Tuesday, February 18, 2020

Quantum Computing: The Future is Now

A quantum computer may have solved a problem in minutes that would take the fastest conventional supercomputer more than 10,000 years. A draft of a paper by Google researchers laying out the achievement leaked in recent days, setting off an avalanche of news coverage and speculation. 
While the research has not yet been peer-reviewed – the final version of the paper is expected to appear soon – if it all checks out it would represent “the first computation that can only be performed on a quantum processor”. 
That sounds impressive, but what does it mean?

The Gospel According to Greta

Last year saw the canonisation of Greta Thunberg. Her formal elevation to sainthood came as no surprise. She had already achieved an untouchable status. Her utterances such as: ‘I want you to panic, I want you to feel the fear I feel every day’ (Jan. 2019, World Economic Forum) and ‘We are in the beginning of a mass extinction, and all you can talk about is money and fairy tales of eternal economic growth. How dare you’ (Sept. 2019, UN General Assembly) have been received with hushed awe (though I confess their vacuity makes me think that the wag who said Greta learned all her climate science from the Ice Age films might be correct).

Tuesday, January 28, 2020

Do Aborted Babies Go Straight to Heaven?

What about those who never heard the gospel? What about aborted babies or infants who die? What happens to them? Listen to Martyn Lloyd-Jones' take on this issue:

A Sermon on Romans 10:14-17

How then will they call on him in whom they have not believed? And how are they to believe in him of whom they have never heard? And how are they to hear without someone preaching? And how are they to preach unless they are sent? As it is written, “How beautiful are the feet of those who preach the good news!” But they have not all obeyed the gospel. For Isaiah says, “Lord, who has believed what he has heard from us?” So faith comes from hearing, and hearing through the word of Christ. (ESV)

Monday, January 20, 2020

Classic Book Review: R.A. Webb and The Doctrine of Adoption

R.A. Webb's, The Doctrine of Adoption, is a rare gem to be found in the house of many mansions within the Kingdom of God. This thin, nondescript volume deals compactly and definitively with a doctrine that is too often neglected or only been given a passing reference to in the running centuries of church historical thought. Webb rectifies this theological lapse with uncanny precision and stylistic rhetoric that is both simultaneously simple and elegant .

The main issue that Webb exegetes is our standing before God the Father before and after regeneration in believers through the atoning sacrifice of Christ on the cross. Are we now sons who cry, "Abba, Father?" or are we also bondservants who have been set free from the bondage of sin and slavery which we are all born into because of Adam and Eve's disobedience? Or are we both? And, if so, what determines and delineates each in the eyes of God as revealed in Scripture?

Tuesday, January 14, 2020

History of the Rapture

Origins of the Rapture actually don’t go back that far, but farther than you may have been taught (if you were taught!).
First of all, the word ‘rapture’ is not even included in the Scriptures, and was unknown as a theology or a doctrine by the Church for well over 1,800 years.Where then did it come from and when did it begin? 
Its origins are in the counter reformation move of Papal Rome in the 16th century after Martin Luther nailed his 95 thesis to the church door in Wittenberg on October 31, 1517. It is less well known that Pope Leo X authorized three Jesuit Priests to reinterpret Daniel’s 70 weeks of prophecy; the Book of Revelation; and Ezekiel. The goal of these jesuits was to take the heat of the reformation away from the papacy and the protestant association of the Anti-Christ with the pope. 

Saturday, January 4, 2020

Sunday, December 1, 2019

Past Due Book Review: From Paradise to the Promised Land

Imagine taking a journey through ancient biblical history in almost three dimensional virtual reality--a full immersion experience with all the nuances, textual references and detailed commentaries that you could hope to find in a book anywhere. T.D. Alexander's From Paradise to the Promised Land: An Introduction to the Pentateuch, offers such an opportunity if you bypass Part 1 of the book, "Pentateuchal Criticism", which wastes space trying to justify the now almost totally debunked Documentary Hypothesis which dominated scriptural scholarly thinking between the latter part of the 19th century and early part of the 20th.

Needless apologetics aside, this book guides the reader from Genesis through Deuteronomy in a taxonomical format that encompasses nearly all aspects of revelatory purpose--historically, doctrinally and practically. Part 2, "The Main Themes of the Pentateuch", is where this work earns its merit and each chapter in this section is brilliantly divided into headings that even the most orthodox of Puritan scribes and theologians would be proud of. And after all is said and done whether Mr. Alexander would admit to it or not, his reverence and exegesis of this section of the Old Testament is orthodox to its core.

Wednesday, November 27, 2019

Brutism, not Humanism

"Nowadays, some will maintain, in the name of Humanism, that the 'Puritan' sexual morality of the Bible is inimical to the attainment of true human maturity, and that a little more license makes for richer living. Of this ideology we would only say that the proper name for it is not Humanism, but Brutism. Sexual laxity does not make you more of a man, but less so; it brutalizes you and tears your soul into pieces. The same is true wherever any of God's commandments are disregarded. We are only living truly human lives just so far as we are laboring to keep God's commandments; no further"--J.I. Packer from Knowing God

Friday, November 15, 2019

What is Christianity? (An eternal Christmas message)

Dr. Martyn Lloyd-Jones

A Sermon on Romans 8:3-4

For God has done what the law, weakened by the flesh, could not do. By sending his own Son in the likeness of sinful flesh and for sin, he condemned sin in the flesh, in order that the righteous requirement of the law might be fulfilled in us, who walk not according to the flesh but according to the Spirit. (ESV)
More than sentimentality or philosophy; discovering the facts and their meaning; the state of man by nature; condemnation explained; the principle of sin working within man; the light seen in darkness. 

Click here to listen to this timeless message from the late great Dr. Martyn Lloyd-Jones.