Why write a blog?

T. G. Drummond

I admit that I do not think very highly of blogging. First, because it seems as if everyone and their mother-in-law think that they have something important enough to say to write it down and publish on the internet. Second, because as a medium a blog is not very conducive to deep thinking and civil discourse. Consider the following points 1) the writer can hide behind the veil of anonymity, 2) commenters can hide behind the veil of anonymity, 3) in most cases the only one to ever see the post before it is published is the writer, it is in no way peer reviewed and edited like academic books and journals. Third, there are so many blogs out there (especially of the religious type) that are so full of poorly researched and poorly written garbage that I hesitate to even write a blog because of its association with them. The fourth and final reason that I hesitate to blog is that the word itself is very ugly, “blog” sounds like some sort of swamp monster from a cheap sci-fi movie (journaling, essaying, chronicling, noting, observing, etc. would all be more beautiful than “blogging”).

So why then have I decided to write this (woefully named) “blog”?

  1. In order to incentivize myself to write more often (writing is the best tool I know of to order my thoughts).
  2. In order to hopefully get feedback from the hapless readers who are too kind to just click away after being bored to death by the first paragraph of an essay.
  3. In order that maybe someone somewhere might in some small way be helped by something I have said (probably accidentally, as the saying goes, “even a blind squirrel finds a nut sometimes”).

So, what should the unfortunate reader expect? First, the topics will be mostly within the realm of Christian theology and Biblical studies, because that is where my interests primarily lie (with some occasional ventures into apologetics and media ecology).  Second, that there will be no rhyme or reason behind the frequency with which I update the site, some weeks I may have both the time and the inspiration for 2 posts, and other months I might have neither.

There you have it, proceed to read these posts at your own risk. I know that your time is valuable and so shall try not to post something utterly unworthy of it (but no promises).

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The πάντας ἀνθρώπους in 1 Timothy 2:4

The πάντας ἀνθρώπους in 1 Timothy 2:4

T. G. Drummond

[θεοῦ,] ὃς πάντας ἀνθρώπους θέλει σωθῆναι καὶ εἰς ἐπίγνωσιν ἀληθείας ἐλθεῖν.

[God,] who desires all people to be saved and to come to the knowledge of the truth.

1 Timothy 2:4 is one of the texts often cited by Arminians to support their theory of so called “unlimited atonement.” It should be noted that both the Calvinist and the Arminian view of the atonement is limited in some way. The Calvinist view is limited in its extent, it is not applied universally to all men at all times, but to those to whom it is applied are necessarily saved. The Arminian view is limited in its efficacy, it is applied to all men at all times, but all to whom it is applied are not necessarily saved. Our goal is not to defend the doctrine of limited atonement (more accurately called “definite redemption”), but merely to discover what πάντας ἀνθρώπους means in 1 Timothy 2:4. Continue reading “The πάντας ἀνθρώπους in 1 Timothy 2:4”

Baptism in the Spirit

T. G. Drummond

From the beginning I want to give credit where credit is due, the majority of what I say in this essay comes from John Stott’s wonderful little book, Baptism and Fullness (InterVarsity Press, 2006), with additional material from Wayne Grudem’s Systematic Theology (Zondervan, 1994).

Pentecostal claim: baptism in the Spirit is most often a second experience of the Holy Spirit in the life of a believer, subsequent to conversion, which is necessary for the Christian to grow in sanctification.

Use in the New Testament

The phrase “baptize/will baptize/baptized in the Spirit” occurs only seven times in the New Testament, four times in the gospels (Mark 1:8, Matthew 3:11, Luke 3:16, John 1:33), twice in Acts (Acts 1:5; 11:16), and once in Paul (1 Corinthians 12:13). Continue reading “Baptism in the Spirit”