Doctrine Archive

The Trinity: A Case Study in Implicit Truth

This article first appeared in the Practical Hermeneutics column of the Christian Research Journal, volume29, number1 (2006). For further information or to subscribe to the Christian Research Journal go to: http://www.equip.org Jehovah’s Witnesses are famous for their denial of the Trinity. The Watchtower Society advises them to assert: “What I believe is only what the […]

The Essential Doctrines of the Christian Faith (Part Two)

This article first appeared in the Christian Research Journal, volume28, number6 (2005). For further information or to subscribe to the Christian Research Journal go to: http://www.equip.org SYNOPSIS Part two in this series takes a logical approach to answering the question of what makes a doctrine essential. There are two criteria: First, the doctrine must concern […]

The Essential Doctrines of the Christian Faith (Part One)

This article first appeared in the Christian Research Journal, volume 28, number 5 (2005). For further information or to subscribe to the Christian Research Journal go to: http://www.equip.org SYNOPSIS A historical approach to the topic of the essentials of the faith begins with the earliest creeds embedded in the New Testament and traces creedal development […]

The Doctrine Debate

This article first appeared in the Viewpoint column of the Christian Research Journal, volume31, number1 (2008). For further information or to subscribe to the Christian Research Journal go to: http://www.equip.org Doctrine is under attack. Your initial response might be, “Of course it is, heretics have been challenging the foundations of the church since its inception!” […]

Body and Soul

This article first appeared in the Practical Apologetics column of the Christian Research Journal, volume22, number3 (2000). For further information or to subscribe to the Christian Research Journal go to: http://www.equip.org One of the reasons I love the game of golf is that it puts me in touch with people whose worldviews are radically different […]

Does Acts 2:38 Teach Baptismal Remission?

This article first appeared in the Practical Hermeneutics column of the Christian Research Journal, volume28, number2 (2004). For further information or to subscribe to the Christian Research Journal go to: http://www.equip.org One controversial issue concerning salvation has been whether water baptism is necessary for the remission of sins. Roman Catholic and Eastern Orthodox churches have […]

A Woman’s Place

This article first appeared in the Volume 22 / Number 4 issue of the Christian Research Journal. For further information or to subscribe to the Christian Research Journal go to: http://www.equip.org A woman’s place is in the home — that’s what they used to say. Today, few would say that. So what is a woman’s […]

Loving the Trinity

This article first appeared in the Volume 21 / Number 4 issue of the Christian Research Journal. For further information or to subscribe to the Christian Research Journal go to: http://www.equip.org SUMMARY The Trinity should be the object of our love, for the doctrine expresses the very heart and soul of Scripture’s message of redemption. […]

Tithing

This article first appeared in the Viewpoint column of the Christian Research Journal, volume 26, number 3 (2003). For further information or to subscribe to the Christian Research Journal go to: http://www.equip.org In my 33 years of Christian ministry, I have visited hundreds of churches across the denominational and nondenominational spectrums. Rare has been the […]

The Biblical Basis of the Doctrine of the Trinity

I. THERE IS ONE GOD A. One God: explicit statements 1. OT: Deut. 4:35, 39: 32:39; 2 Sam. 22:32; Isa. 37:20; 43:10; 44:6-8; 45:5, 14, 21-22; 46:9 2. NT: John 5:44; Rom. 3:30; 16:27; 1 Cor. 8:4-6; Gal. 3:20; Eph. 4:6; 1 Tim. 1:17; 2:5; James 2:19; Jude 25 B. None like God (in His […]