• The Matter

    Testimony

    Today is Valentine’s day. You know what would be a good thing to write about today. Love and dating and marriage! I can also talk about how I tried to buy flowers at Ralphs last night at 9pm, because I couldn’t make it in time to get it at Trader Joe’s. Then I didn’t, because the flowers were super expensive. So I bought chocolate instead.. Yeah.. I’m not going to do that even though that’s the whole story. Maybe another time.. Anyways, I will share my personal love story of how I came to know Christ and how I continue to live as a Christian. Fair warning, it’s kind of…

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    Romans 9-11, Part 3

    Romans 9:19-23 Delimiting the Text 19 You will say to me then, “Why does he still find fault? For who can resist his will?” 20 But who are you, O man, to answer back to God? Will what is molded say to its molder, “Why have you made me like this?” 21 Has the potter no right over the clay, to make out of the same lump one vessel for honorable use and another for dishonorable use? 22 What if God, desiring to show his wrath and to make known his power, has endured with much patience vessels of wrath prepared for destruction, 23 in order to make known the…

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    Romans 9-11, Part 2

    Romans 9:6-13 Delimiting the Text 6 But it is not as though the word of God has failed. For not all who are descended from Israel belong to Israel, 7 and not all are children of Abraham because they are his offspring, but “Through Isaac shall your offspring be named.” 8 This means that it is not the children of the flesh who are the children of God, but the children of the promise are counted as offspring. 9 For this is what the promise said: “About this time next year I will return, and Sarah shall have a son.” 10 And not only so, but also when Rebekah had…

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    Romans 9-11, Part 1

    Introductory Remarks The controlling issue of Romans 9-11 is the fate of Israel. But the fate of Israel brings up a deeper question regarding the faithfulness of God. The message of salvation and the power of God was proclaimed unto the Jews first (Romans 1:16), but they have not been saved. And as Paul’s exposition gathers steam through Romans 1-8, the question of Israel’s fate necessarily grows more acute, for Israel has occupied the central position in the history of revelation. At first glance, Romans 10 appears to be a non sequitur. Between Paul’s defense of election in Romans 9 and his revelation of the great plans of God in…

  • The Matter

    Worth

    I was going to write about identity this week, but maybe I’ll revisit that another time. Every time I tried to write about identity, I kept thinking wait this isn’t really what I want to write about this week.. I thought that I could explain what I was thinking by talking about identity, but I think it’s better explained when talking about worth. Here we go. A common problem that I had growing up was thinking whether or not I was worth it to somebody. This is also equivalent to thinking about how useful I was to a person. For example,  I felt bad when I was not able to…

  • The Matter

    The Gospel

    I’m going back to writing! A lot has happened since then, and there are many reasons why I stopped. A lot of different feelings, thoughts, and motivations were going around regarding writing. Yet, I wanted to go back to it. I kept telling my wife, “I’m going to write in my blog. I need to write in my blog.” I didn’t write in my blog.. The primary reason that I want to go back to writing is to get better at sharing and teaching topics to other people. I don’t want to be a teacher by any means, but I don’t want to stumble in my words when trying to…

  • Respire

    Understanding Our Role

    I helped counsel at a junior high/high school Christian camp in Northern California this past Thanksgiving. It was cool. The end, thanks for reading. (just kidding) In all honesty though, it was an amazing experience. Along with a couple of other new counselors, this was my first time ever counseling and working with this age group, and it was immensely eye-opening. Before the camp I felt so out of touch with what middle school/high schoolers were into nowadays and what they may be struggling through. I kept thinking: how do I relate to them? How can I help them understand their faith in Christ more? I prayed for months before…

  • Book Reviews,  Originals

    The Plan of Salvation – B. B. Warfield

    Warfield’s handout on The Order of Decrees, colorized by theosenlogos.wordpress.com. Benjamin Breckinridge Warfield is widely considered to be one of the last great Princetonians before Princeton Theological Seminary split. In his little book, The Plan of Salvation, based off of a series of five lectures given in 1914, BB Warfield walks through the decision tree of Christianity to understand the “entire course of the divine dealing with man”. Discussion The defining characteristic of the book is Warfield’s fierce logic. He identifies three great points of division that separate major Christian sects from one another, and organizes them into a decision tree. In every conception of Christianity, he analyzes their answers…

  • Book Reviews,  Originals

    The Justification of God – John Piper

    What shall we say then? Is there injustice on God’s part? By no means! For he says to Moses, “I will have mercy on whom I have mercy, and I will have compassion on whom I have compassion.” Romans 9:14-15 I first came across this book in the footnotes of another book by John Piper concerning election (Does God Desire All to Be Saved?). Most of my experience with Romans 9 has always been in the context of struggling to understand the intricacies of election as explained by Paul, but in this book, Piper places his arguments concerning election subordinate to his defense of the righteousness of God in electing…

  • Hype

    I died, so how am I still alive?

    I wanted to keep my blogs short. I am not the best writer but I’ve done scripts. kinda. Does vbs count? While Evangelizing I sometimes have conversations where some people ask me “why do you love God?”… Okay no one has really asked me that. But pretend if someone did it would go like this. Me: Hi my name is Andrew and I’m with a campus club going around asking about peoples perspective on religion. Do you have a few minutes to talk? Pretend someone 1: No sorry I’m kinda busy. (Obviously not doing anything) Me: Oh. okay have a nice day. (Walks around for 15 more minutes asking people)…