Monthly Archives: July 2011

Samuel Nutter – Hope Abbey’s newest contributor

I’d like to welcome my friend Samuel Nutter, Hope Abbey’s newest contributor. An Independent Fundamental Baptist who doesn’t eat unclean meat is a rarity, but like me, Sam has embraced some elements of Messianic theology along the way. Look for … Continue reading

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The Sufficiency of Scripture – The Ubiquity of Tradition

This old note should provide some context for the video below. I’m reposting it here as I think it’s a critically important discussion that needs to happen within evangelical Christianity. A professor recently challenged my belief in the sufficiency of … Continue reading

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The Delitzsch Hebrew/English Gospels – First Impressions

In 2006, French engineer Pascal Cotte claimed to have digitally restored the Mona Lisa to its original color. His results have been disputed, but no one can deny that the presence of bright blue and red pigments – some of … Continue reading

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Discipleship – The Most Important Thing We Do?

I am currently enrolled in a Discipleship Ministries class, in which we learn that discipleship is the most important thing we do. This is not surprising, as every class makes some kind of claim to be essential or important. However, … Continue reading

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Gordon Ramsay is nicer in England

This is a bit off-topic, but since it’s my personal blog, I don’t feel too bad about it. Besides – there is an important spiritual lesson here. So I just watched a very early episode of the U.K. version of … Continue reading

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Be Subject to the Higher Powers

For many American Christians, some of the more difficult passages in the New Testament are the ones having to do with subjection to authority. Jesus, Peter, and Paul clearly teach that followers of Yeshua are to be subject to authority. … Continue reading

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Spiritual Formation, Ethical Maturity, and Paul’s Halacha for Gentiles

I’m on the mission field this week, so I don’t have time to write for the blog. I do have a second paper on spiritual formation that I thought I’d upload. The assignment was to write a commentary on Romans … Continue reading

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Truth isn’t relative – but that doesn’t make us right

Everyone hates a know-it-all. You know, the guy who thinks he is right about everything, and seems unable to change his mind? No one likes that guy. I think this must be why someone coined that old saying that it’s … Continue reading

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Willard on the False Dichotomy of Grace vs. Works

Dallas Willard’s book Spirit of the Disciplines opens with a section that corresponds pretty directly to my own thoughts on the false faith/works dichotomy that seems so prevalent in mainstream Christianity. Willard is a fairly famous Christian author; his book … Continue reading

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Christian Heroes – The Revival Hymn

I believe the Reformation is a continuing process.¬†As a reformer, I believe there are some serious changes that need to happen in “mainstream” Christianity before it can claim to conform to the Scriptural witness of what the ekklesia should look … Continue reading

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