Did God Create Evil?



‘Our God Is an Awesome God’

Yes, I know, I’ve posted this video many times. Well, here’s another time. At Linda’s request, Our God Is an Awesome God, by Michael W. Smith. I love this video. I especially love the way the whole audience breaks into song as soon as they hear the first few chords. Kind of gives one hope, doesn’t it?

You may need to click on YOUTUBE to see it.

11 Things to Know about the Doctrine of the Trinity

To contemplate the Trinity is to lift up your heart and to “set your mind on the things above” (Col. 3:2).

It’s easy to turn doctrinal discussions into strictly intellectual affairs, but as Dr. Fred Sanders teaches in The Triune God course, we need to do so “in a way that enlists the reader’s strict and holy attention for what is essentially a spiritual exercise.”

Any discussion of trinitarian doctrine is an attempt to more deeply understand the character and nature of God.

If we’re interested in discovering (and maintaining) an orthodox understanding of the Trinity, there are some principles we need to understand.

These 11 things you need to know about the doctrine of the Trinity are adapted from his course:


The doctrine of the Trinity is need-to-know information that we didn’t need to know with any clarity until, as Paul puts it:

“When the set time had fully come, God sent his Son, born of a woman, born under the law, to redeem those under the law, that we might receive adoption to sonship. Because you are his sons, God sent the Spirit of his Son into our hearts, the Spirit who calls out, ‘Abba, Father.’”
—Galatians 4:4–6

God published both the revelation of the gospel and the revelation of the Trinity same time, in the same ways: more obscurely and by way of anticipation under the old covenant, more luminously and by way of fulfillment under the new.

The question of whether the Trinity is revealed in the Old Testament runs parallel to the question of whether the Gospel was.

In both cases, Trinity and gospel, we must account for two factors:

  1. The consistency of God’s entire work of salvation
  2. The newness in “the revelation of the mystery that was kept secret for long ages” (Rom. 16:25) “which was not made known to the sons of men in other generations as it has now been revealed . . .” (Eph. 3:5).

Continue: https://zondervanacademic.com/blog/11-things-to-know-about-the-doctrine-of-the-trinity/

I AM: The Being of God

A Broadcast with R.C. Sproul

When God declared to Moses, “I AM WHO I AM,” He revealed His self-existence and limitless power. From his series Moses and the Burning Bush, R.C. Sproul continues his discussion of God’s name.


The Contagious Holiness Of God

~ Adriel Sanchez

In the Old Testament, the place where God chose to meet with his people was a place of contagious holiness. It was so supercharged with holiness that merely touching the very instruments of worship in the tabernacle would make a person holy.

God spoke to Moses about the consecrated altar. “The altar shall be most holy. Whatever touches the altar shall become holy” (Exod. 29:37b). Concerning the table in the tabernacle, the altar of incense, the lampstand, and utensils, God said, “You shall also consecrate them, that they may be most holy; whatever touches them will become holy.” (Exod. 30:29). God’s holy place was filled with holy things that existed to make a holy people. In fact, after giving Moses the instructions regarding the tabernacle, God identified himself as, “the LORD who sanctifies you” (i.e. makes you holy, Exod. 31:13b).

This infectious holiness also extended to the garments of God’s priests:

And when they go out into the outer court to the people, they shall put off the garments in which they have been ministering and lay them in the holy chambers. And they shall put on other garments, lest they transmit holiness to the people with their garments. (Ezek. 44:19; emphasis mine)

The holy people of God could transmit the holiness of God to those outside merely through touch! These realities shed light on a familiar story in the gospels.

Laying Hold of Jesus

Continue: https://corechristianity.com/resource-library/articles/the-contagious-holiness-of-god

The Greatness of God’s Love

This morning reading Romans 8 reminded me of the story of little Johnny visiting his grandparents on their farm.

Johnny was given a slingshot to play with out in the woods. He practiced shooting rocks, but he could never hit the target. Discouraged, he headed back inside for lunch.

As he returned to his grandma’s backyard, he spied her pet duck. Impulsively he took aim and hit the duck square in the head and killed it. Johnny panicked and hid the duck in the woodpile, only to look up and see his sister, Sally, watching.

After lunch that day Grandma said, “Sally, let’s wash the dishes.” But Sally responded, “Grandma. Johnny told me he wanted to help in the kitchen today, didn’t you Johnny?” And then she whispered to him. “Remember the duck!”

So Johnny did the dishes. What choice did he have?

Continue: https://thepreachersword.com/2018/05/31/the-greatness-of-gods-love/

The Trinity Debate (2016-2017): A Selected Bibliography