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Endued is moving to Tota Scriptura

Posted: January 10, 2011 by Rick Hogaboam in Uncategorized

I will no longer be posting on Endued, but have set up a new personally dedicated blog at the website www.totascriptura.com.

The Tota Scriptura site will be dedicated to the following:

This blog is dedicated to the totality of Scripture and how it informs our understanding of God, the world, and mankind. The Bible has sadly become something of a book of quotations, a collection of helpful prooftexts for many Christians today. Preachers are increasingly ignoring the totality of Scripture and instead emphasizing a redacted version of Scripture in the name of relevance.

Christians have long been considered “people of the Book”. It’s critical in this age that we live up to that honorable reputation of being people of the “Good Book”. For those Christians who only think that the New Testament is relevant, the New Testament itself bears witness to the full witness of Scripture.

Jesus, the incarnate Word Himself, says (John 5:39):

John 5:39 (ESV) — 39 You search the Scriptures because you think that in them you have eternal life; and it is they that bear witness about me,

The resurrected Lord gave what must have been the Bible study of all Bible studies (emphasis mine):

Luke 24:25–27 (ESV) — 25 And he said to them, “O foolish ones, and slow of heart to believe all that the prophets have spoken! 26 Was it not necessary that the Christ should suffer these things and enter into his glory?” 27 And beginning with Moses and all the Prophets, he interpreted to them in all the Scriptures the things concerning himself.

In the discharge of Paul’s apostolic ministry, he also applied the “tota Scriptura” principle during his time in Ephesus (emphasis mine):

Acts 20:26–27 (ESV) — 26 Therefore I testify to you this day that I am innocent of the blood of all of you, 27 for I did not shrink from declaring to you the whole counsel of God.

Paul told Timothy the following (emphasis mine):

2 Timothy 3:16–17 (ESV) — 16 All Scripture is breathed out by God and profitable for teaching, for reproof, for correction, and for training in righteousness, 17 that the man of God may be competent, equipped for every good work.

Most of the community bloggers on Endued feature their own personal blog which you can continue to follow. You can find their links by clicking on the “Who are the Community Bloggers” tab and reading their bios.

I look forward to hearing from you on the new site.

I recently had a very thought provoking class on the destiny of the unevangelized. It was our last class for Soteriology through Reclaiming the Mind Ministries. Have you ever been asked the question, “Is Jesus the only way to God?” “Is it necessary to believe in Christ to be saved”? “What about those who have never heard the Gospel of Christ? Can they make it to heaven?”  Now let me ask another question, have you really thought through the implications of your answer? The following will be an overview of what we covered in class. Is Christ necessary ontologically (what he did) and is Christ necessary epistemologically (knowledge of what he did)?

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Welcome New Community Blogger, Dave Jenkins

Posted: November 3, 2010 by Rick Hogaboam in Uncategorized
My name is Dave Jenkins. My wife Sarah and I got married Feb 18th, 2007. Currently, I’m a seminary student at Liberty Baptist Theological Seminary based out of Lynchburg, Virginia via Distance Education. Currently, I serve as the Director of Servantsofgrace Ministries, a ministry dedicated to being a resource to the local and Global Church. I’ve been a Christian since I was four years old. I received a degree in Hotel Management in 2007, a Bachelors of Science in Religion (Cum Laude) in 2009, and am currently working on a Masters of Arts in Religion with an emphasis in biblical studies, and a Masters of Divinity in Professional Ministries. I am very passionate about reading, studying, teaching, and writing about theology. I enjoy football, basketball, golf, and watching movies. Some of the main focus of my studies have been in the area of the atonement, historical theology, church history, Reformed theology, and cultural issues. Dave and Sarah are members of Sovereign Grace Fellowship in Nampa, Idaho.

The New Birth

Posted: June 8, 2010 by Greg Burkheimer in Calvinism, New Testament, Radical Depravity, Theology, Uncategorized

The new birth is not salvation? This was the troubling question on my heart as we covered the doctrine of regeneration one evening in Bible Doctrine III class. I had always thought that being born again was the same as being saved or justified and was a result of faith? The Reformed understanding of the Ordo Salutis (order of salvation) was about to challenge me to re-examine my belief. The purpose of this paper will be to briefly examine the Ordo Salutis in relation to which comes first, regeneration or faith?

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The “conservative” Anglicans in the Anglican Church in North America (ACNA) just ordained another woman to be a priest(ess). Perhaps they need to be love-bombed with copies of the forthcoming Why Ministers Must Be Men.

It is not surprising that ACNA is doing this, because it has been clear from before its inception that this is an issue where various member bodies held the innovative and unorthodox position. It is, however, disappointing as it is something that will tear this body apart in the future if it is not addressed and changed.

At bottom, it points out that much of ACNA is simply warmed over 1970′s Episcopalianism minus the gay stuff. Arminian, charismatic, not Reformational, not terribly committed to living the Bible despite words to the contrary, and thus, blown about here and there by the culture. We need to inject more Van Til, Leithart and Jordan into this hybrid of theologies, or it will spin into oblivion.

