Who Was Jonah?

The questions below come from Chapter 4 of Volume 7 of BH Carroll‘s “An Interpretation of the English Bible.” Who was Jonah and what was the time of his writing? According to 2 Kings 14, he was the son of a prophet named Amittai and he prophesied during the regin of King Jeroboam II in … Continue reading Who Was Jonah?

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God’s Decrees Are… (Boston)

Christians don’t spend enough time meditating on the character of God. Below are some good thought from one of my favorite authors (Thomas Boston) on God’s decrees…

The Reformed Reader

The Works Of Thomas Boston: Volume 1 by [Boston, Thomas] The Bible teaches that God “works out everything in conformity with the purpose of his will” (Eph. 1:11 NIV). This means that whatever God decrees comes to pass and whatever comes to pass God has decreed.  This includes the details of creation, predestination, providence, and so forth.  I like how Thomas Boston defined the properties of God’s decrees using Scripture.  He said the following about God’s decrees:

  1. They are eternal.  God makes no decrees in time, but they were all from eternity. So the decree of election is said to have been ‘before the foundation of the world,’ Eph. 1:4.  …If the divine decrees were not eternal, God would not be most perfect and unchangeable, but, like weak man, should take new counsels, and would be unable to tell everything that were to come to pass.
  2. They are most wise: ‘According to the counsel of his will.’ God…

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Who Was Joel?

The questions below come from Chapter 3 of Volume 7 of BH Carroll‘s “An Interpretation of the English Bible.” Who was Joel? Joel was a prophet, the son of a Pethuel, and probably a resident of Jerusalem.  Not much else is known about him. What the date of this prophecy? The date of Jeol's prophecy … Continue reading Who Was Joel?

What is Religion?

The questions below come from chapter 1 of Louis Berkhof's Summary of Christian Doctrine. 1. Is religion limited to certain tribes and nations? No.  All men were created in the image of God, and even though all men are fallen, all show some form of the corrupted seed of religion still operating in them.  It … Continue reading What is Religion?

Who Was Obadiah?

The questions below come from Chapter 1 of Volume 7 of BH Carroll‘s “An Interpretation of the English Bible.” 1. Who was Obadiah? He was an prophet of Judah, whose name means "Servant of Jehovah".  Nothing else is known about him. 2. What the theme of his prophecy? That Edom would be punished for taking … Continue reading Who Was Obadiah?

Who Were the Later Prophets?

The questions below come from Chapter 1 of Volume 7 of BH Carroll's "An Interpretation of the English Bible." Introduction – The Prophets in General 1. What section of the Bible are we studying? The later prophets 2. What can you say, in general, of the commentaries on this section? Generally, older commentaries are better … Continue reading Who Were the Later Prophets?

What Was the Assyrian Empire?

The Name The name Assyria is derived from the Greek name Ashur (a descendant of Cush). According to Genesis 10, Cush was one of the sons of Ham, and Cush begat Nimrod the mighty hunter. Nimrod was apparently a builder, as he founded Babel, as well as other important early cities in the land of … Continue reading What Was the Assyrian Empire?

Happy Thanksgiving 2016!

Thanksgiving thoughts from 2015…

Abraham's Seed

Today is, in the United States, the national observance of Thanksgiving to God for all his blessings in 2015 and commemoration of the first American Thanksgiving which took place in the Plymouth Colony in 1621.

Background

Special days of fasting and mourning for sin and special days of feasting and celebration were common and frequent elements in the life of the 17th Century Puritans. What made that first recognized Thanksgiving celebration on US soil, in 1621, to be such a notable event is the fact that it is the first that was thoroughly documented. Those Plymouth Pilgrims suffered so many great difficulties in their first year in the New World, in their quest for religious freedom, that the first great harvest that God bestowed upon them was incredibly sweet.

Thanksgiving is my favorite day of the year! It is the quintessential Protestant Holiday! It is the hearty, sincere, and humble…

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Happy Reformation Day 2016

On October 31, 1517, Martin Luther nailed his 95 Theses to the door of Castle Church, Wittenberg, Germany.  There were certainly many reformers within the church both before, during, and after Martin Luther, but the unintended consequence of this seemingly insignificant event sparked a debate that would eventually roar across the Western Church like a … Continue reading Happy Reformation Day 2016

A Number of Different “Reformations”

The term “Reformation” is used in a number of senses, and it is helpful to distinguish them. As used in the historical literature, the term “Reformation” generally refers to reform movements in dif… Source: A Number of Different “Reformations”