Category Archives: Scriptural exposition

C.E.B. Cranfield’s one-sentence summary of Romans 3:24-26

C.E.B Cranfield, professor of theology at Durham University for much of the second half of the 20th century: We take it that what Paul’s statement that God purposed Christ as a propitiatory victim means is that God, because in His … Continue reading

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“In the West, we’ve lost the practice of lamenting. In contrast, the ancient Hebrews were constantly in God’s face.” Paul Miller

In Ruth chapter 1, upon the death of Naomi’s husband and two sons, her daughters-in-law request to continue living with her. But Naomi urges them not, saying, “No, my daughters, for it is more bitter for me than you that the … Continue reading

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Walter Hansen: “Our capacity for self-deception is frightening.”

Commenting on Galatians 6:3, “If anyone thinks he is something when he is nothing, he deceives himself.” Our capacity for self-deception is frightening. It is amazing how blind otherwise brilliant people can be to their own spiritual direction in life. … Continue reading

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Andrew Das on Galatians 1:6-7 and our “age of rampant sensitivity training”

Commenting on Galatians 1:6-7, “I am astonished that you are so quickly turning away from the one who called you in the grace of Christ to a different gospel. Not that there is another gospel, but some people are confusing … Continue reading

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John Stott on “the first and most basic conviction which underlies all authentic evangelism”

Commenting on Romans 1:1-6 and the phrase “the gospel of God.” The Christian good news is “the gospel of God.” The apostles did not invent it; it was revealed and entrusted to them by God. This is still the first … Continue reading

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Walt Kaiser on what it means to speak prophetically

To speak prophetically, according to one contemporary usage, is to address the current ills and injustices of society from a courageous, if not also from a somewhat unpopular point of view when judged by those content with he status quo. … Continue reading

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Bob Kellemen on being culturally influenced vs. culturally informed

Here Kellemen is discussing the need to know those we speak the word of God to. He uses Paul’s interaction with the Stoics and Epicureans in Acts 17: After Paul opens his heart and his eyes [to the people in … Continue reading

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James Hamilton: “Is anything other than ‘relativism’ now ‘fundamentalism’?”

Here is Hamilton’s first of two major criticism’s regarding James Dunn’s book Jesus Remembered: Dunn writes that it is “the ‘lust for certainty’ which leads to fundamentalism’s absolutising of its own faith claims and dismissal of all others” (105). There … Continue reading

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Piper: “The design of the atonement is racial diversity in the company of the redeemed.”

Revelation 5:9-10 is a glimpse into the purposes of God in the death of His Son, the Lamb of God, Jesus Christ: “And they sang a new song, saying, “Worthy are you [referring to the slain and risen Lamb of … Continue reading

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John Stott: “Our parentage is either divine or diabolical.”

Commenting on 1 John 3:10 (“By this it is evident who are the children of God, and who are the children of the devil: whoever does not practice righteousness is not of God, nor is the one who does not … Continue reading

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