Category Archives: Sovereignty of God

Book Recommendation: Four Views on Divine Providence

Along with a study group in my local church, I just recently read the book Four Views on Divine Providence.   Edited by Stanly N. Gundry and Dennis W. Jowers, it’s one of Zondervan’s “Counterpoint” series on theology. In his introduction, Jowers then points out that “Scripture … supplies grounds for a range of answers to significant questions about God’s providence.  Does God ever foreordain evil … Continue reading Book Recommendation: Four Views on Divine Providence »

God’s decrees never lack power … an Advent meditation

“Nothing is impossible with God.” We know this … we believe it … we confess it with our mouths.  It’s a great theoretical statement that underlies our confidence that God cannot be defeated.  But this thought can also be a bit distant.  Just because God can do something, just because God is all-powerful, doesn’t necessarily impact our everyday lives. In Luke 1:26-38 is recorded the … Continue reading God’s decrees never lack power … an Advent meditation »

“Thus it is, therefore thus it should be.” Ruminating on a theological fallacy

For a while now I’ve been reading (and will soon review) the book Chosen Nation by Braden P. (Brad) Anderson. There are a variety of topics in the book that I’m going to want to engage, but one in particular caught my attention last night. In Chapter 7, Brad discusses the work of two writers, Stephen H. Webb and Richard John Neuhaus, both of whom … Continue reading “Thus it is, therefore thus it should be.” Ruminating on a theological fallacy »

Covenant, Cross, Justification, and Christus Victor

I was asked a question, through email, recently about N.T Wright’s view of Justification. Since I wrote a long answer, I figured I would post it as well on our blog. N.T Wright has a great book that I though was extremely useful called The Climax of the Covenant. In this book he outlines how Jesus and the cross were the climactic event of God’s … Continue reading Covenant, Cross, Justification, and Christus Victor »

Understanding the Wrath of God

Although I read Love Wins back when it first came out, I have recently wanted to see and experience the enhanced E-book version that includes video and a study guide. That’s not the point of this post, what I would like to focus on is more on the thread of Rob Bell thrashing and a common theme he is hit with in God’s wrath. As … Continue reading Understanding the Wrath of God »

Life is not a game of chess

OK, so you know by now that the authors of this blog subscribe to the Open View of God, also called Open Theism.  It’s one of the four points of our ROCK summary of faith distinctives.  A key point all Open Theists make is that God does not know a settled, determined future–not because God’s knowledge is limited, but because no settled, determined future exists … Continue reading Life is not a game of chess »

The Kingdom of Jesus Christ, Introduction

I have alluded in various posts up to now, about the notion that Jesus is our king, that he was anointed the same by God the Father, and that we are called to follow and obey him rather than merely to give intellectual assent to some list of propositions about him.  In the next few posts I want to ruminate a bit about what this … Continue reading The Kingdom of Jesus Christ, Introduction »

Of God and Time

I will preface this post by saying that from a point of discipleship, what I’m about to say is meaningless.  It’s also a place where I have no problem if people disagree with me, as long as they are actually considering the foundation of their disagreement.  However, it’s a point I’ve encountered in the middle of a variety of discussions on predestination, free will, and … Continue reading Of God and Time »

God’s foreknowledge as a result of his sovereignty

In my last post I criticized Greg Boyd’s otherwise-excellent arguments in “God of the Possible” as giving insufficient attention to God’s sovereignty as an important key to understanding his foreknowledge. I suggested that while Boyd correctly answers his objectors toward the end of the book, by saying that the Open View of God does not diminish–and may in fact enhance–the view of God’s authority, he … Continue reading God’s foreknowledge as a result of his sovereignty »

The Sovereignty of God

I’ve just finished Greg Boyd’s lay treatise on the Open Theism entitled “God of the Possible.” In the main I think Boyd has laid out an excellent perspective that conforms far more closely to my understanding of Scripture and my observation of the world, than does the classical view that God has exhaustive foreknowledge of a settled future. I definitely recommend the book. However correct … Continue reading The Sovereignty of God »