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.

What is your experience with study bibles?


Evangelism Study Bible

What is your experience with study Bibles?

Do you love them? Hate them?

If you have used them, which ones, what do you recommend, and why?

The Evangelism Study Bible might be helpful for evangelists and those seeking clarity on the Gospel, but other study Bibles are better for the deep study of God’s Word.

How to be as Smart as Martin Luther (Use Logos 6)


Logos 6

I don’t know what I would do without Bible study software like Logos 6 to help me in my research and writing. Imagine what Martin Luther could have done! Logos 6 has just been released, and it is better than ever! New study tools, new search capabilities, new Bible study and sermon prep resources. Launch your Bible study capabilities to the next level with Logos 6.


Did Martha actually believe what Jesus said in John 11:25?


Jesus Martha Lazarus

We are all familiar with the story of Jesus raising Lazarus from the dead in John 11. But what exactly did Martha believe about Jesus in this event? When Martha said that she believed that Jesus was the Christ, was the same thing as believing that Jesus was the resurrection and the life?

The more I study the Bible…


study the Bible

The more I study the Bible, the more I realize how little I know about it.

The more I study the Bible, the more I realize how dangerous this book really is.

The more I study the Bible, the more I begin to see why the medieval Catholic church did not allow the average person to read and interpret it.

The more I study the Bible, the more I begin to wonder how much the Bible has truly influenced my theology, versus how much my theology has influenced my reading of the Bible.

The more I study the Bible, the less confident I am in saying that my theology is based on scriptural exegesis.

The more I study the Bible, the more confused I get by it.


Did David’s Mother Commit Adultery?


Nizbeth mother of David

The Bible doesn’t say much about David or his mother, but Jewish tradition says that many believed that David’s mother committed adultery. This helps explain what David says in Psalm 69 and Psalm 51:5. It also has many surprising parallels to the birth and family life of Jesus.


Calvinism and the NIV


no NIV

I am convinced that one reason for the rise of popular-level Calvinism in the United States over the past 30 years is because of the popularity of the NIV. In some places, the NIV translation is so bad, I wish people would just rip those sections out of their NIV BIble.

The post is perfectly inerrant


the Bible is not proof

In Bible college and seminary, I always found it strange that one of the primary reasons given for divine inspiration and the inerrancy of Scripture was “because the Bible says so.” I always thought…. “Really? We know the Bible is divinely inspired because the Bible says so? We know it is inerrant because it claims to be?” This is not a compelling argument…