A Very Serious Statement Concerning Pulpit and Pen

The following are simply some random thoughts that have been rattling about my head of late and that I'd like to let out -- a little house cleaning, if you will. One of the first facts we should face is that Pulpit and Pen is an opportunist. That is, it is an ideological chameleon, without … Continue reading A Very Serious Statement Concerning Pulpit and Pen

Does Proverbs 29:18 teach “vision casting”?

Where there is no vision, the people perish: —Proverbs 29:18a KJV Advocates of "vision casting," the doctrine whereby church leaders receive "vision" directly from God concerning how to plan church growth, often use Proverbs 29:18 as a proof-text.  This is a misuse of the text. The word "vision" here in Hebrew is חָזוֹן (chazown), and its … Continue reading Does Proverbs 29:18 teach “vision casting”?

Does Romans allow for the “Carnal Christian”?

TLDR: The theology concerning the existence of a "carnal Christian" holds that a person can realistically come to true saving faith in Christ and continue to live an entirely unchanged life free of repentance or sanctification. This paper examines Romans 7:14 and 8:1–14 to demonstrate that Romans knows no such concept. A true Christian does experience progressive sanctification. Although the terms "free grace theology" and "lordship salvation" don't appear in the paper, this is ultimately the battle under discussion.

Patrick of Ireland — Theologian, Missionary, Social Activist

Let me also provocatively say this before you start reading the rest: Patrick was not Roman Catholic. Not even close. There. This post is adapted from a paper I wrote for a world missions class. A short survey of Patrick’s writings reveals a character that frankly is in very close imitation to Paul.  Although Patrick’s beginnings were very different from … Continue reading Patrick of Ireland — Theologian, Missionary, Social Activist