Jim Hamilton with Piper, Storms, and Wilson on Eschatology

Southern Seminary professor Dr. Jim Hamilton made the case for premillennialism at a debate on eschatology last week at Bethlehem College and Seminary. Pastor John Piper moderated the discussion. Doug Wilson and Sam Storms represent the postmillennial and amillennial views respectively.

The discussion lasts two hours, and I think the second hour is the most important. In it, they have a spirited discussion about the interpretation of Revelation 20. Of the three debaters, Jim Hamilton presents the most biblically compelling case. This is an outstanding resource, and I hope you will take time to listen to it.

Mutual Submission in Ephesians 5:21?

S. M. Hutchens recent post about “mutual submission” in marriage got me to thinking about the interpretation of Ephesians 5. Hutchens and I are on the same page theologically when it comes to gender-roles in marriage, though my exegesis of this particular passage differs a little bit from his. Here’s my go at it.

In Ephesians 5:22-25, Paul directs wives to “submit” to their husbands, and husbands to love their wives as Christ loves the church. Traditionally, this text has been understood to teach that husbands should be the leaders of their families.

A newer interpretation, however, says that the command in verse 21 shows the older view to be wrong-headed. Continue Reading →

The Apocryphal Martin Luther

One of my favorite quotes from the great reformer Martin Luther is this one:

“If I profess with the loudest voice and clearest exposition every portion of the Word of God except precisely that little point which the world and the devil are at that moment attacking, I am not confessing Christ, however boldly I may be professing Him. Where the battle rages there the loyalty of the soldier is proved; and to be steady on all the battle front besides, is mere flight and disgrace if he flinches at that point.”

It’s a powerful, provocative word, and I have used it I don’t know how many times in speeches and sermons. I picked it up somewhere along the way and have found it to be very effective. Recently, I decided to include it in my forthcoming editorial for JBMW. Since my use of it is to be published, I decided to track down the original source of the saying. Continue Reading →

Is emotive preaching manipulative and wrong?

The first time I heard John Piper preach I didn’t like it. It was about fifteen years ago. Someone had given to me a cassette tape of Piper speaking on the topic of the supremacy of God in preaching, and in this particular message he stressed that the preacher’s delivery of the sermon should match the emotional gravity of the text. I disagreed with Piper, believing that he had embraced an anthropocentric view of the preacher’s task. As far as I was concerned, the Bible was the point of preaching not the preacher’s delivery. I didn’t understand how Piper could be so wrong.
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Collision: Is Religion Good for the World?

In my earlier post about Douglas Wilson, I posted a link to John Piper’s interview with Wilson about the new movie “Collision.” In short, the movie is a documentary of a debate tour between Wilson and Christopher Hitchens. In each stop on the tour, they debated the question “Is Religion Good For The World?” Wilson argues as a Christian, and Hitchens as an atheist. The movie will be released on DVD in October. I’m looking forward to seeing it, as I am sure many of you are too. You can pre-order it now from Amazon.com. Continue Reading →

Doug Wilson Speaks about “Collision” and Calvin

The Desiring God conference on John Calvin wrapped-up this morning in Minneapolis, Minnesota. Audio and video of the sessions are now available from the conference website.

I’m still making my way through the messages, but I especially enjoyed Doug Wilson’s contributions, which were two-fold. First, Piper interviewed Wilson about his new movie “Collision,” a documentary in which Wilson faces-off against the atheist Christopher Hitchens. Wilson’s dictum concerning apologetics is insightful: You never try to win an argument; you try to win the man. That’s a good word indeed.

Second, Wilson’s delivered an outstanding lecture on John Calvin’s view of scripture. Calvin remains a giant today because of his absolute devotion to the Bible as God’s word and the final authority on all knowledge. Wilson’s exposition on this point was insightful and relevant.

Piper wrapped up the conference this morning, and the audio is here. See the rest of the messages at the conference website. Continue Reading →

Tim Tebow taken to the hospital after hit to head

Florida quarterback Tim Tebow was taken to the hospital after a bad hit to his head in today’s game against Kentucky. Florida’s Coach Urban Meyer says, “I think it’s a concussion. . . I think he’ll be all right.” For more, see here.

UPDATE: The Associated Press reports that Tebow was released from the hospital this morning. Coach Urban Meyer released this statement: “Tim is doing fine this morning. His CT scans came back and indicated that Tim suffered a concussion. Our medical and athletic training staff will continue to monitor him to determine how much rest and recovery he needs. We will have additional information and updates this week.” Continue Reading →

Boyce College Eschatology Forum with Schreiner, Ware, and Brand

Yesterday morning, I hosted a panel discussion on eschatology at Boyce College : “Tribulation and Millennium.”


The panel met during Boyce’s Wednesday chapel hour and included Dr. Tom Schreiner, Dr. Bruce Ware, Dr. Chad Brand and myself. Among other items of interest, Dr. Schreiner explains why he recently moved from an amillennial position to a premillennial one. I thought this was a fascinating discussion, and I commend it to you.

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