The Disciple’s Vocation, Part 3: Co-Sufferers

The Disciple’s Vocation, Part 3: Co-Sufferers

ישו הנצרי מלך היהודים Ο ΒΑΣΙΛΕΥΣ ΤΩΝ ΙΟΥΔΑΙΩΝ ΟΥΤΟΣ REX IUDAEORUM HIC EST Three Languages, one message: This is the king of the Jews. In other words, what do you think of your king now? As John and the three Mary’s (Jesus’ Mother, her sister, and Mary Magdalene) watched the culmination of that most horrific day, they couldn’t help but think, “it wa

“Where is God?” Finding God in the Midst of a Pandemic

“Where is God?” Finding God in the Midst of a Pandemic

We were having devotions one beautiful evening. We rehearsed a Bible reading that talked about God’s mercy. I can’t quite place my finger on the exact verse but before we could finish, we were all jolted by a loud "No! God is not merciful". We quickly established that it was my 8-year-old boy, Hiram Edson. He continued to rage, saying that if God w

Book Review: Theodicy of Love: Cosmic Conflict and the Problem of Evil John C. Peckham

Book Review: Theodicy of Love: Cosmic Conflict and the Problem of Evil John C. Peckham

The issue of theodicy goes centuries back and has been summarized by Hume in Dialogues Concerning Natural Religion as follows: Epicurus’s old questions are yet unanswered. Is he [God] willing to prevent evil, but not able? Then is he impotent. Is he able, but not willing? Then is he malevolent. Is he both able and willing? Whence then is evil?[i] I

Is God Okay with Genocide? Part 3

Is God Okay with Genocide? Part 3

Initially, the discussion on genocide in the Joshua campaign was limited to a two-part series. I wrote my contextualizing piece, trying to place the story in its own context and left it at that. Typically, I find that satisfactory. After all, I am an exegete, not a theologian in the classical sense. My job is to understand what the text meant and I

The Death and Rebirth of the Investigative Judgment, Part 6: Final Thoughts

The Death and Rebirth of the Investigative Judgment, Part 6: Final Thoughts

“You can tell something isn’t right when all your heroes come in black and white.” — John Mayer In the previous five articles, I have made a simple case for the death and rebirth of the Pre-Advent Investigative Judgment (PAIJ). Its death, I have contended, is not due to a flaw in the doctrine itself but to the way in which it has been constrained t

The Death and Rebirth of the Investigative Judgment, Part 5: Reteaching the Judgment

The Death and Rebirth of the Investigative Judgment, Part 5: Reteaching the Judgment

“Ever more people today have the means to live, but no meaning to live for.” — Victor Frankl   In the previous article, I introduced a possible reframing of the Pre-Advent Investigative Judgment (PAIJ). This reframe provides relevance by interacting with the universal primary idea of suffering through a simple explanatory mechanic that in turn

The Death and Rebirth of the Investigative Judgment, Part 4: Reframing the Judgment

The Death and Rebirth of the Investigative Judgment, Part 4: Reframing the Judgment

“The snake which cannot cast its skin has to die. As well the minds which are prevented from changing their opinions; they cease to be mind.” — Friedrich Nietzsche Welcome to the most anticipated article in “The Death and Rebirth of the Investigative Judgment” series. Up to this point, we have merely explored the empirical death of the landmark Adv

The Art of Suffering for Christ: Reflections on 1 Peter

The Art of Suffering for Christ: Reflections on 1 Peter

“God wants me to be happy.” Have you heard that before? Have you said that before? A growing discontent, resident in more modern pop-culture Christianity, seems more willing to “justify” engaging in ethical and intellectual immorality with the rationalism of “happiness.” But the question needs to be asked: “To what end?” What is the end-game or end