Friday, June 18, 2010

Pertinent Scripture References (To Be Updated Regularly)


Divine Origin of Scripture.
Genesis: Its historicity, its unity, its geneologies.
Jesus View of the Old Testament

Specific Scriptural Topics:
The Meaning of the Beatitudes
Submission To Authority.
Man's Rebellion and Sinful State.
The Flesh, Forgiveness and Salvation.
The New Birth And Its Outworking In A Disciple's Life (Sanctification, Christian Perfection, Perfect Love, Undivided Heart)
Two-Fold Nature of Man
Women In Ministry
CHOG View of Revelation
New Testament References To Old Testament Examples Of God's Wrath
God Hardens The Heart
The Old Testament Book Jesus Loved To Quote: Deuteronomy
Exhortation To Sinners: God And Man Working Together
Evangelion In Scripture
The Gift Of Exhortation
Against An Inclusivist View Of Salvation
Suffering With Joy
History and the Scriptures


The Oneness of God, Jesus is God, Jesus reflects the Father.
Three Metephors Describing God's Relationship To His Creation And His Ultimate Purposes For A Redeemed Mankind.
God's Attributes in General and the Attributess of Each Member of the Trinity
God's self revelation in the Old Testament
Life Issues:



Was Paul in a state of sin when he wrote Rom. 7?

The Church:

A Select List Of Books And Articles Covered On Notes From My Study (To Be Updated Regularly)

The Bible In 90 Days: A Record of my reading and impressions of reading the Bible in 90 days.

New Testament Studies:
Dethroning Jesus by Darrell L. Bock and Daniel B. Wallace.
Jesus And The Eyewitnesses by Richard Bauckham.

Wesleyan/Methodist Studies:
The Way To Pentecost by Samuel Chadwick

Preaching To A Shifting Culture, ed. by Scott Gibson.

Thursday, June 17, 2010

Meeting Tonight

This evening I met with two members of the state credentials committee for the Christian fellowship of which I am a member.  The meeting went well as I discussed my call to ministry with them.  Soon I will travel to the state capital for a state-wide camp meeting and in August will hopefully be presented to the General Assembly. 

You may notice that the preceding paragraph lacks specifics.  Since I have just moved from Champaign, Il, I have made the decision not to reveal where I now reside on my blogs.  The reason is simple.  There has been one attempt that I know of to ascertain my exact whereabouts.  In May of 2008, I wrote a review of the documentary "Expelled." Apparently someone took exception to what I wrote.  This person managed to find my parents number and demanded that they give him my phone number.  He asked them if I had actually graduated from college.  My parents had no clue what he was talking about as they do not read my blog (nothing personal, they are in their 80's and are just not into blogs).  They were understandably upset by the experience.  I also managed to draw the ire of an unstable person on Christianity Today websites.  (This person's comments are no longer published on these sites.)  Now that I have changed locations, my profile states only that I reside in the USA.  I also no longer reveal my age.  For these reasons, I do not state which Christian fellowship I am now involved with, or where I attend church.  I am willing to disclose my location on other venues, but for the time being, not on my blogs.  I hope this doesn't seem too strange, but I think this is a prudent decision.    

Wednesday, June 16, 2010

The Kingdom Of God

Tonight I taught on the Kingdom of God.  We had a lively discussion as we did for last week's lesson.  I used a lesson I developed for an education class in seminary.  It had a lot of scripture but those in attendence did not mind.  In the past, some have complained about how much material I sometimes include in my lessons and sermons.  However those that attend Wednesday night at this church appear to enjoy the lessons and participate in discussions.  The Kingdom of God is the main pillar of what I teach and preach and this church appears to be of the same mind.    

Sunday, June 13, 2010

Devotions Written

I have written more devotional pieces that will appear on my main blog These devotionals are short impressionistic looks at various Scriptures which can be later developed into sermons.  They will appear on the blog feature "Monday Morning Devotions."  I have almost enough for six months worth of entries, though I may decide some may not be good enough to publish.  I will now work on other forms of Scripture studies that will appear on redemptivethoughts.  The first will be a study of Jn. 12-17.

One project that is long overdue is to take notes on Part II of Wesley's "Original Sin."  It must be nearly a year since I read it.  It needs to be finished so I can read the rest of it and do a series on it on my main blog.  This will be a slow process considering the manner in which this is written.

Those other projects that appeared on this blog, such as Thomas Oden's "Classical Pastoral Care" and articles on Scripture and its origins will continue. 

Thursday, June 10, 2010

The Ten Commandments

Last night I taught  on The Ten Commandments at Grafton Road Church of God.