Dissertation

Paul’s Positive Religious Affections

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 Paul to tell his readers to imitate him (2 Thess 3:7; 1 Cor 4:16;...

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 real this time.

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 work which affects the whole soul." —Cornelius Van Til...

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 action. The Bible uses joy in both senses. Joy as Feeling. Joy...

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 Edwards explains in his classic book, The...

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 will quiet you by his love; he will exult over you with loud...

Save the Date: May 5, 2012—PhD Graduation

As I announced previously, I successfully defended my dissertation for a PhD in New Testament on May 2. I have some corrections to make, but I'm basically done. I'm a doctor—though not the kind that anyone really cares about! Finishing five days before the 2011...

Dissertations Completed: 1

"I don’t like anything here at all." said Frodo, "step or stone, breath or bone. Earth, air and water all seem accursed. But so our path is laid." "Yes, that’s so," said Sam. "And we shouldn’t be here at all, if we’d known more about it before we started." My wife and...

Agape Love

One of the most popular linguistic and exegetical fallacies in modern times is that the Greek word for love, agapao, carries in it the implication of a divine love that is unconditional and comes to us in spite of our sin. That is not true. Context must decide if...

Dissertation Update 42

A few weeks ago I got word that my dissertation defense had been moved; it's now set for Monday afternoon, May 2. Please do pray for me if you think of it. I'm busy preparing for the defense; the full defense draft should be turned in this week by Friday at the...

QCNT

If you aren't meticulous in your note-taking, always using quotation marks and saving your full citation, you might accidentally do this: One of the distinguishing marks of the child of God is love, a love that originates in God, displays itself in actions of...

I Get By with a Little Help from My Friends

I need your help. If not now, when? If not you, who else? The other reader of this blog?! But you kind of have to know a little Greek—or at least know the letters and basic ideas about conjugation. Here's my problem: BDAG, the standard Κοίνη Greek lexicon, is telling...