Monthly Archives: July 2012

“All Things”: A Sermon on Colossians 1:9-23

My undergraduate degree is from Atlantic Baptist University, whose motto is Christus Praeminens (taken from Col. 1:18, “that in all things he might have preeminence”). My Master’s degree came from McMaster Divinity College, who motto is ta panta en christoi … Continue reading

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“It’s Not About You!”- A Sermon on Galatians 6:1-10

Luther wrote in the introduction to his commentary on Galatians, “The Epistle to the Galatians is my epistle, to which I am betrothed. It is my Katie von Bora.” Galatians was an eye-opener and rallying cry for Luther, as it … Continue reading

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Some Thoughts on “The Explicit Gospel”

I was recently offered a FREE copy of Matt Chandler’s new book, The Explicit Gospel. Since I am not in the habit of turning down free books, I gladly accepted the offer. Now, I had some reservations. First, the book is … Continue reading

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What the H-E-Double Hockey Sticks?!? Pt. 4 – A (sort of) Book Review: Erasing Hell

In my reading and reflecting on Hell for these posts, I picked this book at the local Christian bookstore. Erasing Hell by Francis Chan and Preston Sprinkle (Colorado Springs: David C Cook, 2011) is a response to  Rob Bell’s Love Wins, which … Continue reading

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What the H-E-Double Hockey Sticks?!? Pt. 3 – Hell in The Gospels

Part 1 Part 2 As I noted in part 1, references to Hell are somewhat scant in the New Testament. Lots of allusions to judgment, punishment, wrath, etc., but seldom with the term Hell attached. Paul never uses it. It … Continue reading

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What the H-E-Double Hockey Sticks? Pt. 2- Terminology: Sheol, Hades, and Hell

Here’s Part 1 Hell (gehenna) as a concept of punishment and fire really comes about during the post-exilic era (although Jeremiah does lead into it during the exile). There is no “Hell” as we think of it in the Old … Continue reading

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