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Becoming a New Creation with the Apostle Paul

Shortly after I graduated from seminary, I “tried on,” if you will, the penal substitutionary view of atonement as articulated in the writings of J. I. Packer. Some of you may have read his classic book Knowing God. I read … Continue reading

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Justified by Salvation History: Israel, Covenant and the Apostle Paul

An increasing number of biblical scholars are finding the justification by faith model (JF) unpersuasive as a way to understand the theology of the Apostle Paul. This first came to my attention early in my seminary education (back in the … Continue reading

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Eastern Orthodoxy and the Apostle Paul: Where is Justification by Faith?

Where is justification by faith in Orthodox theology and preaching? Absolutely nowhere at all. It just doesn’t make an appearance. It’s a curious omission, given the importance of justification by faith in the epistles of the Apostle Paul. How does … Continue reading

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Apprehending Apokatastasis: Predestinating to Perdition

No theological topic provokes more angst, consternation, and passionate debate than the Latin doctrine of absolute predestination (yes, even more so than apokatastasis). No matter how carefully formulated and gently proclaimed, what we hear is this: from the mass of … Continue reading

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Apprehending Apokatastasis: What the Bible Says … and Doesn’t

But that’s not what the Bible says!—a not uncommon cry uttered by many who first encoun­ter the greater hope. If we Christians know anything, we know that the Bible teaches ever­lasting damnation, and we have the verses to prove it. … Continue reading

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Tom Talbott Reviews ‘That All Shall Be Saved’ (Part IV)

by Thomas Talbott, Ph.D. Predestination unto Glory Christians have traditionally held that, because they are saved by grace, they can take no credit for their own salvation, all of the credit for which goes to God. As Paul himself put … Continue reading

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Thomas Talbott: The Inescapable Love of God (part 5)

2 Thessalonians 1:9 This is the verse most frequently invoked to disprove the thesis that the Apostle Paul believed that God will ultimately restore all human beings to himself in love and faith. Before preceding any further, I’d like to … Continue reading

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Thomas Talbott: The Inescapable Love of God (part 3)

The universalist confessor faces what appears to be an insurmountable challenge—reconciling his convictions with the plain and obvious testimony of the Holy Scriptures. Traditional Christians have long believed in the real possibility of everlasting damnation because this is, so they … Continue reading

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