Iranian Power in the Middle East

Posted: May 13, 2010 by Scott Kistler in Iran, The World-Wide World, Uncategorized
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Vali Nasr’s The Shia Revival is among the best books that I have read in my relatively quest to understand the Middle East well enough to teach an undergraduate class on its history.  Nasr, an Iranian-American professor and son of an Iranian academic, became one of the hot interviewees in the news media from writing this book as the gruesome sectarian violence really exploded in Iraq in 2006.  It’s a good treatment of the religious politics and culture of the region and really helped me to get a handle on some of the major trends in the region.  I’ll have more to say about it when I review the whole book, but I thought that this passage was helpful in thinking about Iran as a regional actor:

Just five years ago [i.e., in 2001], Iran was flanked by hostile Sunni regimes—the Taliban-Pakistan-Saudi axis to the east and Iraq to the west.  Iranians have welcomed the collapse of the Sunni wall around them since 2001 and see the Shia revival as the means for preventing its return.  In fact, the post-9/11 U.S.-led destruction of the Taliban and Saddam regimes has freed Iran to expand its regional influence at a time when the country’s vibrant cultural and economic scene demands greater expression…. The Shia revival will further bolster expansion of Iran’s regional influence and its claim to “great power” status.  This in turn is tied to Iran’s nuclear ambition, which aims both to protect and to perpetuate the country’s regional role.

… It was an open secret that Saudi Arabia, Iran’s perennial nemesis, was a major financial backer of the Pakistani nuclear program, no doubt with the [Saudi] kingdom’s security interests and regional ambitions in mind.  In was in worrying about that axis—and the threat from Ba’thist Iraq—that Iran first became interested in a nuclear arsenal.  An Iranian nuclear capability would have helped Iran to contain the Sunni pressure and even reverse the balance to its own advantage.  The prospect of a nuclear Iran will now ensure that the post-2001 strategic gains will not be reversed.  An Iranian bomb will also be a Shia bomb, confirming Shia power in the region and protecting Iran’s larger footprint.

Iran’s position also depends on the network of Kalashnikov-toting militias that form the backbone of Shia power represented by the web of clerics and centers of religious learning.  From Hezbollah in Lebanon to the Badr Brigade and Mahdi Army in Iraq, the Baseej volunteer force in Iran, and the Army of Muhammad (Sipah-i Muhammad) in Pakistan, Shia militias project Shia power and enforce the will of the clerics.  All these militias have been organized, trained, and funded by Iran’s Revolutionary Guards—itself a Shia militia before it grew into a full-fledged military force.  They are links in a chain that represents the muscle of the Shia. (222-223) (more…)

As a lot of things are, recommending a certain U.S. policy toward Iran is out of my league.  Last month I read Michael Totten’s interview of Reza Khalili (a pseudonym), formerly in the Iranian Revolutionary Guard who turned into a CIA informant (here is a link to his new book about his life).  He argues for confrontation.  Here are some excerpts:

On what the Iranian government wants:

Reza Kahlili: Every opinion put out by the Western analysts over the years has been wrong. Just last year Newsweek came out and said everything we know about Iran is wrong, but they found out a month later that they were wrong about everything they said. The same with the New York Times reporter, I forget his name.

The idea that this government is a dictatorship that wants to sustain power and therefore won’t do anything like use a nuclear bomb is incorrect, I think. They have shown through their behavior over the past three decades that they have one goal, and that’s to confront the West.

If you look more deeply into the thought processes of the people controlling the government, these are people who strongly believe Islam will conquer the world. Every act they commit is in that direction. They don’t just want a nuclear bomb to make them untouchable. They think it will be the trigger for Islam conquering the world.

If all they wanted was to protect their government, as many are saying, they have the best opportunity right now. They can negotiate with the West, join the global economy, be respected and all that, but they refuse to do so.

MJT: So do you think if they acquire nuclear weapons they will actually use them?

Reza Kahlili: They will.

MJT: Against Israel?

Reza Kahlili: You have to look at the parallel projects that they’re working on, the missile delivery system and the nuclear project. Currently they cover part of Europe. Their goal is to cover all of Europe. They’re not going to announce they have a bomb unless they have overcome the glitches of putting together a nuclear bomb and a nuclear warhead. But once they do that, they will make enough bombs so that all of Europe is under their coverage….

I can argue both sides of the coin. If you don’t believe they’re going to do it—and a lot of people don’t—the least that’s going to happen if they become a nuclear power is that they’ll become more aggressive and hold the world hostage. Just look at the past thirty years of behavior. They arm Hezbollah, Hamas. The defense minister is on Interpol’s Most Wanted list. They’re providing arms to the Taliban. They’ve gone to Venezuela, Mexico, they’re spreading their forces. The least that will happen is they’ll become the power in the Middle East and they’ll control the energy resources of the world. This is a logical argument, based just on previous behavior, if they become a nuclear power.

His advice for President Obama:

Immediately, the Western countries should cut off all shipping lines and air lines, and deport all Iranians who work in offices connected to the Iranian government. They’re Quds Force members. They’re intelligence guys. Deport them. And stop sending refined oil to Iran. They rely on that. (more…)