Why did God harden Pharaoh’s Heart?

The Re-Justification of God

In this excerpt from my book, The Re-Justification of God, I show that it does not matter who hardened Pharaoh’s heart first, because the hardening of Pharaoh’s heart has nothing whatsoever to do with his eternal destiny.

Since many people think Paul is talking about who goes to heaven in Romans 9, they think it is unfair for God to force Pharaoh to go to hell against his will. This is not what Paul is teaching at all!

The Grand Paradox by Ken Wytsma

The Grand Paradox

Ken Wytsma recently sent me his new book, The Grand Paradox, for review. I really, really wanted to like this book, since it came so highly recommended by numerous authors and scholars that I deeply respect.

Yet I must confess that as I read the book, I had trouble understanding what the book was about. And after having read the book, I am still not sure I know what the grand paradox is…

Why did God love Jacob and hate Esau?

The Re-Justification of God

In my recently published book, The Re-Justification of God, I look at the difficult portion of Romans 9 where Paul says that God loved Jacob but hated Esau. How can we understand these words? Does God really love Jacob and hate Esau?

I look at the two main views of this question, and then propose a mediating third view. This post is simply a summary of the longer explanation in my book.

3 Keys to Understanding Romans 9

The Re-Justification of God

Since I am neither a Calvinist nor an Arminian, I want to offer my perspective on Romans 9 over the course of the next few posts so that people who are trying to understand what Paul is saying in Romans 9 about election, Esau, Pharaoh, and the potter and the clay.

Note that all of these posts are drawn from the longer explanation in my book The Re-Justification of God.

The Re-Justification of God (Romans 9)

The Re-Justification of God

The Re-Justification of God is my new book. In it, I look at Romans 9:10-24 from a non-Calvinistic perspective.

This book is not really done, but is more of a summary or introduction to much longer and more exegetically-based book that I want to write in the future. Nevertheless, the main ideas are still here, and I invite and encourage your feedback and insight to help me expand upon this book in a future edition.

Get your copy today from Amazon for less than $3, and then let me know what you think!

What REALLY controls and guides Christians: Fear and Guilt

fear and guilt

My wife, Wendy, recently pointed out that the two things which seem to guide and control Christians are actually fear and guilt.

Do you struggle with fear and guilt? Do you even know that you struggle with it? Do you use it to control others? What sort of strategies have you found helpful in seeking to liberate yourself and others from fear and guilt?