it’s a beautifulContinue reading “The First Look”

Some Thoughts on Ephesians Six and the Christian Community

I want to close off our time in Ephesians by pointing out the fact that Paul closes this letter in the same way he started it, by focusing on God’s mighty power. Ephesians 1:19 and 6:10  form an inclusio, an inclusio is a literary device that makes use of bracketing to clarify the concepts thatContinue reading “Some Thoughts on Ephesians Six and the Christian Community”

Some Thoughts on Ephesians Five and the Christian Community

In chapter 4 Paul says to the Ephesians: “So I tell you this, and insist on it in the Lord, that you must no longer live as the Gentiles do, in the futility of their thinking. 18 They are darkened in their understanding and separated from the life of God…” But Paul goes on to sayContinue reading “Some Thoughts on Ephesians Five and the Christian Community”

Some Thoughts on Ephesians Four and the Christian Community

This week we turn to Ephesians chapter 4. Surprise surprise(!) one of Paul’s central themes in this passage is unity.  In chapter 2 Paul began to write about how God has made both Jews and Gentiles one by tearing down the dividing wall of hostility. He did this by abolishing the law of commandments, thusContinue reading “Some Thoughts on Ephesians Four and the Christian Community”

Some Thoughts on Ephesians Three and the Christian Community

Just as he did in Chapter 2, in Chapter 3 Paul continues to elaborate on the Jew-Gentile relationship that exists within the Church. The Gentiles were once without hope and without God, and the Jews were trapped under a Law they could not fulfill. These two groups were once divided, but in Christ God hasContinue reading “Some Thoughts on Ephesians Three and the Christian Community”