Two doctrines clearly stand out as distributive, that is, they are not restricted doctrines, but often determine how other doctrines are shaped and understood. The first doctrine is the Trinity. The other distributive doctrine is creation ex nihilo (out of nothing).
If we are to face and engage threats to the pursuit of good—whether intellectual or otherwise—we need to have an understanding and practice of virtues, which in turn requires a proper and well-informed theology of creation and humanity, and thus, a good doctrine of God.
While metaphysical, philosophical categories provide the language of simplicity, the theologians treated in this paper saw defending God’s simplicity as a biblical necessity to maintain the distinction between Creator and creature.
Seminary can equip Christians, but it cannot make Christians. Only God can grant us true, saving knowledge that penetrates our hard hearts so that we see that Jesus is not only infinitively better than seminary, but anything else in all creation.
Though there are many differences between Genesis and Revelation, there are real similarities. Further, even the differences indicate similarity.
John Calvin argues that the church’s worship should begin with a corporate prayer of confession.
As much as we have a responsibility to proclaim the gospel, we must proclaim the gospel responsibly. The gospel is compelling in and of itself, so we should do our very best to share it in a way befitting that attribute.
Theology is possible because God is and God acts. Doubting theology’s possibility due to our finitude ultimately questions God’s goodness and power in revealing himself. Doubting theology’s possibility due to our fallenness ultimately is a forgetfulness of the cross and its implications.
Hebrews is the only New Testament book that expressly identifies Jesus as high priest. Indeed, Jesus’ high priesthood is at the forefront of the author’s concerns.