Dryer-Fresh Smell

From First Thoughts

I’ve been watching Christopher Benson take up on behalf of BioLogos this last period of time – I guess it’s over a couple of weeks now, but blogging distorts time. It may have only been last week. Anyway, it seems to me that Christopher wants to embrace the dryer-fresh smell of . . . . Continue Reading »

“Special Meaning”

From First Thoughts

by Frank TurkSo you know: Pack a lunch.And before you read a single word of this post, I require of you that you read this post, by me, regarding this essential conflict involved in talking about this topic. If you do not read that post, and you want to reproach me about my post here, I will simply . . . . Continue Reading »

The other foot of Jesus

From First Thoughts

You know: the subject of God’s love is not an either/or question in the face of orthodoxy. It’s not either you think God loves men or you have the right theology. In fact, I would say that the manner by which you can affirm that God loves men determines whether or not you have the right . . . . Continue Reading »

The Gray Area

From First Thoughts

Well. Hello.I’ve been away for a while — work and other commitments have limited by blogging overall, and sadly my availability for Evangel has been one of the victims of that. I stopped by yesterday (Friday, 17 July 2010) to see what’s going on here, and I found Christopher . . . . Continue Reading »

Bias #3 and the Gospel

From First Thoughts

Because it’s important to be transparent about biases before one starts a review like this, I have at least 3 going into this blog post:[1] The DVD I am about to review was provided by Zondervan explicitly and only if I promised to review it. That promise was secured because when I watched the . . . . Continue Reading »

How Filthy Rags come back in style

From First Thoughts

While I have a minute today, I have been working through James Davison Hunter’s To Change the World along with another book which I think is the right theological companion to it, and it turns out that Chuck Colson has published a “response” to Davison’s book at Christianity . . . . Continue Reading »

A Pastoral Standpoint

From First Thoughts

I have no idea how long ago I received my review copy of Abide by Jared C. Wilson, but it has had me on a guilt trip every since it came in the mail box.See: Jared and I sort of met because we both started blogging at Evangel, and I think we weren’t supposed to like each other. He’s a . . . . Continue Reading »

A short bit about Hell

From First Thoughts

Before closing the last thread on bashing Calvinism, I noted this as one of the comments:If it is contended that people go to Hell because God elects them to Hell, then I absolutely believe that Calvinism is antithetical to Scripture because the Bible tells that God wants all to be saved, that Jesus . . . . Continue Reading »