The Call for Unity in Romans 5

What follows is an excerpt from my book The United Church.   ROMANS 5:21 so that, just as sin exercised dominion in death, so grace might also exercise dominion through justification leading to eternal life through Jesus Christ our Lord. Here Paul brings the contrast between Adam and Jesus to its climax.[1] The purpose of grace, […]

The Mosaic Law in Romans 5

What follows is an excerpt from my book The United Church.   ROMANS 5:19 For just as by the one man’s disobedience the many were made sinners, so by the one man’s obedience the many will be made righteous. Verse 19’s reiteration of verse 18 emphasizes the importance of the earlier verse. A few distinctions, however, […]

Atonement Without Anselm

What follows is an excerpt from my book The United Church.   ROMANS 5:18 Therefore just as one man’s trespass led to condemnation for all, so one man’s act of righteousness leads to justification and life for all. Beginning in verse 18, Paul concludes what he began in verse 12. (“Therefore, just as sin came into […]

A Brief Look at Romans 5:18–21

What follows is an excerpt from my book The United Church.   ROMANS 5:18–21 Therefore just as one man’s trespass led to condemnation for all, so one man’s act of righteousness leads to justification and life for all. For just as by the one man’s disobedience the many were made sinners, so by the one man’s obedience […]

Practical Implications: Prayer, Providence, and Theodicy

What follows is an excerpt from my book The Evangelical and The Open Theist.  Open theology has far-reaching implications beyond the realm of abstract theological and philosophical thought. The practical difference that such a concept of God makes in the lives of individual believers is immense. The Christian ascribing to open theology views prayer, providence, and […]

Divine Sovereignty

What follows is an excerpt from my book The Evangelical and The Open Theist.  General Sovereignty Opponents of open theism often argue that the open model of God undermines God’s sovereignty, claiming that in order for God to be able to guarantee the achievement of his goals, everything must be under his complete control. Open theists […]

Divine Foreknowledge

What follows is an excerpt from my book The Evangelical and The Open Theist. This is the first of two posts specifically addressing divine foreknowledge.  Impassibility and immutability are not, however, the source of greatest controversy in this debate. Openness is so unsettling to classical systematicians because it threatens a foundational presupposition of traditional theology: exhaustive divine […]