Monthly Archives: October 2010

Colossians: Christ Preeminent & Precious! for Oct 28, 2010

Tomorrow, we move into ch. 2 of Paul’s letter to the Colossians.  Having just mentioned his striving and struggling in ministry, he now gives his reason – our heart-encouragement, unity with one another, and maturity in the rich treasures of Christ.  These things matter and make everything else in our lives matter.  See ya’ll in the morning, 6:30am.


Tracing the Trinity, 5 – How It All Got Started

The reason I even have a series on my blog, called Tracing the Trinity really goes back to the image before you.  The date, June 19, 1992.  I had just taken my very first seminary course at RTS-Orlando.  I went on to do my M.Div. at Covenant Seminary in St. Louis.  But, there I was, having just come into the doctrines of grace a few years earlier, knowing that what I wanted more than anything was to pursue a course of theological studies to prepare me for ministry.  So, I started in grand fashion, as my first course was The Theology of John Calvin with the Dr. Sinclair B. Ferguson.  There wasn’t a kid more giddy at Disney World across town, than I was when I stepped onto campus (in those days at an office park).  I learned so much about Calvin’s Institutes that week.  Dr. Ferguson began the week-long class by telling us we would need to have read the Institutes by the end of the week!  I went to class during the day, and back to my hotel until 2am each night, plowing through the rich terrain of Calvin.

I learned even more about prayer, as Dr. Ferguson opened each class with prayers, the likes of which I had never heard – humble, Bibline, with a rhythm of reverence.

Prior to coming to RTS-Orlando, I had been reading Warfield on Calvin’s doctrine of the Trinity.  So, having received the green light from Dr. Ferguson to write on Calvin and the Trinity, I returned home to Nashville, fired up my electric typewriter, and went to work.

When I received my paper back, I reveled in the little comment on the title page from Dr. Ferguson:

“A good, clear paper, David – I am glad you felt this topic important enough to study – we badly need a good dose of trinitarian theology for our theological and spiritual health!  Keep studying it!”

As you can see, I took an A- for the course.  That was great by me!  It meant I did well, but still had so much to learn.  I have a certain appreciation for receiving and giving A minuses that way.  Hence, the last many years of research and writing in my seminary and doctoral studies has had this simple comment on this novice term paper fueling it.  I would have the privilege, years later, of having Dr. Ferguson as a professor in some of my Ph.D. courses at Westminster Seminary.  I always learned so much; he always prayed so much.  I know I am blessed to have been able to pursue a course of theological studies all these years.

So, I thought you might find this interesting.  I pray my preaching and teaching has been and will always be dosed with trinitarian theology.  And, I pray I will learn to pray humbly, Bibline, with a rhythm of reverence, to the Father, through the Son, by the animation of the Holy Spirit.

Doctrine Dudes for October 14th, 2010


We will meet Thursday, 11:30am, Border Cantina in Bellevue, eat enchiladas, and discuss a short, but very insightful article by D.A. Carson, Challenges for 21st-Century Preaching.  You can access it here:


We have been reading some fairly hefty theological stuff lately.  So, give this practical piece a quick read, come hungry, and let’s discuss the purpose and task of preaching today.


Colossians: Christ Preeminent & Precious!

If you could update your online profile in such a way that whatever you wrote, however you described yourself would become true, what would you write?  Brad Paisley has a hilarious song about that.  But, what if the Apostle Paul updated your profile?  What would he say about us?  Come Thursday morning, 6:30am, and find out!  See ya’ll there!

WITWDYGTI? for Oct. 13th, 2010

Just a friendly reminder that we will be meeting for class tonight in the Fellowship Hall, as A Building is completely close down for renovation.  At 6:30, we will simply gather down near the windows of the Fellowship Hall, as Doug Powell lays the final foundational pieces of our discussion of the Trinity.  Next Wednesday, we begin in earnest our teaching on Jehovah’s Witnesses.

Check out Doug’s site:

Licensure & Ordination Prep for Oct 12, 2010

Hey Guys,

We will meet today, 12pm, Pizza Perfect in Bellevue.  Our focus will be theories of the atonement.  We will also interact with other questions ya’ll have related to the L&O process.  For our next couple of sessions, we will conclude our discussion of theories of the atonement, as well as, interact with some readings related to apologetics, New Perspectives on Paul, and a couple of audio lectures on Scholasticism.

Jonathan & Java for 10-11-10

When you think of JE, you think of…

II. Sinners in the Hands of an angry God – Dt 32:35

I. Exposition

1)     Man is always exposed to destruction.

2)     This destruction is sudden and unexpected.

3)     They fall into said destruction on their own.

4)     The only reason a man has not yet fallen is that God’s appointed time is not come.

II.             Doctrinal Observation

1)     There is no lack of power for God to cast anyone into hell.

2)     Man deserves this, therefore God’s justice would be served in casting man into hell.

3)     This would simply fulfill the sentence of condemnation under which they already are.

4)     They are under the same wrath and anger of God that constitutes the torments of hell.  God is even angrier with some on earth than he is with some already in hell!

5)     The devil is ready to have them as his own.  The devils always stand at the ready to take them as prey.

6)     The corrupt principles in the soul of natural man are the very seeds of hell-fire.  The heart, as a sink of sin, if let loose, would turn into a firey oven.

7)     Good health provides false security as man walks over a rotten covering that could fall through at any moment.  Only the will of God prevents the death arrows from flying.

8)     Diligent prudence of man is no security from the divine providence of God.

9)     Man is foolish in his attempts to escape hell apart from turning to Christ.

10)   God is under no obligation to natural man.  He is only obligated by the promises contained in the covenant of grace.  The Mediator of the covenant of grace is the key to escaping God’s wrath.  The preservation of unbelievers, moment by moment, is the mere will of an uncovenanted, incensed God.

III.           Application

In this section , Edwards’ is at his rhetorical best.  The heaviness of the sinner’s sin makes him extremely sinkable.  Just as a spider’s web could not uphold a falling rock, so the sinner will fall.  The wrath of God is like damned waters about to flow due to the sinner’s wickedness which only serves to store up wrath against himself.  The wrath of God is described here also in terms the arrow imagery.  Only the pleasure of God prevents the arrow from being released and made drunk with the sinner’s blood.  God’s wrath is also pictured as tough the sinner is held over the fires of hell by God as though on a slender spider’s web.  The flames lick against the web threatening to singe the web and drop the sinner into eternal torment.  The sinner is lost to this dreadful condition lest he gains an interest in the Mediator.  Edwards proceeds to further describe the wrath:

1)     This wrath is the wrath of an infinite God, not simply of a mere man.

2)     The fierceness of his wrath excludes all pity, and assures the hated sinner of being crushed under God’s feet.

3)     The sinner will be the occasion for God to display to angels and men just how terrible his wrath actually is.

4)     Just as God is infinite, so his wrath is everlasting.  In this is a dire warning for people of all ages to flock to Christ.  Men must repent of their hardened hearts and fly from the wrath that is to come.

Edwardsian Links (next page)

M nn, 44, 258, 275, 279, 441, 491, 690, 1284, 1348, 1356, 2, 367, 617, 825, 1091

History of the work of Redemption, III.II

History of the Work of Redemption, “Improvement of the Whole,” X