View from the Pew

In the 1980s I edited View from Farr and in the 1990s Auldcastle View. The past two decades have given me another perspective and so I am beginning a new series in my blog called View from the Pew. It is specifically aimed at preachers, preaching and congregations. The reason for this is that whereas …

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Christianity and secularism

Christianity is an optimistic worldview that faces the reality of human wickedness by addressing individual responsibility and accountability to God through Jesus Christ. Secularism is a worldview that denies the existence of God and acts as if mankind has enough collective goodness and goodwill to lift each other up and improve the lives of most …

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An Introduction to Zugology

Zugology is the theology of balanced Christianity.  It is a new branch of theology that overarches all current branches of theology, being the summation of them all. Systematic theology, biblical theology, historical theology, experimental theology, comparative theology, etc.  The list goes on. Zugology is that branch of theology which requires the balancing and integrating of …

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Those who think that religion and politics do not mix

There are those who think that religion and politics don't mix.  The truth is that their religion and their politics don't mix.  However, Christianity and politics mix quite easily together, and it is Christianity which gave us western democracy as we understand it and delivered us from the irreligious dogmatism of the 16th-century by recovering …

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What is the Establishment Principle?

The Establishment Principle is that biblical principle which states that God is sovereign over secular and ecclesiastical affairs, and that He has established a relationship between these two sovereign spheres in which the state and the Christian church are to acknowledge each other as divinely-appointed institutions, to mutually support and encourage each other, but not …

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The ark of the covenant and the third temple

There is a movement afoot among orthodox Jews to rebuild the temple in Jerusalem and to this end they have been looking for a red heifer without blemish to dedicate the temple.  Although there have been discredited claims in recent decades, yet there are rumours that a suitable red heifer has been found and that …

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Wisdom’s role in the Scheme of Redemption

‘By His knowledge shall My righteous Servant justify many, for He shall bear their iniquities.’ Isa 53:11 This text shows that whereas God the Father initiates redemption, yet the scheme or manner of redemption is the prerogative of God the Son. In a past eternity, God the Father gave an innumerable number of sinners to …

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How long does the biblical Millennium last?

The biblical Millennium is mentioned in every verse of Rev 20:2-7. 'He laid hold on the dragon, that old serpent who is the Devil, and Satan, and bound him a thousand years, and cast him into the bottomless pit, and shut him up, and set a seal upon him that he should deceive the nations …

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Ambiguity and exegesis: confusing English words

My last blogpost highlighted the mistake that early Christians made between 'soon' and 'suddenly'.  It continues to the present hour, even among academia, with serious practical consequences both to the early Christian church 2Th 3:11 and to current Christianity. There are other examples of ambiguity in English words leading to confusion in exegesis.  Such an …

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