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Archive for January, 2012
That Paul views Christ as head of all things created is clear from Ephesians 1:22, “And He [i.e., the Father] put all things in subjection under His [i.e., the exalted Redeemer’s] feet, and gave Him as head over all things to the church.” According to my understanding of Ephesians 1:10, the exalted Christ (“Him” at the end of v.9) has been stationed by the Father as the chief executive officer [ Read More ]
3 Blessed be the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ, who has blessed us with every spiritual blessing in the heavenly places in Christ, (Eph. 1:3 NASB updated) The words “who has blessed us” modify “the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ” and are modified by three prepositional phrases: “with every spiritual blessing, in the heavens, in Christ”. How are we to view these prepositional phrases? Are they [ Read More ]
Introduction Our church-plant holds to The Second London Confession of Faith (2nd LCF) otherwise known as The 1689 Baptist Confession of Faith. Chapter two of the Confession is entitled “Of God and of the Holy Trinity.” It has three paragraphs. The third paragraph covers the doctrine of the Trinity. Before examining it, it is very important to remind ourselves that the Confession is not an innovative document. In other [ Read More ]
I (Richard Barcellos) have invited my friend Jordan Dayoub to answer some questions about the recent Elephant Room 2 discussion between T. D. Jakes, Mark Driscoll, and James MacDonald. There are two reasons why I chose to do this: first, there are some folks in our church-plant with Oneness Pentecostal backgrounds and second, Jordan is a former Oneness pastor. So, here it goes. RB: Jordan, can you describe your history with [ Read More ]
We have some folks in our church-plant with Oneness Pentecostal backgrounds. In order to help them and other interested parties to think through the recent discussion between T. D. Jakes, Mark Driscoll, and James MacDonald, I will be interviewing a former Oneness pastor and posting the Q & A on this site. Stay tuned!
New Covenant Theology: Description, Definition, Defense, Tom Wells and Fred Zaspel (Frederick, MD: New Covenant Media, 2002), reviewed by Richard C. Barcellos Tom Wells and Fred Zaspel are to be commended for their work entitled New Covenant Theology: Description, Definition, Defense (NCT). It is a very irenic presentation of New Covenant Theology and well documented. I am thankful to the authors for providing us with a book that advances [ Read More ]
Grace Reformed Baptist Fellowship (GRBF), Palmdale, CA, will become Grace Reformed Baptist Church (GRBC), Palmdale, CA, the Lord willing, on February 19, 2012. Two elders from Trinity Reformed Baptist Church, La Mirada, CA, Arden Hodgins and Rick Horist, are scheduled to come to preach to us and help with the formal constitution of the church and my ordination into the pastoral ministry of GRBC. We are planning to hold Friday [ Read More ]
Packer lists six governing principles of interpretation for the English Puritans: 1.Interpret Scripture literally and grammatically. 2. Interpret Scripture consistently and harmonistically. 3. Interpret Scripture doctrinally and theocentrically. 4. Interpret Scripture christologically and evangelically. 5. Interpret Scripture experimentally and practically. 6. Interpret Scripture with a faithful and realistic application. Source: J. I. Packer, A Quest for Godliness, 101-105.
Al Mohler has written an article entitled, “”Abortion is as American as Apple Pie” — The Culture of Death Finds a Voice.” His first paragraph reads: Abortion is now America’s most common surgical procedure performed on adults. As many as one out of three women will have at least one abortion. In some American neighborhoods, the number of abortions far exceeds the number of live births. You can read the [ Read More ]