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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C. S. Lewis and Three Biblical Images of Hell

C. S. Lewis and Three Biblical Images of Hell

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Along with G. K. Chesterton and John Piper, C. S. Lewis is among my very favourite authors. Combining English wit with a deep understanding of the Bible’s themes and story, there is a good reason Lewis is among the 20th Century’s most beloved figures. Above all, however, Lewis has a knack for making deep insights plain to the everyman. In ...
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David Powys' Misreading of Irenaeus

David Powys’ Misreading of Irenaeus

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Eisegesis isn’t just a problem for reading the Scriptures, it can also be a problem in reading the early church fathers. While I am by no means an early church scholar, I have read widely enough now on a few topics in the fathers  to come across some troubling misreadings. I’m not sure I have encountered any, however, as problematic ...
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