Straining at Gnats while Swallowing Camels

If you’re pardon me, I am going to do a little bit of offloading of my mind about an alarming tendency I’ve noticed from time to time, if for no other reason than to clear the air and relieve my conscience.

The Trinity Is Like…

Have you ever heard someone, trying to be helpful, make a comparison of the Trinity with something here in the world? Maybe you’ve heard one comparing the three-in-one Godhead to states of matter like solid, liquid, and gas? Or a man being a father, son, and grandson? Or maybe three ingredients making up one substance?…

Question On Communion Bread

Recently there was a discussion in one of the Primitive Baptist message boards on the subject of communion bread, sparked by a question about recipes. Up front and perhaps needless to say, any bread won’t do for The Lord’s Supper, just as much as any drink isn’t sufficient for communion. Biblically, unleavened bread and wine…

Hebrews 1:3 Textual Variant

Recently, I was speaking about the afterlife in a message at Flint River and engage in a tangent about the concept of Purgatory. My point was simple; at death, a person goes to one of two places: Paradise or Torments. If a person has been redeemed by Christ, their soul goes to be with Him…

If We “Really” Cared About Babies?

I recently saw a meme with several complaints regarding those who see abortion for what it is – murder – and therefore want to end it. Rather than facing the issue and staring it in the face, the meme was basically an accusation that we who oppose abortion really only want to control women, rather…

The So-called Experts Who Aren’t

Modern Christians put a lot of stock in seminary professors. These men are often acclaimed bloggers, lecturers, authors, and occasionally, keynote speakers at conferences. Personally, I have found myself to be more and more skeptical of such. In more liberal seminaries, stories of the Bible and the authorship of scripture are questioned. But even in…

Why Don’t We Observe Lent?

I was asked a great question earlier today that’s relevant each year at this time. Why do Baptists (and many others) traditionally not observe the Lenten season, or Lent? To be clear, Lent is a partial fast held for 40 days prior to Easter Sunday, based on Jesus’ fasting after His baptism. It is ushered…

The Trinity, M121 Podcast

Last year, I joined Josh Coker by phone for a recording session of his M121 podcast, speaking to biblical, Trinitarian theology. We discussed the three Persons of the Trinity and their respective roles in salvation and our lives, but also dangerous and erroneous views we ought to avoid. Of course, there’s no way to discuss…

Regarding Eternal Subordination

Getting Christology right is important. We certainly do not want to be guilty of believing in “another Jesus” than the authentic Jesus Christ that scripture presents to us. The earliest wars within Christianity were fought over this notion, and more than one form of heresy attacking Christ’s identity was propagated. In recent years, the concept…