Paul’s Positive Religious Affections

Someone recently asked me for an abstract of my dissertation, Paul’s Positive Religious Affections, and I realized I’d never written one up. Here goes. Six times in the NT the Spirit of the Lord led…

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Final Lecture for Asia Center for Advanced Christian Studies

In which I take students through How to Think about Others’ Exegetical Fallacies and then talk through some portions of my dissertation that focused on ἀγάπη (agape) and what it “really” means. No, like, for…

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Great Hodge Quote

Regeneration secures right knowledge as well as right feeling; and right feeling is not the effect of right knowledge, nor is right knowledge the effect of right feeling. The two are inseparable effects of a…

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Blogape vs. C.S. Lewis? Joyfully, No.

My dissertation chapter on joy argues that the article on joy from the Baker Encyclopedia of the Bible is mistaken about much of the following. Joy. Positive human condition that can be either feeling or…

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Edwards on Church Music, the Ordinances, and our Affections

The “sacraments” or “ordinances” of baptism and the Lord’s Supper are, in part, little pieces of art: miniature dramas that highlight precious truths. They are parallel in a significant way to church music, as Jonathan…

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Does God Have Feelings? Does God Have a Body?

In a section of my dissertation critiquing the view that God has no emotions, I wrote the following: If God is impassible, Zephaniah 3:17 is puzzling: “[The Lord] will rejoice over you with gladness; he…

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