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Who was right, Paul or Barnabus? Sometimes God has different plans for different people.

  I recently asked a number of (smart, godly, seminary-trained) friends, “Who was right, Paul or Barnabus?” The answers were all over the board.

The Law and the Christian: An Interview with Dr. Ken Casillas

What role does (or doesn’t) OT law play in the life of a NT believer? Recently I sat down with Dr. Ken Casillas, Professor of OT at BJU Seminary, to get his take on this question. If you find this… Continue Reading →

“Sanctification” can have more than one meaning. Here’s why.

Positional or definitive sanctification is a key biblical teaching to which some in recent years have called attention. God has set apart true believers as His sanctified people. If you are a true believer, then in this sense you are… Continue Reading →

Paul in Full Color

I’m currently reading the biography-style The Apostle: A Life of Paul by John Pollock. And it is really interesting. I highly recommend it, although it is best alongside a more thorough treatment. One of the things I like about this… Continue Reading →

Why Study Paul?

This semester I’m teaching a class on the life and ministry of Paul. But if it is true that Paul himself “determined not to know anything among you but Christ, and him crucified,” why would we take a semester and… Continue Reading →

By the Breath of God

I was reading a book on preaching and found this thought…something to chew on!

The Big Three (or, why do what we do?)

If you aim at nothing, it has often been said, you will hit it every time. And if you don’t know where you are going, you are certain to end up there.

Why Stick It Out?

As I urged you when I was going to Macedonia, remain at Ephesus so that you may charge certain persons not to teach any different doctrine, nor to devote themselves to myths and endless genealogies (1 Timothy 1:3-4a, ESV) Isn’t… Continue Reading →

Why Preachers (Especially) Need Mercy

Grace, mercy, and peace. “Grace and peace” is a normal greeting for Paul, but isn’t it interesting that only in the Pastorals does this third word, mercy, show up in his greeting?

What does “blameless” mean?

*This post is the first in a series on the qualifications for the overseer/elder in 1 Timothy and in Titus. The qualifications Paul lists in 1 Timothy 3 focus on blameless living, teaching ability, and godly administration of the household. Paul’s… Continue Reading →

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