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)

Knowledge of God and Ourselves: The Life of John Calvin (Seminary Papers)

(The following is my term paper for History of Christianity II at Reformed Theological Seminary, submitted Winter 2020. Formatting not retained.) This paper will summarize the life and ministry of Jean Cauvin, also known as John Calvin, based on the biography of his life by T.H.L Parker. John Calvin was a French Protestant who would … Continue reading Knowledge of God and Ourselves: The Life of John Calvin (Seminary Papers)

Images and the Christian Life: John of Damascus’ “Three Treatises on the Divine Images” (Seminary Papers)

(The following is my term paper for History of Christianity I at Reformed Theological Seminary, submitted Fall 2019. Formatting not retained.) This paper will provide a brief overview of the life of St. John of Damascus and a surface level examination of one of his most important works, a set of treatises we know today … Continue reading Images and the Christian Life: John of Damascus’ “Three Treatises on the Divine Images” (Seminary Papers)

The Panting Sun – v. 1:5 (Very Short Studies in Ecclesiastes #12)

It has been more than a year since the pandemic began, and we are just now beginning to see the return of some degree of normalcy. The past year has proven that many of the constants that we take for granted can disappear in a moment’s notice, and institutions, rituals, and routines that we once … Continue reading The Panting Sun – v. 1:5 (Very Short Studies in Ecclesiastes #12)

Meet The New Generation, Same As The Old Generation – v. 1:4 (Very Short Studies in Ecclesiastes #11)

I remember when one of the most pressing topics in the church world - the one that all the important people were concerned about - was about the rise of the Millennials and the urgency of questioning everything we took for granted in order to reach them for the Gospel. Now that Millennials have been … Continue reading Meet The New Generation, Same As The Old Generation – v. 1:4 (Very Short Studies in Ecclesiastes #11)

The Profits of Life – v. 1:3 (Very Short Studies in Ecclesiastes #10)

In James 4:13-17, we find a brief excursus on those who seek to make plans for business and future profit and how the brevity of life ought to temper the confidence in our planning. It’s very likely that James has Ecclesiastes in mind in here, not only because of his conclusion that we are “mists … Continue reading The Profits of Life – v. 1:3 (Very Short Studies in Ecclesiastes #10)

Hebel Hebel’iym – vv. 1:1-2 (Very Short Studies in Ecclesiastes #9)

“Hebel hebel’iym, hebel hebel’iym; ha’kol hebel”. Five of the first “words of the Preacher, the son of David, king in Jerusalem” are the same word, and through a brilliant mastery of the Hebrew language Solomon wants to let his readers know the canvas he will be painting on will be one of vapors and mists. … Continue reading Hebel Hebel’iym – vv. 1:1-2 (Very Short Studies in Ecclesiastes #9)

How To Read Ecclesiastes (Very Short Studies in Ecclesiastes #8)

This is the last of the “introductory” posts I will write on Ecclesiastes before diving into the text itself, and before I do that a brief word needs to be said on how one ought to read this book. Much of the misunderstanding, confusion, and aversion of Ecclesiastes comes from a fundamental misunderstanding of what … Continue reading How To Read Ecclesiastes (Very Short Studies in Ecclesiastes #8)