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The Indwelling Trinity

God’s design and will is to dwell within his redeemed. Thus we can properly speak of the indwelling Trinity. Our Lord stated that his departure (through his death and after his resurrection from the dead) would make this possible (see John…

The Blessed and Only Sovereign

In this present-day, non-religious, democratically oriented form of society we lack—fundamentally—the habits associated with being subjects under a sovereign or master.  The western hemisphere is largely comprised of countries living out…
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A Psalm of Hope

Psalm 62 (61) (Palm by David; English arranged by Sean Killehua) For God my soul waits silently and still. And all my expectation is from Him. For He alone salvation is, my sure defense, my Rock. With Him my soul is steady and unmoved. Would…
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Wading into God's Restoring Work, Part 2

God cares about his creation and will in the end restore it after human beings have done the extent of damage we are capable of doing. This seems to be the risk inherent in creating adam and commissioning them to live and work on this world.…
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Wading into God's Restoring Work, Part 1

I have many good memories of water from family vacations. My father planned most of our family trips around stops at hot springs, rivers and naturally occurring pools. I have waded into water lots of times—hot, cold, warm. I remember being…
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The Shape of the Gospel, Part 2

The shape of the Gospel, as I argued in the prior essay, is real and rooted in the Person of Christ Jesus. The Christians did not invent the Gospel but sought to understand the depths and dimensions of the divine mystery of God’s Presence…
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The Shape of the Gospel, Part 1

One of truths which people in the modern era have tried their best to ignore (for they cannot eradicate it) is that the good news of Jesus Christ inherently possesses a certain “shape” that marks it off as unique. As an example, consider…
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The New in the Old

One of the distinctives of people and churches who are “evangelical” has always been submission to Scripture as God’s Word. Indeed, from the beginnings of Church history, regardless of differing conceptions about how to best interpret…
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Resting in God

Are the redeemed of the Lord to keep the Sabbath? I would argue that the answer is yes. However, Yet the questions of how to do this and more importantly why we are to do this is the more pressing. Why would I do anything that expresses faith…

Sabbath and God's Life

The keeping of the Sabbath day was and is necessarily communal. To keep the Sabbath day holy required, in the most basic way, to open up oneself to be present with and to the living God and with other human beings. In other words, the original…
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Sabbath Keeping as Sanctification, Part 2

Thus far I have been presenting (see https://theologicalresonance.com/sabbath-keeping-as-sanctification-part-1/) my reflections regarding the essential purpose of the biblical commands to keep Sabbath. And also why theologically it makes the…
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Sabbath Keeping as Sanctification, Part 1

The meaning of Sabbath has been on my mind much lately as I was able to take some down time due to the Christmas. The more I consider what it may mean to keep the Sabbath the more I have turned toward the human body and the doctrine of sanctification.…

The Heart of Sabbath

I have for many years been perplexed about the passages in Scripture regarding the Sabbath. Part of my response has been due directly to the fact that the church tradition I was raised in never taught about the Sabbath and so I was never given…
Redeeming Our Millennial Obsession

Mediums of Revelation

Thanks and praise are due to you holy Father! The wonder and challenge of Scripture’s Testimony draws me in to desire to hear you, To listen, to study, to meditate upon you word, And to receive in the spirit in your Presence.   There…
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Heresy Hunting and the Gospel

There are regrettably many examples of what I call heresy hunting in the history of Christianity. These instances have usually followed closely upon periods when Christian leaders had recently attempted to clarify some aspect of doctrine or…
Foundations of Identity

Jesus is Normal

We all long for heroes and thus people groups and individuals search for those who are exceptionally gifted or stand out in some way and then make use of them. This is, it seems to me, a reflection of a normal human longing to affirm good qualities…

Why the Lord Jesus is the Center

Modern Western culture is in revolt from every form of received authority structure and thus no longer has any common truth which people can gather around. The mindset of the world is increasingly characterized by a splintering of classifications…
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Theological Underpinnings of Bible Translation, Part 2

The work which Christians put their minds and hands to is motivated by their beliefs. And their beliefs are expressed in their theology. Why else do we, of all people, seek to work for good on behalf of others except that our theological convictions…