Cyril of Alexandria on the Motivation of Hell

Cyril of Alexandria on the Motivation of Hell

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Part of my morning exercises over the last year is reading through Cyril of Alexandria’s commentary on John (not that I always get to it daily). Cyril, like most other Early Church Fathers, was quick to speak about eternal punishment. In his commentary on John 8:21, “I am going away, and you will seek me, and you will die in ...
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Top 5: Understanding Hell

Top 5: Understanding Hell

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For this top five, I want to share five books referenced in Is There Anything Good About Hell? which could help establish a younger or less mature believer in some deeper theological thinking . None of these are about hell or punishment itself and I have deliberately not included longer works: systematic theologies, commentaries, or other reference-type works. I also ...
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Brooks on Hell: Oh, bless Christ! Oh, kiss Christ!

Brooks on Hell: Oh, bless Christ! Oh, kiss Christ!

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Christ’s outward and inward miseries, sorrows, and sufferings are not to be paralleled, and therefore Christians have the more cause to lose themselves in the contemplation of his matchless love. Oh, bless Christ! oh, kiss Christ! oh, embrace Christ! oh, welcome Christ! oh, cleave to Christ! oh, follow Christ! oh, walk with Christ! oh, long for Christ! who for your ...
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Top 3: Exodus Resources

Top 3: Exodus Resources

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This top three has little to do with hell--at least specifically. I am preaching through the book of Exodus, and I am growing in my knowledge of the degree to which Exodus, its language, and its themes, impact the rest of the scriptures. It's truly remarkable. So I present a top three resources on the book of Exodus with a ...
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Reformation21 Review of "Crux, Mors, Inferi" by Renihan

Reformation21 Review of “Crux, Mors, Inferi” by Renihan

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Reformation21 has published my review of Samuel Renihan’s “Crux, Mors, Inferi”. It begins Samuel Renihan has recently published an excellent book on the doctrine of the descent of Christ into hell. His thesis—that Christ descended to hell on the Sabbath, as stated in the ancient creeds—is one with which I was in agreement prior to reading it. What surprised me ...
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Eternal Love and Hate; Can I Have Confidence?

Eternal Love and Hate; Can I Have Confidence?

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A believing friend recently wrote with a serious question about his own election and the question of trust in a God who eternally loves some and hates others. The following is my attempt at an answer. Chapter 9 of Is There Anything Good About Hell? contains some of these thoughts. Continue reading→ ...
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Sermon: The Joy of Judgment

Sermon: The Joy of Judgment

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It was a joy preaching at Westlynne Baptist in North Vancouver, where my good friends Sam and Esther Chua minister. The text was Isaiah 30:27-33 and the title was “The Joy of Judgment.” ...
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Degrees of Punishment in Hell

Degrees of Punishment in Hell

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Recently, I stumbled across an excellent and concise essay on The Gospel Coalition by Albert Martin and Fred Zaspel that does an excellent job of explaining the rationality of hell's degrees of punishment. It probably doesn't warrant an entry into the literature database, but it is worth a bit of your time. Some excerpts are selected below.  ...
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Top 5: Building Theological Depth

Top 5: Building Theological Depth

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For this top five, I want to share five books referenced in Is There Anything Good About Hell? which could help establish a younger or less mature believer in some deeper theological thinking . None of these are about hell or punishment itself and I have deliberately not included longer works: systematic theologies, commentaries, or other reference-type works. I also ...
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"Peerless": Review of Hartman's Divine Penology

“Peerless”: Review of Hartman’s Divine Penology

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Decretum Books will soon be re-publishing L. B. Hartman’s phenomenal book on justice and hell, Divine Penology (public domain), which will include a biographical introduction. This has been a fascinating project, as no significant biography of Hartman exists at present. Appendix B in the new publication is a glowing review from Christian Work: Illustrated Family Newspaper, Vol. 67, in 1899, ...
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