Alpha & Omega Ministries Apologetics Blog
Ecclesiology, Spirituality, Creation, etc, etc
11/23/2010 - Jeff DownsToday I finished posting all Annual Spring Theology conferences that we are going to post online (for now), from Greenville Presbyterian Theological Seminary. The conferences include everything from Southern Presbyterianism (the beginning) to Eschatology (the end). :) There are a few sessions from 2009 & 2010 online but, for now, we will hold off posting the rest. Click here to listen in.
There were some controversial topics discussed and debated such as Exclusive Psalmody, Who is Israel? in Romans 11, Sonship Theology and Redemptive Historical Preaching. Also, the Q&A sessions is where some debate took place.
The theme for the 2011 conference is the Person and Work of the Holy Spirit and will be help March 8-10, 2011. Speakers, among others include Rev. Ian Hamilton, Dr. Morton Smith, Dr.George Knight.
Covenant Theology Papers
11/21/2010 - Colin SmithBefore I get the reputation of being a Van Til controversialist, I have posted some new papers on my site pertaining to Covenant Theology. The first is a presentation of Covenant Theology from a credobaptist (i.e., believer's baptist) position. While I most certainly fly my Reformed Baptist colors on this paper, I hasten to add that our paedobaptist brethren would probably agree with upwards of 80% of this paper, so I think everyone can find something of use from it. As for our Dispensationalist brethren... well, okay, you can't please everyone! :) The second paper is a historical survey of Covenant Theology. This paper seeks to explore the historical roots of Covenant Theology, recognizing that while we believe the system of belief to be biblical, we acknowledge that, like many other biblical doctrines, it developed and underwent refining over a period of many years. There are probably many people out there that hold to Covenant Theology but have never considered when it was first systematized, or which, if any, ancient fathers of the church believed as they do. Hopefully this paper will answer questions and provide a springboard for further study.
To find these and other papers, go to the "Papers" section of my website: www.colindsmith.com.
Doctrine of the Word of God
11/12/2010 - Jeff DownsThe fourth volume in John Frame series A Theology of Lordship is now available The Doctrine of the Word of God, coming in at 720 pages. Sample pages here. On Thursday of this week Kevin Boling interviewed John Frame on the Knowing the Truth radio program, discussing this particular publication.
Other books in this particular series include (in order of their publication): Doctrine of the Knowledge of God, The Doctrine of God and Doctrine of the Christian Life.
Some other (recent) biblical resources that might be of interests are the following two commentaries: The Gospel of John, by J. Ramsey Michaels (Eerdmans) Sample pages and in a series I really enjoy (BECNT) Ephesians, by Frank Thielman (Baker) sample pages.
What Was Recovered During the Reformation?
11/04/2010 - Jeff DownsYesterday I had the privilege of sitting under the preaching of Pastor Ian Hamilton (a Scotsman) pastor at Cambridge Presbyterian Church.
Hamilton is the author of two books The Erosion of Calvinist Orthodoxy: Drifting from the Truth in Confessional Scottish Churches and a commentary in the Let's Study series on The Letters of John. One of my favorite courses I've taken at Greenville Seminary was a summer course with Pastor Hamilton on Pastoral Leadership. I would highly recommend this to all shepherds or anyone interested in shepherding God's people.
In this chapel message (audio) he addresses the heart of
Here is a video of the chapel (Pt. 1):
11/02/2010 - Jeff DownsDr. Joseph Pipa, president of Greenville Seminary recently spoke at the Oklahoma Conference on Reformed Theology on the topic of the "Golden Chain of Redemption (Romans 8:29-30)." I am currently taking Christ & Salvation with Dr. Pipa, some of the same things mentioned in class are presented in this lectures. The advantage you have is you is that he is not going to ask you questions about what you read. The disadvantage is that the lectures total only five hours (the class is 3 hrs. every Wednesday over a semester - certainly more intense).
I've listened to part of the lecture on Predestination and here is my favorite statement:
Some may say “because I am elect, it doesn’t really matter how I live or what I do. Well the one thing I can say for sure about you is that you might be elect, but you are not yet converted.”
To listen click here,