Are You Good Enough? »

For as long as I can remember there has been a silent cultural message that “if you’re good enough” God will accept you as his own and secure you a permanent place at his side in eternity.  From Country and Western songs to Hallmark movie nights we are captured by the idea of a person [...]

Yom Kippur: A Reason for Christians to Celebrate »

Yes, you read the title correctly.  To many, Yom Kippur is merely a foreign word that appears on our Outlook calendar each year.  It seems that most believers do not even know what it is, where it came from or most certainly what it represents.  Yom Kippur is a good reminder of just how much [...]

The Gospel Truth: Christ Crucified (Vlog) »

This entry is part 7 of 12 in the series The Gospel Truth (Vlog)

This entry is part 7 of 12 in the series The Gospel Truth (Vlog)(This is a continuation of The Gospel Truth video blog series.  This post assumes the prerequisite watching of earlier videos in the series.  Click the link above to watch the entire series up to this week’s installment.) This week’s Gospel Truth teaching examines the [...]

The Gospel Truth: Atonement in the Old Testament Pt. 2 »

This entry is part 5 of 12 in the series The Gospel Truth (Vlog)

This entry is part 5 of 12 in the series The Gospel Truth (Vlog)(This is a continuation of The Gospel Truth video blog series.  This post assumes the prerequisite watching of earlier videos in the series.  Click the link above to watch the entire series up to this week’s installment.) Last week’s post examined the [...]

Yom Kippur – The Foreshadowing of Christ »

This entry is part 10 of 13 in the series Pastoral Soteriology

This entry is part 10 of 13 in the series Pastoral Soteriology(This is a continuation of the series entitled, “A Pastoral Soteriology.”  It assumes the reading of eariler posts.) The culmination of the sacrificial system of atonement in the Old Testament Law was demonstrated and applied in the yearly observation of “Yom Kippur,” or, “The [...]

Atonement in the Old Testament Law »

This entry is part 9 of 13 in the series Pastoral Soteriology

This entry is part 9 of 13 in the series Pastoral SoteriologyAtonement in the Old Testament Law As noted in the last post, the Penal Substitution Theory of the atonement is by far the best and most accurate understanding of the work Jesus provided on the cross according to the scriptures.  While the nature of [...]

The Penal Substitution Theory: On the Mark »

This entry is part 8 of 13 in the series Pastoral Soteriology

This entry is part 8 of 13 in the series Pastoral SoteriologyThe Penal Substitution Theory While all atonement theories examined thus far have failed at producing a biblically-based portrayal of the doctrine of salvation, Anselm had at least gotten close with his Necessary-Satisfaction Theory.  Building upon some of those very principles, the Penal Substitution Theory, [...]

The Necessary-Satisfaction Theory of Atonement »

This entry is part 7 of 13 in the series Pastoral Soteriology

This entry is part 7 of 13 in the series Pastoral SoteriologyContinuing our examination of numerous atonement theories which have circulated the church throughout history, it must be observed that thus far in this series there has not been revealed a tremendous amount of success in the packaging of such systems into understandable, yet valid [...]

The Mystical Theory of Atonement »

This entry is part 6 of 13 in the series Pastoral Soteriology

This entry is part 6 of 13 in the series Pastoral Soteriology(A continuation of the series, A Pastoral Soteriology.) Continuing the historical foray into the waters of poorly constructed atonement theories leads us to what can only be understood as a truly heretical contribution known as the “Mystical Theory” of atonement.  This theory has been [...]

Unsound Theories of Atonement »

This entry is part 4 of 13 in the series Pastoral Soteriology

This entry is part 4 of 13 in the series Pastoral Soteriology(A continuation of the series, A Pastoral Soteriology.) Understanding that sin carries the penalty of death, separation and God’s extended wrath toward the sinner brings one to the natural yearning to understand the nature of the provision God has made for the restoration of [...]