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Israel and Paul

What follows is an excerpt from my book The Evangelical and The Open Theist. This is the last of three posts addressing Romans 9–11.  Yet, while reading Paul’s argument, the necessity of Israel’s being cast off is not immediately clear. Could not the Gentiles have come into the covenant without the Jews being temporarily thrown out? Paul’s […]

Romans 9-11

What follows is an excerpt from my book The Evangelical and The Open Theist. This is the second of three posts addressing Romans 9–11.  At the heart of the debate is faith, for faith has always been the standard by which God has judged his people. The Jews refused to put their faith in Christ, choosing […]

Biblical Prophecy

What follows is an excerpt from my book The Evangelical and The Open Theist.   The seemingly greatest obstacle to the open model of God is prophecy, for it is prophecy that most strongly suggests exhaustive divine foreknowledge. In light of the strong biblical evidence in support of the open model of God, however, the classical […]

Accommodation (Hermeneutical Fallacies Part IV)

What follows is an excerpt from my book The Evangelical and The Open Theist. This is the fourth of four posts addressing hermeneutical fallacies.  Another dangerous byproduct of this methodology is its creation of a “canon within a canon.” Theologians assign authority to texts that seem to support their own preconceived notions of God as describing God […]

The Simple Metaphor (Hermeneutical Fallacies Part III)

What follows is an excerpt from my book The Evangelical and The Open Theist. This is the third of four posts addressing hermeneutical fallacies.  These passages, however, have something of great theological significance to say. They cannot be swept under the doctrinal rug because they are inconvenient to systematicians. “God changed his mind,” cannot be a metaphorical way […]