In (Glowing) Praise of “Passages: Nicaea” by Mere Orthodoxy

In 2019, I began my studies at Reformed Theological Seminary in pursuit of a Masters of Arts of Biblical Studies. I had been told by fellow students that an easy class to dip my toes into would be the first of two required Church History courses, and by the time I finished the first course … Continue reading In (Glowing) Praise of “Passages: Nicaea” by Mere Orthodoxy

When One Part Hurts, the Whole Body Is Sick (and Vice Versa): The SBC and the church catholic

One of the most essential and non-negotiable beliefs for a Christian is that we confess, as the Nicene Creed instructs us and Christians have done since the New Testament, that "we believe in one holy catholic [Latin for "whole" or "universal"] and apostolic church". Just as there was one singular and collective people of God … Continue reading When One Part Hurts, the Whole Body Is Sick (and Vice Versa): The SBC and the church catholic

On Plastic Crack and Covetousness

Around this week, one year ago, I became addicted to building Gunpla models - or, as referred to in the Gunpla community, “plastic crack”. The word “Gunpla” is a portmanteau of “Gundam” and “plastic model”, and Gunpla is the multi-billion dollar product line of Japan’s multimedia mega-franchise Mobile Suit Gundam, which was one of my … Continue reading On Plastic Crack and Covetousness

The Holiness of Mixtures: An Examination of the Mixture Prohibitions of Leviticus 19:19 (Seminary Papers)

(The following is my term paper for Genesis-Deuteronomy at Reformed Theological Seminary, submitted Spring 2021. Formatting not retained.) Leviticus 19:19 is a passage that, although often misunderstood in our modern context, remains beneficial for Christians in understanding the importance of holiness in the Old Testament and provides an essential contrast for understanding holiness in the … Continue reading The Holiness of Mixtures: An Examination of the Mixture Prohibitions of Leviticus 19:19 (Seminary Papers)

The Lord, He Is God: An Exegetical Examination of 1 Kings 18:36-40 (Seminary Papers)

(The following is my term paper for Hebrew Exegesis/Hebrew III at Reformed Theological Seminary, submitted Spring 2021. Formatting not retained.) In this paper, I will argue that 1 Kings 18:36-40 is one of the most important texts in the Old Testament demonstrating God’s jealous covenant faithfulness to his people and his unwillingness to allow other … Continue reading The Lord, He Is God: An Exegetical Examination of 1 Kings 18:36-40 (Seminary Papers)

The Eternal Destruction of the Wicked: An Argument for Annihilationism (Seminary Papers)

(The following is my term paper for Systematics III at Reformed Theological Seminary, submitted Winter 2020. Formatting not retained.) There is no doctrine in Scripture that is more emotionally and intellectually challenging for mankind than the doctrine of hell. The notion of a final, eternal judgment and punishment for our sins strikes fear in the … Continue reading The Eternal Destruction of the Wicked: An Argument for Annihilationism (Seminary Papers)

The Words of God and Man: The Verbal Plenary Inspiration of Scripture (Seminary Papers)

(The following is my term paper for Systematics I at Reformed Theological Seminary, submitted Fall 2020. Formatting not retained.) The doctrine of Scripture is one of the doctrines by which Christianity stands or falls. It is through Scripture where the supreme object of our devotion - the triune God - has revealed himself to us … Continue reading The Words of God and Man: The Verbal Plenary Inspiration of Scripture (Seminary Papers)

A Conversation with an Unbeliever about the Canaanite Conquest (Seminary Papers)

(The following is my term paper for Apologetics at Reformed Theological Seminary, submitted Spring 2020. Formatting not retained. In the original paper I used the actual name of the student, but for this public post I have changed that name.) (The following conversation is based on an interaction that took place with an agnostic high … Continue reading A Conversation with an Unbeliever about the Canaanite Conquest (Seminary Papers)

The Standard Above All Standards: The Protestant Doctrine of Sola Scriptura (Seminary Papers)

(The following is my term paper for Introduction to Pastoral and Theological Studies at Reformed Theological Seminary, submitted Spring 2020. Formatting not retained.) At the climax of the Diet of Worms in 1521, Martin Luther stood in defiance of Emperor Charles V of the Holy Roman Empire and Pope Leo X of the Roman Catholic … Continue reading The Standard Above All Standards: The Protestant Doctrine of Sola Scriptura (Seminary Papers)