Blog Posts by Scott Swain

"Our God is a consuming fire" (part three)

Article by   March 2016
IntroductionHebrews 12.28 prescribes that Christian worship be grateful, awe-filled, and reverent. Hebrews 12.29 describes why Christian worship should be so: "our God is a consuming fire." In the preceding post, we paused to consider the significance of this imagery and... continue

"Our God is a consuming fire" (part two)

Article by   February 2016
IntroductionAccording to Nicholas Wolterstorff, worship is the "Godward acknowledgement of God's unsurpassable greatness . . . whose attitudinal stance toward God is awed, reverential, and grateful adoration." As we saw in our last post, this definition aptly summarizes the vision... continue

"Our God is a consuming fire" (part one)

Article by   February 2016
In his book, The God We Worship, Nicholas Wolterstorff defines worship as the "Godward acknowledgement of God's unsurpassable greatness . . . whose attitudinal stance toward God is awed, reverential, and grateful adoration." According to Wolterstorff, worship is "Godward" in its... continue

On happiness: a theological outline

Article by   January 2016
I. Christian theology addresses the topic of happiness by addressing, first, the being and works of "the happy God" (1 Tim 1.11; 6.15) and, second, the happiness of the people whose God is the Lord (Ps 33.12).II. God is happy... continue

The sufficiency of God

Article by   December 2015
"And God is able to make all grace abound to you, so that having all sufficiency in all things at all times, you may abound in every good work" (2 Cor 9.8).The doctrine of divine sufficiency is a glorious doctrine,... continue

Defending the covenant of redemption (part three)

Article by   November 2015
The present post is the third in a three part series addressing contemporary objections to the doctrine of the covenant of redemption (for parts one and two, see here and here). What follows is adapted from Michael Allen and Scott... continue

Defending the covenant of redemption (part two)

Article by   November 2015
The present post is the second in a three part series addressing contemporary objections to the doctrine of the covenant of redemption (for part one, see here). What follows is adapted from Michael Allen and Scott R. Swain, ed., Christian... continue

Defending the covenant of redemption (part one)

Article by   November 2015
The doctrine of the covenant of redemption (also known as "the pactum salutis" and "the counsel of peace") is a beautiful doctrine. It concerns the eternal purpose of the blessed Trinity to communicate the bliss of his triune life to... continue

Cyril of Jerusalem, Ron Swanson, and the catholicity of the church

Article by   October 2015
In the Nicene Creed we confess that the church is "one, holy, catholic, and apostolic." Of these four marks, the third mark--the catholicity of the church--is probably the most susceptible to misunderstanding among evangelical Protestants.The catholicity of the church, according... continue

Dogmatics and doxology

Article by   October 2015
I have the delightful day job of teaching systematic or dogmatic theology. The study and teaching of systematic theology is delightful because systematic theology is preeminently concerned with the Bible, the living and loving address of the Most High God... continue
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