Roma Downey presents– ‘Answered Prayers’ on TLC show will air on July 26th on TLC. Check it out. BW3 … [Read more...]

Michael McDonald at the Lexington Opera House of the most recognizable voices of the entire Rock n' Roll era is the voice of Michael McDonald. The man has sung on a zillion records for others, but the first place one might remember him from is the Steely Dan records he sang on. Then his recognition factor exploded when he joined the Doobie Brothers and went on to win five Grammy awards. His longevity is remarkable because even in the last decade or so he has had major success doing covers … [Read more...]

Anticipate Ants, Antics, Antiquarians, and Antiques– Marvel’s Ant-Man have a problem this summer at home--- it's ants. Little tiny sugar ants. They keep invading our house and our food. They're not carpenter ants or fire ants, thank goodness. They're just hungry little dudes and they will stop at nothing to get that food. Not even Terminix has been able to stop them. So I have to admit that going to see a movie about ants, well, on first blush that did not sound like a rush to me. But I kept hearing really good … [Read more...]

A Week in the Life of a Roman Centurion– a Review

The second volume in the Week in the Life series (IVP,$13.87, 292 pages), the first of which was my A Week in the Life of Corinth, focuses on the life of Roman centurion stationed in the unstable eastern end of the Empire. Appius is a centurion who is profoundly injured at Dura-Europa and ends up in more of an advisory capacity in Capernaum during the lifetime of Jesus. Gary Burge (NT prof at Wheaton) brings to bear his considerable knowledge of the Gospels and their contexts as well as his … [Read more...]

Jacob Arminius Theologian of Grace– Part Fourteen

BEN: As we conclude this discussion, let’s talk about the practical implications of Arminius’ thought for today. It seems clear to me that Arminius, and Wesley as well, would have rejected recent ideas that have come to be called open theism. Am I right? What exactly would Arminius have especially have rejected about the cluster of ideas called open theism?KEITH: That’s right. Now Arminius agrees with open theists against pan-determinists that humans are gifted with libertarian free will. But … [Read more...]

Jacob Arminius Theologian of Grace– Part Thirteen

BEN: What are the four testimonies that can bolster assurance of salvation, according to Arminius? In what sense is clear belief in Christ as savior a basis for assurance of salvation?KEITH: Arminius delineates what I designate “a posteriori grounds of assurance.” In other words, these testimonies are not the foundations of assurance, but experienced phenomena to which Christians can point and perhaps confirm the “a priori grounding” in God’s universal love.The first testimony of salvatio … [Read more...]

Jacob Arminius Theologian of Grace– Part Twelve

BEN: What Arminius has to say about final justification seems to exclude the idea that works of piety and charity have anything to do with it (rather he opts for simple persevering in the faith as what is evaluated at final judgment). What then does he do with texts like 2 Cor. 5.10, or 1 Cor. 3 which suggests our works will indeed be evaluated at final judgment and there will be either rewards, or the lack there of for them?KEITH: That’s right. Arminius does not think that good works c … [Read more...]

Jacob Arminius Theologian of Grace– Part Eleven

BEN: Arminius seems to be clear on the possibility of both intellectual and moral apostasy by a believer. Can you unpack his views for us briefly? Does he take the malicious rejection of Christ or blasphemy of the Spirit by a former believer as the unpardonable sin?KEITH: Some older interpretations have claimed that Arminius did not think it is possible for a true believer to fall from saving grace. This erroneous interpretation is partly based on an inaccurate English translation of his … [Read more...]

Jacob Arminius Theologian of Grace– Part Ten

KEITH: Arminius did agree that the righteousness resulting from this reckoning comes to believers on the basis of Christ’s righteous obedience to the Father. Thus, in a sense, it is Christ’s righteousness that is imputed to us (but not “for righteousness”). Arminius does think that this exchange of sin for righteousness is taught in 2 Cor. 5:21: “God made him who had no sin to be sin for us, so that in him we might become the righteousness of God.” For Arminius, though, this does not undermine th … [Read more...]