Some thoughts on All that is in God by James E. Dolezal

  Some thoughts on All that is in God by James E. Dolezal Richard C. Barcellos     Reformation Heritage Books published James E. Dolezal’s All that is in God: Evangelical Theology and the Challenge of Classical Christian Theism in 2017. It is endorsed by Jonathan L. Master, J. V. Fesko, Scott R. Swain, and […]

On creation as a distributed doctrine

  The doctrine of creation, as with the doctrine of the Trinity, is a distributed doctrine. John Webster’s words capture what is meant by creation and the doctrine of the Trinity as distributed doctrines. He says:   . . . the doctrine of creation is one of the two distributed doctrines in the corpus of […]

Three Ways to Retrieve a Theological Method that Will Serve the Church Well

  Three Ways to Retrieve a Theological Method that Will Serve the Church Well   It should be clear by now that hermeneutics and theological method are of utmost importance in our dogmatic reflections and assertions on creation. Three ways we can retrieve a theological method that will be of service to the church will […]

God plus the world is still God the Holy Trinity

  “God minus the world is still God the Holy Trinity,” says Fred Sanders.[1] I would like to add to this the following: “God plus the world is still God the Holy Trinity.” In other words, given creation or not, God is still God the Holy Trinity. Creation does not change God, nor does God […]

Defining Creation

    On Defining Creation   What is creation? Quite often, when asked that question, everyday Christians would immediately direct attention to what has been made. One might say, “Look at the vast sky above, with its moon and stars, its sun and clouds which give rain from heaven.” We might point to the ocean […]

William Ames on creation

  William Ames defines creation as follows: “Creation is the efficiency [or working power; see p. 91] of God whereby in the beginning out of nothing he made the world to be altogether good.”[1] He further asserts that “[c]reation refers to the whole world, i.e., whatever exists outside of God.”[2] Defining the world as “whatever […]

My approach bears a superficial resemblance to process theology… ~ Frame

  John Frame says, “My approach bears a superficial resemblance to process theology, which also recognizes two modes of existence in God, transcendent and immanent . . .”[1] Frame assumes something to be true as asserted by process (and open) theists without questioning it.[2] Transcendence and immanence, however, are not “two modes of existence in […]

formulating Christian doctrine is not as simple as counting texts and/or rehearsing redemptive history

  © 2018 Richard C. Barcellos. All rights reserved.   Formulating Christian doctrine, especially as it relates to the doctrine of the Trinity, is not as simple as counting texts which use the same words. Nor is it as simple as rehearsing redemptive history. Counting texts that use the same or synonymous words is deficient […]

Did the authors of the New Testament epistles know they were writing Holy Scripture?

  Did the authors of the New Testament epistles know they were writing Holy Scripture? Richard C. Barcellos full sermon here     I will answer, “Yes, they knew they were writing Holy Scripture” and seek to show you why. Our question for this post is: Did the writers know they were writing Holy Scripture? […]

1 Timothy 3:11–“women” or “wives”

  1 Timothy 3:11–“women” or “wives” Richard C. Barcellos Pastor of Grace Reformed Baptist Church Palmdale, CA Associate Professor of Biblical Studies IRBS Theological Seminary   In 1 Timothy 3:11, we read:   Women must likewise be dignified, not malicious gossips, but temperate, faithful in all things (1 Tim. 3:11, NASB 1995)   Likewise their wives must […]